Nightlife

Top Choice Lounge in Santa Monica

Bungalow

A Brent Bolthouse nightspot, the indoor-outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Miramar was one of the hottest nights out in LA when it burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. It's since settled down, and like most Wests…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Monica

Basement Tavern

A creative speakeasy, housed in the basement of the Victorian, and our favorite well in Santa Monica. We love it for its craftsman cocktails, cozy booths, island bar and nightly live-music calendar that features blu…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Monica

Dogtown Coffee

Set in the old Zephyr surf shop headquarters, where skateboarding was invented during a 1970s drought that emptied pools across LA, it brews great coffee and makes a mean breakfast burrito, the preferred nutritional…
Rooftop Bar in Santa Monica

Onyx

Santa Monica's only indoor-outdoor roof bar has a swinging-'70s, Studio 54 vibe – brass-plated fireplace, hexagonal ceiling tiles – a bar made of a giant onyx slab (get it?) and cocktails such as the TamieTini (Kete…
Bar in Santa Monica

Copa d'Oro

The cocktail menu was created by the talented Vincenzo Marianella – a man who knows his spirits, and has trained his team to concoct addictive cocktails from a well of top-end spirits and a produce bin of fresh herb…
Gay & Lesbian in Santa Monica

Birdcage

Climb the pale-pink staircase to this fun and classy spot opened in 2017 that's become a hangout for good-looking mostly younger, professional Westside LGBTs and those who love them. Drag diva Big Kim presides over …
Lounge in Santa Monica

Bar Chloe

Cozy, dark and elegant with dangling chandeliers, twinkling candles, intimate booths, crisp white tablecloths and a chamomile mai tai that has earned rave reviews. We wouldn't know; we ordered a whiskey neat. The ta…
Bar in Santa Monica

Chez Jay

Rocking since 1959, this nautical-themed dive has seen its share of Hollywood intrigue from the Rat Pack to the Brat Pack. To this day it's dark and dank and all the more glorious for it. The classic steak and seafo…
Lounge in Santa Monica

Misfit

This darkly lit emporium of food, drink and fun is notable for the decent menu and phenomenal cocktails made from craftsman spirits. Set in a historic building decked out with a retro interior, it's busy from brunch…
Bar in Santa Monica

Circle Bar

A long-running ‘meet market.’ Strong drinks, loud music and seductive red-on-black decor further loosen inhibitions, but waiting in line to get past the bouncers can be a turnoff.