Santa Monica's Top 5 Most Unique Bars


Though people think of sandy floors and sun kissed bartenders when they think of Santa Monica, those in the know are aware of a whole other subset of Santa Monica nightlife. This beach-centric town offers a ton of diversity and interesting places for those that are willing to look past the oceanside venues. Dig a little deeper and you'll find speakeasies hidden under famous buildings, venues merging the best of the modern and retro aesthetic, and places where you can see all of Los Angeles from just one of their booths. For those that are ready to dive into Santa Monica's hidden bar scene, these Top 5 venues are your gateway pass. Discover these amazingly diverse spots, and tell us if your favorite spot is on here, or if you know of an even more veiled and mysterious place to grab a cocktail in Santa Monica. - Darianne Dobbie


Boardner s

Boardner's

A historic Hollywood hang for the Who's Who & Who Cares. Check it out >>

1652 N Cherokee Ave
Hollywood CA 90029

Sound
Sound
1642 N Las Palmas Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sonny McLeans

Sonny McLeans

Sonny McClean's is a clover-colored, spacious Irish pub with all the traditional fixings along with great company – if you're a Boston sports fan. Check it out >>

2615 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica CA 90403

Outpost
Outpost
1624 N Cahuenga Ave Hollywood, CA 90028
Bar Marmont
Bar Marmont
8171 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046
The Original Pantry Cafe

The Original Pantry Cafe

The Original Pantry Cafe serves huge portions of traditional diner food in a casual atmosphere twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week in downtown Los Angeles. Check it out >>

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles CA 90017
Yamashiro
Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA 90069

Whisky A Go Go

Whisky A Go Go

Since 1964, The Whisky A Go-Go has been home to some of the largest names in Rock'n'Roll. Check it out >>

8901 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90069
The Echo
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hotel Cafe
Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028