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


Playhouse

Playhouse

Have fun at The Playhouse in Hollywood, a Vegas-style dance club that features go-go dancers, acrobats, three bars and an upstairs lounge area with a retractable glass skylight. Check it out >>

6506 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood CA 90028

Boardner's
Boardner's
1652 N Cherokee Ave Hollywood, CA 90029
OHM Nightclub
OHM Nightclub
6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite 433 Hollywood, CA 90028

Tom Bergin s

Tom Bergin's

Tom Bergin's on Fairfax is the oldest Irish pub in Los Angeles, a classic whiskey tavern that offers a casual and convivial atmosphere to a crowd drawn from a cross section of the city. Check it out >>

840 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90036

Te'Kila
Te'Kila
6541 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
Picca

Picca

From fresh ceviche to frothy Pisco Sours and crispy quinoa salad to beef heart skewers, Picca Peruvian Cantina in downtown LA offers an authentic South American menu with style. Check it out >>

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035

The Wiltern

The Wiltern

Make sure you get tickets to see your favorite band play here quick- this venue has a tendency to attract sold out shows. Check it out >>

3790 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90010
The Echo
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
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