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


The Avalon

The Avalon

The Avalon is one of those clubs that you absolutely have to go to when you're in Los Angeles. They spin all types of music, from house to hip-hop, trance to old school. Check it out >>

1735 Vine St
Hollywood CA 90028

OHM Nightclub
OHM Nightclub
6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite 433 Hollywood, CA 90028
Playhouse
Playhouse
6506 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
Boardner's
Boardner's
1652 N Cherokee Ave Hollywood, CA 90029

Boardner s

Boardner's

Bar Sinister is the premier goth night in Los Angeles, set against a dramatic, beautiful Victorian indoor architecture, and an upstairs area reserved for a little light bondage for the more adventurous people in the crowd. Check it out >>

1652 N Cherokee Ave
Hollywood CA 90029

District 13
District 13
1556 N Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
O'Brien's
O'Brien's
2226 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
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
Picca
Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035
Yamashiro
Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA 90069

The Federal Bar

The Federal Bar

North Hollywood just got its groove back or should we say-- established its groove with the edition of The Federal Bar. Check it out >>

5303 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood CA 91601
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