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


Boulevard 3

Boulevard 3

For glitz, glamour and a good-looking crowd, head to the palatial Hollywood club Boulevard3, which features several bars and lounge areas, outdoor courtyard, stage performers and secret surprises. Check it out >>

6523 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028

DragonFly
DragonFly
6510 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038

Rusty s Surf Ranch

Rusty's Surf Ranch

With a prime location right on the Santa Monica Pier, this casual beach bar and grill is a top destination for fresh seafood and classic pub grub. Surfboards decorate the laid-back space, and live bands perform on the weekends. Check it out >>

256 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica CA 90401

3Dog Cantina

3Dog Cantina

Its time to discover your new favorite Mexican restaurant and bar in Hollywood. Check it out >>

1615 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood CA 90028
Yamashiro
Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA 90069

Hotel Cafe

Hotel Cafe

Neither a hotel nor a cafe, this little gem stands out among the Hollywood powerhouse clubs because it doesn't stand out much at all. It's a little place that attracts some of the biggest KCRW-types. Check it out >>

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

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