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 Airliner

The Airliner

For cutting-edge electronic music, instrumental hip hop and "LA beats," head to The Airliner and let the magic of this grimy dive bar wash over you along with the massive bass from the mega-watt sound Check it out >>

2419 N Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90031

The Mayan
The Mayan
1038 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA 90015
Boardner's
Boardner's
1652 N Cherokee Ave Hollywood, CA 90029

Shellback Tavern

Shellback Tavern

A classic dive bar, Shellback Tavern guarantees ice cold beers, a sparkling view of the Pacific and a random array of floating bar belongings. Check it out >>

116 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach CA 90266

O'Brien's
O'Brien's
2226 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
Stout

Stout

If its ice-cold beer you want, its Stouts cozy venue you need. Check it out >>

1544 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028
Yamashiro
Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA 90069

Molly Malone s

Molly Malone's

One of the oldest family owned and ran Pub/Bars in Los Angeles -- food, booze & live music. Check it out >>

575 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles CA 90036
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