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

Playhouse
Playhouse
6506 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
The Mayan
The Mayan
1038 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA 90015

Mad Bull Tavern

Mad Bull Tavern

Mad Bull's Tavern is a trendy sport's, wine and pizza bar. Check it out >>

14649 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks CA 91403

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

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
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