When the Hollywood club scene starts to get old, beach bars provide a mellow alternative. After all, there’s no better way to wind down than with oceanfront seating and sunset views while sipping on margaritas and mimosas. For daily drink specials and cool breezes, visit one of these best beach bars in Los Angeles.
22 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
There’s always something going on at Watermans – daily drink specials, live entertainment and plenty of people watching. Located right off the Strand along the Hermosa Beach Bear, Waterman’s is a relaxing little oasis with good food and casual vibes to go along with it. The service can be a bit slow, especially during peak beach hours, but the staff makes up for it with friendliness. Drinks are half off during happy hour and there’s even a complimentary self-serve chips and salsa bar. It’s nice spot to watch the sun disappear into the ocean too.
The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Located in Manhattan Beach, The Strandbar is located downstairs from the restaurant portion and is surrounded by giant windows for walls overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier. With a gorgeous view of the ocean, it always feels like you’re on vacation when you’re here and it makes for a beautiful place to catch up with old friends over drinks in a luxurious upscale setting.
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
With its prime location in Santa Monica on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Wilshire, The Bungalow is one of the hottest beach bars in LA. With its rather bohemian vibe, the Bungalow can best described as a place comparable to a vacation home in Costa Rica. The mismatched furniture, the fire pits, the pool table and the ping pong table all add to the beach house party environment which attracts a good looking crowd throughout the week. Located right next to a hotel, The Bungalow gets crowded so make sure to get there early!
High Rooftop Lounge
1697 Pacific Ave.
Venice Beach, CA 90291
As the only rooftop bar in Venice Beach, High Rooftop Lounge boasts the best views of the beach. With its casual atmosphere, nightly drink specials and live DJs, High Rooftop Lounge makes for a chill spot to hang out and relax. Located on the roof of Hotel Erwin, the lounge overlooks the boardwalk and the palm trees that hug its edges. The most notable thing about High Rooftop Lounge is that guests are provided with blankets to stay warm should the heat lamps not be enough.
20356 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
With a tiki-themed patio that overlooks the ocean, this Malibu beach bar comes complete with oceanfront views and salivating food options. The Blue Lounge at Moonshadows has become an LA hotspot where the locals like to bring their out-of-town guests. It’s a hip yet mellow place to hang out and relax among good company. The best days to go are on Sundays when you can relax on daybeds while listening to tunes from around the world.
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