A good Friday night usually consists of an early stop at a local hotel bar for a drink or two and aside from a few of SoCal’s popular spots, the westside has some hidden gem hotels that I love to drop by. Great service plus a view of the ocean are part of my cocktail criteria and it never hurts to have a good menu of lite bites. If you’re looking for a relaxing evening, my list of best hotel bars is sure to take care of you:
Shutters has one of the nicest lounge/bars in the area. The lobby, known as “Living Room” is comfortable, laid back, relaxing and makes you feel right at home. It’s the perfect place for a first date or a fun get together with friends. With a view of the ocean, heated terrace and regular live entertainment, it just can’t be beat. Plus, their wine list is phenomenal and their cheese plate is delish too.
Address: 1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405 | Phone: 310-458-0030
This vintage art deco style beauty has entertained the rich and famous since 1933 and is now a classic place to unwind at sunset. The Veranda Lounge offers martinis, mimosas and great people watching and is a perfect place to grab a drink before you head to dinner at Water Grill, Red O, Blue Plate Oysterette, The Ivy at the Shore or one of the many other fabulous restaurants near by.
Address: 1415 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401| Phone: 800-617-1529
Hotel Erwin’s High Rooftop Lounge offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Venice Beach. It’s a great place to entertain friends and co-workers and the nightly DJ’s contribute to a relaxing hip atmosphere and general feeling of wellbeing. Bring a jacket thought, it gets a little chilly up there!
Address: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 | Phone: 800-786-7789
The Bungalow lives inside the beautiful Fairmont Santa Monica and has outrageous views of the ocean. The colorful Spanish esque decor makes you feel like you’ve escaped on vacation for a quick minute and the upbeat happy vibe will keep you there longer than you know it. Whether you’re with friends or business associates, it’s a great place to mingle…ya might even spot a celebrity or two.
Address: 101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Phone: 310-899-8530
The Terrazza Lounge gives a feel of the Italian coast with a wrap around ocean view that anyone would love. I mean, you make it to Terrazza, and any way you look you’re gonna see that pretty Pacific. Casa del Mar’s Catch is their delicious seafood bar where you can nibble on sushi while enjoying your drink and conversing with your friends or date. Nightly entertainment completes the experience, and sometimes they have TVs for you sports peeps.
Address: 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 | Phone: 310-581-5533
Marina Del Rey Hotel’s Salt offers inside and deck side seating with a view of the harbor. The fire fire pits will have you feeling comfy and cozy as you watch the boats going in and out of the marina. Talk about a real stress reliever… this place is something everyone needs.
Address: 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 | Phone: 310-301-1000
I’ll be honest, with all these locations, its not easy to pick where to go when. Just do one spot at a time… you’ll get to em all. And just in time for summer ;)