What Are the Best Santa Monica Bars?

July 6th, 2018 by

Toyota Santa Monica

From quiet and sophisticated to bustling and eccentric, there are plenty of Santa Monica bars to choose from for a fun night out*. Here are some of our favorite spots to unwind in our community.

Chez Jay

Chez Jay is one of the longest standing bars in the Santa Monica area. You’ll easily recognize this landmark thanks to the nostalgic neon sign out front. And when you step foot inside, you’ll be welcomed by peanut shells, checkered tablecloths, and vinyl seating.

The Bungalow

If you’re looking for a swanky night out near Venice, The Bungalow is a great bar. Here, you’ll feel like you went back in time but that you did so with all the best features. With oldies music, retro signage, and a very unique menu, you’ll love spending time in this place.

West 4th and Jane

West 4th and Jane is an average bar with an above-average selection of beers. While the atmosphere is casual and the food is your typical bar food (but still delicious), you’ll love that there are always 24 beers on tap and that happy hour occurs every single day. If you’re looking for a fun experience near Palms, this is the place to go.

Father’s Office

Father’s Office is on the smaller side, but you’ll love the appeal of the all-wood style that reminds you of a father’s, well, den. Here, you’ll have your choice of 36 beers on tap. But what’s most exciting about this bar is the rules: don’t ask for ketchup and never ask for substitutions on your burger.

Basement Tavern

The Basement Tavern stays true to its name. In fact, people have come from Playa Vista and Culver City just to see what it’s like inside. Adorned with taxidermied wildlife, lounge seating, and chandeliers, you’ll feel like you’re literally inside someone’s basement having a drink with close friends.

About Toyota Santa Monica and Community Focus

Aside from selling new and used vehicles in the Santa Monica area, Toyota Santa Monica prides itself on its community focus. In addition to having fun with our guide to the best bars in the area, you can learn more about our work Global Green, Heal the Bay, or The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.

*This Santa Monica bars guide is intended only for responsible adults of legal drinking age in the United States of America (21 years old or older). It is purely intended for entertainment purposes.

Please do NOT drink and drive. If you need transportation, use a designated driver or a taxi service. And please be careful when crossing the street after drinking.

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