Manhattan Beach developed a different kind of energy in the evening hours and what ever your age or interests, there is most likely something for you.
Look at these beautiful, chic young women! They are radiant and reflect the night time energy here.
Okay, truth be told, these beauties do not live in Manhattan Beach. They are three of our own lovely VT Members:
They do reflect the atmosphere in Manhattan Beach at night. Fresh, fun and energized
Dress Code: Dress well and as stylishly as you can. Though the attire for the beach area is very casual, it is apparent that dressing up for evening activities is the key.
Towne is a fun, little, dark bar on Manhattan Avenue that serves great food and interesting martinis. It gets TOO crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, but the rest of the week is a safe bet for fun and crowd-free cocktails.
Valet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night--runs about US $7.
Interesting Fact: Towne is named after the owners mother, Sue Towne, who in 1928, won the 17 mile LA to Venice Beach dance marathon in 20 hours.*
*-Information from Towne's website
Dress Code: Dress to impress. No sandals, no sneakers, no torn jeans, no cut off shirts, no hats (specifically baseball hats) and no shorts (at night).
Shellback is my second favorite dive bar in Manhattan Beach (the other being Ercole's). Literally, the last stop before you hit the pier in downtown Manhattan Beach, there's not a better place to pop into after some volleyball for a cold beer on a hot summer day. The only problem is, its the type of place that a "pop in" turns into several pitchers and multiple Fanta shots (a speciality of the house... served in its own special shot glass). Don't be surprised to walk in and see multiple groups of people playing flip cup or quarters. While its pretty much the definition of a SoCal beach dive bar, they have a ton of TV's, so its also a great place to watch a game.
Dress Code: I think you're required to wear pants, but I'm not positive.
A popular venue for locals on a Thursday night, Towne tends to attract the 30+ crowd usually. You can sit in a booth or mingle with everyone near the bar. Good martinis and a good crowd.
Dress Code: Most people are wearing jeans and a nice top.
Mangiamo is an upscale restaurant with a small good-looking bar area. It is small and probably only fits 8 people.
Location - it's steps from the ocean at Manhattan Beach Boulevard, 4-5 doors from the Manhattan Beach Pier
Bartenders - very knowledgeable and friendly; the type of professionals that will encourage you to try different drinks based on what you've ordered previously
Price - this isn't a cheap place to have a drink. Can't exactly remember how much a martini cost (because I had a few!) but it was around $60 for 3-4 drinks.
Crowd - can get too pretentious. Was drinking there one night with a couple of friends when an older lady squeezed in between us and started talking to my friend "I have my own business, how much money do you make?"
Mr Pocket's. Yes, what a peculiar name huh?
It is a sports bar located on Sepulveda and that's why I went there for the first time only after I'd been living in Manhattan Beach for almost two years; as I normally go to the bars closer to the ocean.
It is a lot larger than what you think from outside. They have a bar/restaurant area with many televisions and I was told upstairs they have game rooms with pool tables, dart boards and fusball.
Overall a nice place, but it lacks 'soul'. We were there for the opening day of the NFL and the place was half empty. I think I'd stick to Sharks Cove nearer to the ocean.
Sharkeez is a very popular hangout located at the Northern end of Manhattan Beach. It is a lively good-looking bar with a DJ that plays hit songs from today and the 90's.
It attracts a lot of young people 30yr so if you like a lively place with a crowd you will like it.
For me it's a little bit too rowdy, in a frat-boyish way - I like pubs and bars that are more laid back; where people just sit and chat not having to try to impress other people.
They have good selection of food though - the regular "Californian" from burgers to taco's.
This is truly a 'hidden' bar ... there's no door on the big street and there's no sign either.
The entrance is on the side (smart huh? hehe) and the tiny bar sits probably 15 people.
Due to its size it is of course very intimate; and on Thursdays and weekends they often have performing DJ's playing Lounge/Trance music.
They also serve food (where's the kitchen you wonder...) but I've never eaten here so I cannot comment on the dishes they serve.
Overall a very interesting place ... combination of the music that is not typical of Manhattan Beach and its size
Hennessy's Tavern is a good looking bar/restaurant close the municipal pier. I don't think that it has the authentic Irish pub 'feel' - it's too nice and spacious for that; also they don't have too many different variety of beers.
What it lacks in beer it compensates in food though: I've been here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food never disappointed me. The chicken pesto toasted sandwich is delightful!
Zinc bar at the Shade hotel is the spot in Manhattan Beach where the rich comes to play.
Ladies showing off their newest evening dresses and Gentlemen in their Italian shirts trying to catch their attention is the scene in this glitzy bar.
It's kinda cool if that is what you are looking for but I'd rather have my pub with peanut shells on the floor :)
OB's is a little neighbourhood pub (dive) where local hangs out. It reminds me a lot to the 'traditional' Irish bars in the Europe. Great beer selection, peanuts is available in a barrel (you can throw the shells on the floor) for free, and the food is good and cheap.
Unlike the other establishments in Manhattan Beach, OB's is very laid back and casual. On Tuesdays people from other neighbouring towns come to eat $1.80 giant taco's (go for steak) and drink beer. If you eat 10 in a sitting they'll put your name on the wall (my personal record is a lame 3).
Come here if you are tired of the LA 'game' about wealth and glamour and just want to talk about normal things in life.
Located just off the Manhattan Beach pier Shark's Cove is a modern (=lots of HDTV) sports bar with full menu.
It gets busy during the weekend and whenever there's a big game; but it is also a good spot for lunch. The usual bar food is available (nachos, burgers), but what I like about it is that you also can get good quality pizza, sandwiches and salad.
Thy have a decent beer selection (albeit not so much imported beer) and a full bar.
During the happy hour the 30ct wings is a steal! Otherwise, try the Dodgers (sausage) pizza with thin crust.
Dress Code: Very relaxed dress code: t-shirts, shorts and slippers...it's by the beach :)
Shellback is a low-key dive bar steps away from the ocean. People from the neighbourhood come here to have a pint of lager, watch baseball, eat taco's and to hang out with their neighbours.
Being a wealthy town, Manhattan Beach has a lot to offer when it comes to fine dining and glitzy lounges. Shellback tavern is one of the few places where one can just walk in and not worry about how one must carry oneself :)
Dress Code: T-Shirts and Shorts are what you wear at Shellback :)
Side door is a romantically lit, quaint neighborhood martini bar with an intimate down tempo music and dark corners; the perfect spot for a "get to know you" date. The bartenders are nice and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to making delicious martinis! Side Door has a decent sized menu with a good variety of cuisine to satisfy your appetite but there are many great restaurant options around Side Door (ie. Michis (sushi), Fonz's (steak), Rock n'Fish (Hibachi), etc.) if you are interested in eating elsewhere. Get there early if you want to snag one of the coveted velvet booths...and trust me, with 15 Sq. feet of standing room, the booths are worth an early arrival!
Dress Code: business casual-No flip flops, no cutoff shirts, combed hair....
The bar is beautifully designed. It is modern, sophisticated, and airy without giving in to stereotypical expectations of being swank a la playa. The place is very welcoming and comfortable without compromising on design. The appetizers are also an unexpectedly sophisticated. I've really liked everything I've tried at this bar.
What I'm not so comfortable with is the crowd as the evening gets late. It quickly turns into a pickup spot with the women competing with each other wearing the same uniform of skimpy strappy w/ tight jeans until they all look the same. I wish the clientele here had the same creativity and sophistication to their dress as this place has to its design. That said, there is a friendly vibe to the crowd and the patio is a great spot to be at dusk.
Dress Code: flipflops meet prada...i.e., nice casual but make an effort.
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