Delphina is a swank, modern hotel just off the 10 freeway in downtown Santa Monica. Most striking here is the contemporary decor and ambience inside. For a business trip, the hotel is convenient to Santa Monica civic center and walking distance to 3rd Street Promenade. However, you don't have to stay in a room here to enjoy the hotel. Full-bar here! Also, surprisingly the food menu is on the exquisitive side. Entrees are from $15-$25. I attended a networking event here which attracted some 50-70 people. Other events that are held here include biz meetings and single events.
Dress Code: It would look appropriate to wear dressy casual or semi-formal, especially for a business function
This small pub located on Montana Ave in Santa Monica boasts over 35 beers on tap. They also serve wine but no hard alcohol. They do have a limited menu. They are known for their office burger. A think burger topped with blue cheese, arugula and bacon. Don't ask to make any modifications on the burger because they think it should be eaten exactly as is. So if you don't want something on it you have to pick it off.
I personally think the fries which are served in a cute little metal shopping cart are awesome. The have both regular and sweet potatoe fries and are served with some garlic aioli. Mmm.
This place is ALWAYS packed with the locals. So you might have to wait for a seat.
Dress Code: Casual
The Arsenal is a bar that has been around since partying on the Westside was born. It has been renovated many times and is conveniently located on Pico St in Santa Monica. The Arsenal boasts two bars inside of its premises and serves food until 11:00PM. This place is known for the excellence of its mixed drinks and I would suggest ordering either Lebowski's favorite, a White Russian, or a tasty SideCar. But for those beer drinkers, all sorts of beer can be had here of which my favorite is a nice tall glass of Heffewiser with a lemon. Wine is also available. For those of us who like to smoke in a social atmosphere and don't like to be kicked out onto the curb outside a bar (a norm in Santa Monica), the Arsenal provides an outdoor smoking area for smokers. As far as celebrities go, I have spotted Jaime Fox and Monica Lewinski having a drink here. The Arsenal truely lives up to its name by boasting retired weapons from all ages tacked up on its walls in the second room.
Dress Code: No hats or shorts. Shoes are recommended. There is also no cover charge. 21 and over. Make sure to bring an I.D.
I enjoy playing pool so Yankee Doodles totally took care of that need. Besides the pool though, the environment is very lively.
Besides the pool though, Yankee Doodle has 3 room options. They have a VIP lounge (private/semi-private) for 2-40 guests, a cellar (also private/semi-private) that seats 2-350 guests and then the street level room where I hung out, which caters for 2-250 guests. The street level area is public but may be bought out for private use.
They also do event planning...if you're interested.
Dress Code: No special dress requirements
Dimly lit bar that has a different act every night. Cover is usually $5 Sunday thru Wednesday, $7 for Thursday, $10 for Friday and Saturday. Musical acts vary widely from Latin to spoken word. Great place to relax and have a drink with friends.
Dress Code: Fairly casual. Long pants might be the only requirement.
Here's a nice activity for families, those going for a date or for anyone who loves films (these should cover everybody). On Tuesday nights, the Santa Monica Pier becomes like an open air drive-in theater, only without the car. Park it by the shore, walk through the sand sit out on the pier to see a classic film.
A ticket is required for admission. See the Santa Monica Visitor Center or a kiosk at the Third Street Promenade.
Dress Code: bring a jacket because the breeze along the shore makes it quite nippy !!
Shane offers a dining room in the front, but the "red room" in the back is far more interesting -- it features red walls, a live DJ spinning cool house/techno, and comfy couches and pillows for lounging. It's all very reminiscent of Morocco or thereabouts. The incredible ambience makes for a very attractive crowd. My one complaint is the slow service.
Dress Code: The dress code seems to be SEXY -- no matter whether it's jeans or dresses!
if you ever get hungry and you happened to be in this area.. And I know how hard it is to get good food at 12 at nite.. But, there's a couple so called restaurant that's open 24 hours (thank God). Tommy's Burger they have the best chili burger ever!!
Dress Code: No coat, no suit, no tie hehe But be prepared with lotsa napkins. You'll get sloppy :D
I don't think Santa Monica has much of a night life. They have a few pubs but I don't drink :) The best place to party is still Hollywood.
For me, an ideal way of nightlife-ing is stroll at the beach or at the pier, it's really romantic provided you have the right company.
Dress Code: depends on the weather
Irish Pub, Ireland Style, Not L.A. Style. Great Food, Great Atmosphere. A place for us east coast transplants to play darts and drink Harp. They also pour a mean pint of Guiness. The Buffalo Chicken Fingers here are awesome, as are the hamburgers. Never gets oppressively crowded ensuring a positive bar experience.
Dress Code: Whatever you feel like
Dance spot attracting a fun interesting crowd. Funky Hippeez (70's music)perform every Friday night and the M-80's on Saturday's
Dress Code: Depends on the night
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