Venice Ale House is right off the Boardwalk, serving lunch, dinner, and lots of beer on tap - it could easily be a sticky, overpriced tourist trap. But, maybe because it’s slightly further down the Boardwalk and most tourists have already settled on the place they’re going to spill their beer on the floor, it’s actually a relaxed spot for day and early-evening drinking (it’s only open till midnight on weekends, and 9pm weekdays). The food menu is weirdly health-focused, but the beer is great, it’s easy to find a seat, and you’re right on the beach.
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Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle on Abbot Kinney might not be the coolest coffee shop any more, but the coffee is still good, and there are usually food trucks outside.
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The Corner Door
Culver City’s The Corner Door has solid American food, good cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere perfect for a casual date night.
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Neighbor on Abbot Kinney is a great place to grab drinks and a bite with friends while you discuss your future beach homes.
Venice Beach Wines
Venice Beach Wines is solid, low-key spot to grab a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
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