Bars in Santa Monica

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A sister establishment of Marina del Rey mainstay Killer Shrimp, the recently inaugurated Killer Cafe grants its diners picturesque views of the sparkling harbor as they savor handcrafted dishes. Customers can sprawl inside an oversize booth in the dining room, perch on the outdoor patio, or tie up their boat along the dock for dock-and-dine service. Each spot affords glimpses of the aquatic surroundings, where they can sample bites of classic breakfasts such as traditional eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes or opt to split a plate with nearby pelicans.

4211 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US

The Bodega Wine Bar provides wine lovers a casual setting to share plates and try new wines with friends without requiring a deep grapey understanding. Fluff out your cheeks for a cheese plate's offering of the day's selections paired with crackers, nuts, and quince paste ($13) while sipping a glass of Ferreira tawny porto ($9) or one of Bodega's Private Label wines—a Paso Robles red and a Santa Ynez white ($8). While gargling bored doe merlot ($9/glass), snack on a smoked-turkey panini made with tomato, arugula, pesto mayo, and goat cheese ($10). Various pizzas are also available ($11–$13), and beer, cold sake, and soju cocktails await those who don't like wine but want to keep their tongues from shriveling up into a tongue-raisin.

814 Broadway
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Cabo Cantina serves up tasty Mexican-style eats and throat de-parchers in a festive environment lined with high-definition TVs. Fix your eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while your mouth focuses on a basket of hand-battered jalapeño chips served with queso dip and ranch ($4). Salad choices include the macho salad, which comes with chicken, pico de gallo, avocado, corn, mushrooms, cheese, and ranch, and can be consumed as a regular salad or rolled up in a whole-wheat tortilla and served as a wrap ($8). To appease more ambitious appetites, feast on fajitas, a platter that’s prepared with your choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp sautéed with peppers, onions, and Cabo’s fajita seasoning; a host of sides are also included, such as Spanish rice, guacamole, and black beans ($11.50). Cabo's collection of tasty margaritas, tequilas, and beers provide plenty of glad gulps to pique the palate.

30 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US

Common crooners and undercover celebrities belt out ballads all evening long at The Gaslite. Karaoke commences promptly at 7 p.m. every evening, provided that the bar's nine widescreen TVs are not showcasing the latest sporting events or insightful weather reports. While providing Tina Turner imitators with backup harmonies, patrons can sip on a variety of mixed drinks ($7–$12), beer ($4–$6), and wine ($7) to keep whistles in peak performing form. Stop in during happy hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and prepare for songs about buckets with $2 off all drinks or a bucket toting a quartet of domestic ($10) or imported beer ($12), then reuse the emptied container to douse championship-winning singers. The Gaslite is open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and makes up for its lack of kitchen by providing a lengthy list of local eateries ready to deliver directly to your table.

2030 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

A finalist for ESPN's North America's Best Sports Bar in 2010, South balances its affection for athletics with a menu of authentic Southern fare. Tackle taste buds with the crawfish popcorn starter, with crawfish tails fried in a Cajun batter and sidekicked with tartar sauce ($10), or opt for a signature sandwich—pulled chicken, pork, and tri-tip topped with roast beef, ham, mozzarella cheese, and kettle chips smothered in gravy and served with regular or sweet-potato fries ($11).

3001 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice,
CA
US