Venice Beach has long been known as the home for creative, eccentric, and fun-loving people, and the Venice Beach nightlife scene reflects these elements of its character. From upscale lounges to classic dive bars that have become hallmarks of the Venice Beach party scene. Venice Beach nightlife has a little bit of something for everyone.
The Best Places to Go for a Night Out
Though it’s technically a part of Santa Monica, Circle Bar is a local institution in the Venice Beach nightlife area club scene that has been catering to the night-loving crowd since opening in 1949. Since then, Truman Capote and Jim Morrison have been just the beginning of the diverse creative-types that the hotspot has attracted. Experience this upbeat party bar for yourself and enjoy reasonably-priced drinks, a fun dance floor, and a great selection of DJs—all on top of no cover charge.
If you want to dance all night, treat yourself to a visit to Main’s modern club atmosphere. With plenty of room to dance and laid-back seating areas to rest on in between songs, this sleek, contemporary dance club will guarantee a great night out on the town.
Alternatively, if live music is more of “your thing” than the auto-tuned hits of local DJs, the traditional Irish pub ambiance of Brennan’s Pub is the perfect Venice Beach nightlife venue to check out. With plans in the works to revamp the bar’s looks, this well-known Venice Beach bar that has been around since 1972 (and is also famous for its weekly turtle racing out held in the parking lot) will soon be shiny and new again.
Another gem of Venice Beach nightlife is the Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy, which also made our list of best local bars. Since 1915, this place has offered a sophisticated atmosphere of craft cocktails and secret indulgence. Listen to the sweet tunes of live jazz, the witty routines of comedy shows, or the burlesque songs and dance numbers.
Finally, those who love lively dive bars should also check out The Brig or The Venice Whaler, each of which have an eccentric vibe that’s none too sophisticated, but perfectly enjoyable. On a given night, you can expect to find a raucous crowd of skaters and the like at The Venice Whaler, while the Brig gives off that old-school, retro space-age vibe that hearkens back to the 1970s.
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