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Aperol Spritz and Pomme Frites, Please!

Written By: Molly O’Brien Venice Happy Hour

Venice and Marina Del Rey are known for their relaxed, bohemian vibes as well as Silicon Beach’s “work hard, play hard” attitude. It’s fitting that these areas have the best selection of happy hours to back up the atmosphere. Here’s 7 of the neighborhood’s best places to chill and grab reasonably priced snacks and snazzy cocktails when the clock strikes 5!

 

1 | California Cool Venice Happy Hour

Stark’s Restaurant

Stark’s Restaurant is a quintessential Californian eatery, which includes a 360-degree seating bar—complete with a selection of creatively curated cocktails. From 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, happy hour highlights feature select $10 drinks, including the Starks Royale (gin, lemon, cucumber, mint and champagne), which can be deliciously paired with small bites like the Margherita flatbread. “We’re constantly changing up the offerings,” shares General Manager Graham Arnold.

Native Knowledge: Their $2 oysters are always rotating to whatever is the freshest available and are directly sourced through Santa Monica Seafood. As far as the pizza goes, the dough is made in-house with just a small touch of honey for added sweetness! 

Stark’s Restaurant
13181 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
310.437.7600

 

2 | Old Friends and New Friends Venice Happy Hour

The Little Friend

With happy hour specials every single night until 8 p.m., it’s no wonder The Little Friend is a great place for meeting (and making) new companions. Guests can try essential selections like the classic Aperol Spritz or Mezcal Margarita, as well as Peroni on draft. Bites include tasty pomme frites and tacos.

The Little Friend
822 Washington Blvd 
Venice, CA 90292
310.747.6969

 

3 | Walkin’ (and Drinkin’) on Sunshine

Sunny Spot

At the intersection of Abbot Kinney and Marina Del Rey is friendly local outpost Sunny Spot. Happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Offerings include $5 house wine, well drinks and beer as well as bites like tacos and chips with dipall enjoyed beneath the warm California sunshine.

Sunny Spot
822 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
310.448.8884

4 | Howdy, Neighbor! Venice Happy Hour

Neighbor

Neighbor on Abbot Kinney is one of the most aesthetically pleasing Venice must-visits for Angelenos and visitors alike. Insta-worthy happy hours are daily from 4-6 p.m. and feature a selection of cocktails like the Oaxacan Spritz (mezcal, aperol, lime, grapefruit, salt and soda) and Infante (tequila, lime, orgeat and nutmeg) as well as bites including tostadas, oysters and fries.

Neighbor
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA  90291
310.314.3625

 

5 | Whale, Whale, Whale (What Drinks Do We Have Here?)

The Venice Whaler

Since 1944, The Venice Whaler has been offering locals, visitors and celebrities like The Beatles and The Beach Boys incomparable sunsets, margaritas, tacos and a taste of rich history. Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m., The Whaler hosts happy hour. Food offerings include tacos, chowder and sliders, which you can enjoy with drinks like Sangria, well cocktails, beer and wine from $5-8.

Native Knowledge: The juices that The Whaler uses in cocktails are fresh-squeezed daily on-site.

The Whaler
10 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
310.821.8737

 

6 | French Connection Venice Happy Hour

Zinque

This chic, hipster modern Venice hangout is a trendy spot for people-watching while appreciating good wine and small bites either inside or on the charming patio. Monday-Friday from 4-6:30 p.m., Zinque offers wine, beer and sangria alongside bites like mini quiches and quesadillas to share (or not!).

Zinque
600 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
310.437.0970