Gran Blanco is a bar by the Venice Boardwalk. So, yes, it’s just as busy as you’d expect it to be - but fortunately, the crowd is less tourists, and more low-key locals who definitely held a surfboard at some point within the past 24 hours. The cocktails are great (get the Celery Southside, with gin and celery) and the burger is more than capable of standing bun-to-bun with any of its beachside peers.
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Tom’s is a retail shoe store/coffee shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice with a great, hidden patio in the back.
Hinano Cafe is a Venice icon and the kind of place you go into for one drink and walk out plastered and maybe with a lower-back henna tattoo.
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The Doughroom is a solid restaurant in Palms, an area of town without many solid restaurants.
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We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
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