The Venice Boardwalk isn’t generally a place we advise people to go drink, but The Waterfront is the exception. The sprawling neighborhood bar/cafe has actually been around since the mid-90s, but recently underwent a big renovation that includes a brand new patio, an updated food menu, and plenty of decorative surfboards (of course). The weekend crowd is definitely filled with more tech bros than a Snapchat singles mixer, but this is Venice - it just comes with the territory.
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Double Zero is a plant-based pizza spot in Venice that’s way better than you’d think a plant-based pizza spot would be.
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.
Old Lightning is a reservation-only whiskey and cocktail bar hidden in the back of Scopa Italian Roots in Venice.
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La Copine is a daytime cafe in Yucca Valley, and is worth the drive from Joshua Tree for a late lunch.
District Pub is a solid burger and beer bar in North Hollywood and an ideal late-night option if you're in the area.
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Bar Calo is a Mexican cocktail bar/restaurant in Echo Park that reminds you why you love LA.
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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