We have pretty specific requirements for our post-beach eating spots: casual, full of cold beer, acceptable to wear a bathing suit under our clothes, and most of the time, a great burger. Tower 12 in Hermosa Beach hits all of these things, making it a pretty great weekend hangout, even if you have an irrational fear of sand. Up a flight of stairs on the second floor of a prime spot on Hermosa Pier, this bar and restaurant gets pretty busy with the drinking crowd on weekends, and is an ideal place to post up most of the day for beers and the Tower 12 burger - a fancy version of a Big Mac that’s much better than your last drunken drive-through trip.
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The Bottle Inn
The Bottle Inn in Hermosa Beach does excellent Italian-American classics a block from the beach.
With an adult-friendly dining room, a nice outdoor balcony, an active bar, and large upstairs dance-floor slopfest, Abigaile has something for everyone.
Baran’s 2239 is a Hermosa Beach neighborhood spot that will make you feel like you’re at a potluck.
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Simmzy’s is a beach-themed bar/restaurant and an ideal spot for an after-work drink and some food.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
Madera Kitchen in Hollywood has the makings of a neighborhood go-to, but the food is disappointing.
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El Segundo Brewing Co.
El Segundo Brewery has an excellent tap room and one of the biggest arrays of IPAs in LA.
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