These Are the Best Bars to Visit During Sunset in LA

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Dominic Bertolami

Freelance writer

Good timing is important to an enjoyable Los Angeles sunset. With a variety of views, colors, and backdrops, LA’s sunset hour is an experience of its own and the right cocktail will only compliment that experience. From Mai Tai’s and Daiquiris to artisanal matcha cocktails and spiked organic lemonade, these cocktails will make your LA sunset unforgettable.

1. Venice Whaler

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Italian

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Located directly across from the Venice Pier, vibrant and colorful sunset views are easily seen from the open air patio on the second story. Visited by such music royalty as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Doors, the unique history found here is woven through the walls and corridors of this special beach shack. Specialty cocktails with rock music themes are on tap. The “Jane’s Addiction” (Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and a twist of mint) or a “Paradise City” (vodka, coconut water, pineapple, salted vanilla, and lime juice) will go down just as smooth as the sunset.

2. The Venice Beach Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, North American, Mexican

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This historical building has been a landmark in Venice since it first opened its doors in 1958. With a new look and a new name, The Venice Beach Bar is a classic venue serving Baja inspired cuisine and artisanal cocktails. The evocative atmosphere and second story outlook are ideal for a classic California sunset. Grab a Tequila Blanco (white tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice) or an invigorating Cucumber Garden (cucumber dill vodka, fresh lime juice, and a pinch of sugar) and let the daytime casually slide into the evening. Try adding fruits, such as pineapple, for a tropical twist on classics such as a gin and soda.

3. High Rooftop Lounge – Hotel Erwin

Cocktail Bar, Mexican, North American

High Rooftop Lounge | Courtesy of Hotel Erwin
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Located on the roof of Hotel Erwin, the High Rooftop Lounge has the best oceanfront view of the sunset in Los Angeles. The unique specialty cocktails such as the “Lazy Sunbather” (Bombay Sapphire gin, Cointreau, and fresh lime and grapefruit juices) or “A Day at The Beach” (Square One cucumber vodka, St. Germain, and fresh lime) are a refreshing alternative to standard classics such as the Margarita. Offering small bites plus D.J. sets on the weekends, this is the perfect place to end a beach day while relaxing with friends.

4. The Bungalow Santa Monica

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American

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Located where Wilshire Boulevard meets the sea in Santa Monica atop the beachside bluffs, The Bungalow boasts an outdoor patio and bar area, offering panoramic views of the ocean far below. From the mind of Brent Bolthouse, this stylish space combines the feel of a seaside cottage with the casual nature of a Baja inspired casita. With a variety of themed rooms, stylish meeting spaces, intimate nooks, and the city’s best margaritas, it is easy to see why this unique canteen is popular for a romantic sunset or an evening out with friends.

5. Cabo Cantina Venice Beach

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Mexican

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Located just a block from the beach on Washington Boulevard on the border of Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach, Cabo Cantina is a casual spot offering outdoor seating and an upstairs patio with a fire pit. This brightly colored and lively establishment is known for its novelty cocktails and two for one priced Happy Hour (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., seven days a week), making it ideal to stay a while and watch the day drift into the evening with friends. With daily specials on its extensive menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, this is the ideal SoCal sunset location for travelers on a budget.

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