Whether you hate to love it, or love to hate it, The Bungalow Santa Monica is an essential destination for nightlife in Los Angeles. The most popular bar on the Westside is home to cocktails, a lively crowd, and a beachside location. It has an indoor-outdoor vibe with a kitschy, Baja California theme. You’ll feel like you’re at a beach bungalow house party as you watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in the distance. More than anything, The Bungalow is known as a place to meet new people (a la romantic interests) who have a signature “Westside” vibe. While the crowd can get a little fratty on busy days, you’ll also meet young professionals and energetic friend groups stopping in for weekday drinks. Drop by to get a taste of a quintessential night out in Santa Monica.
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The Bungalow Details:
They’ve got notable bar food options like tacos, nachos, and burgers. Prices are a bit high ($18 Truffle Fries, etc.) but their bites will hit the spot when you’ve got drunchies under the sun.
They’ve got a ton of signature cocktails like the “Bitchin’ Sangria,” “Purple Haze” (featuring Roku gin and lavender syrup), and the “Locals Only,” a mezcal take on a Moscow Mule. There’s also canned beer and seltzer that you can order on its own or by the bucket.
Depending on the time you’re there, you’ll hear everything from ’70s rock to ’00s throwback hip hop. Live DJs on weekend nights give things more of a dance party vibe on the patio and you can occasionally catch live bands as well.
The kitschy aesthetic of the venue includes vintage surf décor and rustic, beachy furnishings. People wander throughout the “house” all night making it easy to mix and mingle. There’s also ping pong, pool and a fire pit out back. Reserve a table to ensure you’ve got a place to lounge with friends. The Bungalow Santa Monica is one of the best bars in the city to meet someone new, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation!
📸 Photo Ops:
There’s a free photo booth tucked in the corner of The Study perfect for a quick shoot. Also the light up “AMOR” sign in the main room is a solid feature. Otherwise, the entire space is super Instagrammable and built for exploring.
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The Bungalow Santa Monica Info:
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
- Beautiful venue with lots of space to explore
- Sociable crowd for meeting new people
- Sunset views over the ocean
- Long line on weekends (up to 2 hrs)
- Crowd can be hit or miss
- Expensive food and drinks