Venice, apart from its picturesque beauty, is also renowned world over for its bar culture. The city had some famous watering holes in bygone years. The upscale baby couture and trendy haberdashers are now currently in vogue replacing quite a few watering holes of yesteryears. However, some of these iconic bars still exist along with the trendy ones.
If you are planning to visit Venice in future whether for leisure or business, here are some of the best bars in the city that you should consider to visit. These must-visit bars include Hinano Café, Venice Ale House, Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice Beach Wine, Wurstkuche, The Otheroom, High Rooftop Lounge, Venice Whaler, The Brig and Nikki's. Let’s take a virtual tour of these bars and see what all they have to offer to their visitors.
The Hinano Café is a classic bar in Venice greatly adored by both the locals and foreign tourists. This is among the best places in the city to visit during the summer season. It is situated just nearby the Venice Pier. It is frequented most during the peak summer season. People mostly tend to visit early morning for a sumptuous $5 breakfast or descend here during late afternoon for a perfect lunch along with a pitcher of beer. Once you enter this bar, you will simply lose track of time and want to spend more hours here.
Venice Ale House
The Venice Ale House is the best destination in the city for quintessential beer lovers. This beachfront bar is undoubtedly the best and a class apart when compared to other beachfront bars. The wide selection of beer is simply of high quality thus making boardwalk people-watching and ocean view a secondary thing. This is the only bar in Venice which surpasses all other bars in terms of the availability of the finest West Coast craft beer. A “Skate” of wine or beer and the grass-fed burger are worth trying out.
Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy
The Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy situated on Windward Avenue are just the place to visit in the city if the 21st Amendment and suspenders are the ones that sets your heart racing. Gulp down the ‘Old Fashioned’ and after one happy hour it will seem as though ghosts of the Volstead Act continue to haunt the 1915 structure smelling of hip flasks and bathtub gin. Consider visiting the bar between 5 to 8 pm to enjoy classic whiskey cocktails prepared with single-barrel Buffalo Trace bourbon. It will cost you only $5. You can also entertain yourself with live jazz, burlesque and DJs.
Venice Beach Wines
The Venice Beach Wines is a recent entrant to the bar scene in Venice. It opened nearly 8 years ago at Rose Avenue. Ever since its launch, the bar has gained immense popularity among the locals and tourists. This casual-chic bar is visited most by those who want a charcuterie plate and quick happy hour drink before heading off to one of the many neighboring restaurants for a great lunch.
The Wurstkuche is situated in Lincloln Blvd. As you enter the bar it will resemble a modern German beer hall with traditional Bavarian beers enjoyed on long communal tables. You can treat yourself to exotic sausages such as those of duck and bacon, or rattlesnake and rabbit. With darkness setting in the Wurstkuche looks more of a nightclub with DJs playing loud music. It is absolutely the best place to visit on a weekend afternoon to enjoy 24 types of beer on offer here.
The Otheroom is situated on Abbot Kinney Blvd. It’s a must visit place. The wide choice of beer and wine on offer here are among the fines and somewhat costly though. It’s undoubtedly the perfect place for your first date with its amplified music and flattering light. This place is great favorites with the locals and you will also love visiting it quite often.
High Rooftop Lounge
The High Rooftop Lounge is situated at Hotel Erwin in Pacific Avenue. It offers fascinating views over the coast and even to distant Catalina when visited on a clear day. This is best place in Venice to watch the beautiful sunset. The High Rooftop Lounge attracts numerous locals and foreign tourists who come here to enjoy a quick Strawberry Mule and watch the sun setting behind the Santa Monica mountains. It is one of the best bars in Venice that should be visited at all costs.