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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American Beauty is a new steakhouse in Venice, and pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Venice steakhouse - in the best possible way.
We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
Real deal Italian pizza at the quiet end of Abbot Kinney - complete with real deal charming Italians.
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The Federal Bar
The Federal Bar in North Hollywood has a fun, unpretentious atmosphere, and an above-average bar menu.
Farmhouse is a huge farm-to-table place in the Beverly Center. Apart from a fantastic chicken liver toast, the food is fine, without being memorable.
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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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