Copa d Oro is just off the Third Street Promenade on Broadway - a convenient place to stop and recharge with craft cocktails after a long day of shopping.
It is also happens to be one of best happy hour spots in Santa Monica, and is a great destination for Friday and Saturday nights, when you'll find it a classy yet laid-back lounge reliably swamped and DJs spinning into the wee hours.
The name is a nod to the California poppy, which Spanish explorers referred to as "cups of gold" (copa de oro), but the real gold for Santa Monica drinkers might just be a quiet, hip bar that skews toward a more literate, well-traveled crowd.
Copa d' Oro is a good place to hang out with friends and listen to some pumping old school beats from the DJ in the corner with a chill, friendly crowd.
In fact, the bar caters to a slightly older demographic that is "...maybe a little more educated, a little bit more traveled, a little bit more literate," explains the understated lounge's founder, Jonathan Chu.
"My friends are always complaining that they have nowhere to go for drinks, so I opened Copa to help fill that void," Chu says.
The 2,000-square-foot space usually hums with a post-work assortment of smartly dressed urban professionals intently eyeing the craft cocktails made with organic fruits and herbs in a low-lit, intimate setting.
You can order the Imperfect Manhattan, Caipirinha, Moscow Mule, and Carribbean Collins for $5 each, as well as mojitos, Tommy's margarita, Pimms cup, and more for $6 during happy hour, which runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m highly, and all night on Mondays.
Copa d' Oro is located inside at 217 Broadway., Santa Monica; (310) 576-3030. Get more Copa d' Oro details here.