With everything from dive bars and upscale lounges to live music venues and dance clubs, Santa Monica's nightlife scene has something for everyone.
Unlike other parts of Los Angeles where table service and being on a club promoter's list determines where you're going and when you're getting in, Santa Monica's nightlife scene is much more relaxed, both in atmosphere and expectations for dress.
The dress code, in general, is much more casual (it's the beach), and getting in depends less on who you know and more on where you go and when you arrive.
Whether you're looking for a rooftop bar, live music, dance clubs, or just a cool place in Santa Monica to hang out and grab a drink, nightlife in Santa Monica delivers.
Here are some of the best places to hang out under the stars in Santa Monica.