Santa Monica Night Clubs
Where to Go when the Stars are Out

Santa Monica night clubs are more laid-back than those in downtown Los Angeles or Hollywood. We keep it real here, and Santa Monica nightlife reflects that.

Sure, you'll need to queue up occasionally - is there anywhere worth going to that isn't going to attract a crowd?

Whether you're looking for a rooftop bar, a happening live music venue, or somewhere to dance the night away, these Santa Monica night clubs deliver.

Upscale Santa Monica Night Clubs

Stepping into The Bungalow at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you've ever been to.

It's easy to feel comfortable here, from the cozy decor to ping pong tables and readily available board games. Stop in early (before 8 pm) to avoid the cue.

Grab a Bungalow margarita or lychee gimlet, and let the night unfold. The crowd here is young and trendy and parties well into the night. 

The Penthouse: Enjoy upscale Santa Monica nightlife with creative libations while soaking in panoramic views of the beach and city from the Huntley Hotel's 18th floor. 

This swanky restaurant-bar-lounge is popular for sunset cocktails and a lively bar scene. Patrons relax on white leather armchairs and benches or intimate booths (complete with sheer white privacy curtains) while sipping on wine and enjoying an appetizer. 

A sleek bar offering up martinis and specialty cocktails is in the middle of this space, but the real standout here is the floor-to-ceiling windows that serve up awe-inspiring views of Los Angeles. 

It even gets the music going for some dancing off to the side of the bar on weekend nights. Whether it's your first time in the city or you've lived here forever, The Penthouse is an excellent reminder of why this city is so unique. 

SHOREbar  If Cape Cod was the epicenter of craft cocktails, Shorebar would be its premier yacht club. If that 75-foot custom-outfitted yacht is tied up in “equity or “dreams,” Shorebar’s got you covered.

A cozy beach-club-inspired place featuring white wood paneling, blue and white nautical striped walls, below-deck style booth seating, and submarine-like lighting fixtures illuminating vintage—no Baywatch paraphernalia here—photos of local lifeguards. 

And if you’re into nautical memberships, ask about their upstairs private alcove and the benefits that come with—sorry, it’s open to locals only here.

Whatever you do, get ready to drown yourself in a sea of sophisticated cocktails designed by Master Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella of Copa D’ Ora. 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 112 W Channel Road, Santa Monica.

Senator Jones: The club's lineup of headlining DJs, professional lighting and sound, and top-notch bar and bottle service packages make Senator Jones one of the top Santa Monica night clubs.

Since 2000, Senator Jones has entertained the Santa Monica area with must-see live shows, lively parties, and unforgettable nights. The upscale yet inclusive nightclub promises an evening full of dancing, socializing, and fun. 

With two rooms, two DJ booths, three bars, and 17 bottle service tables - welcome to the next episode of Santa Monica nightlife.

You can expect DJs to mainly play house music on Friday nights with the pop, hip hop, EDM, and r&b thrown into the mix. On Saturday nights, expect a more open format from DJs focusing on pop and hip hop music. 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Rooftop Hot Spots

Looking for a rooftop nightspot in Santa Monica? The Penthouse on the 18th floor of the Huntley Hotel is an indoor rooftop bar that can always be counted on to play host to an eclectic mix of upscale travelers and fun locals. 

ONYX Rooftop Lounge atop the Hotel Shangri-la serves up stellar ocean views along with signature cocktails and small plates for a scenic night out. If you can get a seat around the fire pit, you're set for the night.

Onyx features a curated small plates menu complemented by specialty cocktails like the tami tini, the last tango, and London calling.

Once a penthouse suite,  ONYX Rooftop Lounge captures the elusive sense of Hollywood glamour with a timeless Art Deco design and world-class Pacific Ocean views.

Santa Monica Night Clubs for Dancing

Circle Bar: From Jim Morrison and Truman Capote to today's contemporaries, the Circle Bar continues to attract a vibrant and diverse crowd on the West Side with DJs and dancing every night of the week (except Monday) - 9 pm to 2 am.

Circle Bar has made vast improvements to the decor, ambiance, music, and, most importantly, service with careful attention to detail. What makes the Circle Bar unique is that it outlives trends that come and go.

With the same floor plan since it opened in 1949, patrons know what to expect when they arrive - a good time. The neighborhood may change, the music here and there, but the spirit of Circle Bar will live forever.

​Many generations return to Circle Bar whether they met their mate there, had a birthday bash, or stopped in while passing through. By embracing our nostalgia, heritage, and commitment to good service, Circle Bar remains a vibrant dancing destination in LA. 

The Room Santa Monica is a popular gathering spot to bust a move for a dancing night out. Here you'll find classic libations in a swank, dark setting, cozy booths, and nightly DJs who keep patrons dancing the night away.

Santa Monica Night Clubs with Live Music

Harvelle's Blues Club, the oldest live music venue on the West Side, is a small, dimly lit venue hosting live music and dancing nightly.

Check the club's calendar online before you go; with blues, jazz, rock, funk, and burlesque on the agenda, there's something different nightly.

TRiP Santa Monica is one of the Westside's leading music hot spots, presenting an impressive variety of rock, world, acoustic, indie pop, and other live music nightly.

Santa Monica Dive Bars

Chez Jay: When you mention dive bars in Santa Monica, Chez Jay will inevitably come up in conversation. 

Known as the "celebrity dive," Chez Jay has served Santa Monica for more than 50 years.  

Grab a seat at the bar and rub elbows with locals while enjoying a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

Chez Jay has happy hour from 4:30-6 pm, with price specials on wine and food items.

The Daily Pint  With pool tables, shuffleboard, darts, plenty of big screen televisions, and a hefty selection of draft beers and whiskey, it's a great place to crack open a beer and have a great time. 

Whether it's to watch a big game or unwind after a long day of sightseeing, this dive bar on Pico Boulevard is a low-key hideaway. They have a craft beer and whiskey club with specials and discounts for the true connoisseur.

Rick's Tavern: on Main is a California beach bar and grille for locals, visitors, and bikers. Rick's has been at the center of the nightlife options on Main Street since 1997.  Expect a neighborhood atmosphere with a California pub menu and sports bar theme. You don't have to be a local to be treated like one at here.