The view from Oxyx Bar (formerly known as Suite 700), an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, is unparalleled. You can see for miles and miles - Malibu to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west - which happens to make it the perfect venue for watching the sun melt into the ocean.
And with a chilled craft cocktail in hand, you might think you've found your paradise. Which would be apropos, given that Shangri-la is a word often used to describe paradise. No false advertising here.
Once the sun sets, warm lighting washes over the interior of Suite 700, while outside, the area is ringed with twinkling strings of overhead lights. It's a cozy spot even on that rare chilly night, thanks to the fire pit, outdoor heaters and plush couches and chairs sprawled across the rooftop.
Once a distinct penthouse suite on the 7th floor of the Art Deco-style hotel, today this rooftop bar and lounge effortlessly capture an elusive sense of Hollywood glamour at the ocean.
You'll find a carefully curated and maintained drink menu, small plates, and a work-week happy hour from 4:30 - 7 p.m. It's a great venue for catching the sunset over cocktails with friends to get the night started.
In true Santa Monica nigh life form, the place will be a lot more crowded and lively Thursday through Saturday nights. The vibe at during the week is much more chill, with the outdoor area usually filled with casual after-work get togethers or business professionals unwinding after work.
The dress code is very loose and anything from your clubbing outfit for later in the evening to jeans and sandals is acceptable attire. If you do arrive on a week night, be sure to check out the happy hour menu, which includes a selection of savory food items from their menu as well as discounted beers, wines, and well cocktails for $5 and $6 each.
Location: Inside the Hotel Shangri-la at 1301 Ocean Av., Santa Monica; (310) 394-2791.