Besides pool tables and cheap beer, there is one thing that can make a dive bar the ultimate hangout - and that's live music. TRiP Santa Monica - one of the Westside's leading musical hot spots - has got live music going on every night of the week.
From the outside, TRiP looks like your average neighborhood bar.
Step inside, however, and you're likely to hear an impressive array of live rock, world, acoustic, indie pop and other music - or find yourself amidst a raucous comedy event or risqué burlesque variety show.
The crowd here is typical Westside eclectic, ranging from the ubiquitous Silverlake rockstar types to the Dog Town elite, but the mellow vibe makes it a fun place to mingle while sipping one of the excellent wine or beer offerings at the bar.
Cozy, comfy, and funky, TRiP's interior includes intimate red booths and ivy, flags, and colorfully psychedelic artwork and a low, small stage that makes for an intimate musical experience. The stage is nicely set up, with plenty of room, nice monitors, good lighting, and space in front for dancing.
Don't be shy - step out on the bar dance floor and soak up the sound of live music. Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at TRiP on high all night long.
You can also catch the sports highlights on one of the TVs at TRiP, or shoot a few games of pool between sets. If you happen to be a Chicago Bears fan, this is your home for the football season. Just don't walk into this joint with your Aaron Rodgers jersey and think that everything is going to be okay though.
The dress here is completely informal, so come as you are (and are most comfortable). If you travel by bike to TRiP, plan to store your bike at a nearby rack.
TRiP is also home to some seriously sexy entertainment including weekly strip-pole dance revues and in-house burlesque nights on Wednesday.
This is Burlesque Variety at its best and most entertaining. TRiP's Lola Boutee hosts the show with burlesque stars from around the world. There is a different show each Wednesday.
The Dollface Dames perform a full show the first Wednesday of every month, with a pre-show at 9 p.m., showtime at 10 p.m. $5 cash cover.
TRiP is also known for their fresh twist on New York-style deli sandwiches that go perfectly with any one of the craft beers or excellent wine by the glass from the bar. The menu at TRiP is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
TRiP Santa Monica is located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 396-9010. Get more TRiP Santa Monica details here.