There's more to Venice than just a boardwalk and canals (not to mention hippies selling stuff). Here are some of the coolest bars to go to for happy hour. And yes, long hairs are welcome.
Canal Club: If you're new in town and looking for the full Venice Beach experience, then the Canal Club is definitely a place you'll want to check out. It's located a block away from the famous Venice canals (hence the name), and features the colorful artwork of several local artists. Inside you'll see a dining area that's partially inspired by the Venice Pier, tables in the shape of fish, and a marble wall made to look a sunset. Happy hour happens Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to close. It's there that you can get sushi rolls for $5 and under, as well as their house wine and select mixed drinks for $5.
2025 Pacific Ave., 90291; 310-823-3878
Dry Tour: What's up with the name? According to owner, Aaron Turnbull, “dry tour” is the European equivalent of the American term, “dry spell.” Turnbull fell in love with the phrase while visiting Europe as a teenager, and thus, Dry Tour in Venice was born. So now that the history lesion is finished, what can you expect from their happy hour? How about $2 sake shots every Monday from 5 p.m. to close; wine night Tuesdays, where the second bottle is half off; Sangria Saturdays, featuring $6 sangria from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday Fundays, where you can get bloody marys, mojitos, and much more for $6? Hmm… sounds more like a wet tour, if you ask me (cue laugh track).
80 Windward Ave., 90291; 310-399-8811
Cabo Cantina: There are plenty of place to sit (not to mention a spacious outdoor patio), it's located right next to the beach, and the food is always great. And if you're team is playing during happy hour, even better. It happens 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and includes two-for-one prices on drinks and beer. Cabo also hosts Sunday Funday with bottomless mimosas for $9.95, brunch specials, and a special late night happy hour starting at 10 p.m. Did I mention all there flat screen, HD TVs are a sprawling 65 inches in length? When it comes to watching sports, this is one place that doesn't mess around.
30 Washington Blvd., 90292; 310-306-2500
Hama Sushi: Founded in 1979, Hama Sushi has the rare distinction of being one of the first restaurants in the country to serve authentic Japanese sushi. That alone should be good reason to go there. Well that and the fact that they host a really great happy hour at their patio bar everyday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's there that you can get several of their select sushi rolls for half price, as well as discounts on beer and sake. Hmm… perhaps I should've mentioned that first? Hama Sushi's full menu is available for download on their website.
213 Windward Ave., 90291; 310-396-8783