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Where to go for live music in Venice

By Alex @ VenicePaparazzi.com

Where can one go to hear some good original live music in Venice Beach?  Though we have had several neighborhood closures lately, there are still several spots nearby that are holding it down for the musicians.

Live music and DJ at the Townhouse -The Del Monte Speakeasy:

Live DJ and music every Thursday – Sunday 10pm – 2am.

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT IN VENICE is…Bacchanal Sundays!

About:   Venice’s oldest bar was once a prohibition speakeasy!  Entertainment and open ‘til 2 am nightly.  Pool table. Doors open at 5pm M-F &  at 12noon Sat & Sun.  Mon-Fri Happy hours is  5-7PM  with beer specials, half priced well bartender’s choice, outside food ok.

52 Windward Avenue (West of Pacific) Venice, CA 90291 310.392.4040 www.townhousevenice.com

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Danny’s Venice:

Check out Danny’s on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a variety of local live talent.  The styles vary widely, but it is generally acoustic/electric user friendly music that you can eat to.

About:   An eclectic eatery offering a mix of California cuisine & comfort food favorites.  Open from 11am – 2am daily. Breakfast served til’ 3pm. Kitchen closes at  1am. Bar open ‘til 2am.   Home of the original 1906 Venice Gondola & Rip Cronk’s “Hobnobbing in Venice” mural.

23 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291  | 310 566 5610 |   www.dannysvenice.com

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Santino’s Panineria: 

Live music every Thursday night.  DJ on Friday and Sunday.

Tapas, salada, panini grilled sandwiches, and more.  FREE PIZZA w/ every pitcher of sangria, beer, or bottle of wine from 6- 9 pm nightly.$8 lunch daily special.  Late night dining Fri.-Sat. ‘til 3 am.  Nighly entertainment.
1611 Pacific Ave   |  Santino’s Panineria:  Tapas, salada, panini grilled sandwiches, and more.  FREE PIZZA
w/ every pitcher of sangria, beer, or bottle of wine from 6- 9 pm nightly.$8 lunch daily special.
Late night dining Fri.-Sat. ‘til 3 am.  Nighly entertainment.
1611 Pacific Ave   |  santinosvenice.com    |   310 450 5313   |   E    |   310 450 5313

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Figtree’s Cafe: 

Live acoustic music every third Thursday and every Friday from 6-8 p.m.

Great boardwalk patio dining!  50% OFF entire menu & non-alcoholic beverages every day from 8–9am.
429 Oceanfront Walk. | figtreescafe.com  |  310 329 4983

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O’Briens:

You can not beat O’briens!  They have live music seven nights a week and no cover. That right there puts them in a class by themselves in regards to live music. However, there is more. In addition, they have happy hour all day every day from noon until 7:00 p.m. Add a kick ass menu and a full bar with great beer taps and you have possibly the overall best live music situation in the area.  Way to go O’Briens!!!

2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 www.obriensonman.com

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Time Warp Music:

Yes, Time Warp Music is technically a music store.  But, did you know they have killer shows on the weekends?  Well, now you do. That is right!!!  Almost every weekend TW Music stays open late on Fri. and Sat. and hosts some of the areas best talent on their in-house stage.  One of the cool things about seeing shows at TW is that you know the bands playing are bringing their A game. You see, at TW they record the live shows and  half of the crowd is musicians.  So, no band wants to suck while being recorded in front of a bunch of their own kind.  Henceforth, when bands play at Time Warp, they leave the slop at home.  Also, for all you musicians reading this, TW has a killer recording studio and $250 a day includes a producer, an engineer and mixing time afterward.

2257 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066.  www.timewarpmusic.com

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Trip Santa Monica:

 

Holding it down on Lincoln is Club Trip.  With live music 6 nights a week, (Tues. is Karaoke)  Trip never has a cover.  But it does not stop there! They have one of the best beer menus around and hand made-to-order deli sandwiches.  One of the very cool things about Trip is that a few times a month they an have honest to goodness punk show.  And anybody who has been paying attention knows that heavy  music shows on the West side are way too rare.  Right on, Trip!  

2101 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405.   www.tripsantamonica.com

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The Good Hurt:

The Good Hurt is still kicking ass, with live music almost every night.   12249 Venice Blvd West Los Angeles, 90066  www.goodhurt.com/

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Central:

Okay, I know it a little far away, but the old 14 below has been renamed Central and has live music several nights a week.  I think they are still locking down the permanent schedule, but, Grateful Dead cover band Cubensis will be holding down a residency spot on Sundays.  Also, they have  A LOT of inexpensive drink specials and a killer happy hour starting daily at 4:00 p.m.   Congratulations, Rory.

1348 14th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404.   www.centralsapc.com

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The Brig:

Tues. night is a cool jazz scene that has quite a loyal local following.  M – Th 6pm – 2am. Fri 5pm – 2am. Sat & Sun noon – 2am.

1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd # 100 CA 90291.  310.399.7537.    www.thebrig.com

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The Whaler:

Acoustic Tuesdays at the Whaler is hosted by Meet Me at the Pub’s Jeremy Parker.  Come watch some of the local talent go unplugged for an evening.

2 Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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Hinano’s:

Various original and cover bands on the weekends.  Everybody knows their burgers are legendary, so I don’t have to say it.  But I did anyway.

- 15 Washington Boulevard. Venice, CA 90292-5123  www.facebook.com/hinanocafe   310-822-3902  

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Brennan’s:

Live cover bands Tues, thru Sat., with some original material occasionally thrown in the mix.  It is a cool place and everyone should go at least once to watch the turtle races.

4089 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey, California 90292  www.venicewhaler.com

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Check out Venice Paparazzi’s local band listings.

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Well there, reader, that is it for now.  If I missed anybody, feel free to leave a comment below.  See you around.

Alex


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