The Bungalow – Santa Monica’s Best Beach Cocktail Bar
From hospitality visionary Brent Bolthouse comes The Bungalow; is a paradigm in romantic socializing and creative meeting space for the Westside of Los Angeles The Bungalow is a space that evokes a breezy, beachside Baja lifestyle. The place feels more like a home than a bar, with mismatched tables, chairs and couches. In addition to the front deck with its fire pits, lush foliage and twinkling tree lanterns, the Bungalow also has a laid-back game room with a pool table, a private dining room, a back garden and a large main bar with high raftered ceilings. Moroccan tile work, Mexican blankets, multiple fireplaces, whitewashed walls, French doors and custom brickwork complete the scene.
This is what you thought LA would be—an endless summer where the margaritas are always flowing and the ocean is just steps away. Brent Bolthouse’s newest (and first Westside) venture is also his most casual. The Bungalow—an actual bungalow on the grounds of Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar—is a boho retreat decorated in Baja-Cali style, making a night of drinks feel like a house party. Order one of the potent mezcal creations at the outdoor bar and hang out by the fire pit or head inside to lounge on one of the Mexican blanket-wrapped couches. If you’re feeling active (or competitive), there’s an outdoor ping pong table and indoor pool table. Though the hotel boasts a star chef, Fig’s Ray Garcia, the menu is still limited to appetizers like chips and guac ($7).
Good for: Without a doubt, time your arrival to sunset. There’s nothing like a round of drinks downed while watching the sky turn a gorgeous pink-gold. So what if we owe the colors to the city’s smoggy atmosphere?
The Scene: The Bungalow has a split personality. Tuesday through Thursday, it’s an all-ages—21+, of course—assortment of Westside locals and casual good vibes, but come Friday and Saturday, Hollywood-style lines—with the crowd to match—spill across the courtyard. Our vote? Lazy Sundays.
The Playlist: Just as changeable as the crowd. You’ll get anything from mellow surf tunes to classic Hendrix. Bolthouse himself occasionally makes an appearance on the turn tables.
Drink This: If they’re going to call it Bitchin’ Sangria ($10) it had better be good. This tasty concoction is elevated by a seasonal mix of fruits from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market and the addition of pisco.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5:00pm – 2:00am
Saturdays: 12:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm