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The Brig

Bars, Dive bars Venice
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Once a dive bar, the Brig underwent a successful facelift a few years ago. The pool table and the solid jukebox remain as reminders of its seedier past, and the stainless steel fittings are a little less lustrous these days. Still, it remains sleek, although the Brig is more a happy-hour neighbourhood hangout.

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Venue name: The Brig
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Address: 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles
90291
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 5pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am.
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3 / 5

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Not a massive fan of this bar. It pretends to be a dive bar while being overly trendy and not very welcoming. 

The layout of the bar is incredibly frustrating - there are barely any seats, and what seats they have are baffling. There is one nice area of seating by the window, then there is what looks like a dining table and chairs. then there is a couple other spots with just two chairs not facing each other. Then there is quite a few around the pool table facing inwards - but if you are not playing these are not great. There is also a tonne of wasted space - probably good for when overcrowded, but strange when not. 

The music quickly changed from country background music to a DJ playing music way too loud for a bar - made talking almost impossible, yet no room to dance as its not a club. I think this place is confused with itself.


Above all the cost of the drinks is crazy even for LA. Their 'draft' beers are 12oz (340ml) for $7/8 - the beer I ha ve to admit is delicious, and there is a load of choice, especially if you like IPAs. 

I would recommend coming here after a few drinks - defiantly not starting your night here like we did, the fault here maybe was our own.


I couldn't quite figure The Brig out, but I know that I had a few great drinks there and laughs with friends. At the end of the day, isn't that what a bar is supposed to serve? I don't live in the neighborhood, but that's what it seems like: A solid neighborhood bar. Situated along either the "Quirkiest Street in America" (*a number of national websites) or "The Most Over-Rated Used-To-Be-Awesome Street in America" (*admittedly: Me), The Brig seems like it's giving a shout-out to the past (the "Brig" signage with...a picture of a pugilist?) while trying to serve the sleek, pseudo-bohemian sidewalk traffic (wide open windows, gray sleek surfaces, communal seating). As I said, it is a nice enough bar with a solid beer and wine selection, but I just don't get what ambiance they were going for. If any. It's like most bars in LA - nice for a Happy Hour drink, stupidly crowded on the under-served Abbot-Kinney bar scene on the weekends. I suppose I usually wouldn't want for more, but in years past I got used to having a bit more quirk or niche in my Venice hangouts. Now that the area is over-run by semi-celebrities paying way-too-much to dress like they haven't and Snapchat building blocks, I think the area's succumbing to trendy LA blandness. Which is too bad. I can almost imagine in it's hey-day, The Brig was the divey beach hang you would go out of your way for. Now: It's a nice enough bar with a good enough selection. Hard to fault it for that, hard to recommend traveling more than a few blocks to get there.