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The Bungalow

Bars, Lounges Santa Monica
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
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Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
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Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
 (Photograph: Tiffany Rose)
Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
 (Photograph: Tiffany Rose)
Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
 (Photograph: Tiffany Rose)
Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
 (Photograph: Tiffany Rose)
Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow
 (Photograph: Tiffany Rose)
Photograph: Tiffany RoseThe Bungalow

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.

By: Jade Chang


Venue name: The Bungalow
Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: 5pm-2am Tue-Sat; 2-10pm Sun
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  • Performances Until Thursday August 29 2019 Free

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I love this bar! It's gorgeous, large and it's not clubby whatsoever. It's like a rooftop bar but ground floor across the street from the beach. There is a lot of seating throughout the bar & the bartenders are fast and nice. I've heard the line gets long on weekends but it hasn't been so bad in my experience.


Quite possibly the most "LA" bar in existence - complete with Cali beachy decor and attractive people. It can certainly get pretty crowded and can often have an enormous crowd, plus sometimes the clientele is a bit pretentious. But if you're new to LA or looking to take an out of town friend for a cool LA bar experience, this is very much worth checking out. It's not a vibe I like to be a part of too often, but it is fun sometimes for sure - really cool to have a drink on a sofa outside while a block away from the beach. Again though, beware of the line, it can get crazy long as it gets late -- even when it isn't that late sometimes too. 


Very chill vibes and crowd - perfect for a lively but non clubby night out. I loved the beach feeling of this place and the laid-back nature. The whole spread out scene with multiple rooms made it very easy to mingle as well. I would call this LA's answer to New York's The Standard Biergarten. Blake Griffin was also mixing with the crowd the night I was there. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in LA.