STOP 1: Long Walk on the Beach
Take your first steps onto the Venice Boardwalk heading south from Brooks Avenue. You’ll time travel across decades, as you pass soulful artists and the remains of LA's vibrant counterculture. Next, roll over to the Venice Skatepark. The talent found on this island between the boardwalk and ocean here deserves a detour, especially if you are over the boardwalk scene. Continue further to the end of the sand: The Venice Breakwater. When the tide is low, your group can climb to the top for a picturesque sunset-selfie. As the magic hour comes to a close, follow the water line past the famous Muscle Beach, and then back to the boardwalk. At North Venice Boulevard, turn left for tacos that have been touted as “the best in the world."
DATE IT RIGHT:
-There is usually parking where Pacific Ave. and Brooks Ave. meet.
-Any fans of the show Californication? At 26 Brooks Ave is the "Hank Moody House". It sold in April for $14.6M!
-The Venice Skatepark has some serious history behind it. Here's a great article explaining the 20 year struggle to get it built.
-Pay attention to the tides as its best to check out the break water on low tide. Also, please be careful is you climb on the rocks.
STOP 2: Martinis and Mahi Mahi @ James’ Beach
The full extent of the southern California taco lover is on display Wednesday nights at James Beach. Here, attorneys and socialites, file in equal breadth amongst bikers and musicians to sample the flavors of the simple yet elegant mahi-mahi tacos. While sipping your half-priced martini on the patio, keep an eye out for the cougar spilling her’s behind the crispy surfer re-telling his big wave stories. While tacos on the shore are perfect faire for an evening on the town, they also set you up for a late night underground…
DATE IT RIGHT:
-I highly suggest sitting on the patio, grabbing some beers and pretending you're in this scene from I Love You, Man.
-The fish tacos are what you came for but the bone in carne asada tacos are freaking delicious.
-If you think a martini doesn't pair well with fish tacos you may be pleasantly surprised when you give it a go. Plus, it's only $6 on Wednesdays.
STOP 3: Underground Comedy @ Townhouse
The drop in temperature signals a natural close to the beach day, but your group should head up the boardwalk to Winward Avenue. The sign for “Townhouse” draws you near; if you run into the Insta-famous, “V-E-N-I-C-E” sign, you’ve gone too far. Townhouse’s ever-buzzing upstairs is a staple hangout for drinks or a game of pool, but on Wednesday night you’ll want to make your way downstairs by 9pm. Finding an open barrel gives you the perfect vantage to take in the nights comedy show. And just like the day’s characters, these jokers revel in the paradox of their surroundings, bringing commentary on all that is LA.
BONUS: As the comedy ends, another incredible show will grace the stage: burlesque. You will be greatly rewarded if you witness this late night show but don’t tell your boss as it starts at midnight.
DATE IT RIGHT:
-Getting here on the early side is highly recommended. Seats will fill up after 9pm and they may not let more people in.
-Grabbing a table on the far end (stage left) of the room is highly recommended. If those are full use a barrel in the back as your table and stand. The view is actually really good.
-Just a helpful tip. The bathrooms are up the back stairs of the basement. ;)