Party Earth Review A prime watering hole for hotties and ex-frat boys, Circle Bar kicks into high gear after 10pm, when the alcohol flows freely and the dance floor fills up with rowdy young partiers. Although weekends draw a big enough... ... read full review
2926 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
M–Th, Sa 9pm–2am, F–Su 5pm–2am
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
A prime watering hole for hotties and ex-frat boys, Circle Bar kicks into high gear after 10pm, when the alcohol flows freely and the dance floor fills up with rowdy young partiers.
Although weekends draw a big enough crowd to warrant a bit of a wait outside, everyone eventually gets in to the packed space, where casually-dressed patrons perch on bar stools around the circular bar and crane their necks to catch sight of any cuties that slip through the doors.
They continue tracking them as they slide past walls covered with suggestive photos of women in various states of undress, while the red glow of votive candles plays off live and photographed gals alike.
Those who make it past the bar and the scrutiny of the alpha males seated there will find a makeshift dance floor where gaggles of flirtatious girls and on-the-prowl guys groove to rock or R&B rhythms till the heat drives them back to the bar for a bit of refreshment.
Small booths on either side offer rest for tired feet between songs, while martial arts great Bruce Lee presides over the festivities from a three-paneled tribute above the large horseshoe booth in the back – a spot that doubles as a DJ booth and VIP area.
Not for the anti-social or for date night, Circle Bar is a hard-partying singles joint where cramped quarters make mingling mandatory, and recycled come-ons and casual hook-ups live on.
Post-grad partiers, frat guys, sorority girls, struggling actors and models, and singles, 21 to 40.
DJs spin Top 40, pop, and mainstream Sundays through Thursdays from 10pm.
Happy Hour daily 9–11pm.
Beer $4–$6, mixed drinks $7+.
Casual jeans, heels, and tight dresses for women, button-downs and jeans for men.
Friday and Saturday nights around 11pm, or weeknights around 10pm when DJs start spinning.
O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2941 Main Street) is a rowdy Irish bar just across the street.