Party Earth Review Singles looking for a messy, all-out drink fest should make a beeline for Renee’s Courtyard Café, a quirky, beer-soaked stop on the Santa Monica bar scene. The craziest action takes place on Tuesday’s drink special night... ... read full review
522 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
Singles looking for a messy, all-out drink fest should make a beeline for Renee’s Courtyard Café, a quirky, beer-soaked stop on the Santa Monica bar scene.
The craziest action takes place on Tuesday’s drink special night and Thursdays through Saturdays when Renee’s three bars open their taps simultaneously, packs of young professionals, frat and sorority types, and birthday parties pile in, and the drunken mingling jumps into high gear.
Oddly juxtaposed against this free-for-all scene is an almost gentile décor reminiscent of a converted French provincial home, with vintage wall-sized liquor ads, Impressionist paintings, and strange found objects.
By day, the booths and tables in the main dining room fill with tourists and hungry shoppers fresh from the nearby Third Street Promenade, while a leafy courtyard canopied by Christmas lights provides a cozy early evening hangout for regulars unwinding over a beer or two.
Although occasional DJs and live bands provide patrons with a break from chatting up other attractive twenty-somethings, there’s no doubt that Renee’s split personality of part laid-back eatery, part dive bar, and part unhinged frat party makes it a great destination for hardcore flirters and drinkers alike.
Neighborhood single young professionals, frat guys, sorority girls, birthday groups, and tourists, 20s to 30s.
Main bar features ambient music via satellite radio and a TV tuned to sports or classic movies. DJs spin in the courtyard on Thursdays from 9pm. Live music on the first Sunday of the month. Rotating art exhibit entitled “Fleeting Projects” featured on last Sunday of every month.
Full menu of appetizers, entrées, and desserts including steaks, burgers, and fried chicken. Happy Hour daily 5:30–7pm and Su 10:30pm–midnight.
Appetizers $6–$12, entrées $12–$21, desserts $7. Beer $5–$6, wine $7.50, cocktails $10+, mixed drinks $7.50+.
Very casual: t-shirts and jeans or shorts for both men and women.
Tuesdays for the two-for-one specials and later on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a packed and rowdy crowd.
Barney’s Beanery (1351 3rd Street Promenade) provides a sports fix with a similar vibe and features broadcasts of international sporting events.