Renee's Courtyard Café

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Renee's Courtyard Café 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. Los Angeles United States 34.0202552 -118.4966793
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 5:30pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Renee's Courtyard Café Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you meet a girl, head to the back corner of the back room. There’s hardly any foot traffic there, so you’ll have lots of privacy.

  • Crowd

    Neighborhood single young professionals, frat guys, sorority girls, birthday groups, and tourists, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of appetizers, entrées, and desserts including steaks, burgers, and fried chicken. Happy Hour daily 5:30–7pm and Su 10:30pm–midnight.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6–$12, entrées $12–$21, desserts $7. Beer $5–$6, wine $7.50, cocktails $10+, mixed drinks $7.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Very casual: t-shirts and jeans or shorts for both men and women.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the two-for-one specials and later on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a packed and rowdy crowd.

  • Close By

    Barney’s Beanery (1351 3rd Street Promenade) provides a sports fix with a similar vibe and features broadcasts of international sporting events.

Renee's Courtyard Café User Reviews

Average rating:
Hogwarts Meets Flower Shop... In the best way possible
Billy K. Nov 28, 2012
I live in the neighborhood and thought it would be nice to check out Renee's. At first, I couldn't tell if it was a barbershop, flower shop, or restaurant. The intrigue was enough to get me in there. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. My friends and I went on Halloween and I thought it was cool. We were the only ones dressed up, but the rest of the crowd didn't seem to mind. For some reason, I felt like I was in a hidden bar in a Hogwarts courtyard and being the nerd that I am, I liked it. The staff is great and the ambiance is laid back and casual. It might not be the best for intense frat dudes and duets as noted above, but I think it crosscuts a lot of your friend group. The nerdy, arty types fit in because of locale and decor. Your more jock friends will dig it because it's got a crowd of young professionals. The outgoing types will like it because there's enough people around your age (20s-30s) to meet. Good place for a first date too. Beer's cheap for L.A. and the service is great. Looking forward to checking it out on a rowdier night!
Good Spot in Santa Monica
Nick G. Oct 4, 2012
I work 3 blocks away from Renee's and a coworker and I crawled in when our thirst for an alcoholic beverage was near desperate. We showed up in the middle of the week around 7:00 PM and it was very quiet. We had a pick of places to sit and plenty of attention from the bartender. It was a good place to unwind and find a bit of quiet after work. I returned a couple of weeks later on a Saturday night to a much different scene. Packed bar, cool folks and a staff that managed to keep it together despite the constant demand for attention. If you are in Santa Monica this is a place worth checking out.
A regular in the SaMo rotation
Chris M. Aug 8, 2012
I have been to Renee's a ton of times usually late night and usually because of its proximity to many of my friends apartments, but it is always a good time. The layout is odd as you enter and basically walk down a narrow hall before it really opens up with the bars in the back. Whether here on a weekend or a weeknight, the place is always packed and getting a drink or even getting around can be a real chore. Definitely more a singles hangout than anything else, the crowd is boisterous but usually looking to meet and mingle.
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