Party Earth Review A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years. A dive bar for its first five decades, the venue underwent a swanky makeover in the late 90s, garnering... ... read full review
1515 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291
M–Th 6pm–2am, F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
Venice, Los Angeles –
A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years.
A dive bar for its first five decades, the venue underwent a swanky makeover in the late 90s, garnering several architecture and design awards in the process.
The result is a peculiar mix of retro and futuristic elements, with mod, faux-vintage 50s furniture and a bright orange wall juxtaposed with Jetsons-style curved table surfaces, textured metallic walls, and dangling orange sphere lights.
An unusually diverse crowd of raucous, earthy hipsters sporting hats and beards, tanned beachgoers in their summer best, and buttoned-up young professionals crams into this narrow rectangular space to flirt with strangers and nod their heads to the beat of funky indie tunes.
A long bar on one wall provides a lively place to meet new people, while the raised pool table area in the back corner draws a crowd of spectators who lounge on silver leather benches. Guests in the mood for a quieter evening can head to the alcoves on either side of the entrance to sink into low leather chairs around mirrored tables.
History buffs should make their way to the hidden hallway behind the restrooms, where vintage black-and-white boxer portraits – along with the boxer on the bar’s sign – pay homage to the original owner of the bar, a 1930s Golden Gloves fighter.
For loud but laid-back fun with an unpretentious singles crowd ready to meet and mingle, it’s hard to beat an evening at The Brig.
Make sure you check out the monthly First Friday event on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. A slew of art galleries stay open late, serve up some free wine, and have live music. Hit up one of the nouveau food trucks in The Brig’s parking lot for anything from Korean BBQ tacos to short rib grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches.
Big singles scene of down-to-earth Venice locals and Westside hipsters, 20s and 30s.
Tuesdays feature live music by the funk/soul band The Back of the Hand All-Stars. DJs spin on some nights. Pool table and jukebox.
No food served in the venue, but there’s usually a food truck parked in the lot outside. Check the website for details. Free parking on weekdays, valet parking on weekends.
Beer $4–$10, cocktails $6–$12.
Anything goes. No dress code. T-shirts abound.
Tuesdays for the live band and Fridays and Saturdays for big crowds.
The Otheroom (1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard) is another lively but low-key bar within walking distance.