The Venice Whaler

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The Venice Whaler The Venice Whaler is a Los Angeles beachside hotspot with sugary drinks steps from the sand. Dip into LA’s young party scene with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 33.979183 -118.466593
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Party Earth Review Whether for Sunday afternoon pit stops or Fridays of debauchery, The Venice Whaler offers patrons the chance to dine and imbibe just steps from the sand. Stumbling distance from Venice Beach, the venue’s location is clearly... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Venice Whaler Review

The Scene

The Venice Whaler is a Los Angeles beachside hotspot with sugary drinks steps from the sand. Dip into LA’s young party scene with Party Earth.

Whether for Sunday afternoon pit stops or Fridays of debauchery, The Venice Whaler offers patrons the chance to dine and imbibe just steps from the sand.

Stumbling distance from Venice Beach, the venue’s location is clearly a huge draw, giving surfers, college kids, and any beachgoer looking for a drink near the ocean an opportunity to scope out the local scene.

The ground floor bar and dining area tends to be relaxed during the day, though given the area’s hotbed of tourism, it’s hard to predict how busy the Whaler might get during the week – with the exception of summer…when it’s pretty much always busy.

One thing that isn’t seasonally dependant is the popularity of the upstairs area, where sweet cocktails from the second bar take everyone’s mind off their sunburns and an open-air patio promises stunning sunset views.

On cool evenings, heat lamps keep drinkers warm until their booze jackets take over, while large flat-screens on both levels promise sports fans a chance to root for their favorite teams as the sound of crashing waves mixes with the referees’ whistles.

Various reggae and alt-rock bands stop in throughout the week to add a little music to the mix, and – with or without a house DJ –Saturdays promise a packed house of twenty-somethings showing off their tan lines.

The menu at The Venice Whaler probably won’t win any culinary awards, but with a location like this, nobody really gives a ship.

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Tip from Lucas:

You can expect a line on Fridays and Saturdays by 10pm, so why not make it a point to catch the sunset with your friends and then stick around to party till The Whaler blows you out?

  • Crowd

    Casual beachgoers, surfers, packs of college kids, loads of red-faced tourists, sports fans, chill neighborhood folks, rowdy young weekend drinkers, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music on varying nights from 9:30pm, mostly featuring rock, reggae, ska, or folk performers.House DJ most Saturdays promises lots of Top 40. Karaoke some nights from 9:30pm. Check Facebook for details.

    Several flat-screens tuned to the game.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of grill items including traditional American breakfasts, sandwiches, and lots of surf and turf like salmon, shrimp, and sirloin steak. Happy Hour 4–7pm (summer) and 4–8pm (rest of year).

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6.50–$12+, salads $7–$15, sandwiches $11, entrées $12–$40. Beer $3–$5, wine $7–$8/glass or $24–$26/bottle, cocktails $8–$14+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, sundresses, bikini tops, hats, shades, with a little dressier (but not much) garb at night.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a rowdy young crowd or any clear evening to catch the sunset over a sugary sweet cocktail. Any time on Saturday and Sunday for a cold beer on a hot day.

  • Close By

    Baja Cantina (311 Washington Boulevard) is another beachy institution, with free chips and salsa, strong margaritas, and an equally packed weekend party scene.

The Venice Whaler User Reviews

Average rating:
Best French Toast
Martin S. Jun 19, 2013
Yes, this is my favorite place for French Toast! Not only are the bread slices thick, but they are covered in corn flake cereal which add an extra crunch to every bite. The sides are good and my girlfriend loved the Eggs Benedict. The prices are decent and the staff is very friendly. We usually go on Saturday mornings just after they open and we always have the entire restaurant to ourselves. The best part is the view. The Whaler is a few feet from sand and the Venice Pier. A great place to talk a leisurely stroll after a great breakfast. The restaurant is clean and has Dyson hand dryers (which I love and environmentally conscientious) in the restroom. A great place overall to eat. I haven't had their lunch but will the next time I am in the area!
Venice's #1 Spot...Never wanted to leave
Melanie P. Apr 18, 2013
The Venice Whaler no matter what day or time it is, is always flowing with people. I was in Venice for 4 days and I was at the Whaler every single night. Your experience there will spoil you, you won't want to go anywhere else. With the view of the ocean and the looks of the staff you cant beat this bar. The moment you walk up to the door you know it is going to be a good night. With a bar downstairs and upstairs you never have to wait long. The most laid back crowd there is, everyone is there to have a good time, you walk in with one friend you leave with ten. Live music on Friday nights make dancing a must, I think I was sore for days after the amount of dancing I did. And The Whaler isn't one of those bars where the bartenders could care less about you, they learn your name, they interact and get involved in all the fun as well. If you dont check out the Whaler while in Venice, then you haven't truly experienced Venice.
Cool Beach Bar for Day Drinking or Dancing
megan j. Apr 4, 2013
Just steps from the sand, The Venice Whaler presides over popular watering holes along Washington Boulevard as one of the best spots for Sunday Funday, dancing and happy-hour deals. The two-story building includes two outdoor patios with gorgeous ocean views where breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks from the full bar are served to a versatile crowd ranging from 20-something year olds to "the world's most interesting man" Jonathan Goldsmith. The ceremonial ring of the bell at sunset is cue for professionals during the week to head home, or a wake-up call to the laid-back weekend crowd for what’s to come: Large flat-screen TVs covering big sports events; karaoke, Reggae or live music on Fridays; and good DJs spinning to a packed crowd on Saturday nights. Monday thru Friday from 4p.m. to 7p.m. are the happiest of hours where cocktails start at $3 and appetizers like fried calamari, nachos and buffalo or breaded chicken wings are $7. Extended happy hours run Monday thru Thursday from 10p.m. until midnight and late partygoers can grab a slice of pizza for $3 at The Whaler’s walk-up window until 2a.m. Sundays are favored among Venice locals, sports fans and anyone coming off the beach in need of a frosty, salt-rimmed margarita or beer on tap to start off the week right.
Perfect way to end a day
Adrian H. Mar 30, 2013
Finished an afternoon of fun in the sun? Pop on over to the Whaler to dry off and have a blast. Located a few steps off the beach, it's one of those places where you can tell you're going to have a good time before you even walk in the door. Loud music, plenty of drinks, and a diverse crowd make the Whaler what it is. The food isn't spectacular, but it's better than you expect for a venue that's more of a party than a restaurant. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays, so grab a brew, head upstairs, and watch the sunset over the waves.
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