… I don’t really like LA.
Okay, okay compose yourself. I have an explanation.
When I moved to California I had a glamorous image of Los Angeles based on all the episodes of 90210 and The OC I’d binge watched during breakups.
It has its nice places (if you have the cash) and of course there are the tourist sites you have to go and see whilst in California…
Obligatory crouching pose by a star on the Hollywood walk of fame… check!
Blurred photos of Celeb’s houses in Beverly Hills from the back of a bus… check!
Photo in front of the Beverly Hills sign like we can afford anything here… check!
But it’s also very sketchy in a lot of places, and don’t even get me started on LA traffic. The true California lifestyle is found in the beach towns (you can read my article on Santa Barbara here)
That said, the area of Venice Beach and Santa Monica is a lot of fun.
Every time my LA bestie and I catch up we head to Venice Beach for a sophisticated spot of day drinking and weirdo watching… actually as we sit here at 11am with a skate of 8 different ales drunkenly giggling at the men at Muscle Beach’s gym we are probably well fitted amongst them!
There’s a great three mile walk that starts at Venice Beach, passes the posers at Muscle Beach, and ends at the infamous Santa Monica Pier.
I love it here because anything goes. Far from the flashy vibes seen in the West Hollywood bars, you can grab a table at a bar in Venice and be seated between a smart International business man, and a 6″3 body builder in a mankini.
Okay it’s a little touristy, but even the locals love to come hang out here. If you’re an Ale fan like myself, check out the Venice Ale House for a ‘skate’ of 8-12 ales. However there’s a ton of eccentric, hippy-themed, Bob-Marley blasting bars along the Beach Walk so you won’t be spoilt for choice. For a maximum eccentric experience, head over to the Venice Beach freak show.
What were your Venice/Santa Monica highlights?