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Hi Chowhounds! I'm trying to find a fun, low-key place by the water to have some good cocktails tomorrow night with some friends. We'll be meeting up on the earlier side (around 6 p.m., if that helps). I'm picturing a beach shack that serves fun, colorful, beachy drinks (yes, we are all girls--but edgy girls :) ). Would love something with a little local flavor.

An example: I love Flake in Venice; if that served up drinks... especially by the water... it would be perfect.

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  1. Have you tried Copa D'Oro in SM?

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    Copa D'Oro
    217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    1. Shutters bar downstairs
      The Yard on SM Blvd near Ocean
      Makai
      ShangriLa rooftop bar
      Fish Company
      World Cafe
      Chaya Venice

      All the above have happy hour from about 5-7, too. Of these, the "beach shack" vibe would be Fish Company or World Cafe or Makai

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      1. re: yogachik

        Is Makai still open? Last I looked, it looked dead, as in closed. That block (ocean to 2nd) sure has a hard time keeping stores open.

        And does the Yard serve girlie, I mean, colorful, beachy drinks? My impression was that it was more british-pubbish.

        1. re: Phurstluv

          just circle the block broadway-ocean-santa monica-second street
          there are a ton of places, but none of them very beachy or "shack like"
          all pretty "trendy." pinotxo is casual, fun, and pretty good (tapas and
          spanish wine)
          oh right-
          chez jay and
          the galley
          are about the most "old beach" places left - both steak
          houses, with bars of course, interestingly

          chez jay ocean just south of the pier
          the galley main, and hollister i think (north of ocean park blvd)

          almost all these places now have happy hours, but less so on
          sat. chaya venice is an excellent happy hour all evening sunday
          and for that matter a good choice for you for tomorrow, not funky
          but very hip

          have fun- maybe we'll look for you

      2. Drive up the coast a little bit and try out Duke's barefoot bar.

        http://www.dukesmalibu.com/static/ind...