The Santa Monica classic beach bar is weird and rowdy and exactly what your want after a day of not wearing as much sunscreen as your doctor recommends. And despite a prime location adjacent to the pier, the little strip of businesses Big Dean’s is located on is largely bypassed by the mouth-breathing tourists trickling down from the promenade. Meaning this mostly-outdoor bar stays surprisingly local. Drinks are cheap, the bar food is solid, and the people-watching is second to none.
Where we've featured it
Dives, karaoke spots, and... some of the best burgers in LA? There’s a lot more to Santa Monica bars than you probably think.
Search by Perfect For
More spots in Santa MonicaSee more
Formally Warzawa, Solidarity isn't the best name for a restaurant we've ever heard, but it's still the old-school Polish restaurant you know and love.
Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
Chinois On Main
There are a whole bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t go to Chinois On Main in Santa Monica - but the most important one is that the food is terrible.
More Bar Food spotsSee more
Gran Blanco is a new bar next to the Venice Boardwalk with good food, great drinks, and a surprisingly chill crowd.
We thought we knew what Echo Park arcade restaurant Button Mash would be. Turns out it’s much, much more.
Suggested by our writers
Sonny McLean’s is a Santa Monica sports bar that doesn’t feel like a Santa Monica sports bar - in a good way.
Stout is a burger and beer bar with good food and a low-key space that provides a needed break from the chaos of downtown Santa Monica.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more