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1. Duke's Malibu 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

With Instagram-worthy panoramic ocean views, delicious Hula Pies, and a mellow vibe inspired by namesake Duke Kahanamoku (the Hawaiian Father of international surfing, but you knew that), you hardly need another reason to head up the PCH to this kitschy surf stalwart. But, just in case: $5 Mai Tai’s and hula dancers on Fridays.

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2. Paradise Cove 28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

This cove of literal paradise is a secret spot off of Malibu, and it's home to a ton of tanning bodies, relaxing hikers and beach extraordinaires, and water too cold to swim in -- but the views are spectacular.

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3. Moonshadows 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

This resto and wine bar also houses the Blue Lounge bar, where you won’t care who sees you order another strong manly drink that definitely is NOT a strawberry daiquiri. Spend your Sundays wisely at this Malibu classic poppin’ bubs, devouring tuna tartare, and enjoying the rotating lineup of DJs throughout the Summer. And the sunsets. Did we mention the sunsets?

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4. Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio 18741 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

Why bother haulin’ up to land-locked wine country when you can sip vino with a view of the beach at this low-key adult grape juice hideaway in Malibu? Throw around words like “jam-y” and “tobacco-y” like you knew more about wine than what the staff recommends at Trader Joe's, while enjoying quality pours, food truck vittles, and live music.

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5. Coast Beach Café and Bar 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Coast Beach Cafe and Bar does waterfront eating and drinking the way it should be done in Santa Monica: with an emphasis on grilled seafood and breezy cocktails. Blueberry mojitos gesture at the deep blue sea and come with free ocean views on the enclosed outdoor dining patio. The seafood menu is brushed with Latin accents, and jumbo shrimp cocktail best followed by a trio of battered fish tacos or an ahi tuna burger that's tantalizingly pink on the inside.

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6. The Bungalow 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This sprawling, indoor/outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Santa Monica is rustic, bougie-in-a-good-way, and straight-up charming. The beautifully designed patio is decked out with lanterns and close enough to the beach (aka, right across the street) to catch the ocean breeze. Accouterments like a fire pit and ping pong table make The Bungalow a great place to start the night with a few happy hour drinks.

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7. Mariasol Restaurant 401 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Mariasol is a Mexican hotspot right on the water in SM, chock full of seriously authentic grub.

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8. Rusty's Surf Ranch 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This unpretentious joint stands proudly, ready to hook you up with boozy revelry, fantastic views of the Pacific, live bands, karaoke, and heavy-handed bartenders pouring piña coladas into coconuts.

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9. SHOREbar 112 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Santa Monica)

SHOREbar's meant to evoke a Nantucket country club, so expect cushy booths, brass accents, nautically themed art, and vintage coastal maps. Preppy East Coast tipples include the Tower 15 (rum, Shrubb, ginger honey, lime, orange & egg white), and the vodka, St Germain, strawberry & Prosecco JoJo.

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10. Back on the Beach Cafe 445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Santa Monica)

Back on the Beach is, well, literally on the beach. A wide stretch of Santa Monica State beach hosts a white wooden building with an interior that looks like your rich relative's beach house, plus a fenced patio out back dotted with tables under orange umbrellas. As is expected of most waterside spots, BOTB has Mediterranean fare and a whole lot of fresh fish, but there really isn't a way to beat the grass fed beef burger (with garlic aioli, roasted tomato, provolone, baby arugula) and a tall, cold beer, the sun on your skin, and sand between your toes.

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11. Venice Ale House 2 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Venice Ale House is a wood-heavy, organics-driven neighborhood gastropub, decorated w/ arted-up skate decks and bikes, from a duo composed of the restaurateur behind Bar Hayama and a documentary maker/fishmonger -- so either way, he's working on the doc(k)s.

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12. Danny's Venice 23 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Whether you're looking for a cheap weekend drink ($3 Bloodys and Mimosas) or just a great beer selection to choose from when you come off the beach, Danny's Venice is a great bet.

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13. The Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292 (Venice)

A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.

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14. On the Waterfront Cafe 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

They've got tons of German brews and soft pretzels to munch on too. Plus, this Venice spot has sick views.

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15. Tony P's Bar & Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

This bar's got sweet marina views, a relaxing ocean breeze, and -- if you're smart (you are) a 25oz mug filled with one of their dizzying array of draught beers.

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16. Whiskey Red's 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

If you're in the mood for the freshest seafood and a relaxing atmosphere, Whiskey Red's is a quality choice, serving a variety of grub from the sea like fresh oysters, Pacific local Rockfish, and battered fried calamari.

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17. Shellback Tavern 116 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

If you’re not into stuff like watching the sun set on the ocean, bikini-clad volleyball players, and cheap beer, then DON'T GO TO SHELLBACK.

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18. The Strand House 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (South Bay)

The Strand House is a Manhattan Beach-based eatery, drawing crowds of LA's affluent with four floors of patio dining, with a menu from the team behind Grace and Gjelina. The food is veggie- and seafood-centric, there are thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie plates, and protein-heavy entrees like spiced New Zealand lamb rack and prime beef filet that are perfectly complemented by fire-roasted baby root vegetables, a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet, and a stunning view of the sprawling beach down below.

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19. Hennessey’s Tavern 8 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hennessey's is a hotspot for those looking to get rowdy by the water in Hermosa. It's got traditional Irish grub and cheap suds.

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20. the deck 1272 The strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The Poop Deck has been reincarnation and now features a noticeable lack of, well, poop. Most of the things you loved about it are still there though, so it's got the same charm as before.

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21. Belmont Brewing Company 25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

The oldest brewpub the LA area has been serving quality food and drinks for more than 25 years (you better have gotten them something something silver for their anniversary, or did you forget about it?). Menu items include seafood, salads, poultry, and breakfast meals. Stop in for happy hour from 3-6pm Monday-Friday for 40% off appetizers. Plus, it’s hard to beat the oceanfront location.

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22. Yard House 401 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

In Long Beach, Yard House is a sports hot spot with epic meal deals, drink specials, and views of the ocean.

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23. The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar 901 Ocean Avenue, Seal Beach, CA 90740 (Long Beach)

This cozy bar is a local favorite, wand is right next to the pier, which means it's got great views. Pro tip: order a bacon and shrimp-adorned Bloody Mary.

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