Philip Sayce performs at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, CA. Photo by Mick O. (creative commons, flickr) http://bit.ly/1AUpXon
When it comes to live music in Los Angeles, most people turn their attention toward Hollywood. But the Westside boasts a range of bars and music venues that deliver consistent live music on a nightly basis. Here are some of our top picks.
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen 119 Broadway St. Santa Monica
Set in a 1920s craftsman style beach bungalow this local bar and grill serves up delicious sliders for a happy hour that goes until 8 pm every weeknight. Also on a nightly basis… live music. Check their web site for more details.
TRiP 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
Take a trip down to TRiP on Lincoln Boulevard for an eclectic variety of live music and entertainment acts including burlesque, karaoke and various music acts. For more check their web site at TripSantaMonica.com.
WitZend 1717 Lincoln Blvd, Venice
At WitZend on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice you’ll find live music acts from some of the best the industry has to offer five nights a week (closed Sunday and Monday) Acts perform nearly hourly on a nightly basis so you’re sure to find something that works. Check their entertainment calendar for updates on the latest shows.
Finn McCool’s 2702 Main Street, Santa Monica
For Irish music there are several places on the Westside to try out but none compares with the raucous atmosphere and collegiate spirit at Finn McCool’s on Main Street in Santa Monica. The bar usually has live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Check their web site for more.
Typhoon 3221 Donald Douglas Loop, Santa Monica
For a classy jazz setting with an awesome view nothing compares to Typhoon near the Santa Monica Airport. This circular establishment resembles an air traffic control tower, which makes for a beautifully romantic evening with good food and music. Check their calendar for more information.
Basement Tavern 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica
Like a speakeasy, the Basement Tavern in the basement of The Victorian on Main Street cranks up the volume late night with either a live band or DJ. This tiny space can get crowded and lively late into the night. For more see their events page.
Rusty’s Surf Ranch 256 Santa Monica Pier
This quintessential California bar and restaurant on the Santa Monica pier not only supports live music almost every night of the week, but it also runs a talent contest. Entry’s for Rusty’s 14th Annual Emergin Artist Competition lasts until March 15. For more information click here.
Harvelle’s 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica
Last but not least is Santa Monica’s oldest and well-established music venues which has been putting out quality blues music primarily for the past 85 years. Opened in 1931, Harvelle’s is a dark, sexy room that can be the perfect spot for listening to music, dancing and enjoying a few cocktails. Check their event calendarfor updated acts.