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Venice Whaler Bar & Grill

Bar, Pizza Place, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Venice, Venice
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  • Morgane C.
    "Enjoy a delicious sangria upstairs with ocean view"(10 Tips)
    @boujeeandbroke
    "go between 4-8 everyday and they have an awesome happy hour."(9 Tips)
    Joanna K.
    "Sunday night karaoke with Foots is the best!"(7 Tips)
    Anthony S.
    "Best price on Don Julio Blanco and Anejo shots with an Ocean View:-)"(10 Tips)
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMay 6, 2013
    At Happy hour Mon-Fri, 4-7pm & Mon-Thurs,10pm-midnight, sip on $6 house wine and spirits and $4 draft beers! Look out for Lagunitas and Venice Beach Beer. Better yet, buy a pitcher for $15. True dive! Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesOctober 14, 2010
    If upstairs gets too crowded, move downstairs for some people-watching through the always-open French doors with Venice Beach's rollerbladers, cyclists and bikini-clad beach-bunnies as entertainment. Read more
  • Peter F.
    Peter FarnanApril 27, 2012
    One of the few beach side bars in LA, a Venice staple. Food is bar type food and the drinks are poured nice and heavy. Definately cannit beat the view. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mezcal El Silencio .
    Try the Salmon on a fired wood. The best!! #MezcalElSilencio cocktails. Outdoor seating. Nice view. No reservations. Be ready to meet people and have a blast.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WallaceJanuary 16, 2012
    Karaoke starts at 9pm on Thursday and Sunday nights in the downstairs bar! Super fun and Theresa is a GREAT karaoke host! Tip your bartenders and servers well!
  • Sam-e R.
    Sam-e RazarJune 25, 2010
    HANDS DOWN the only decent Bloody Mary on all of Washington. If your server is Erin, expect the finest service and fixins to doctor up your own bloody mary to taste.
  • NOOOOOO E.
    NOOOOOO EWWWWWWMay 29, 2012
    Maybe it was an off day, but the upstairs happy hour service is absolutely terrible. It's not crowded, but the waitresses are rude and no where to be found. The food isn't any good either.
  • Sonny S.
    Sonny SpencerFebruary 26, 2015
    Kobe beef sliders were good but only 3 of them for "sharing with friends" isn't enough. The ceaser salad has too much lettuce and dry croutons.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorJune 2, 2012
    Friday night brings a large crowd of desperate singles looking for a hookup. But hey, if that's your thing, simply go down Washington Ave to the Jolly Roger Hotel.
  • John E.
    John EFebruary 17, 2015
    Açai bowls from the takeout window are authentic (made just like in Brazil) and delicious.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KarpDecember 31, 2011
    The tres tacos are great ... They wrap it in both a flour and corn tortilla ... Makes for great flavor combo. Solid steak fries too.
  • Clique Public Relations Agency
    has a great happy hour Mon-Fri. the food is $7 and so are the house margaritas. Karaoke every Thursday nite is cool too!
  • Jen B.
    Jen BergJanuary 18, 2015
    Really nice staff and solid beach bar but the wings were gross - some of the worst I've had - and I have a high tolerance for mediocre bar food.
  • ÜGo R.
    ÜGo RoxAugust 6, 2013
    The karaoke catalogue here is a lot more diverse than at other places. They also have Pacifico. And Jonas is the man.
  • Shotgun S.
    Great place for whatever your desires...can just enjoy the view during the daytime or party hars at night.
  • Todd L.
    Todd LytleJune 5, 2013
    Fish and Chips are really good here. Cool atmosphere. Happy Hour is crowded...especially in the summer.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KaneMarch 20
    I ordered huevos rancheros. Must be californian style - not baked, more like a poached egg & salsa taco.
  • Cory C.
    Cory CopelandJuly 15, 2013
    Cool music... If you have money for the jukebox. The good wasnt too bad. I actually annoyed it. Not a bad place just to kick back and chill
  • Tony T.
    Tony TacacciJuly 25, 2010
    Loved the Monet Salad (with raspberry dressing). Should get a scoop of chicken if got the money ;P
  • Lori P.
    Lori PolkowskiApril 10, 2013
    Great location. Terrible beer choices. Unless of course you like to drink watered down urine or corona, same thing.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnsonNovember 23, 2013
    If you like vodka, Jager, and a hint of cherry liquor with rum, try a "surfer on acid" (at the bar, not beach).
  • JordanPaige
    JordanPaigeJuly 6, 2013
    Great appetizers. Nice to sit up top vie the ocean and have music, tv, and a great atmosphere
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McKinleyJuly 1, 2014
    Watched the USA v Germany game there 6/26/14, great vibe, great location, great staff, great food & drink. Definitely going back.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    One of my favorite Venice bars. Close to beach, chill vibe. Good drinks.
  • The Expendables 2
    The Expendables 2June 30, 2010
    Must experience the upstairs explosive patio facing the legendary Venice beach! Brought to you by THE EXPENDABLES opening August 13!
  • Bo K.
    Bo KaierAugust 18, 2013
    Be advised: Marilyn Monroe does not have any tattoos, the photo on the second floor is a lie! A lie!
  • Drew H.
    Drew HubbardMarch 27, 2010
    The upstairs bar is redesigned and will accomodate a lot more people than before.
  • Danica J.
    Danica JonesOctober 23, 2009
    Happy hour ends at 8pm. I like to hoard pitchers at the last minute because their pitchers have a cooling system in them. :)
  • Cresta C.
    Cresta CavanaughNovember 22, 2014
    The sunset view is awesomeness. Get there early for a good seat upstairs!
  • @boujeeandbroke
    @boujeeandbrokeJuly 20, 2012
    go between 4-8 everyday and they have an awesome happy hour. food is only $6 and its really good
  • Nicklas A.
    Nicklas Ansman GiertzApril 11, 2013
    The steak was delicious, perfectly cooked and only $20!
  • Abdulrahman Z.
    Abdulrahman ZJanuary 20, 2014
    Karaoke on Sundays..make sure you come with a good mood. ;)
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraMay 25, 2011
    If you're looking for a tasty appetizer, try the Mozzarella Sticks!
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SweeneyJune 9, 2013
    Live music was awesome! Great band! Upstairs bit disappointing
  • Mila I.
    Mila IoffeJuly 29, 2015
    Get here for happy hour 4-7pm. Food is great.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CiolinoDecember 5, 2015
    It's not on the menu, but ask the bartender for a "Jim Belushi." You won't be disappointed.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CohenApril 5, 2010
    Great views from the upstairs Balcony. Beware of nosey onlookers tho! 
  • Katja H.
    Katja HaackMarch 28
    Great view and good music on the rooftop on the weekends.
  • Neiki U.
    Neiki UllahNovember 6, 2015
    This is that bar where you and your friends always go.
  • HotDog T.
    HotDog TheRapperApril 3, 2010
    The Dyson Air Blade doesn't work well for sucking poo off your hands but the stalls are top notch.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FluryJanuary 26
    Great place right next to the beach. Try the fish tacos!
  • Chef Rawk (.
    Chef Rawk (Krissy)July 29, 2011
    The door guy is hot...the drinks are strong. I don't like to stay too long...
  • BRian
    BRianApril 6
    Crispy Brussels sprouts with grilled salmon 👌🏼✨
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WestJuly 11, 2011
    weakest whiskey cokes ever. you're better off ordering a beer.
  • Aissata D.
    Aissata DialloSeptember 9, 2013
    Very good ambiance. Very noisy. For a drink after the Sunset
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KaminskyJuly 18, 2013
    Always seems like there is something going on here. Nice balcony bar.
  • jeannette p.
    jeannette pilaJuly 21, 2011
    Loooove the Whaler. Best bartenders EVER especially Miss Bridgette Bruno and Sir Mike!
  • Kat
    KatSeptember 1, 2013
    Don't ever sit downstairs. The worst bartenders ever! So unbelievably stupid...
  • Anabella M.
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great pizza and ambience. Not Great service
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SapienMarch 24, 2011
    Best price on Don Julio Blanco and Anejo shots with an Ocean View:-)
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