Venice

Things to do in Venice

Developer Abbot Kinney modeled the canals and bridges in this historic district on those in Venice, Italy.

This atmospheric bar at the edge of the Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the city’s oldest—it began as Menotti’s saloon in 1915 and wound up decades later as a dive bar catering to the likes of Jim Morrison. Today, under new ownership, Townhouse is reviving its vintage Prohibition-era allure.

Housed in a converted Craftsman bungalow, the flagship store of casual-cool clothier Alternative Apparel fits perfectly with the Venice lifestyle.

This literary arts center housed in Venice’s Old Town Hall has played a strong role in shaping the literary culture of Los Angeles since 1968.

This gussied-up former dive bar is a community watering hole within a pretty exceptional (star-studded!) community.

Owner Chris Weiss brought his New York- and Miami-based beer and wine bar to Abbot Kinney in 2005. The candle-lit room has high-ceilings buttressed by iron posts, and cushioned couches fill a more private room in the back.

At home amidst the boho-chic atmosphere of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, this perfume boutique combines the romance of old-world fragrances with a modernist design featuring sleek white counters, mirrored walls, and simple, vibrant displays.

Great gifts such as Mistral hand creams and straw fedoras from San Diego Hat. Two doors down, Kid Firefly has darling baby clothes.

At Kristy Choo's Jin Patisserie, Asian ingredients are used in unexpected ways–it was the first shop to make a green tea cake with red bean paste filling.

Pop culture stylists Andy “A” Griffith and Rose “R” Apodaca source functional design objects from around the world at their glass-front Abbot Kinney shop. Whimsical design can be found in everything from carved wooden boxes resembling whales and llamas to gadgets like self-watering planters.

Situated on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard, this industrial-style wine shop has a glass front, a polished concrete floor, and wall-to-wall wooden shelves lined with rare, small-batch wines. Owner Bart Miali opened the store in 2008 to honor his grandfather, who started a family winery in 1886.