From the glossy, international beach dream of tobacco titan Abbot Kinney, to an oilfield slum for half a century, Venice’s history has been turbulent. Because of its affordability the neighborhood attracted a diverse counterculture population in the ‘60s, followed by the skateboarding Z-Boys who used derelict elements of Venice as a foundation for sport. Some of that colorful population remains today but is now contrasted by an influx of affluent residents.
Some of the diviest watering holes of bygone years have been replaced by trendy haberdashers and high-end baby couture. Still, some remain, and our picks below are the best of what Venice bar culture has to offer, both old and new.