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The palm-lined Venice Beach boardwalk — with its sidewalk vendors, street musicians, roller skaters and Muscle Beach bodybuilders — has become synonymous with Los Angeles, appearing on film almost as often as local luminary Dennis Hopper. The movie veteran's Frank Gehry-designed compound is one of many architectural standouts in Venice, a community that serves as a magnet for L.A.'s actors, musicians, designers and artists.
Several piers and amusement parks have come and gone, battered by storms and fires. Now the performers congregate along the Venice boardwalk — skateboarders and stilt-walkers, musicians and magicians. Tattoo parlors, booths stuffed with sunglasses and beach clothes, and purveyors of street food line the scenic beachfront. Cyclists interweave between the pedestrians as the beat of conga drums fills the air. Basketball games on the beachside courts draw a crowd, especially on Saturday afternoons.
Since its early days the city has attracted the odd and adventurous — artists and spiritual seekers, Beat poets and hippies. The best and bravest performers show their stuff on the beach's main stage; others vie with the vendors for sidewalk space to perform and hawk CDs and paintings. Local cultural highlights include the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), the literary center Beyond Baroque, and performance spaces at the Electric Lodge and the Pacific Resident Theatre.
Just off the main drags are the narrow residential streets of Venice, a mix of lovingly restored bungalows, modest apartments and modernist architectural statements. Grass-lined streets, dog parks, recreational areas and well-tended gardens turn this densely populated neighborhood into a pleasant retreat. Venice is the number one seaside destination on the West Coast so please come visit Venice and be a part of its colorful history!
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431 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Su Casa at Venice Beach is a Venice Beach hotel that’s adjacent to the Venice Boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean, and is within two miles of the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Park amusement park.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291
All the hipsters who pack Gjelina on Abbot Kinney in LA’s Venice Beach neighborhood may not know it, but the restaurant is of one Los Angeles’ premier farm-to-table restaurants with a menu that gives locally grown vegetables a starring role.
Krystal Bee began working at Power 106 when she snagged an internship during her first year at Cal State LA. From there, she moved up the ranks and was eventually offered a full-time spot, right next to radio personality Big Boy on his morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood.
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Established in 1915, Townhouse is the oldest bar in Venice and one of the oldest bars in the Los Angeles area. Townhouse's live entertainment basement, The Del Monte Speakeasy, was a true speakeasy during Prohibition and a night-life nucleus, serving many nefarious and infamous characters of the day, masked cleverly by Menotti's grocery store above.
606 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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The ice cream at Kippy’s is organic, non-dairy, non-soy and made from coconut cream and raw honey as opposed to milk and sugar. Over the four days, the cleanse includes a diet consisting of five pints of the good stuff each day and nothing else, except for water.
8 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
The Cadillac Hotel in Venice Beach is just a few blocks from Santa Monica's popular shopping destinations, and only a short drive from both Beverly Hills and the LA Airport.
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
Fun. Rebellious. Adventurous. Diverse. Expressive. Home of Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails and HIGH Rooftop Lounge. www.HotelErwin.com
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