Just a few blocks east of the Pier you will find the downtown & 3rd Street Promenade neighborhood of Santa Monica. Santa Monica’s downtown hub is a destination for shoppers looking for everything from designer duds and home décor to artisan coffee and handcrafted chocolate. You’ll also find the famous open-air, pedestrian-only 3rd Street Promenade, home to dozens of retailers, some of the city’s best people watching, and lively events like outdoor movie screenings and popular farmers markets. Neighborhood landmarks include the historic Georgian Hotel and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. By Robin Jones
The Roaring ’20s live on inside The Misfit, a bar that evokes a vintage study with red leather seats, warm lamp-lighting, ceiling-high bookshelves, and sumptuous drapes. Imbibe with an extensive cocktail menu and peruse an ever-changing selection of small plates sourced from the local Santa Monica Farmers Market. Don’t miss the salted chocolate chip cookies. A classic English pub, Ye Olde King’s Head is known for its fresh cod fish and chips. Hit the bar and order a black and tan (Guinness and ale) or a snake bite (cider and lager) while you catch a Premier League soccer game.
Collectively downtown Santa Monica and the 3rd Street Promenade boast more than 200 shops, with every big brand imaginable, from Apple to Zara. Santa Monica Place, a shopping mall at the south end, is ground zero, with nearly 100 options including department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s and popular boutiques like Uniqlo and Michael Kors. .
Enjoy some of Santa Monica’s best people watching along the 3rd Street Promenade, where crowds gather for street performers ranging from hip-hop dancers to earnest singer-songwriters to circus acts. Set on the 18th story of the Huntley Hotel, The Penthouse provides a glitzy rendezvous spot with spectacular sunsets enjoyed through a wall of windows. Signature cocktails such as a blackberry pineapple sidecar or a white lychee cosmopolitan sweeten the experience. After dark, make your way to the M.I. Westside Comedy Theater for some stand-up or a performance from the in-house improv group, Mission IMPROVable. Big names like Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, and Dave Chappelle have been known to drop in.
You can’t find a better deal than the $5 Bar Fly Lunch at The Misfit! It’s only available till 4 p.m., and only if you sit at the bar.