While most people know Venice Beach for the infamous Boardwalk and its legendary people watching, it's a whole new world once the sun goes down. With a definite possibility for fun, there are a few simple rules that one should follow:
1. Stay off the sand. Chances are, unless you have night vision or a flashlight, you can't see and I'm pretty sure you're not going to want to see what goes on either.
2. Don't walk down dark alleys. Similar to rule #1 except the dangers can be a bit more serious.
3. Bundle up. It's always chilly.
Keeping those three simple rules in mind, Venice at night is full of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Along with a few late night runners getting some exercise in and let's not forget the Sunday night Drum Circle on the beach (exception to rule #1).
If beach style restaurants are what you want then you might want to try James Beach, located 1/2 block off the boulevard.
For drinks and dancing, a few favorites include the Canal Club on Pacific Ave, Tavern on Main and The Other Room. Bar hopping can be a breeze when you know where you're going. For more information on Venice Beach head here.