The holidays are a fun and festive time to catch up with friends in Santa Monica, even for just a quick drink to unwind between shopping, events and parties.
Here are some great places to connect and celebrate with seasonal beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), during a busy December on-the-go!
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Meet up in Loews’ stylish Papillon bar and lounge to marvel at a quintessential Santa Monica winter sunset.
Order the mistletoe mojito or merry apple bourbon holiday cocktails, and snacks like crab wonton dumplings. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy the oceanside view.
1700 Ocean Ave., 310-458-6700, www.santamonicaloewshotel.com, daily in December.
Ye Olde Kings Head
While shopping at the nearby 3rd Street Promenade, stop in for a proper Christmas afternoon tea at this venerable British pub.
Enjoy a choice of tea services, for one or two people. The traditional tea features a special holiday tea blend and food selections including finger sandwiches, scones, Christmas crackers and more. The royal tea adds a bubbly choice of champagne, mimosa or kir royale for toasting the new year ahead.
116 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-451-1402, www.yeoldekingshead.com, Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through December 30.
Enterprise Fish Co.
If you missed the annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl this month - or want to re-create your own - make the bar at this Main Street seafood favorite your first stop, for its daily happy hour and more.
The holiday cocktail menu features a hot toddy, chilled spiced rum eggnog and peppermint patty martini. Or, ask for the elf punch, candy cane shot or seasonal ale. Bar food selections include Hawaiian poke.
174 Kinney St., 310-392-8366, www.enterprisefishco.com, daily in December.
Shutters on the Beach
Hotel Casa del Mar
These adjacent sister hotels offer a complementary holiday experience.
Sit by the fire in the luxe Living Room lobby at Shutters for a quiet, late afternoon conversation and freshly-made hot cider and cookies. Be sure to view the hotel’s miniature train set on display for the holidays.
1 Pico Blvd., 310-458-0030, www.shuttersonthebeach.com, daily 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in December.
For a later holiday meet-up, visit the elegant Hotel Casa del Mar. Admire the lobby Christmas tree alongside early evening holiday treats like hot chocolate and pastries.
In the lounge, indulge in a seasonal eggnog cheer cocktail and small plates including American Waygu beef sliders. Enjoy live music, too.
1910 Ocean Way, 310-581-5533, www.hotelcasadelmar.com, holiday treats daily 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through Christmas, lounge daily in December - live music hours vary.