The SHOREbar, which effortlessly pulls off a chic nautical decor accompanied by killer cocktails and good music, is the perfect place to kick off your night out in Santa Monica. Tucked away on Channel Rd, just off PCH, this spot offers a hip, yet relaxed atmosphere to grab a drink before heading into the city, or the perfect destination for those who are venturing in from Malibu or down from the Palisades. Made with Partida Tequila, passion fruit puree, ginger beer and fresh jalapeños over ice, the Mesa Mule is by far my favorite drink at Shorebar. But watch out, like most of the libations on their very creative cocktail list, this one is so good you’ll have a hard time stopping with just one drink!
Shorebar, 112 West Channel Road, at Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica (310-429-1851).