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Welcome to The Venice Whaler, a local institution, welcoming locals and visitors alike, since 1944. We’ve been an escape from reality, a place for celebration, and a favorite watering hole to numerous artists including the Doors, Beatles, and Beach Boys.
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Whether it’s our magical sunsets, our killer margaritas, or our world famous fish tacos that brought you in, we invite you to stay a while and join us in the same toast that we’ve been raising since 1944 – TO LIFE!
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Chef Nick Liberato introduces a fresh menu of bites like tuna poke, hangover lettuce wraps, kale salad, and shrimp rolls on brioche.
The Moscow Whale, made with vodka or bourbon, citrus-ginger syrup, Angostura and ginger beer. In addition, 13 beers on tap for the craft brew junkies. Hours run 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Located at the base of the Venice Pier for 70 years, two-story beachside shack The Venice Whaler has had quite the history(in the 60s and 70s, it was a hangout for bands like The Beach Boys and The Doors). It’s weathered facade has always hosted an eclectic crowd of locals and tourists.
Los Angeles Magazine
The beachside institution, properly known as The Venice Whaler, has a new look, new owners, new chef and new menu. But it’s still a dive bar at heart: your go-to for happy hour, ever-flowing cheap beers and long nights on the patio just steps from the waves.
The Venice Whaler is 70 year old restaurant/bar has a new owner who has restored the Venice Whaler into an “upscale dive bar” featuring craft cocktails. While sipping cocktails, there is a full menu of what you would expect in a dive bar……tacos, sliders, fish and chips, but also a lot of vegetables. Call it an upscale dive bar because they are not serving greasy food. The flavors are clean and fresh, as is the presentation.
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Venice Whaler is not only a sleek new aesthetic, but also has an innovative craft cocktail menu that customers can especially take advantage of during the happy hour special.
Happy hour at the Crab Shell Bar takes place Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm. The specials include $2 off well cocktails and all draft beers; $5 off all pitchers, house cabernet and chardonnay, and pickle back shots; and $6 for the specialty cocktail of the day.
The Whaler was a dive on Venice Boardwalk but it recently received a major revamp, both in the décor and the cocktail menu. Now you can find a list of craft beers on tap along with Negroni snow cones. For brunch, grab a Bloody Mary garnished with a whole crab claw. Head down to the Crab Shell bar at night for some live music or karaoke.
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