Brig

★★★★☆
  • 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-399-7537

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Great jazz at 11pm on Tuesdays... not your normal old person Jazz!

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★★★★☆

Great jazz at 11pm on Tuesdays... not your normal old person Jazz!

Pros: great music

Cons: crowded

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They have a great Jam Band that plays tuesdays late--around 10:45 pm. Every time I've been there, it's been packed with talent, on stage and off. Definitely the best Westside hang on Tuesdays!

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★★★★★

They have a great Jam Band that plays tuesdays late--around 10:45 pm. Every time I've been there, it's been packed with talent, on stage and off. Definitely the best Westside hang on Tuesdays!

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This place has some of the best musicians come and play on Monday nights. Everyone is really friendly and very laid back. The vibe is happy and creative and the drinks are good and very reaosonably priced.

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★★★★★

This place has some of the best musicians come and play on Monday nights. Everyone is really friendly and very laid back. The vibe is happy and creative and the drinks are good and very reaosonably priced.

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we checked this place out after dinner on a sat. night. the crowd was great and an enjoyable atmosphere. get there early to snag a spot to sit.

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★★★★☆

we checked this place out after dinner on a sat. night. the crowd was great and an enjoyable atmosphere. get there early to snag a spot to sit.

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The Brig lives up to its name in that when a group of us came here for drinks, it was cold and drafty. We almost didn't want to order drinks because we were all freezing. The drinks were decent and not too pricey, but even when it's packed, I just don't like the metal+concrete vibe of the place. When I worked down the street, it was more convinient just to stop by briefly, but I wouldn't make it a regular destination these days.

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★★★☆☆

The Brig lives up to its name in that when a group of us came here for drinks, it was cold and drafty. We almost didn't want to order drinks because we were all freezing. The drinks were decent and not too pricey, but even when it's packed, I just don't like the metal+concrete vibe of the place. When I worked down the street, it was more convinient just to stop by briefly, but I wouldn't make it a regular destination these days.

Pros: parking lot

Cons: cold atmosphere

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The Brig is home to the best mojitos I've ever tasted in my life. The atmosphere is mellow and low-key on weeknights, a good place to go for a drink and some conversation. The interior is also decorated very well, a little retro mixed with a little lost in translation, and although it's a relatively small bar, there's also a pool table and dj. Be careful not to miss the sign though since there's no name outside, there's only a picture of a boxer. I always wondered what the hell the boxer stands for, but then I looked at the business card: "Come in for a few rounds." Clever.

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★★★★☆

The Brig is home to the best mojitos I've ever tasted in my life. The atmosphere is mellow and low-key on weeknights, a good place to go for a drink and some conversation. The interior is also decorated very well, a little retro mixed with a little lost in translation, and although it's a relatively small bar, there's also a pool table and dj. Be careful not to miss the sign though since there's no name outside, there's only a picture of a boxer. I always wondered what the hell the boxer stands for, but then I looked at the business card: "Come in for a few rounds." Clever.

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The mix of people reflects exactly what I like about L.A. Refreshingly unpretentious crowd that is a good blend of local and international. After last night, I wish I lived in Venice. Loved the layout, didn't love the angry bartender (Casey) who was so rude it was almost funny. Bartender aside, this bar is perfect and I highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

The mix of people reflects exactly what I like about L.A. Refreshingly unpretentious crowd that is a good blend of local and international. After last night, I wish I lived in Venice. Loved the layout, didn't love the angry bartender (Casey) who was so rude it was almost funny. Bartender aside, this bar is perfect and I highly recommend it!

Pros: The mix of people

Cons: angry bartender

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This place should be my local bar, since it's 2 blocks away. During the week and on early weekend eves, this place is fantastic. A dark but very comfortable. Nice decor and the music is always on point. Weekend nites it gets packed and then thins out - seems people either retire or barhop. I'd say late nite weekend is prob the best, the music suits the hour extremely well. Smart crowd - comfortable and easy. I had an old friend in from DC and we went out to dinner at Mao's one nite, had some tacate's and then rode our bikes over to this place. Sat down in the corner and ordered a couple Ketel/Tonics: $18 - I was a little put off...til I tasted---as one reviewer has said...they have a great pour here. I will pay if the drink is honest...it is at the Brig. Good time had.

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★★★★☆

This place should be my local bar, since it's 2 blocks away. During the week and on early weekend eves, this place is fantastic. A dark but very comfortable. Nice decor and the music is always on point. Weekend nites it gets packed and then thins out - seems people either retire or barhop. I'd say late nite weekend is prob the best, the music suits the hour extremely well. Smart crowd - comfortable and easy. I had an old friend in from DC and we went out to dinner at Mao's one nite, had some tacate's and then rode our bikes over to this place. Sat down in the corner and ordered a couple Ketel/Tonics: $18 - I was a little put off...til I tasted---as one reviewer has said...they have a great pour here. I will pay if the drink is honest...it is at the Brig. Good time had.

Pros: Pour, Ambience, Music

Cons: Can be crowded

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Stopped by this place a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. LOVED the decor, just enough seating, and they were playing some great music (think: lounge meets house with a spoonful of funk). They have a pool table there as well. The crowd was great! People seemed nice, laid back, and there was very little of that "attitude" you find in the Hollywood crowds. Drinks were strong & bartenders were nice. I had a great time and would rec. this place for a chill night out with your friends.

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★★★★★

Stopped by this place a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. LOVED the decor, just enough seating, and they were playing some great music (think: lounge meets house with a spoonful of funk). They have a pool table there as well. The crowd was great! People seemed nice, laid back, and there was very little of that "attitude" you find in the Hollywood crowds. Drinks were strong & bartenders were nice. I had a great time and would rec. this place for a chill night out with your friends.

Pros: Funky decor, Good drinks+music, Great crowd

Cons: Hollywood-esk bouncer

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The Brig has a pretty laid-back vibe, with a very diverse crowd. The drinks are reasonably priced, and there's no cover charge. Plus, I found free parking very easily on a Saturday night, directly across from the place. By 11PM the place got really packed, so it's good to get there a little earlier to find some breathing room.

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★★★★★

The Brig has a pretty laid-back vibe, with a very diverse crowd. The drinks are reasonably priced, and there's no cover charge. Plus, I found free parking very easily on a Saturday night, directly across from the place. By 11PM the place got really packed, so it's good to get there a little earlier to find some breathing room.

Pros: Diverse crowd, Good music, Friendly Staff

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The guy/girl ratio is like 20 to 1. If you're a chick looking to be hit on all night, this is the place.

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★★☆☆☆

The guy/girl ratio is like 20 to 1. If you're a chick looking to be hit on all night, this is the place.

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Rennovated bar-it has the classic, trendy looking of a bar. Before it was a lot more downhome, neighborhood-feeling type of a place. But it still is a great spot to hang but it gets really crowded on the weekends.

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★★★★☆

Rennovated bar-it has the classic, trendy looking of a bar. Before it was a lot more downhome, neighborhood-feeling type of a place. But it still is a great spot to hang but it gets really crowded on the weekends.

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Monday nights at this joint is poppin with live music, funk to a bit of house. People are your typical down to earth friendly laid back Venice type. Good looking people abound and they also can hold a conversation. The atmosphere is modern mod. Full barand lots of different imported beers. Check out the bathroom at some point in the night. Very well designed.

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★★★★★

Monday nights at this joint is poppin with live music, funk to a bit of house. People are your typical down to earth friendly laid back Venice type. Good looking people abound and they also can hold a conversation. The atmosphere is modern mod. Full barand lots of different imported beers. Check out the bathroom at some point in the night. Very well designed.

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Renovated and suddenly cool again.

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★★★★☆

Renovated and suddenly cool again.

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This is my favorite place in Venice. Diverse crowd, always busy, great atmosphere. Perfect place to meet up with some friends and chill. Great restaurants around too - so drop by after dinner.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite place in Venice. Diverse crowd, always busy, great atmosphere. Perfect place to meet up with some friends and chill. Great restaurants around too - so drop by after dinner.

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I used to like the brig, even post remodeling but the crowd there lately has just been kinda cheesy. the dudes in tight shirts crowd is moving in, and it's near impossible to order one of the overpriced drinks on a crowded weekend night. cool looking space, but the crowd is too Sunset strip. Seems out of place for Venice. Can;t complain about the ladies, but it's not worth the hassle to meet a golddigger - I think I'd enjoy it more on a chill night.

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★★★☆☆

I used to like the brig, even post remodeling but the crowd there lately has just been kinda cheesy. the dudes in tight shirts crowd is moving in, and it's near impossible to order one of the overpriced drinks on a crowded weekend night. cool looking space, but the crowd is too Sunset strip. Seems out of place for Venice. Can;t complain about the ladies, but it's not worth the hassle to meet a golddigger - I think I'd enjoy it more on a chill night.

Pros: decor, lots of single women

Cons: , lame bouncers

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It has the Hollywood feel, but the diverse crowd makes it a whole lot better. Cosmos were good and strong, lots of eye candy, and good music. All in all... I was very happy to have found this place.

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★★★★☆

It has the Hollywood feel, but the diverse crowd makes it a whole lot better. Cosmos were good and strong, lots of eye candy, and good music. All in all... I was very happy to have found this place.

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Venice has gone Hollywood! Trendy, chic, hip, streamlined, etc..this place is all that without the Hollywood attitude. There is a strong presence of the local eclectic bohemian Venice types as well as the 9 to 5er. The crowd mixes very well in the retro style bar/lounge. They have live funky modern jazz music and a jukebox. There is a pool table in the back by the co-ed bathrooms. Drinks are average priced for LA standards & the bartenders are pretty prompt in service. This is a great venue to have an event such as a b-day party or a networking event on an off night. The venue is laidout in a way that even if this place is packed the crowd flows well through the room. If the crowd is large enough then make sure to call in advance to so they are staffed properly.

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★★★★★

Venice has gone Hollywood! Trendy, chic, hip, streamlined, etc..this place is all that without the Hollywood attitude. There is a strong presence of the local eclectic bohemian Venice types as well as the 9 to 5er. The crowd mixes very well in the retro style bar/lounge. They have live funky modern jazz music and a jukebox. There is a pool table in the back by the co-ed bathrooms. Drinks are average priced for LA standards & the bartenders are pretty prompt in service. This is a great venue to have an event such as a b-day party or a networking event on an off night. The venue is laidout in a way that even if this place is packed the crowd flows well through the room. If the crowd is large enough then make sure to call in advance to so they are staffed properly.

Pros: crowd, design, No attitude

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The Brig is the place to be. This place had it going on. Very friendly atmosphere which surprised me, at every turn people would smile and were polite as could be. Not typical of a place so hollywood- esque. Ambiance is great, setup is nice. Plenty of room to mingle. Lots of beautiful babies running around. Line wasn't long at all, drinks were affordable. If you want to be where the action is and love looking and talking to all the beautiful bunnies, this is the place to be.

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★★★★★

The Brig is the place to be. This place had it going on. Very friendly atmosphere which surprised me, at every turn people would smile and were polite as could be. Not typical of a place so hollywood- esque. Ambiance is great, setup is nice. Plenty of room to mingle. Lots of beautiful babies running around. Line wasn't long at all, drinks were affordable. If you want to be where the action is and love looking and talking to all the beautiful bunnies, this is the place to be.

Pros: ambiance, scenery, not too expensive

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Six of us went to The Brig on a Sat. night 'bout 11:00. Got right in which was cool. I stayed away from the cocktails...stuck to $5 Amstels. I was one of the more casual dressed males there, but I did not feel "out-of-place" I was joking with a buddy that even the ugly girls were hot! I wanna try this joint out on a week night next time. Props all the way around here!

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★★★★☆

Six of us went to The Brig on a Sat. night 'bout 11:00. Got right in which was cool. I stayed away from the cocktails...stuck to $5 Amstels. I was one of the more casual dressed males there, but I did not feel "out-of-place" I was joking with a buddy that even the ugly girls were hot! I wanna try this joint out on a week night next time. Props all the way around here!

Pros: Beautiful Peeps

Cons: Too "Hollywood" ???

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...make sure you know what the rules of the pool table are the night you're there. I kicked some guy and his girlfriend's butts at pool and they got all hungup about the fact that I didn't have a partner. Whatever. I beat you both, so gettaoutamyface! As for the Brig itself, it IS a cool bar. Bar tenders are cool and none of that "dump the drink for another one with less alcohol if you don't tip me" BS here. Drinks are also reasonably priced considering there's no door charge to get in. But here's my advice: hit it on a week night when it's not so crowded. I've been going here for two years, and that's when it's most relaxing. Otherwise, you may as well head up to Hollywood for the kind of crowd you'll get here on the weekends.

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★★★★☆

...make sure you know what the rules of the pool table are the night you're there. I kicked some guy and his girlfriend's butts at pool and they got all hungup about the fact that I didn't have a partner. Whatever. I beat you both, so gettaoutamyface! As for the Brig itself, it IS a cool bar. Bar tenders are cool and none of that "dump the drink for another one with less alcohol if you don't tip me" BS here. Drinks are also reasonably priced considering there's no door charge to get in. But here's my advice: hit it on a week night when it's not so crowded. I've been going here for two years, and that's when it's most relaxing. Otherwise, you may as well head up to Hollywood for the kind of crowd you'll get here on the weekends.

Pros: fair price on drinks, good crowd, good ambiance

Cons: sore sports on pool

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The brig is pretty nice except for the super expensive little drinks.

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★★★★☆

The brig is pretty nice except for the super expensive little drinks.

Pros: Vibey, Pool Table

Cons: Expensive, Cold people

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Crowded and trendy.. but sort of feels like a cool hipster happening place.. after all the yuppies have invaded it. You'll still see genuinely interesting ragers creating the scene, but the last few times I've gone I've run into too many after work drones who bring the energy level way down.

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★★★☆☆

Crowded and trendy.. but sort of feels like a cool hipster happening place.. after all the yuppies have invaded it. You'll still see genuinely interesting ragers creating the scene, but the last few times I've gone I've run into too many after work drones who bring the energy level way down.

Pros: Not overpriced, Young Hipsters, Parking Lot

Cons: Terrible seating, Really Crowded, Loud

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I am IMPRESSED!!!

Friendly crowd, friendly staff. Nice place to hang out.

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★★★★☆

I am IMPRESSED!!!

Friendly crowd, friendly staff. Nice place to hang out.

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this is a great neighborhood bar that draws a hip crowd from all over...great jukebox and dj's

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★★★★★

this is a great neighborhood bar that draws a hip crowd from all over...great jukebox and dj's

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I always have fun here. Have yet to be there for a DJ, but thursday nights are always fun. Good crowd, no lines, retro set-up. Great after work place--too bad they don't serve food. You will likely meet someone in line for the bathroom since there's only two and they're co-ed!

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★★★★☆

I always have fun here. Have yet to be there for a DJ, but thursday nights are always fun. Good crowd, no lines, retro set-up. Great after work place--too bad they don't serve food. You will likely meet someone in line for the bathroom since there's only two and they're co-ed!

Pros: no attitude, good looking crowd, easy parking

Cons: only two bathrooms

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I too miss the old Brig. I like it when it was a dodgy dive with a "come as you are " feel. At least they kept that "Rat Pack" Ocean's Eleven mural. This place is just way too crowded now. One night, the unisex bathrooms didn't lock - I've only experienced this in gay bars. But the jury is still out... and if it is a gay bar, I would suggest going to the Rooster and Fish down the block (much friendlier atmos).

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★★★★☆

I too miss the old Brig. I like it when it was a dodgy dive with a "come as you are " feel. At least they kept that "Rat Pack" Ocean's Eleven mural. This place is just way too crowded now. One night, the unisex bathrooms didn't lock - I've only experienced this in gay bars. But the jury is still out... and if it is a gay bar, I would suggest going to the Rooster and Fish down the block (much friendlier atmos).

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In the venice circut these days, The brig is always on the list. No matter what kind of night you've got in for, its local with a mod play, and the women seem to like it also. There tends to be an element that takes itself too seriously, but nothing like in Hollywood...Good place, Good crowd for an upscale eve.

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★★★★☆

In the venice circut these days, The brig is always on the list. No matter what kind of night you've got in for, its local with a mod play, and the women seem to like it also. There tends to be an element that takes itself too seriously, but nothing like in Hollywood...Good place, Good crowd for an upscale eve.

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I remember working in the neighborhood when this was a seedy, run-down hole in the wall with a rowdy bunch of daytime drinkers. Now, it's been completely remodeled, velvet rope and all. I have to laugh at parts of it. The jukebox is considerably better these days and they even host DJs on occassion.

A part of me still missed the old Brig, though.

Check it out if there's not a line.

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★★★★☆

I remember working in the neighborhood when this was a seedy, run-down hole in the wall with a rowdy bunch of daytime drinkers. Now, it's been completely remodeled, velvet rope and all. I have to laugh at parts of it. The jukebox is considerably better these days and they even host DJs on occassion.

A part of me still missed the old Brig, though.

Check it out if there's not a line.

Pros: nice decor, strong drinks

Cons: velvet rope, long lines

 

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