Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to experience something great. The Bungalow is attached to The Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica and is the brainchild of Brent Bolthouse. It is a surfer chic renovated 1947 beach cottage made into a hip hangout for a breezy summer day and into night. There are five distinct spaces within The Bungalow. The Study, a main bar, an outside deck, the State Room and East Garden, and a game room. With this many different aesthetics, you are sure to find a spot that suits your needs.
I personally love the patio because there are lanterns and lights strewn from the trees, sofas strategically placed for lounging and catching up with friends, and little nooks and tables for a more intimate feel. The ambiance makes you feel as if you stumbled upon this secret party on a little known beach. The only dose of reality is the daunting line that bends around the door for entry. While it can be annoying to wait in line, the bright side is everyone gets in, no glances up and down from the door guy. Just a check of your ID and a smile for your patience and you are in.
Grab a glass of the red sangria, some chips and guacamole and gab the night away with great friends.