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August 8th, 2017


Happy Hours are one of those sensational summer traditions that never, ever go out of style. They’re great deals, they’re awesome after-work AND after-play outings — and if you do them Marina del Rey-style — they’re typically accompanied by spectacular water views (which somehow makes the happiest happy hour seem even …. well, happier!) So, in the spirit of this fun-filled, much-loved cultural institution (that rocks even more in the hottest season), we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Marina del Rey Happy Hour hotspots. Take a look and by all means, indulge in the deals and enjoy!

Beachside Restaurant Cocktails

Beachside Restaurant Cocktails

13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey

The Marina del Rey Hotel’s SALT is a favorite happy hour spot in town, framed by our town’s signature waterside views (of course!), plus sleek bar seating and a sweet outdoor patio (with lots of fire pit action). Happy hour goodness happens every single day from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.

Special Menu Highlights: $9 Fish tacos • $12 Shish Kebob • $8 Avocado hummus • $7 Chopped salad

Drink Specials: Nice selection of $5 drafts or bottled beer • $6 glass of house wine • $8 well cocktails


August 1st, 2017


It’s National Picnic Month, Marina del Rey! August is here and summer is in its prime, which means it’s the perfect time to honor this great, outdoor tradition. We have so many awesome spots to picnic in and around town, like Burton Chace Park, Mother’s Beach, Del Rey Lagoon, Santa Monica’s Palisades Park or even Venice Beach (with its endless entertainment!). Heck, if you live at one of the Marina’s gorgeous waterfront communities, you can even picnic poolside (just remember, no glass containers)!

So, there are your can’t-go-wrong picnic setting considerations. But how about the picnic itself? Are you going to pack some PB&J and call it a day? Or opt for something a little more decadent from one of the irresistible carryout dining destinations nearby? If you prefer the latter (aka: the easy route), we have some ideas to help you out. Here are five of the best picnic-satisfying restaurants to try for your National Picnic Month outing. Cheers!

Esprit Marina

July 21st, 2017

Flashing Back to 4th of July: Epic Party Fun at Esprit in Marina del Rey

You know you had a stellar party when weeks go by, and people are still buzzing about the fun. That’s the exact story of Esprit’s private Fourth of July event earlier this month — it was epic and shenanigan-inspired nostalgia is already setting in. So, we thought we’d push some envy buttons, share the details and give everyone a glimpse into what makes waterfront communities like Esprit so darn cool.

Ready for this? We had 650 residents, boaters and guests attend the outdoor shindig, which was right out in front of the main channel on the Marina waterfront. Yes, perfect setting, we know.

Esprit outdoors

The sinfully good Earle’s on Crenshaw catered the event, providing masterfully prepared July 4th standards like hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato and macaroni salads, fresh fruit and more.


July 12th, 2017

National Ice Cream Day Alert: 6 Outstanding Ice Cream Shops in Marina del Rey & Beyond

Get ready for the coolest, creamiest, most delicious Sunday of the year, everyone — because July 16 is National Ice Cream Day! This delightfully-official holiday (well, for ice-cream lovers, anyway) demands one thing and one thing only: that you happily consume at least one scoop of your most favorite, delectable ice cream flavor on Sunday. Mint chocolate chip, salted caramel, strawberry-cilantro-lime-cheesecake, vegan cinnamon date …. whatever you love, it’s time to give in to the craving.

To get you on your way, here are six must-try shops in and around Marina del Rey that will get the job done. PS July is Ice Cream MONTH, too — so feel free to keep the ice cream party going—all month long.