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August 8th, 2017

THE BEST SUMMER HAPPY HOUR DESTINATIONS IN MARINA DEL REY

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

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SALT
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

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August 1st, 2017

NATIONAL PICNIC MONTH: WHERE TO FILL YOUR BASKETS IN AND AROUND MARINA DEL REY

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!

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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. 

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May 9th, 2017

Your Guide to a Grand Mother’s Day Brunch In & Around Marina del Rey

When it comes to must-celebrate holidays, Mother’s Day is up there with the best. This is when we get to officially honor that one woman in our life for all of the strength, awesomeness and love she puts out there as a world-class mamma bear. Since the big day is coming up this Sunday (May 14th), now is the perfect time to get your super-plan in motion. Something fabulous like — booking a Diamond Rose Mani-Pedi at Spa-Del Rey (or a spa gift card for a later date!), picking up a Mother’s Day box of See’s from Waterside, ordering some gorgeous blooms from maybe Heather’s Flowers —- and last but definitely not least, making brunch reservations at a fabulous spot around Marina del Rey. As you know, we have quite a few of them so you’re going to have to weigh your options — consider ambience, views, menu items and price and then make that reservation asap. Here are a few can’t-beat destinations to think about… and if you go to one of them, let us know all the details!

1. Café del Rey

The views, the food, the food, the views — yeah, we love this place. And they’re hosting a lovely Mother’s Day to-do with a three-course prix fixe meal that includes sparkling wine, mimosas, Bloody Marys or sparkling cider (plus coffee, sodas, etc.). The menu gives you some tantalizing choices for each course, such as a Shrimp Gazpacho appetizer; Eggs Benedict or Poached Salmon & Kale Salad; and a duo of desserts (Chocolate Ganache Cake and Lemon Tart!). The price is $52 per person and you need reservations. Call (310) 823-6395. Right. Now.

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April 11th, 2017

6 Marina del Rey Spring Holiday Brunch Spots for Sunday, April 16th

Springtime is thriving in Marina del Rey with perfect temps, our typical gorgeous scenery and of course, this Sunday’s holiday fun. There are some pretty excellent events happening around town to celebrate, like Heathy Spots dog-exclusive Easter Egg Play Date (fun!), but we know that the main event for a lot of us is that delightful tradition known as Easter Brunch. And as always, you have your pick of amazing Marina del Rey options, plus some great ones just minutes away. Take a look and enjoy your Sunday!

SALT
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey

The fabulous SALT restaurant at the Marina del Rey Hotel has a special Holiday Brunch Menu on Sunday, available from 7 am to 3 pm. Come hungry because the dish options sound downright amazing. Ready for highlights? Maine Lobster Omelet, Smoked Salmon Bagel, Prime Steak & Eggs, Tuna Nicoise Tartine, Croque-Madame, Dungeness Crab Louie, Avocado Hummus, Housemade Zucchini & Basil Ravioli… seriously, how are you going to choose? Come hungry but make reservations first at (424) 289-8223.