Food & Wine

Ain’t No Party Like a Palisades Party

Delicious cocktails from SHOREbar
Delicious cocktails from SHOREbar

In the sleepy neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, it can be challenging to find fun and exciting nightlife after 10PM. That changed last summer when SHOREbar opened in the Santa Monica Canyon. The area was already host to terrific restaurants such as Giorgio Baldi, Sam’s on the Beach and The Hungry Cat.  Nevertheless, irrespective of all the amazing food available in the Canyon, it was hard to find a nice place to grab a cocktail at 11PM, let alone go dancing! Using top quality fresh ingredients, the bartenders at SHOREbar are eager to prepare your favorite drink. They have artisan whiskey and multiple small batch tequilas and mescals. It’s a happy place for a cocktail connoisseur.

SHOREbar is the brainchild of nightlife entrepreneurs, H.wood. They are the folks behind Las Palmas nightclub and the famous taco stand in West Hollywood, Bootsy Bellows, and the soon to be re-opened Beverly.  H.wood is comprised of three central partners, John Terzian, Brian Toll, and Adam Koral. All three men are well-bred L.A. locals who have used their private club and private school social networks to create exclusive Hollywood hotspots. All three partners grew up in the area and were — like all of us — painfully aware that the area lacked a quality watering hole. Their move west from Hollywood and West Hollywood is based on their decision to get back to their geographical roots and wanting to be located near their main clientele.

Curtis and Mauricio, the bartenders at SHOREbar. Photo by Trish Jochen
Curtis and Mauricio, the bartenders at SHOREbar. Photo by Trish Jochen

The space had been operating as The Hideout for the previous five years, and it was not appealing to the local crowd. The previous owners of the space approached them after they had been highly recommended by mutual friends.  The partners felt that the space had the potential to be something special and so they took it over and opened up SHOREbar.

On offer at SHOREbar is a private membership, which allows guests a separate and private space, located upstairs from the main bar. Membership is offered to their network of friends, colleagues, and new guests. It is designed as a special space for those who love to go out but who would rather not be among strangers. The company felt that it was the perfect place for their special clients, as many of them live in the Palisades and Santa Monica area. Generally they are very wealthy and need a place to have a drink and talk at the same time. Thus the partners wanted to offer something similar to the private beach clubs in the area such as the Bel Air Bay Club, the Jonathan Club and the Beach Club, but with a more relaxed, party atmosphere. The space resembles a beautiful living room, with TV, and a private bar serving high-end cocktails. Members have their own locker with a key in which they mostly keep their alcohol or favorite hat!

Local DJs, who rotate throughout all of the H.wood venues, get the party started sat SHOREbar. There are Djs playing Thursdays through Saturdays, holidays and special occasions. They play fun, party music and the crown has been known to get a little wild. While there is no official dance floor, the space directly in front of the DJ booth is usually a good place to get down. The smoking patio in the back is made especially fun with a photo booth to capture the moment and the beachy vibe is apropos to the area. What we love best about SHOREbar is that they took a spot that was underutilized and created a clean, happy, fun bar serving delicious drinks using the best possible ingredients by a happy, friendly staff.

112 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 429-1851

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