Oldest Bar in Santa Monica
Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe opened as Laring's Lunch Room in 1902. Since then, it has been a favorite with locals and visitors, surviving and thriving in times such as the Great Depression, multiple recessions, and Covid. Many celebrities have graced this eatery with their presence, including Wilt Chamberlain, Natalie Wood, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Great food and generous servings of beer in a chill atmosphere give this place a great vibe. It's consistently rated as one of L.A.'s 101 best bars - a considerable feat for this population-dense city!