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Venice Beach Suites and Hotel (Historic)

Venice Beach Suites and Hotel (Historic)

Circa 1908, renovated 2002

Built as a hotel right in the thick of things on Ocean Front Walk in 1908 and renovated in 2002, Venice Beach Suites and Hotel provides a sense of Venice in its heyday. Substantial differences can be seen between the building in its early days (postcard) to in its present incarnation.

Ocean Front Walk
Venice, California

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Venice Beach Wine

Venice Beach Wine

Newish Rose Ave wine shop with great selection and thoughtful guidance.

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venice bike & skate

Venice Bike & Skate

Rent or buy bikes and blades at this longtime Venice beach business. Plenty of quality bikes to rent. And if you’re considering buying, they have some cool beach cruisers at affordable prices. The staff is warm and fuzzy. Okay, some are warm and fuzzy. Some are just fuzzy.

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venice bistro

Venice Bistro

Doors cover bands and nearby bum fights…somebody’s Venice.

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Venice Boardwalk

Venice Boardwalk

When most people think of Venice, nowadays, it’s Ocean Front Walk — the boardwalk — they picture. A couple of miles of insanity, vanity and humanity with souvenir shops and tattoo parlors galore, street vendors and palm readers, more crazies than can shake sticks at you, sleaze, ocean breeze, street performers, nut jobs, tourists, posers…it’s all here, particularly on beautiful weekend days. Come prepared for a full immersion in life’s rich pageant. If you’re bringing a pygmy anaconda, please bring its sunblock. Actually, best to leave the pets at home unless you want to traumatize them for life.

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freak show

Venice Boardwalk Freak Show

The barker barks half-heartedly about all the s**t they have inside that has two heads. For my money, I’m sticking with the Museum of Jurassic Technology a few miles up Venice Blvd.

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Venice Library

Venice Branch L.A. Public Library

You may have to negotiate some wayward shopping carts on your way into this branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (especially on rainy days—the library roof has a nice overhang), but it will be worth it.

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Venice Branch Library (Historic)

Venice Branch Library (Historic)

Circa 1930

This Spanish Colonial Revival style building once housed the Venice Branch Library. Its entrance still features the original diamond-paned double doors (complete with book return slot) and wrought-iron lamps. The building is now a youth and family community center.

California Ave
Venice, California

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venice breakwater

Venice Breakwater

Stoked to hang ten on memory lane? Paddle out at the Breakwater. Someone is sure to call you kook in homage to those storied aggro days of the ’70s. Pull the guy’s leash for me, will you?

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B-rad Park

Venice Breakwater Playground

Full-service kiddie park overlooking the breakwater. You can’t park anywhere too near, but it’s pretty sweet once you’re here. Rest rooms a short walk across lawn.

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