Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Weekdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Address: 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 thesidewalkcafe.com
Visit, dine and drink at the Sidewalk Cafe! Meet the awesome people, eat, drink and take in the view of the boardwalk or a beautiful Venice sunset! A thing to do while in Venice, California!
The Sidewalk Cafe features a full service bar!
Enjoy mixed drinks on the patio
Come inside to play pool
Watch the game
Play arcade games
Sports bar with many satellite sports packages
Ten TV’s including three big screens
Relax and enjoy the sunset during happy hour, weekdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Monday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m.
Also, here is a little history on Venice and The Sidewalk Cafe!
In 1905 Abbot Kinney built Venice-of-America, his own personal monument to the city of Venice, Italy. He built canals, hotels, streets, and a miniature railroad. By the end of the construction of this fabulous dream, he had given the people of Los Angeles and the U.S. a fantasy city. Everybody loved it! William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies strolled the Venice Boardwalk; Sara Bernhardt performed in the Venice Auditorium; Charlie Chaplin clowned in Abbot Kinney’s auto races; and Mary Pickard rowed in her own Gondola. Venice was the place to be! And it still is! Today the Venice Boardwalk is the largest tourist attraction in Los Angeles.
The building that now houses The Sidewalk Cafe was one of the last of Abbot Kinney’s Venice buildings and was originally designed as a four-story building, but only the first floor was ever constructed. It was sold to the Harrah family (of Nevada fame) and was turned into a bingo parlor (Budgo because bingo was illegal). During prohibition, underground tunnels were expanded to accommodate bootleggers. In the 1950′s and early 60′s the building housed artists’ studios and was, in fact, the crash pad for beatnik poets such as Jack Kerouac. Before the Goodfaders bought it in 1976, the vacant building had stood abandoned for almost 20 years.
In 1976 Mary Goodfader’s bookstore, Small World Books, lost its lease in Marina Del Rey. Bob Goodfader, while bicycling on the bike path, saw the building and called the number painted on its front. The Goodfaders and their friends, Walter (Skip) and Penny Dixon bought the building in 1976 for the bookstore. Bob and Skip decided to open a small takeout place on the side of the building not in use by Small World Books. The restaurant was such a hit that they reopened as a patio restaurant. Ever since then, The Sidewalk Cafe has been the best place to enjoy the Venice Boardwalk. For more info, visit www.TheSidewalkCafe.com.