41 Ocean Club

Escape from the crowds at this private members club, which offers sybaritic delights (cards, cocktails and cigars) just steps from the ocean in a 1920s-era building.

Cigars, access to VIP poker card games, live music (Thursday-Sunday nights) plus dining and excellent cocktails are just some of the enticements for day pass members ($50/£33) at Santa Monica’s 41 Ocean Club. The cozy fireplaces, lounge furniture and comfortable vintage style are conducive to a festive atmosphere and encourage relaxed socializing.

Founded by entrepreneur Jeremy Umland of Ozumo Restaurant Ventures, the setting comes with delightful ocean and sunset views. Chef Jimmy Martinez is a BOA restaurant veteran, so the menu angles towards comfort food (steak frites) with a Latin twist. The mixology program is top notch and the setting, close to the Pacific, is what brings people west. Day passes are available for a limited time; annual memberships are available too.

Ideal For

Cocktails, socializing, cigar smoking (a rare pleasure in L.A.), date night

Favourite Table

Close to the fireplace

Favorite Room

Outdoor lounge

Signature Dishes

Spicy tuna tartare, crab ceviche, steak frites

Signature Drinks

Whispers at Midnight, Smoking Gun