New Tropical Cocktail Lounge Canary Opens In Santa Monica

A little birdy told us all about Santa Monica’s newest hotspot.

From Pacific Coast Hospitality (Neat, The Belmont, Bruhaus), Canary is a modern cocktail driven lounge with an inviting tropical floral décor; providing a unique and sophisticated experience that will be the first of its kind to grace the rapidly changing landscape of downtown Santa Monica. Canary serves as a destination that brings a new look and feel to the Westside, where one can spend afternoons skipping rush hour traffic and plan for an enjoyable night out.

For Canary, celebrity mixologist Devon Espinosa, who has worked with the Houston brothers, Pour Vous, Sunset and Vinyl, Tasting Kitchen, Hotel Californian and more, created a unique specialty crafted menu of 11 exciting and tropical-inspired cocktails. The menu includes creative concoctions such as the Angry Bird made with  Mezcal, lime, Ancho Reyes, mango and Tajin, the Cafe Fria made with Agricole, Giffard Banana, cold brew, pineapple, lime and stout syrup, the New Fashioned made with bourbon, Averna, honey, lemon, kumquats and mango and the Desert Rose made with gin, Lillet Blanc, St. Germain, lemon, rosewater, angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters and egg whites.

The standout is the Gran Canaria, named after the most popular sub-island in the Canary Islands, is made with rum, simple syrup, lemon passion fruit, yellow chartreuse, angostura and mint, served in a cute canary bird-shaped collins glass.

Happy Hour takes place Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring $8-$10 select beers, $10 Aperol Spritz, Moscow Mules, Old Fashioned and The Last Words and $14 signature cocktails including the La Frambuesa vodka, bonal, lime, raspberries and angostura and the Off White Pandan Infused Rum Coco Lopez, pineapple and Thai basil

In addition to beverages, Canary has a notable food truck roster featuring a few of the most sought after and high-end culinary food trucks in the LA food scene, offering a different option each night such as tacos, burgers, stone oven pizzas, seafood and more.

“There’s a lot to be desired in terms of nightlife in downtown Santa Monica,” says Pacific Hospitality Group’s Nas Negahban. “It’s becoming way more affluent in the culinary scene, but there isn’t really a nice venue you can go to before or after dinner. Canary will be a very elevated, upscale experience that nowhere else in town is offering. We’re going to bring live music, performances and DJ’s paired with our state of the art tropical decor and specialty cocktails to breath new life into Santa Monica. “

Canary also boasts an invite-only secret backroom speakeasy called B Side. The dimly lit, library-themed space is reserved for high rollers and Hollywood celebrities.

Canary is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 5 p.m. to close and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to close. Sunday Jazz Nights with live performances will begin Dec. 8.

Canary details

1301 5th St., Santa Monica, @canary_sm

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