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Happy Hour & Cocktails at The Little Door in Santa Monica.

By Maren Swanson • November 16th, 2015
The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.
The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.

I’m a big fan of The Little Door in West Hollywood, so when the opportunity arose to try out their sister location in Santa Monica, I was very eager to stop in and see what they had in store. When I arrived, I once again passed through an almost secret looking door and stepped inside a Mediterranean hideaway decorated with flickering candles, hanging vines and mosaic artwork. Head to the right to find a lounge and bar area set up with rustic chairs that are lined with mini sheepskin blankets.

The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.
The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.
Add a crackling fireplace and a classic cocktail menu and instantly you’ll want to cozy up with a drink and your guest. Yes, The Little Door is known for it’s romantic atmosphere and great food, but I had never heard the words happy hour mentioned here before...until now.

The Little Hour, aka happy hour is now available at their Santa Monica location everyday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area only. Wines by the glass are $8 each, cocktails are $8 and bar bites are $10. Keep in mind that the cocktails offered on happy hour here aren’t your typical well drinks, they’re classic cocktails and specialty cocktails including a Gold Rush (bourbon, honey syrup, organic lemon juice), Imperfect Manhatttan, (bourbon, Martini Bianco, Martini Rosato, Jerry Thomas Bitters), Shades of Green (vodka, pressed cucumber juice, organic lime juice), Ginger Rose (gin, ginger beer, organic lime juice) and a Tommy’s Margarita.

Vincent Marianella (right)
Sean Griffin at The Little Door Restaurant in Santa Monica.

Cocktail consultant, Vincent Marianella (pioneering the first farm-to-glass cocktails at Providence over 10 years ago), and head bartender, Sean Griffin, have created a fall cocktail line-up made with seasonal ingredients, housemade shrubs and syrups, and organic pressed juices. It’s all about freshness here. “Location, team, and theme influence what we make,” says Marianella. The team’s backgrounds, availability of product, demand and other factors contribute to his mixology choices when deciding what will make his libation lists.

Imperfect Manhattan at The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.

The Little Door in Santa Monica’s fall cocktail menu is comprised of classics like the Boulevardier, French 75 and Vieux Carre, but also includes some popular national drinks like the Moscow Mule and a Blackberry Smash. Some unusual, yet tasty options are demonstrated with the Old Boy (Verbena-infused Beluga vodka, Vieux Garcon with stewed raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and organic lemon juice) and the Campanula Sour (Finladia Grapefruit Vodka, St. Germain, pressed red bell pepper juice, organic lemon juice, mint).

Happy Hour at The Little Door restaurant in Santa Monica.
The Smoky Chile with Mezcal, grapefruit, lime, agave and a four-pepper rim (The Little Door in Santa Monica).

If you’re feeling feisty, I suggest veering off the beaten path and asking Griffin to whip you up an off-the-menu favorite: The Smoky Chile. It’s laced with Mezcal, grapefruit, lime, agave and a four-pepper rim. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

The Little Door (Santa Monica)

246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

(310) 310-8064

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