Most beachside-bar real estate revolves around location in lieu of quality — a harrowing fact of life to the coastal craft beer lover. Where others have rested on the laurels of a nice locale, Venice Ale House unites a superb local beer selection with an ocean view. Plunk yourself onto a patio seat where you'll rub elbows with boardwalk commuters, or enjoy a slight remove at the bustling bar and choose from 32 beers originating from Colorado and points west. Note the “almost always” available chalkboard beer list in addition to the rotational selection — all are on tap. A “skate of beers” delivers a flight of four, six or eight samples suspended on an immobilized skateboard. With all that amazing beer and the enchanting sunset over the ocean, you're bound to need sustenance. Try the grass-fed burger to satisfy that primal, beer-induced hunger. This seaside pint — or flight — will be one you won't forget. 2 Rose Ave., Venice. (310) 314-8253, —Erika Bolden

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