Beach side dining options in Venice Beach, California are rather limited, ranging from hot dogs to questionable pasta places. We’ve discovered a great pair of restaurants right next to the sand in Venice Beach, and apparently we’re late to the party as one has been here over ten years.
Bin 73 is the new wine bar component to Mercede’s Grille, a Venice Beach institution that has been making locals and tourists happy since opening in 1996. The new wine bar took the place of a sushi bar, also owned by Mercede, the woman who is behind this whole operation. And the woman who will probably stop by your table and make sure you are having a great time at her establishment, as she did when we were there.
We’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last Saturday and Sunday happy hour there, the weekends always being a great time to hang out in Venice Beach. Venice Beach is a weird freak show and circus of humanity, the best people watching in Los Angeles and always a great way to spend a weekend. After a day at the beach, my friend, a local, suggested we have some drinks and snacks at Bin 73, as she was quite familiar with its sister restaurant Mercede’s Grill.
Happy hour is from 5-7 PM and is even done on weekends. After promptly receiving several large, cold, frosty, fruity, wonderful sangrias, we began to study the menu. They offer a nice range of cheap almost tapas style appetizers. You can also order from the full menu from Mercede’s Grill next door.
First up was their happy hour special lavash pizza with caramelized vegetables, goat cheese & fresh herbs. Its a nice serving for $5.00, and all the ingredients are fresh, but we just quite care for it, we’re gonna try the salami, mozzarella and chimmichurri pizza next, even though we don’t even know what chimmichurri is!
Next up we had the ham and cheese panini. This was a great, filling end of day meal, a big crisp, grilled pannini with ham and cheese, complimented and sweetened with a fig jam. The grapes rolled in goat cheese and crushed nuts were another nice little snack, part of the $3.00 happy hour menu. My friend had the creamy broccoli soup, which was rich and delicious.
And the sangria. Oh, the sangria, we really enjoyed that part of the meal, fresh and refreshing after a long day walking around Venice Beach. We look forward to our next visit and trying more items on the menu.
18 Washington Blvd,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292