Beach, Bike & Brews – Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach

A day of enjoyed exercise, scenery, and delicious eats is perhaps my idea of a perfect Saturday.  When Chris suggested a bike ride to Manhattan Beach and back it crossed my mind that perhaps he had gone over the edge!  It takes us 30 minutes to drive to Manhattan Beach and you want to bike!?!  A quick Googled bike route informs me it is nowhere near as far has I had imagined.  Sure it takes 30 minutes plus in LA to drive to Manhattan beach, but I should know better.  A meer 14 miles there and back along a consistent bike path thru Venice, Marina del Ray, Playa del Ray and El Segundo.  Sure its further than I can ever remember biking in my 25 years of existence, but I got a new ride, good company, and a food reward in the middle!

Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach - Bike Route
Brand New Bikes

This ride is mostly a straight forward route as a beach bike path runs from Santa Monica to Marina del Ray then El Segundo to Manhattan Beach.  The only tricky part is finding the bike path that jogs around the Marina.  11 out of the 14 miles are spent beach front and the other 3 checking out LA’s elite fleet of yachts and sailboats.  It’s by no means a painful ride — add some craft brew hops and you got the perfect day.

Craft Brew Stops along the way…

Brew Co Manhattan Beach

With bottled beers that linger on the line of dangerous perfection (extremely high alcohol percentages) and 36 draughts that represent this country’s headway in the craft brew industry this beach front joint has it going on.  Brew Co not only boasts a bold and robust brew selection, but a menu that leaves you overwhelmed with delicious decisions that pair delightfully with your favorite beer.

Classic Burger from Brew Co
Steak Sandwich at Brew Co
Brew Co Manhattan Beach
Brew Co - 124 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA

Venice Ale House

A homegrown joint situated on the oddity that is the Venice Beach boardwalk, this place brings a new crowd, or a least keeps the crowd lingering on this prime piece of real estate.  Venice Ale House hosts a simply and organic grown menu paired with a carefully selected West Coast oriented flight of beer and wine.  Craving a beer created with palate and passion they bring some of the west favorites to the table — Kona Brewing Co, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing Co, Green Flash, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, Deshcutes, Brouwerd Brewery and Napa Smith.

Venice Ale House
Venice Ale House
Venice Ale House - 2 Rose Ave, Venice, CA

Looking to plan your bike route?

Los Angeles Department of Transportation has recently been granted $2.675 million to expand the bicycle lanes, sharrows, bike parking and bike friendly streets throughout the city.  View the current Los Angeles bike friendly map to see where you can ride saftely!

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