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The Chestnut Club, A Dignified Cocktail Lounge in SaMo

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Finally, after a year of building out the old Central in Santa Monica, welcome The Chestnut Club, a new cocktail bar from Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix (Scopa), in tandem with Sal Aurora and Mario Guddemi, right smack in the center of Santa Monica. Evoking a classy, Old World design with plenty of antique lighting, plush Chesterfied sofas, and even a fire place to warm up next to, The Chestnut Club officially opens July 1.

With the buildout by Greg Stewart and CK Cole Construction, it feels a bit like an extension of Venice's Scopa but with an even more elaborate set of drinks designed by Moix. Think The Chestnut Cup, a refreshing glass of gin, Campari, lemon, and orgeat, or The Ocean Park, combining Jamaican rum, pineapple, lime, ginger, and soda.

In addition to a those cocktails, find a Spanish-inspired list of rotating Gin & Tonics, perfect for the warm weather ahead in the next few months while a set of 350 bottles should cater to most booze house, with a heavy emphasis on American Whiskey and Agave. The tunes will also be no slouch, thanks to Sean Patrick and Livigni, who's an accomplished DJ himself.

Open nightly from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Chestnut Club
1348 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA
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