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The Chestnut Club, A Dignified Cocktail Lounge in SaMo

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.

Photos by Frank Lee

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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