Élephante Santa Monica

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Los Angeles restaurateur Nick Mathers, responsible for Eveleigh [WeHo], Goldie’s [Beverly Grove], and Little Ruby [Santa Monica], has just expanded his Santa Monica real estate and opened a fourth Food, Fare & Cocktail lounge overlooking the beautiful Santa Monica ocean horizon, Élephante.

Instagram 📷 @elephante
Instagram 📷 @elephante

The newest restaurant, that houses 3 bars, and a scenic rooftop view of the Santa Monica ocean, is quick to be a local nightlife hotspot set to open in July, just in time for the remainder of the summer. The contemporary spot offers speciality hand crafted cocktails like the ‘Elephante’ [a Mediterranean take on a Long Island Ice Tea-Tequila, Vodka, Rum, Mezcal, Gin, Passionfruit, Lemon, Meletti, Calabrian Chili], and the ‘Il Postino’ [Rye, Cynar, Averna, Lemon Oils].

photo: Alen Lin

Élephante “aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Southern Mediterranean, all whilst staying in the heart of Santa Monica,” the establishment explains on its website. The Los Angeles elite are gearing up for the opening and if you are looking to get your slice of staycation heaven, located conveniently west of the 405, then this is the place!

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Hours

noon-midnight on Monday-Wednesday

noon-1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday

10 a.m.-1 a.m. on Saturday and

10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday.

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Golden Tickets for Candytopia!

Your childhood fantasy of an edible candy paradise is now a reality, and it is right around the corner in Santa Monica! Candytopia, originally delayed 6 months due to permit issues that would have originally placed it at a Downtown location, has found it’s home on the 1st and 2nd Floor of the 3rd Street Promenade Mall. Brought to you by Jackie Sorkin, a.k.a the Candy Queen, this modern day Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory is as colorful and delicious as the Instagram posts you have been seeing! Although it is a perfect destination to bring your children, you inner child will be jumping for joy as you journey through themed room after room of classic art made entirely out of Jelly Beans, Runts, Gummys & Candy Belts. Following the growing trend of “Instagrammable Installations” going on in major cities throughout the US, this is guaranteed to scratch your Snaptastic Itch. Every room and angle is a perfect photo opportunity- make sure you bring either a selfie stick or a photographer boyfriend to document your every move!

Each room has giant buckets and treasure chests of various candies you can sample. My first thought was, ‘This seems like probably the best way to get the flu’, but don’t worry each candy is individually wrapped [however I do recommend bringing some hand sanitizer with you as the installation is very interactive and kids are naturally drooling over the treats].

Tickets go for $30 a pop and though it seems expensive for an experience that generally takes about an hour to walk through, you will leave with your pockets FULL of America’s favorite candies. The installation will be around for 4 months [through June] so get your time slot specific tickets now.

Jackie Sorkin aka The Candy Queen
The Candy Scream!