The requirements for a stellar night out with friends are simple: good food, tasty cocktails, and the right vibe. All three are found in abundance at James’ Beach, a Venice mainstay since 1996, so round up your mates and head on over for your next group get together. Upon entering this casual spot you’ll be greeted by an eclectic beach crowd chatting and dancing without a care in the world. There’s a reason James’ has been featured in shows like Californication and Curb Your Enthusiasm—the scene is amazingly fun, perfectly embodying the California attitude. So don’t be afraid to break a sweat when your favorite song bursts out of the speakers, the breeze off the water is sure to keep you cool. After you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into starters made for sharing, like truffle fries and tuna poke. Conversations flow freely with old friends as you sip the house’s delicious ginger martinis and divine Cadillac margaritas. You won’t ever see the congenial bartenders using a soda gun, as all the drinks are made with fresh juices. Chill out with your crew as long as you want. It’s the weekend, you can always sleep in tomorrow. Besides, the kitchen stays open until 1am. As you nibble on mahi-mahi tacos, you’ll realize Jason Segel was not lying in the movie I Love You, Man when he labeled them the best fish tacos. Ever.