Partying with friends as the waves crash before your eyes is one of the best things to do in Los Angeles, and Duke’s is one of the best places do it. At this classic Malibu restaurant and bar, laid-back beach culture and the free-spirited surfer state of mind come together, making it a prime spot to hang out with your buddies. Head to the Barefoot Bar for happy hour. It always gets crowded, so show up before the sun sets and snag a table on the outdoor patio. Bring an appetite for house specialties like beer-battered fish tacos, crispy coconut shrimp, or nachos topped with luau-style pork. They’re easy dishes to share with friends, but make sure to keep napkins handy—you’ll be licking your fingers after every bite. Buy a round of drinks and chill out as the hot sun dips out of sight over the Pacific. The view doesn’t get much better than this. You’re bound to see local surfers hanging ten nearby, or duck diving on their paddle boards. Stick around after the sky turns dark and fills with stars. The bar is packed with singles, only without the Hollywood pretense. It’s not hard to meet new friends when you’re kicking it with board shorts on and a mai tai in hand. Just send a smile and a shaka sign over to the cute face across the bar. Hanging loose is a must at Duke’s. They wouldn’t have it any other way.