The Temple Bar - Santa Monica

The Temple Bar - Santa Monica

An eclectic music venue in Santa Monica on Wilshire & 11th. I have been going to listen to all types of music there for years and have heard everything from jazz to hip-hop…it’s just a great venue where indi-artists mix with world-renowned musicians to have a good time and appreciate the art. The first time I took the stage there to sing my own songs was surreal because I have been such a fan of the venue, but I took a deep breath, dove in and it was great!!! The Temple Bar represents music in Los Angeles for me…and they have great Mojitos so you can’t go wrong!

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