Welcome to The Venice West! Our venue is the culmination of a few longtime local friends who love live music and grew frustrated with having very few places on the west side that could deliver on a consistent basis. After many late nights and missed shows, we decided to stop complaining and do something about it. Five years (and a pandemic) later — after a long and twisty road — the project finally came to fruition and TVW was born.
“Venice West” was coined to describe the lesser known “Beat” scene in Venice and surrounding areas during the late 1950s and early ’60s. This era helped define Venice as a global brand known for its cultural diversity, eccentricity, and expression through music and the arts, where places like “The Gas House” and “Venice West Cafe” created a haven for poets, musicians, and eccentric locals to share their words, sounds, and creativity.
There are a number of moments in time that contribute to Venice’s storied history, but the “Beat Generation” certainly played a big part. We chose our name as a nod to this defining time and place in our town’s unique past and to help keep some of the qualities that Venice is celebrated for alive and flourishing for years to come.
The Venice West is about community. Our goal is simple: create a welcome place for music fans and artists alike to enjoy consistently great food, music, and good times. We are humble in our approach and appreciative of your feedback so please don’t be shy and let us know what you think. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the show!
-Rob, Allen, and The Venice West Team