July 4th in Malibu
There is no better time to come to Malibu than over the 4th of July weekend!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s always great here in Da’ Bu’BUT, The 4th of July is like Christmas, Disneyland and your birthday all rolled into one! My own teenagers drive from points unknown to be at Little Dume beach for the 4th of July in Malibu… Once they graduated high school here they flew the coop, but this is the one time every year they come back to nest!!! I asked why and they said its like a huge family reunion at the beach….That says a lot about the great folks in Malibu, they are like one big family here!
By the time the 4th of July rolls around every year, the fog has lifted, The drinks are chilled, the BBQ blazing and good times are had. Here is a run down of local fireworks for your 4th of July festivities!!
This Fourth of July, there will be four offshore firework shows in Malibu:
Malibu Colony Road
Broad Beach Road
and the 21600 block of Pacific Coast Highway.
Needless to say PCH will be busy so give your self enough time to park. There is nothing worse than watching the fireworks while parking your car!!!
The beaches will be crazy crowded so your best bet is to go to Zuma, where there is the biggest beach parking lot in town.
They also have food stands and public restrooms.
If you decide to grab a bite after the fireworks I have a few suggestions…
For amazing Italian V’s On PCH just south of the pier., Vasile the owner is beyond gracious!
Also love the Farm ON the pier. The farm is a casual atmosphere, perfect for you after a sandy sit down in the sand after the fireworks…
If you decide you need late night dining you need Tonys for greek food and dancing ,music and dining. The drinks here are weak but the atmosphere makes up for it. Coogies just reopened as Ollo, a farm to table family restaurant. I will be there trying it out this weekend for sure.
If you choose to be somewhere other than the beach, here are a few options for a nice hike or swim.
Malibu Community Pool
The pool will be open to the public on Friday, July 3, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, but there will be no swim lessons on Friday. The pool will be closed on Saturday, July 4.
Malibu Senior Center
Closed Friday through Sunday, July 3-5
Trancas Canyon Park
Open from 8:00 AM to dusk daily
Las Flores Creek Park
Open from 8:00 AM to dusk daily
Open from 8:00 AM to dusk daily
Malibu Equestrian Park
Open from 8:00 AM to dusk daily
If you decide to just hang and shop cross creek and the lumbar yard offer the most stores. If you are near Zuma beach I suggest Pinnacle, a nice local womens and childrens clothing store. They are super cool there…
Speaking of cool, stay hydrated, slathered with sunscreen and above all have fun! Enjoy our 27 miles of amazing beaches!
Malibu …what to do each day for music, food and libations!
Every day of the week Malibu has something unique to do, Be it a sunday brunch complete with padleboats on a lake….or Karaoke where Kid Rock pops in…its all good……
Malibu Monday through Sunday…
Mondays in Malibu is usually dead SOOOOOOO, its the perfect time to go to a place that us mere mortals can never usually get in….NOBU. I know….No special ” monday” deal here, but just getting in to Nobu to dine is a deal in my eyes! No huge crowds, no eurotrash to fend off, no rushed wait staff. No palms to grease…just excellent food, cocktails and a view worth waiting for. ( except on Mondays…) I love this place and think Monday is a great night to experience all that Nobu is.
Taco Tuesday at Dukes is an honoured tradition for us locals. I have been going there sine my kids were babies! ( and yes, bring the kids!) The barefoot bar is great for those without kids, lots of beer, tacos and fun. If you do bring the kiddies, the restaurant offers much more than tacos as well. You cannot go wrong with a fabulous mahi mahi taco here, simply the best! Fun , low key, relaxed dining here, with killer views! It’s kind of like going to Hawaii, without the airport hassle…. Photos adorn the walls in the entry here and its like Maui all over. Casual dress is the norm . Come on down and grab a seat at the bar and just chill with a beer and the sunset.
Ok, Without a doubt Wednesday night in Malibu belongs to Cafe Habana. Karaoke reins supreme! What I love about it is the fact that we can all just get along here….. Pepperdine students mingle with us older folks, without rolling their eyes like our own kids do! Its a potpourri of locals. And everyone is best friends by the end of the night! Come grab a table in the bar, get a drink, some amazing salsa and chips and wait for the gold dust D J to set up. Sign up early, it gets crazy! Us over 50’s usually depart around 11:00 and leave it to the Pepperdine students to close down. It runs late by Malibu standards, 1:00 ish!
The Sunset Restaurant Happy Hour
$5.00 everything…( well, practically!)
The best deal going in Malibu for the price driven consumer.( lush)
Their bar menu is a wondeer to behold. Happy hour, yes sir. I love a bar I can go to and not have to decide what to get. GET IT ALL, its that inexpensive. And good! I personally love the flatbreads, fish tacos and truffle fries. Cocktails are equally good here. cocktails for 5 bucks? you bet. Local vintner, Saddlerock, is the chardonnay here, yum. And can we talk views? Its very nice to get there early, walk the beach a bit then come in tired and hungry. Nice sofas to slip back in, sports on T V and lots of locals to gossip with.
Belly dancing, greek music and TONY! woo hoo…
Ok, maybe I over did it a bit here but its worth going into for the free dip alone…
Its a fun scene in here on Fridays.Get up and dance with the house band,stick money in the dancers , ummmm pants, and enjoy the noise, mayhem and energy. Its really an experience to be savoured. Food is pretty good, drinks ok, atmosphere…AMAZING! But Stick to wine, as they pour a measured cocktail… Hard to get a good buzz here, unless its from the music or dancing, which I love! Tony is worth coming in to see , he makes you feel like an old friend. Love him…
Mexican food to kill or die for. Seriously. Their mole is so good it’ll make you wanna slap your mama. ( or the waiter if he is slow in delivering it) The chips and trio of salsa is terrific, as well as the guacamole. you cannot get a bad meal here. Its a family run business thats been around forever, for good reason, They deliver the goods. And now my favorite part, the music. They have live music several nights each week but I particularly like Saturday music. Its a fun older crowd! Yeah! Finally a place people of a certain age can go and enjoy music without risk of life or limb. They book amazing bands, and people get into it! The dance floor is packed all night long! ( Lenny Goldsmith and the new olds is the best thing going in the way of music here…) He used to be with Tower of Power, so try and catch this band if you can! Best rock n blues around here.
The M Cafe Brunch
This place is up ih the wine country and worth the drive. Where else can you show up for brunch, play a game of pool, ride a paddleboat, throw a frisbee, and kick ass in shuffleboard….all in one place? With the kids in tow? No where,except here,thats where! The setting is gorgeous, rolling grassy lawn, complete with chandeliers hanging from the trees. Classy here folks! Food here is great too! Classic items plus a few fun items you need to try. ( pulled pork sandwiches a favorite) Cocktails equally enjoyable. It is a lovely way to spend a languid afternoon. It’ll turn you right around. Its nice to find a place where the kids are entertained so you can relax. After all, You deserve it!
Central Malibu Restaurants.
Malibu is divided into two types of Restaurants….The ones the ones the locals eat at and the rest.
There are a few exceptions but all in all, we locals eat at more “off the beaten path” places. The exception of course being Nobu.
It’s as good as they say it is. It’s terrace with insane views makes the food somehow taste better, seriously. A tuna roll suddenly becomes a work of art worthy of a sonnet. Gregorio, the gorgeous head chef, makes it all work. He effortlessly mixes traditional sushi items with unusual daily offerings I think he literally dreams up. I have had more raw fish in martini glasses at the bar there than actual martinis! Perfect items include: Taradito, a white fish sashimi with lemon and a dollop of chili paste. No one, and I mean no one can do this like Nobu does. Chilean Seabass, it is a cooked item and stunningly done. My kids and I order it often and are never disappointed. Every single sashimi and sushi item is glorious and worth the money. I know many would disagree with me but as a lover of the purest of pure ingredients, this is the place! This is also the busiest bar in Malibu, just sayin…There are lots of folks from town here and the mood is festive . The general managerErica is lovely and welcoming, so if you want to avoid the mob scene , go for lunch and say hello to her.
Just across the street from Nobu, near the Malibu Pier is a lovely Italian Eatery simply called V’s. The owner is the perfect host. Vassile welcomes you in with open arms. Yoshi is equally engaging at the bar. Its like a tag team . They instantly make you feel at home and damn, what a great chef Chris is! The flat breads are crispy, flavorful and a true delight. Mushroom being my favorite. Their daily pastas are original and delicious. Their pork chops , when offered, are a must. Arrugula salad with figs? What can I say, a treat. I also love the bar there, Its like Cheers, A local favorite. It’s a nice contrast to the busy bar at Nobu acros the street.When you walk in, you don’t need to order a drink, as Yoshi will remember what you had last time, down to the 4 lime slices on a plaste .Ok, I like my citrus. It somehow makes cocktail hour seem a bit healthier.
And on The Malibu Pier is perhaps the coolest, newest hot spot. ( for breakfast!)
At the end of the Pier, the location alone is like a vacation. I have lived in Malibu for 20 years but it’s like going to Hawaii every time I walk out to the end of the pier to that place. I feel like I am on the Big Island when I sit down to my eggs. This restaurant began as a backyard labor of love. The owner used to cook for friends and family in her lovely garden and word of mouth spread… she was told on so many occasions to open a restaurant, she finally decided, why not? All I can say is , Thank God. The food is all locally grown, organic, simple, clean and flavorful. I take people here all the time and I am always thanked. The scrambled eggs with veggies are my favorite. Veggies always crisp, eggs perfect, toast with homemade jam a must. Fried egg sandwich…yes please. Sweedish pancakes, can you say sinfully delicious? Dessert for breakfast! They also do lunch and dinner but my favorite meal here is by far, breakfast. Go sit on the roof and watch the paddleboarders, kayakers and surfers. I have also been lucky enough to spot whales from my table. A magical location and a meal worthy of praise.
More fabulous Malibu Restaurants to follow! Keep eating!