Zanzibar - If you are looking for a great atmosphere with a neo-soul, east coast vibe then Zanzibar is the place to be. This Santa Monica area bar features talented DJ's from around the world mixing the hottest R&B, hip-hop, world, and house music. African and Indian influenced designs accent the bar, as does soft lighting and candles. The crowd changes depending on the day of the week, with Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays almost guaranteed as a great social scene. Earlier in the week Zanzibar is nice for intimate one-on-one interaction. Here you don't have to worry about being on the "list", which makes this a great place to go for a relaxed evening with a group of friends.