Welcome to my new column “Surround Sounds” dedicated to giving you the hotness on what's good in the city. Let's start with a staple. Two words, two syllables a piece, and a haven to discuss finance and what little details you can disseminate about your Vegas weekend. Yes, my friends the blissfully fleeting moments known as Happy Hour.

Nikki's Beach in Venice is the spot to head to after succumbing to the final whistle of the day. Located on Market Street in Venice 1 block from the beach it's a great locale. Nikki's décor is fantastic featuring comfy couches everywhere, exposed brick walls sky lights and vaulted ceiling. The environment is cool, and airy without a drop of pretense. Plasmas screens encircle you providing access to the season's sports and the giant picture of a young goddess preparing to surf delivers you to personal oasis against the backdrop of the city. This is the spot for your out-of-towners.

At Nikki's you're never over or underdressed and execs, sports crews, surf and skaters all congregate. Waitresses are hot, fun and hospitable whether you roll in from the boardroom or the boardwalk. Let the skateboard rack at the door speak for itself.

Nikki's happy hour is priced right. At ½ off their amazing appetizers, making them $2 to 8, and great drink prices on the same scale, you've got an instant pseudo date well within budget. My girlfriends unanimously vote macaroni and cheese as their delectable slice of heaven. Happy hour also runs from 4-7PM EVERYDAY! Total goodness. Thurs thru Sat, the DJ spins at 8PM magically warping time unbeknownst to you until the start of a new day. Trust me it happens to us all the time. Another round folk's? Sounds like a plan!

Nikki's Beach 72 Market St. Venice CA 90291 (310) 450-3010 Hours- 4PM to 1AM Mon thru Fri,
Sat-Sun 10AM-1AM NFL 10AM-1AM Late night menu till 1AM