CLOSED: Brilliantshine

Now that every bartender in this city has suspenders, attitude and Cynar, Boss needs a new way to determine whether or not he’s getting a good cocktail. Enter Brilliantshine.

With an Eastside pedigree to boot (Bestia, Republique, Picca, Acabar, Redbird, etc.), Julian Cox and Josh Goldman bring their combined mixology talents to Santa Monica. Brilliantshine offers a deep, deep cocktail menu that appeals to sweet citrus lovers and sour bourbon drinkers alike. Indeed, Brilliantshine shifts the focus from fanfare to flavor and reminds you that sipping, pausing and actually tasting a drink can be as enjoyable of an experience as watching someone dual-wield cocktail shakers.

Brilliantshine separates itself from other Westside watering holes by offering sophisticated bar bites, created with the help of Peruvian chef Richie Lopez (Test Kitchen, Sotto, Paiche). Lopez’s dishes pair well with drinks, particularly the Sea Bass Ceviche, Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps, and if Boss is feeling wild, the Stone Pot Shrimp Fried Rice.

LA natives may have a hard time dissociating Brilliantshine from its old shell, Renee’s – the institutional, late-night spot for the fraternity brother or high school student with a fake (*guilty*). But as global warming brandishes this winter away, Brilliantshine’s outdoor patio will appear particularly welcoming to those battling the weekday lines outside Bungalow. Bottom line, its a place where Boss will keep his vibe chill and his tab open.

By Jeff Iloulian


522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
(reservations taken until 12:30 am)

Tuesday – Friday: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Closed Mondays

For reservations, call (310) 451-0045 or visit OpenTable.



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