Sam First
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Intimate jazz club and bar featuring classic and craft cocktails near LAX. Shows Wednesday - Sunday.
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA7,411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Jazz club/bar by LAX with live music. Came here on a Tuesday around 9pm and they were already playing music, but the bouncer let us in and we paid a $15 cover charge per person (we didn't have tickets beforehand). There's a small parking lot that's shared with other businesses. Credit cards accepted. It's super close to the airport but the crowd seemed to be quite local (and eclectic). They do have food, but we just got some gin and tonics to enjoy the show and hung out afterwards.
Written 20 September 2022
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Jose Gonzalez
Astoria, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I was looking for a cozy place to end the night and get a last drink, when I stumbled across this place. They had an amazing band playing Jazz and the atmosphere was exactly what I wanted. The place has the vibe of a hip lounge with seating at every corner of the room. For lovers of Jazz music this is a place that you will truly appreciate.
Written 24 October 2019
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Samantha B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Great little Jazz bar by LAX - very serious about the music. Amazing cocktails. Plenty of street parking. Jazz music is the bomb.
Written 8 August 2019
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LA Art Advisor
Hermosa Beach, CA288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a LEGIT Jazz Lounge with world class live jazz sets. The atmosphere is an eclectic retro style in a true lounge setup. The cocktails were excellent and the bar also offered cheese and charcuterie snack plates. But the real draw of this spot is the live jazz offered by grammy winning musicians. This is NOT just ‘an airport bar’ that happens to also have live music. This is a serious jazz bar with musicianship that rivals any symphony. If you enjoy real jazz - like serious sets of improvisation in an intimate venue - then you will love this place.
Written 22 June 2019
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Joshua99California
California51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a fantastic venue to see jazz. The sound in the room is terrific. The hospitality of the staff is genuine. They make it clear that the music comes first. This was my 4th time here and every night has been great. Tonight, we were thrilled to hear jazz guitarist Frank Potenza Trio. SUPERB! Trust me, as a former concert promoter (Mingus, Jarrett, Tyner, Benson) this club knows its music.
Written 8 June 2019
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BFLOMAN
Ashburn, VA669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
You need to find this place if you are a music (jazz) fan and are in the LAX area! I happened to be staying near by and walked in to an awesome setting. It’s has a sophisticated but laid back vibe to the place. Dress causal, have a drink, sit back, and listen to some great music. Cocktails are creative, small snack menu available, and a very small wine selection (could use a few more). Sam’s is a unique place that should not be missed.
Written 21 October 2018
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colosnowflake
Simla, Colorado75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Needed a spot close by and found Sam First. It would be worth searching for. Good bartender, cozy retro decor. Very enjoyable place to sit for cocktails evening before an early morning LAX flight.
Written 11 June 2018
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Mina S
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Top Jazz Club in Los Angeles, performers change weekly, schedule on Instagram, high
end design. High end art and photography both in and out of the Bar. A music venue,
creative drink venue, art venue! Classy destination.
Written 2 May 2018
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Helena C
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The hotel where we were staying was new and didn't have its liquor licence yet so we were more than happy to fall into the Sam Fist Bar just across the street from the hotel.
Mark our bartender was very personable and just marvellous. He made sure we were settled and had what we needed for a very relaxing time. There was a little band set up in the corner but we were there on a week day. Maybe we'll go back just to hear some great jazz. This is a lovely little nook to have a drink.
Written 21 April 2018
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travelAL737
Tacoma, WA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
I travel A LOT for my job, so trust me on this one. The area around LAX generally a wasteland of mediocre hotel bars. Sam First is a cool laid back modern lounge with excellent cocktails and a very nice beer selection. You can get some snacks (nibbles) here too. The live music is a wonderful addition to my Manhattan.
The prices are about the same as the hotel bars but there is so much more here, better atmosphere, booze, and bartenders.
Written 26 March 2018
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