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July 30, 1998|TRACY JOHNSON

It's the time of year when sunsets are worth savoring over a cerveza. Your best viewing spots:

Sunsets: Whether it's sunrise or sunset, this aptly named bar and restaurant has the best view in all of Manhattan Beach. Check out the weekday happy hour or try dining there. 21 and over. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-2523. No cover. Full menu.

Toppers at the Radisson Huntley Hotel: From the top of this swank beach hotel, Palisades Park, the pier and the beach all come into focus as the sun sinks below the Pacific blue. 1111 2nd St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-5454. All ages, no cover. Full menu.

Chillers: During the day it's a restaurant, at night it's a restaurant-nightclub and as the day closes, it's one of the best places to see the sun sink below King Harbor Marina. 239 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. (310) 798-3170. 21 and over at night. Full menu. Cover varies.

Hennessey's Tavern: Hermosa Beach's answer to an Irish pub at the beach. Check out the view on the rooftop deck overlooking the ocean and the Strand. 8 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-5759. All ages. No cover. Full menu.

Boathouse: Upstairs, downstairs and even on the outdoor patio it's the spot be when the sun sinks below Santa Monica Bay. 301 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 393-6475. All ages. No cover. Full menu.

Rusty's Surf Ranch: The outdoor patio is the primo spot to hear the summer pier concert series and see the sun go down. 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 393-7437. All ages. No cover on weekdays; cover varies on weekends. Full menu.

The Poop Deck: This Hermosa spot on the beach walk is a favorite watering hole among locals, and sunset is when the last bit of light shines in. 1272 the Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-3223. 21 and over. No cover.

Handlebar at Shutters Beach Hotel is a great beachside bar with a view of the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and an oceanfront sunset to die for. 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-0030. 21 and over. No cover.

Windows on Hollywood: Watch orange and pink hues blanket all of Tinseltown before the neon lights start to shine. 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 462-7181. All ages. No cover. Two-drink minimum.

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