Venice Beach Courts

Best Pickup Basketball, August 2015

The four courts at Venice Beach attract athletes of all skill levels and not, as urban legend would have it, only the city’s premier ballers. While hypercompetitive players pop up in any hoops setting, the vibe here is more fraternal than in-your-face. The backboards and nets are impeccably maintained, and the nearby parking lot’s $9 fee is about average for the area. Fans of three-on-three or five-on-five will have no problem folding in, but bring a ball and a friend, should you find yourself with the rare opportunity to jump-start a game.