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The Best Bars in Long Beach for a Night Out

Updated On 09/27/2017 at 05:57PM EST
Belmont Brewing Company

Belmont Brewing Company

Brewpub with an ocean view

Only in Long Beach would Southern California’s oldest operating brewpub also be the city’s best oceanfront bar. Mononymous Brewmaster Blackwell has been cranking out stellar craft beers since the mid-’90s and regulars always come in droves for BBC’s happy hour, where cheap pitchers and pizzas accompany sunset views. Pro tip: try the Beer of the Month!

Stache Bar

Top-shelf spirits for cheap

Yes, name's short for “moustache”, but there aren't as many hipsters at this Fourth Street dive as you might think. Instead, you’ll find a Dodgers bar with a not-so-secret stock of top-shelf liquors (think: Rogue’s Spruce gin and Michter’s rye) at middle-shelf prices and bartenders who know how to use them in your new favorite drink. Alternately, you can order a PBR tall boy or Jack and Coke, and no one will bat an eye.

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Shannon's Bayshore Saloon

Dive for college kids and local lifers

If you’re into the Second Street scene (i.e. local bros and college kids), Shannon’s is an old-school Long Beach classic. It’s the bar that inspired the intro recording to the Sublime song “Badfish” and it continues to attract locals to its narrow wooden embrace, where the house drink, called “Shoot the Root”, includes a shot of root beer schnapps dropped into a tumbler of Coors Light.

Pike Restaurant and Bar

Chaotic rocker vibes

Situated as a buffer between the Fourth Street dive bars (see below) and the Retro Row shopping district, the Pike -- owned by Chris Reece of Social Distortion fame -- is one of LB’s most versatile bars. The schizophrenic decor of retro punk, nautical, and grand-prix themes perfectly matches the diverse crowd of locals who frequent the place. A family-friendly restaurant during the day, the Pike turns into one of LB’s most crowded watering holes on weekend nights.

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Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

Beer, BBQ, and more beer

When you feel like elevating your beer game, head to Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, which was most recently named Best Brewpub in the World (at the World Beer Cup 2016). Located on the Promenade in Downtown, the brewery stocks dozens of its own award-winning beers along with guest taps that would make any beer bar weep. Around the corner, the Blendery is home to Beachwood’s funky, tart and fruited barrel-aging experiments; a more wine-like experience with a mellow tasting room to match.

Fourth Street dive bar crawl

Punk-rock dive bar strip

For six glorious blocks between Alamitos and Cherry Avenues, this normal-enough drag teems with a high concentration of actually great, dirty punk-rock dives. Start at V Room on the western end, and crawl your way east through Red Room, Fern’s, and Ashley’s, stopping only to 1) pump dollar bills into the epicly curated jukeboxes, and 2) down $4 well drinks.

Joe Jost's

Prohibition-era bar with cheap beer and cheap food

Joe Jost’s has been getting Long Beachers buzzed since it began life as a speakeasy back in 1924. Today, it’s a hardcore locals-only spot with time-capsule decor and a pool room unchanged since Prohibition was repealed (snooker, anyone?). Ice-cold beer is still served dirt-cheap in giant, frozen Schooner glasses, and food stays old-school with snacks like The Special sandwich, house-made pickled eggs, and peanuts from the century-old roaster that lives in the back room.

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Prospector

Dirt-cheap steakhouse and dive

By day, Prospector is a windowless steakhouse with creepy exterior paintings of miners and their wenches. By night, though, the kitchen closes down and it becomes a windowless steakhouse with creepy exterior paintings of miners and their wenches AND a dive bar that specializes in two things: cheap drinks and local music.

Hamburger Mary's

Drag shows and brunches

A move to Pine Avenue in Downtown didn’t change the popularity of Long Beach’s largest gay bar -- but if you're straight, don't let that designation scare you away. People of all sexual preferences get down on Mary’s famous drag shows, karaoke nights, and epic Sunday brunches.

Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill

Roxanne's

Lounge with a hidden bar inside

In the quaint north Long Beach neighborhood of California Heights lies a house of craft unlike any other in town. Latin-inspired food meets pre-Prohibition cocktails, in this classy/casual lounge that has a secret extra bar in the back (just knock on the telephone booth door).

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Alex's Bar

Live music & moody lighting

If nothing on Alex’s Bar’s jam-packed concert calendar excites you, fret not, because Long Beach’s most noteworthy music venue remains a bar worth drinking at on non-show nights. A winning combo of quality tunes, quality craft beer, and a quality cocktail program, Alex’s is one big, open room that somehow manages to stay charmingly intimate.

Fourth Street Vine

Fourth Street Vine

Wine bar with live music

Fourth Street Vine is exactly the kind of wine bar you’d expect from LBC. Found in the heart of Retro Row, this unpretentious adult-grape-juice pushing storefront has a small-but-sturdy selection of wine and craft beer, and is a big supporter of the local music scene. Up-and-coming punkers, rappers, DJs, and more have all performed between owner Jim Ritson’s walls, making it more a de facto community space than a wine bar at all.

The Hawk

Low-key go-to for locals

Think of all the amenities you could ever possibly want in a neighborhood bar -- 50-cent pool tables, boozy slushy machines, a real CD jukebox, knowledgeable bartenders -- and The Hawk provides them. On top of that, owner and whiskey expert Kyle Flavin stocks an impressive selection of his favorite brown spirits at prices so low you’ll have to do a double take at the menu (and then, maybe buy a double).

Broadway Corridor bar crawl

LGBT-friendly dive bar strip

Like the epic Fourth Street punk rock bar crawl (see below), Broadway a few blocks south is also rich with a flurry of sacred dive bars along a stretch between Alamitos and Cherry Avenue. Enter: the Gayborhood crawl, which takes you from Broadway Bar on the west end, past Sweetwater Saloon, The Falcon, Mine Shaft, Brit Bar and Paradise Bar -- all classic LGBT hangouts that prove Long Beach’s gay scene isn’t anything like clubby WeHo’s.

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Beer Belly

Craft brews, cocktails, and comfort food

The iconic Koreatown gastropub -- among the first in LA -- dropped its second location in downtown Long Beach with a spin on the original fit for the 562. What’s the same: a tap list built with owner Jimmy Han’s local craft beer connections, along with chef Wes Lieberher’s duck-fat-drenched food sensibilities. What’s new? A full liquor license for craft cocktails and a 1am last call.

The Good Bar

Skater-friendly dive with an all-day kitchen

With a black-and-white photobooth, cheap well drinks, and a wall covered entirely in painted skateboard decks, The Good Bar is one of Long Beach’s newest... well, good bars. Started by a noted bartender from The Red Room on 4th St., this is a place where all the gritty charm of the city’s original drinking culture gets an upgrade for the next generation.

The Blind Donkey

Blind Donkey

Underground bar with a broad whiskey selection

Ryan Sweeney’s Goat Group empire landed in Long Beach four years ago, and brought with it the LA craft beer bar empire’s signature neighborhood approach to quality libations. Just as at the other Blind Donkey in Pasadena, expect an affordable list of specialty whiskeys and a simple tap list of not-so-common craft brews. On weekends, though, expect a sweaty steaming mess that borders on nightclub status.

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W e Americans may lag in our collective enthusiasm over pro soccer, but we’re certainly trying these days, with an increasing interest in our own league and, more locally, a shiny new stadium just unveiled downtown. The World Cup kicked off on June 14 this year, hosted by our old pal Russia, and plenty of bars, pubs, and restaurants around LA will be airing games throughout the tournament (some will even be opening at 5am for die-hards who can’t miss a kick). Bummer the US team didn't make the World Cup this time around, but you can still join in the revelry, cheering on whatever country you like, or just drinking and people-watching (or all of the above).
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Joxer Daly's

Culver City

Laid-back neighborhood bar with tons of beers and ample TVs
Joxer Daly’s is that quintessential neighborhood watering hole with its laid-back semi-divey vibe, decent pricing, and killer imported beer selection along with a patio of outdoor tables overlooking a nothing stretch of Washington Boulevard. The bar, which draws a mixed crowd of die-hard regulars, after-work imbibers, day drinkers, and yes, soccer fans, is also guaranteeing it will show every single game, opening at 5am for your viewing pleasure.
Specials: None, but the owners insist that their "prices are already below market" -- so, there's that!

Ye Olde King's Head

Ye Olde King's Head

Santa Monica

Seriously British pub near the beach
This stalwart British pub a quid’s throw from the beach is a labyrinth of wood-heavy dining rooms with royal portrait-lined walls, a beer-heavy bar, dart boards, TVs galore, and a bakery and gift shop touting British specialties. In other words, it's like a giant British museum. There'll be all the shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips you'd expect, but YOKH will be showing the World Cup games starting at 8am, so you’ll want to take advantage of the traditional British breakfast plates complete with English baked beans.
Specials: TBD

Big Wangs

Downtown and North Hollywood

Dual sports bars known for their wings and plentiful flat-screen TVs
This duo of sports bars will be open for all the games (even the 6am starts) and offering a bacon-egg-cheddar-and-avocado-stuffed World Cup Breakfast Burrito with a side of tater tots for $12 -- because you’re going to need some sustenance to properly cheer on your team at that hour. If you plan to stay for the back-to-back games, you’ll want to move on to the fabled wings next. Wangs’ sibling venues -- The Thirsty Merchant in Valley Village and Elbow Room in Hollywood -- will follow suit, opening early in time for all the games and serving up the same brekkie special.
Specials: World Cup Breakfast Burrito for $12

Highland Park Bowl

Highland Park Bowl

Highland Park

Retro bowling alley on the Eastside
LA’s oldest bowling alley (which actually dates back to prohibition) is looking good thanks to its refurbished retro look, a trio of bars, and a big, beautiful 1930s mural, as well as solid pizza and cocktail offerings. For the quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place playoffs, and the final game, HPB will open early to screen the games on the 15-foot projector over the bowling lanes, with sound -- so you can watch one sport while playing another.
Specials: Happy hour and food specials for the final-round games, and prize raffles during the final game.

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Downtown

Mexican-American museum hosting free viewing parties
The museum and cultural center will be the site of three big (and free) viewing parties with live entertainment, activities for the kids, a photo booth, and -- since it’s sponsored by McDonald's -- a free breakfast courtesy of the fast-food behemoth. Doors open at 7am on Sunday, June 17 (for the Mexico vs. Germany and Brazil vs Switzerland matches); Saturday, June 23 (Mexico vs. Korea and Germany vs. Sweden) and Sunday, July 15 (finals). If you plan to go, register here.
Specials: Free breakfast for all attendees 

Hangar Inn

The Hangar Inn

Manhattan Beach

Old-time Packers bar with an airplane sticking out of the roof
This 60-plus-year-old Packers bar on Aviation Boulevard draws a raucous crowd of jersey-wearing fans come American football season and gets an equally enthusiastic influx of screaming soccer-loving patrons during World Cup days. The plan is to start showing all the games on Hangar's 17 TVs starting at the usual 7am opening time, but the place may decide, as it gets closer, to open the doors at 5am for some games; call ahead to find out which ones.
Specials: Pints of Dos Equis, Dos Equis Lager, Heineken, and New Castle for $5; $2 off pitchers; and buckets of Coors, Coors Light, Miller, or Miller Lite for $16 

Wirtshaus

Fairfax

German restaurant with outdoor beer garden
If you’ve got a soccer-loving pup you don’t want to leave at home, this German eatery is your go-to thanks to its dog-friendly, flat-screen-adorned outdoor beer garden; expect a 120-inch projection screen in the “soccer room,” in addition to more TVs in main part of the venue. The place will be offering food and drinks specials during all of the matches it airs, in addition to special morning breakfast and brunch menus, sponsored giveaways, and post-game deals. Wirsthaus will be opening early for all of the Germany and Mexico matches, including those on June 17th (at 8am), 23rd (at 8am), and 27th (at 7am).
Specials: A World Cup food menu including potato pancakes, pretzels, sausages, and schnitzel; half-off Erdinger beers for those who stick around after the game.

The Stalking Horse

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

West LA

Brewery and British pub with vegan offerings
Artisanal Brewers Collective’s stylish new British pub boasts both an onsite brewery (which will start brewing its own beer in the coming months) and an adept kitchen, churning out Cornish classics like Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips, as well as vegan-friendly options like a plant-based Welsh rarebit and Impossible burger. World Cup games will be screened on TVs in the bar and on the patio and via projector in the dining room, opening at 7am on weekends and 11 during the week. Pro tip: You can book seats in advance on The Stalking Horse's website.  
Specials: $4 drafts during games and multiple $4, $6, and $8 “breakfast of champions” offerings available at 7am on weekends.

Cafe Brasil

Culver City

Cozy Brazilian eatery with wine and beer
This colorful Brazilian cafe with a lush patio doesn't have a proper bar (though beer and wine is available) and offers just two TVs, but it’s a top spot for those cheering on the South American soccer team who want to be amongst fellow fans and take advantage of a good and cheap breakfast menu with specialties like fried plantains and acai bowls. Later in the day, look for fish specials, pastas, black beans and rice and empanadas. Stay tuned for early opening hours, as the place will most likely get going in time for early AM Brazil games and lots of impressively long goooooooooaaaaaaaaal-yelling.
Specials: TBD

Sharks Cove

Sharks Cove

Manhattan Beach

South Bay sports bar packed to the gills with TVs
This South Bay sports bar is reminiscent of a TV network control room thanks to its rows and rows of flat-screens -- 50 in fact, all of which make for some great game viewing. There’s an attached street-facing patio if you want to get some fresh air or some natural light after gazing at screens in a dark bar all morning, and there’s also a basic breakfast menu in addition to the usual bar fare. Sharks Cove will open at 5:30am for the Brazilian games and 7am for every other game, and the kitchen will start serving food at 8am.
Specials: Buckets of Bud Light or Coors Light for $16.75; buckets of Corona for $19.25; $5 Jager shots or Jager bombs; $4 Fireball shots; 22-ounce domestic drafts for $5.50; 22-ounce Modelo, Corona, or Pacifico for $6; $5.50 Estrella Micheladas; 22-ounce double shot Bloody Marys for $9.50; and free bottomless champagne or Mimosas with purchase of breakfast on weekends.

The Fox and Hounds

The Fox and Hounds

Studio City

British pub popular among international sports fans
This Ventura Boulevard pub is known for doling out plenty of British breakfasts and beer to fans who come in to watch international sports, so we’re expecting the World Cup scene to be pretty tremendous. You'll be able to watch all the live tournament games on its two projector screens, as well as the 10 TVs scattered throughout the bar. The venue will be opening early to show every World Cup match, but certain games will require tickets. Check the schedule here.
Specials: TBD

The Cat and Fiddle

The Cat & Fiddle

Hollywood

British rock-inspired restaurant and pub
The resurrected Hollywood pub may not have that same signature sprawling patio at its new location, but you’re here to watch soccer anyway (and there is, indeed, some outdoor space at this venue). Expect British fare to the tune of Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, and curried chicken, along with lots of draft beer offerings and fun cocktails like the Picadilly Pimm’s. The venue will be opening early for several of the matches; check their schedule here.
Specials: Pint of Stella and a Savory Pie or a pint of Stella and Cat and Fiddle Burger for $15

Double Take

Westwood

Westside hotel lounge with game room
The Kimpton Hotel Palomar’s onsite restaurant, bar and lounge -- inspired by the look of a Hollywood backlot -- comes complete with a clubby game room filled with Skee-Ball, pool, shuffleboard, darts, video games, and some newfangled 4K Ultra HD TVs ready to show you tons of World Cup action. The venue will be airing all World Cup games beginning at 6:30am daily.
Specials: $1 beer specials, $1 surprise beers during the games, and every patron gets a voucher for a $1 beer of their choice when a goal is scored
 

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