Local Flavor – Long Beach
Long Beach is one of those cities that is a perfect combination of old and new.
It’s a youthful city with a great history. Old buildings house fun boutiques, nightclubs, and bars and new neighborhoods are popping up all over the place.
To help you find the best of the best in Long Beach, we thought we would tell you about our favorite spots in the LBC:
Food and Drink
Art Du Vin Wine Bar – This über tiny wine bar is a gem. A favorite of locals, the bar is so small that you HAVE to talk to other people while you’re there. You’re practically sitting in each others laps! It’s so easy to meet tons of awesome Long Beach-ers by just stopping in to have a drink.
The Pike Bar & Fish Grill – Owned by former Social Distortion drummer, Chris Reece, this bar has some of the best fish & chips in the world as far as we’re concerned. It’s a great place to hit up after a day of rummaging through the 4th street thrift stores and boutiques (see “Shopping”).
Beachwood BBQ & Brewery – Where else can you find fried pickles in Southern California?! Outstanding barbecue and an ever-changing beer selection puts Beachwood at the top of our list of good eats in Long Beach.
4th Street – This neighborhood is a unique place to shop and socialize. In just two or three blocks, there are tons of little boutiques and thrift stores. Some of our favorites are The Feed Store, Songbird, Sneaky Tiki, and La Bomba.
Clancy’s – Feeling like you need to pay tribute to Katy Perry tonight? Head over to Clancy’s to make your Teenage Dreams come true with some karaoke. The KJ (Karaoke Jockey, if you aren’t familiar with the jargon) always has current songs. If a song you want isn’t on the list, you can usually ask and they download it for you. They have delicious hot wings and a great selection of beers. What more could you want from a bar?
Veteran’s Memorial Stadium Flea Market – On the 3rd Sunday of every month, the parking lot of Long Beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium transforms into a vast sea of flea market booths. We think this is one of the best flea market/swap meets in Southern California. There are tons of vendors! We love all the old movie and music memorabilia that they have!
Fingerprints Music – Are you a vinyl lover? Then Fingerprints Music is right up your alley. It’s surely the most iconic record store in Long Beach. With an incredible selection of records, CD’s, limited edition posters, and books, you could spend an entire afternoon just browsing. You can catch great performances at Fingerprints as well!
Obviously, this list is far from comprehensive, there are loads of other things to do in the Long Beach. You could visit the Queen Mary or go on a bike ride down the Shoreline Bike Path.
- Do you live in Long Beach? What are your favorite spots?