Located south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is a vibrant coastal town. The California coast has long been touted as a surfer’s paradise, and Long Beach is no exception.
There are fascinating maritime museums, sandy beaches, and a lively night scene. During my most recent trip, I found a wealth of bars, breweries, and restaurants to grab a cocktail.
Read on to explore the best bars in Long Beach, California, if you’re wondering where to get a drink.
2803 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone: (562) 439-5446
Jo Jost’s is one of Long Beach’s oldest pubs, with three generations of family ownership. Located on the East Side, across from Orizaba Park in an old-school, Joe Jost’s has a casual, old-school vibe.
They serve a delicious menu of sandwiches and unique pub snacks, like pickled eggs and bags of fresh roasted peanuts to accompany a frosted mug of schooner or beer.
Belmont Brewing Co
25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 433-3891
Joe Jost’s may be the oldest pub in town, but Belmont Brewing Co is the oldest brewery! Located seaside in the lovely Belmont Shore neighborhood, Belmont Brewing Co is a cozy brewery and gastropub footsteps away from the main beach.
They brew seven proprietary blends with a rotating season brew, all served in their taproom, along with a menu of refined American pub fare.
149 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 247-1511
Located in the heart of the Waterfront district, Blind Donkey is a hip whiskey bar and game room in a beautifully designed industrial-chic space with brick walls, a wooden bar, and large black leather booths.
Blind Donkey specializes in whiskey, but they have a full cocktail bar serving classic and creative drinks and an artisanal beer list.
The Stache Bar
941 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 606-2529
As you might’ve guessed, The Stache Bar is a hipster haven located along the Fourth Street Corridor in the East Village. The Stache Bar’s storefront is a warehouse building painted with a huge mural, with a high-ceilinged interior that’s a modern take on a dive bar. I love going here for a glass of vodka.
Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar
5236 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 433-5743
Founded by L.A. Rams football player Dennis Harrah in 1979, Legend’s Restaurant and Sports Bar is an iconic sports bar and grill, decked out in signed football jerseys and sports memorabilia.
Legends is a massive establishment in Belmont Shores, a few blocks from Belmont Shore Beach. They serve a wide list of beers on tap, domestic and imported bottles, and a full American pub fare menu.
247 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 436-4020
Located in the heart of the East Village, Beachwood Blendery is a Belgian-style brewery and taproom with a sleek industrial-chic design. Beachwood Blendery offers various dining and drinking options.
I recommend the elegant tasting experience, where customers choose a package of beers to taste, along with a high-end charcuterie and cheese board.
2142 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Phone: (562) 386-2070
If you’re looking for one of the best places to go out, Vine is a cozy and funky wine bar and live music venue with a quaint outdoor patio. Vine is locally owned and lauded as a favorite local spot, with friendly service and a fun ambiance.
They serve an impressive list of local California wines, along with artisanal beer and wine cocktails. I loved the sangria!
Beachwood Brewing Downtown Long Beach
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 436-4020
Another concept from the Beachwood Brewing Company, Beachwood Brewing Downtown is a taproom, game room, and barbecue joint in a friendly, modern space.
They offer their same proprietary Belgian brews in a whopping 22 varieties. Their smoked meats and barbecue sandwiches draw from multiple regional BBQ cultures. I love the brisket chili with their West Coast IPA.
3321 South St, Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: (562) 630-3007
Located in Douglas Junction, Cowboy Country is a lively country saloon with a huge dance floor, drinking area, billiards room, and full cocktail bar. They offer free dance lessons nightly, from two-stepping to line dancing.
I went for live country music and dancing after filling up on carne asada quesadillas, jalapeno poppers, and a shot of mezcal.
Pike Restaurant & Bar
1836 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 437-4453
Pike Restaurant and Bar is a funky diner by day and a live music venue by night. Located along the 4th Street Corridor in Alamitos Beach, Pike Restaurant and Bar is owned by Social Distortion’s drummer Chris Reece.
Pike Restaurant and Bar offers 13 beers on tap, from cheap domestic to local microbrews. They also have a wide list of cans, bottles, spiked ciders, and cocktails.
The Stave Bar
170 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 612-4750
The Stave Bar is a friendly gastropub, whiskey, cocktail, beer, and wine bar in the heart of downtown Long Beach. They offer over 100 types of whiskey and over 20 varieties of beers, wines, and cocktails to enjoy in a massive old garage space with a patio and fire pits.
They also have a full menu of snacks and pizza sourced from a local pizzeria.
Shannon’s Bayshore Saloon
5335 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 433-5901
Shannon’s Bayshore is a lively saloon in Belmont Shores with an old-school neon-lit storefront opening into a dingy indoor bar with a great outdoor dining and drinking space,
They serve craft cocktails for cheap, draft beer in plastic cups, and a decadent menu of all your American food favorites.
The Exhibition Room – Long Beach Craft Cocktails
1117 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone: (562) 826-2940
Lauded by LA Weekly as Long Beach’s best-kept secret bar, The Exhibition Room is a classy speakeasy with a hidden entrance disguised as a 1940s-era phone booth. Located in the back of Roxanne’s Lounge in California Heights, The Exhibition Room transports you back in time.
In my opinion, their elegant craft cocktails are the best in town, making The Exhibition Room one of the best bars in Long Beach, California.
468 W Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 337-8373
Another Downtown Long Beach favorite, The Hawk is a hip dive bar with a surprisingly sophisticated list of whiskey at dive bar prices.
The Hawk has plenty of specials and themed music nights for a rowdy night. You can soak up beers and whiskey with delicious tacos offered by a food truck parked on their back patio.
525 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 612-4951
Located in the East Village, Mezcalero is a beautiful tropical and Mexican-themed cocktail bar with a fashionable atmosphere and high-end tropical cocktails. They have a palm tree-covered outdoor patio with Astroturf floors and mismatched beach-chic patio furniture.
The interior is more refined, with mid-century modern furniture, hardwood flooring, and a beautiful colonial Spanish carved wooden bar.
They have numerous mezcal, tequila, rum, and tropical liquors to taste or enjoy in an elaborate cocktail.
The Bamboo Club
3522 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone: (562) 343-2534
The Bamboo Club is an old-school Tiki Bar and restaurant in Greenbelt Heights, with a bamboo bar, thatch roofs, and colorful murals.
They have live music and stand-up comedy weekly and serve an impressive menu of tropical drinks and Asian fusion cuisine.
The Bamboo Club is one of the best places to go out, and I love their Thai tea Chicken sandwich with a tasty Mai Tai.
918 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 437-4396
A favorite local spot for cheap beer and well-drinks, V Room is a classic dive bar at the eastern end of the 4th Street Corridor.
The dimly lit interior has a bare-bone feel, true to a dive bar, with a few pool tables and a small back patio decorated with a giant blue mural.
If you’re looking for fun places to get drinks with friends, V Room is a fantastic option.
106 W 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 432-0411
Located in downtown Long Beach, R Bar is a fashionable and lively sports bar and refined restaurant. Giant TVs line the dining room, playing music videos, while the centrally located bar is surrounded by TVs broadcasting all your favorite sports games.
R Bar has a wonderful dinner and lunch menu that offers gourmet takes on American comfort foods, along with a 20-beer tap list.
255 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 436-2337
Bar Tiki Tiki is a hip, Miami Vice-themed tiki bar in the East Village. The beautiful space has exposed A-frame bamboo ceilings, a checkered floor, blue vinyl booths, and neon lights in the shape of hibiscus flowers.
They offer a classic Tiki Bar cocktail list with daily drink specials, along with creative and novel tropical drinks, beer, and wine. I loved their pina colada, which included a dark rum floater.
After a day of surfing and beach hopping, you can spend the night exploring the best bars in Long Beach, California. Whether you want a country saloon or a Tiki hut, Long Beach has a bar with your name on it.
I’d love to hear which bar you liked best in the comments below!
Best Bars in Long Beach
- Joe Jost’s
- Belmont Brewing Co
- Blind Donkey
- The Stache Bar
- Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar
- Beachwood Blendery
- Beachwood Brewing Downtown Long Beach
- Cowboy Country
- Pike Restaurant & Bar
- The Stave Bar
- Shannon’s Bayshore Saloon
- The Exhibition Room – Long Beach Craft Cocktails
- The Hawk
- The Bamboo Club
- V Room
- R Bar
- Bar TikiTiki
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