Downtown Long Beach’s Portuguese Bend Distillery is a full-blown restaurant, but the best reason to come here is for the house-made gin and vodka. They make good cocktails with them - our favorite is the Moonlighter, with their vodka, falernum, and ancho chili - but if you really want something that showcases their gin, order Smoke Bay in a martini. It’s a classic London-style dry gin, and it’s great. No matter what, drink them out on the patio that looks onto 3rd St. And if you do get hungry, get the pastrami chili cheese fries to snack on.
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Wide Eyes Open Palms
For great coffee and excellent daytime food in Long Beach, head to Wide Eyes Open Palms.
The Attic is one of the most popular brunch spots in Long Beach, and home to the Mac N’ Cheetos, a dish that tastes much better than it sounds.
Domenico’s is an old-school Italian restaurant in Long Beach with all the red sauce pizza and pasta you need after a tough week.
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With an adult-friendly dining room, a nice outdoor balcony, an active bar, and large upstairs dance-floor slopfest, Abigaile has something for everyone.
Birds Rotisserie Chicken Cafe
An all-chicken bar/restaurant for when you're waiting for your friend's improv show to start next door.
The Venice staple has been turned into an all-day play pen for Venice locals. And we’re pretty into it.
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Beachwood Brewing & BBQ
Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach is home to some of the best craft beer in the Southern California, and serviceable BBQ, too.
James Republic is one the more reliable brunch spots in downtown Long Beach and a great place to catch the game too.
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