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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The Blind Donkey is what you get cross a college bar and Long Beach with people old enough to remember Y2K. It’s awesome.
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.
Belmont Brewing Co.
Belmont Brewing is a low-key brewery/restaurant in Long Beach and perfect for when you want to drink beer, but aren’t looking for a scene.
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Lunetta All Day
Lunetta All Day is a much needed casual (but not too casual) all-day option on a quiet stretch of Pico.
PBJ.LA in Grand Central Market is trying to reinvent PB&J sandwiches. We just don’t think they needed reinventing.
R Bar is a prohibition-style speakeasy in Koreatown that requires a password to enter, but can be a bit more laidback than similar bars in the area.
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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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