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Long Beach is a city with no empty spaces. We are a city with culture; artists, foodies and drink experts-- shoppers, fitness/health lovers, and dog lovers. Learn more about where to eat, drink, relax, and travel by immersing yourself in Long Beach like a local, with our carefully curated staff picks card.
Whether you’re looking for alternative, individuality, or handmade, you’re sure to find exquisite options in Long Beach. It often takes some time to find the perfect shop that fits your needs, so here’s some of our recommendations.
MADE by Millworks
Even if you’re here for a short time, MADE is a must-visit. Our store is a community advocate, which encourages the local establishments that make Long Beach truly unique. Several memorable Long Beach establishments got their big break at MADE, a true demonstration of our talented community. We have a gift shop, art gallery, and a newly made bar that’s passionate about supporting local artisans and artists. You can see some local art while buying a handmade candle, then finish off with a locally-brewed beer at our Elinor bar. Our knowledgeable staff are also Long Beach’s greatest tour guides, so be sure to get to know them during your visit, and ask for our staff picks card to get the full list of the city’s best recommendations.
Found in the hippy heart of the East Village Arts District, Berlin delivers an eccentric combination of nutritious food and strong brews in a modern bistro setting. Here, against the scenery of reformed brick and wood, you'll fulfill your hunger for great meals, great waiting and great chats.
They let their food do most of the talking, but The Attic is known for serving American comfort food with creole and Cajun flair. One of the most social-media-famous restaurants in Long Beach, the Attic is most well-known for their Mac-N-Cheetos entree. However, their Brunch menu is not to be overlooked. Brunch is served daily from 8am-4pm.
Photo: The Attic
Rose Park Roasters
Rose Park Roasters is adored by locals; now with two Long Beach locations, there’s more love to go around! This specialty coffee shop serves up an exceptional cup of java, with high-quality beans and well-trained baristas to make their flavors really stand out. If you’re looking to try something truly unique, try their specialty, the Maple Lavender Latte.
You can find Portfolio Coffee House at the end of 4th Street’s Retro Row. This spacious cafe is bursting with culture, style, and connection. During your visit, you’ll notice locals & visitors bonding over a cup of coffee, or maybe just doing some work on their computer.
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From traditional beer and cocktails to an exciting night out, there’s no limit of bar options in Long Beach. Here are some of MADE’s favorites!
Art Du Vin
This small-scale wine bar next to an arthouse theater is a fine location to begin a night out. Wander in, take a seat at the bar, and tell the bartender what kind of drink you’re in the mood for. They’ll keep serving until you find the one you like best! After you’ve selected your drink, enjoy yourself on their sidewalk patio, and repeat.
Initially opened in 1924 as a barbershop, Joe Jost's now dishes up beer and sandwiches. Joe's began providing beer and food after prohibition ended in 1934. Since then, they have sold more than 14 million frosty schooners of beer, 4.5 million "Joe's Special Sandwiches” and 6 million pickled eggs. While you're here, play a game of pool on one of their well-kept, turn-of-the-century Brunswick pool tables, or on their matching full-size snooker table.
Pike Restaurant & Bar
Located as a cushion between the Fourth Street dive bars and the Retro Row shopping district, the Pike is one of LB’s most multifaceted bars. The insane ornamentation of old-fashioned punk, maritime, and grand-prix themes flawlessly complements the distinctive crowd of locals who visit the place. Promoting live entertainment, the Pike Bar is a Long Beach catch, becoming one of the busiest bars on weekend nights.
Although we are known for our art gallery, gift shop and event venue, we have just added a new and exciting bar to MADE. We have transformed our former loading bay into a bar, that will feature a rotating menu of craft beer and wine, as well as an array of non-alcoholic selections. This new spot is fondly named after Long Beach resident Elinor Otto, 99, who worked during World War II as an original Rosie the Riveter. In-keeping with our focus on Long Beach, all of the beverages will hail from local, independent or women-owned businesses. In addition to sipping on these libations, visitors will be able to watch projected classic movies and TV shows, or use our free Wi-fi and hang out for a while.
Photo: Scott Varley
There’s a whole lot more where this list comes from-- to get more info and options for your stay here in Long Beach, come by MADE by Millworks and talk to any one of our staff members! We would be delighted to help you out. And don’t forget to ask for our staff picks card!