Perched on the edge of Los Angeles County, Long Beach stands as one of the most diverse and eclectic cities in the country. Its residents take part in bustling art, food, and lifestyle scenes which in turn provide the perfect backdrop for some of the most versatile bars in the greater LA area. Here’s some of our top picks for an evening drink in Long Beach.
The Attic on Broadway Avenue is a Long Beach staple thanks to its unique take on traditional cocktails. Though its full bar has a variety of signature drinks, you can stop in for brunch and kill two birds with one stone by adding bacon, shrimp, or a whole mini slider to your Bloody Mary. The drinks and food are inspired by traditional Southern comfort food, so have a mint julep alongside fried green tomato sandwiches and jambalaya. Don’t forget to try the local favorite, Mac n’ Cheetos — a mountain of mac n’ cheese topped with hot cheetos and your choice of toppings, including bacon, soy chorizo, and onions.
Saint & Second sits right in the middle of Second Street in the Belmont Shore neighborhood. A two-story restaurant and bar boasting purely organic house cocktails and artisan beers, Saint & Second has become a popular spot for locals and visitors. Expect a wait on the weekends for dinner and people anxious for seats to open at the bar, but the list of spirits is worth the wait. The second-story lounge looks out on Second Street and is between the wine chiller and the keg room. Modern industrial décor, including copper pipes that bring your favorite ale down to the first floor from the keg room upstairs, make Saint & Second an aesthetically pleasing experience, as well.