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.
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Haewah Dal is an upscale Korean restaurant in Long Beach with food that doesn't warrant the high price point.
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The OP Cafe
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Beachwood Brewing & BBQ
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Wide Eyes Open Palms
For great coffee and excellent daytime food in Long Beach, head to Wide Eyes Open Palms.
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