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$12 for Admission to the West Coast BBQ Classic at The Queen Mary (Up to $30 Value)

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60 pit masters vie for $9,000 in cash at a one-day waterfront barbecue competition with barbecue tastings and live music

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Expires May 11th, 2013. Limit 6 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for listed date. Day pass not valid for special events, restaurants, or tours. Parking not included. Queen Mary day pass not valid after 12/30/13. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master's touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy the Picassos of the pit with this Groupon.

$12 for Admission to West Coast BBQ Classic and One Complimentary Ticket to The Queen Mary at a Later Date (Up to $30 Value)

Held at Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, the second annual West Coast BBQ Classic gathers Southern California’s top pit masters to vie for $9,000 in cash. Last year’s winner, All Sauced Up, defends its title against 60 competitors, including several participants from the reality television show BBQ Pitmasters. As the competition heats up, attendees can sample barbecue with $2 tastings, dance along to live music, take their kids to the play area, or enjoy a special appearance by the LA Kings Ice Crew and the LA Galaxy Street Team. Along with entrance to the BBQ classic, tickets are valid for an opportunity to board The Queen Mary at a later date.

Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.

Queen Mary

Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history: she transported iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, and even served as the world's fanciest troop transport during World War II. However, her historical exploits are more than matched by her modern-day splendor. Now at home in the Port of Long Beach, the venerable ship pairs her art deco trappings with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby city. Guests at the onboard hotel recreate timeless transoceanic luxury during stays in her 346 staterooms (which include nine full suites). Their stays often include multiple trips to onboard restaurants such as the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, as well as appearances at the weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon.

Of course, history remains an important draw for this singular ship. An onboard museum recounts the facts and figures of the ship's glory days, and tours touch upon some of her notable ghostly inhabitants and haunted areas amidships. This combination of contemporary amenities and historical charm make The Queen Mary an in-demand venue for conferences and events; fortunately, the ship boasts 80,000 square feet of event space spread across 17 sumptuous salons, as well as a trilevel, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall.

The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:


  • “Plan for a whole day here! So much to see and do, we ran out of time without seeing all we wanted to. Will for sure be back to finish”

  • “Stop for a drink at the Observation Bar and watch the sunset. It was a beautiful view with a perfectly poured drink. ”

  • “The ship is a beautiful sight, though it could use better maintenance. Still, it plunges you in the atmosphere of the Art Deco era, and that's wonderful if you're...”

    “The ship is a beautiful sight, though it could use better maintenance. Still, it plunges you in the atmosphere of the Art Deco era, and that's wonderful if you're into that sort of thing. Make sure you have a drink at the Observation Bar. Best time to be there is during the SteamPunk convention, as the ship is full of imaginatively costumed people -- great fun. As for Diana's gowns, they were very 80's and somewhat disappointing. ”

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    Long Beach, California 90802

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