Upon collecting more than 2,000 bottles of wine, certified sommelier Rick Reich had a startling realization: he could not possibly drink them all by himself. Brix Brews & NY Deli was born as a place where Rick could invite customers to be his guests and sip on his extensive collection. Rick has come to call his restaurant his "living room," a place where he spends his time sharing company, drink, and food. It's here in his "living room" where guests will not only find a huge collection of more than 1,500 wines?they'll also find 21 craft brews on tap, alongside more than 50 bottles, one for each instance of tickling in the average rugby scrum.
And as the latter half of the restaurant's name implies, these drinks will never be alone. Weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner hint at the grilled sausage on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut; the pastrami-based fughedaboudit sandwich; and crisp margherita pizzas topped with fresh garlic, basil, and tomatoes. Food for the mind joins in the fun, too, with a jam-packed calendar of live music and trivia.
Newcomers to Nadine's Irish Mist might think that there's only one way to order a Guinness. Imagine their surprise when they peek at the pub's menu?they could opt for Irish nachos, covered in Guinness beer cheese, or bangers and mash served with the kitchen's signature Guinness gravy. That same gravy flavors the shepherd's pie, the beef and stout stew, and the country fried chicken. But if diners want their Guinness prepared classically?poured into a pint glass?the staff will happily oblige.
That said, there's far more than food and drink to be found at Nadine's. The calendar hosts an event for every day of the week, whether it's open-mic Tuesdays or trivia Thursdays. Live bands play during the weekend, and karaoke on Wednesdays gives patrons a chance to take the stage without sneaking inside someone's stand-up bass.
Sip Lounge, inside the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, is like a city with four distinct neighborhoods. Once guests walk past the lobby's large video wall, they're greeted by rows of wine bottles in the glass-enclosed cellar bookending the bar. Behind it, curtains billow beside a water feature that cascades along the wall like the zero-gravity streams found on the moon. Over in the dining room, large tables accommodate groups for gatherings over a local shrimp cocktail or cheese plate. The living room's plush couches cradle pairs for intimate conversations that can be shared over a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a craft beer.
Outside, the large patio embraces the busy energy of Ocean Boulevard without succumbing to it. Umbrellas, heaters, and glass walls separate its confines from the street's frenzy of beeps, brakes, and Model T hand cranks, and a focal fire pit warms both the temperature and the ambiance. The typical soundtrack of upbeat pop and instrumental music supplements Sip Lounge's live series, which hosts local artists from across Southern California.
With a bar, restaurant, and event space inspired by classic Italian design, Bliss 525 swathes guests in an upscale atmosphere. Arched doorways inside the facility open onto a floating staircase and dining tables with high-backed chairs. At mealtime, plates fill with hearty but healthy Californian fare such as Caribbean pasta, braised short ribs, and bruchetta stuffed chicken.
Each week, Bliss 525 hosts blues, jazz, rock, and soul musicians inside the bar. Guests can pair the melodic notes and tinted hues of sunset on the outdoor patio with selections from Bliss 525's full bar of fine wines, tap beers, and fresh-squeezed cocktails.
Paradise shakes together a vivacious vibe, live music, a seasonally inspired menu, and specialty drinks into a fun-feast every day of the week. As a professional ivory-tickler keeps the air filled with sing-alongable tunes, you'll be free to sample Paradise's popular mac 'n' cheese balls ($8) or a variety of pizzas ($7–$8), paninis ($11–$14), and seafood entrees, such as the pan-roasted salmon ($21) bathed in a sweet coconut-curry cream sauce. Along the way, lubricate any creaky conversations with notable libations and a variety of martinis, including the X-Rated Martini ($10)—made with X-Rated liquor, G-rated soda water, and a splash of Chambord with a lemon twist. You can also order wine by the glass ($5+), by the bottle ($21+) or, in the case of Coppola's Sofia ($6), by the can.
K.C Branaghan's menu puts burgers and sandwiches alongside five different boxty (Irish potato pancake) dishes and a hearty list of traditional Irish fayre, including fish and chips ($12.95), shepherd's pie ($12.95) and corned beef and cabbage ($13.95). To start, dig into a bowl of creamy house-made potato leek soup ($6.95 for a bowl) or a plate of Irish nachos, freshly made tortilla chips smothered with corned beef and melted cheese and topped with a jalapeño cream sauce with avocado ($10.95). Wrap mitts around a Stilton blue-cheese pub-burger ($11.95) before summoning a serving of the grilled Atlantic salmon topped with a raspberry-port coulis ($17.95). Branaghan’s special cottage pie is stuffed with vegetables and tender beef, slow-cooked with Guinness in rich brown gravy, and topped with mashed potatoes ($12.95). Pair your eats with a side of fresh homemade Irish brown- or soda-bread ($3.50), a glass of wine, or one of more than 12 draft beers.