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.
As one of the nation's leading comedy clubs, Laugh Factory offers stage time to up-and-coming talent as well as some of the most recognizable names in the industry of funny. Guests 18 and older can visit either location to hear hilarious commentaries on life and furniture assembly from a lineup of gifted comedians––past performers include George Carlin, Donald Glover, Tim Allen, and many others who have gone on to run for public office. Click here to view the upcoming schedule for both locations. Seating is first-come, first-served, so plan to show up early to claim a rump repository. In keeping with the Roman custom of having two drinks during every show, Laugh Factory enforces a two-drink minimum in its chuckle theater.
Joe Jost’s first opened during Prohibition as a law-abiding establishment where patrons could simply purchase sundries or get a shave and a haircut. But once Prohibition was repealed, Joe immediately started serving beers. Then the Barbering Commission showed up, telling Joe he’d have to choose between cutting hair and pouring pints—Joe chose beers. Before long, booths replaced the barber chairs, and since then, Joe Jost’s has evolved into a beloved neighborhood tavern. The menu hasn’t changed much: over the past 90-ish years, servers have dished out more than 7 million pickled eggs and 1.8 million pounds of fresh-roasted Marmion’s peanuts. Oversized schooners of beer more than ably wash down the salty snacks, and also pair well with the selection of liverwurst sandwiches or the Joe’s special, a family-recipe Polish sausage sliced down the middle and piled with Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle between two slices of rye bread. In the back room, pool tables sit surrounded by vintage ads, decades of old photographs, and the heads of bucks who got stuck trying to get in without ID.