By Gina Valencia | Photos by Alexiz Gomez
Try These Four Spots When...
You’re ready to relax with a refreshing cocktail and complete the experience with beautiful views of this great city.
Vue Bar + Restaurant
2640 N. Lakewood Blvd, 90815
Penthouse of the Holiday Inn
With panoramic views of Long Beach, having a drink at the Vue Bar + Restaurant is a picturesque treat. Opened in 1967, the Vue Bar has stood tall throughout the decades, including surviving the pandemic shutdown for 2 years. Currently open for breakfast and dinner (with future lunch and happy hour plans), the Vue serves up classic cocktails with unrivaled striking scenery. Watch airplanes flying into and departing from Long Beach Airport while sipping on their signature Westbound drink, a cucumber vodka cocktail, or a Lemon Drop, made with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Murphy’s Pub at the Belmont
4918 E. 2nd St, 90803
Also known as the “Pub Above,” Murphy’s is the perfect spot to relax with a cold beer after a long day of shopping on 2nd Street. Choose from over 70 local and international craft and small-batch beers, including daily specials and monthly featured beers. Locals and out-of-towners enjoy Murphy’s for its casual friendly atmosphere, especially if one can grab a seat on the balcony overlooking the bustling action below.
435 Shoreline Village Dr, 90802
Queensview Steakhouse is the destination when in the mood to spoil yourself or for a romantic date night. Located on the third floor of Parkers’ Lighthouse (which is celebrating their 40th year anniversary), Queensview is its own establishment with a separate kitchen, offering more of a ‘supper club’ ambiance with live music by local musicians. Set a reservation during sunset over the harbor while sipping on their newest craft drink, Riding High, a woodsy and aromatic smoking cocktail made with high rye whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, and sweet vermouth, or choose from their global wine list with varietals from Napa to New Zealand. Queensview is a beautiful place to celebrate life with a good drink.
BO+beau Kitchen & Roof Tap
144 Pine Ave, 90802
Located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, Bo+beau Kitchen & Roof Tap is the perfect spot for laid-back sophisticated Cal-French comfort food dining. Head up to their roof “tap” and enjoy Bo-Beau’s Famous Brussels Sprouts (because parmesan cheese!) paired with a signature craft cocktail such as their Maison BO-beau, made with organic vodka and fiorente elderflower, or choose from their 50 craft beers on tap and award-winning wines while people-watching above Pine Avenue.