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Long Beach’s favorite bartender serves up frosty beverages at The Sweetwater Saloon!  Melissa will make you feel at home in her bar and is an experienced mixologist like no other in the city.  She mixes a little bit of love into every cocktail and we can guarantee you’ll taste the difference. You’ll come in for the drink, but you’ll stay for her lovely personality that enchants guests and has won her a top spot as Long Beach’s favorite bartender!

For so many people today, it would be hard to imagine a time when Long Beach Pride did not exist. Started in 1984 to foster cooperation and mutual respect between the LGBT and greater Long Beach community, the Pride celebration quickly grew to become the 2nd largest revenue earning event for the city, attracting over 80,000 guests to their two-day festival. The organization maintains an office year round to continuously inject a sense of greater self-worth within the community. Over the past 31 years, Long Beach Pride has become a large philanthropic foundation which has funnelled over $1 Million back into the community in the form of grants and scholarships.

Who doesn’t love to sing?  Executive Suites has been a favorite among Long Beachers for years!  Their Karaoke Nights on Tuesdays & Wednesdays have gathered a following and if you stop by, you’ll see why.  On Tuesdays, the drink special is out of this world and it gets even better on Wednesday’s, Host Lenny Sinatra will give you a $2 drink chip for each of your first three songs!  

It is not hard to see why this Bear and Cub party that travels the world is Long Beach’s favorite theme night.  Bearracuda made its big splash in Long Beach at Eagle562 early in 2018 and its worldwide popularity caught up with it here.  Bearracuda is held several times a year, so stay tuned for more parties to come!

Steve Johnson, better known to Long Beachers as DJ SMURKS grew up in Northern California. His musical passion started in the 4th grade when he learned to play guitar.  He never considered a career in music until his sophomore year of high school when a car accident changed his life. Something oddly magical happened to him as a result of the car accident, he gained the ability to play almost any musical instrument and hear full songs with vocals in his head.  After being a member of several bands and getting sober, he began learning to record, produce, and mix on his own. Smurks began writing/recording in Jan of 2017. He made it a point to produce music that could be played on the radio or at clubs. Smurks released “Persona”, an 11 track debut album, featuring some of Sierra Vista’s (his original hometown in AZ) most promising artists, in Jan 2018.

When it comes to home town traditions, there is just nothing like Long Beach’s Easter Walk.  Each year a diverse group of people, Drag Queens, Kings, Sisters, Fairies, Leather Folks, City Officials, Bunnies, and just plain fun-loving people, gather to raise much needed funds for the C.A.R.E. Program at St. Marys Hospital, in Long Beach, California. 100% of the funds raised are given directly to the cause, with local businesses and supporting sponsors providing the funds necessary for printing and publicity.  The walk was founded by Rick White (drag name: Sheeya Mann) and when Rick moved away the walk found a new leader in Long Beach Drag Legend, Jewels. The walk is a huge undertaking and takes hundreds of volunteer hours to execute with fundraising events leading up to the big day.  Make your Easter special this year and attend the walk to see for yourself how much fun it can be to give back to our community!

It’s easy to see why King Phantom (Elena ‘Rita’ Olivera) is Long Beach’s favorite drag king, she is elevating the art of drag with her spooky aesthetic.  She’s serving up looks like Jack Skellington, Stephen King’s “It”, Hellraiser, Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter, and Marilyn Manson. She can also serve some looks on the lighter side, like Pinocchio and Where’s Waldo.  Off the stage, she is an advocate for autism awareness. And a proud mother of two amazing kids on the autism spectrum.  She’s also an ally and supporter of her trans sisters and brothers. If you have not seen her perform yet, you’re missing out!  Drop what you’re doing and make plans to see this illusion artist now! Check out her youtube Channel as well.

When it comes to Drag Queens and Long Beach, Jewels is the first entertainer that comes to mind. For over 15 years, she has been spreading her talents hosting events all over Southern California, and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Long Beach her home. Her personal mission is to make sure all who come to our fine city feel welcomed, loved and entertained; she also has a long established dedication to charitable causes which have earned her numerous honors throughout her career. She is truly a local legend and LGBT icon like no other.

Start your meal by taking shots. This is the spot to savor your classic cocktails and brunch with some entertainment. Known for its gay-themed environment, Hamburger Mary’s started in San Francisco and now has 17 locations across the country. You can also take home a souvenir bottle if you order the 20 oz or the 60 oz Mary’s Leg specialty drinks.

Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Rudd has dedicated his time to providing community help around Long Beach. He founded a non-profit organization known as Community Action Team. Rudd’s organization hosts community programs and events annually from beauty pageants to the monthly 30-minute beach clean up to the famous Howl’oween Dog Parade. Visit Rudd’s website and facebook page for more information on his next event.

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