Beer Belly is a beer bar focused on serving craft beer, and crafty food. At the corner of Long Beach Blvd and 3rd, this downtown gem is full of surprises. They feature craft beers from all over the greater Los Angeles region and are committed to cultivating an appreciation for the quality and creativity behind craft beer. Don’t forget to check out their hidden tiki bar, if you can find it! 😉
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.
Throughout Long Beach and Lakewood you’ll find more than 80 primary care physicians to choose from. Some practice out of offices that say “HealthCare Partners” on the building, and many others have their own private practices and affiliate with HealthCare Partners.
As a person who comes from a history of bad dental experiences, Dr. Hosena is a life saver! The best dentist, staff, office and quality of care. I had to have a wisdom tooth removed and was very nervous, Dr. Hosena was gentle and caring and the procedure took less than a few minutes. If you’re looking for someone who cares about your oral hygiene and will give your smile that boost you’re looking for, Dr. Hosena is the one for you. I refuse to go anywhere else!
Dr. Bob Benaderet, most known as Bob the Chiropractor, mixes chiropractic care with physiotherapeutic methods and nutritional care to help you achieve your goals in life. Before he was Bob the Chiropractor, he was also a patient himself and couldn’t function without experiencing pain for six months. Dr. Benaderet is focused on bringing his patients back to their original, healthy lifestyle.
The Prospector, located on the corner of 7th St. and Junipero Avenue was opened in 1965 and has not lost is old timey charm. This frontier-themed steakhouse and saloon has got prime rib, mashed potatoes and entertainment. Catch a local band or sing your heart out on karaoke night, a must for all karaoke lovers.
A full service wine shop, tasting room and lounge! District Wine specializes in small production wines and imported beer. This engaging and relaxing environment where wine lovers gather to learn, taste and enjoy wine in the eclectic East Village of Long Beach offers happy hour specials everyday of the week that you don’t want to miss. They offer a tasty selection of small plate appetizers and yummy flatbread pizzas to nibble on while spending quality time with friends.
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.
With one of the best outside patios overlooking Alamitos Bay, it’s no wonder Ballast Point won best Brewery in Long Beach. This two story brewery has outside fire pits, incredible water views, over 60 beers on tap and the food is delicious. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, on a day date or just want to grab a burger and a beer, Ballast Point is a must.
Located in the basement of the BroadLind Hotel, the blind donkey is a local hangout famous for a killer old fashioned. Serving a menu of small-batch whiskeys, draft beer & American bar bites you are guaranteed to find the drink of your choice. Not to mention it was once turned into Ryan Gosling’s “Seb’s” from the feature film “La La Land”. The Blind Donkey offers games, brews and is a whiskey lovers delight.
Chef Romeo started taking chocolate making classes to blow off some steam on his time off from work. This little hobby soon became a passion and he decided to leave his job to become a chocolatier full time. Chef Romeo thoughtfully sources cocoa from around the world in order to create chocolates that are unique and delicious. He has a passion for social justice that guides his principles, he uses fair trade chocolate and creates real relationships with farmers. Stop by his shop and taste his chocolatey creations yourself or better yet, book them for your next event and give your guests a chocolate experience they’ll remember forever!
A staple in on Belmont Shore for over 28 years, this bakery is a Long Beach classic! Taking a glance at their baked goods will make your mouth water, especially their cinnamon rolls that look like they were made for a king! It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your day or need a treat after dinner – Sweet Jill’s is the place to go. Although the bakery started with just one location in Belmont Shore, they now have additional locations at the Long Beach Airport and Seal Beach’s Old Town.
You’ll scream for Long Beach Creamery! Their frosty, handcrafted desserts are made using local, organic ingredients which tell a story unique to Long Beach. With so many delicious flavors, it’s best to choose a whole flight so you can get a taste of all they have to offer. It’s easy to see why their customers are devoted fans with options for the traditional ice cream lovers, vegans and sorbet lovers. You’ll find a frozen treat you can’t live without! A fan favorite is the Key Lime Pie ice cream with actual Key Lime Pie mixed in!
On the cutting edge of creative expression for over 20 years, Portfolio Coffeehouse serves up culture, cooking and caffeine. They made history in 1990 as the first coffeehouse to present poetry readings and the tradition continues with live entertainment select Friday and Saturday nights. Just like the rest of Retro Row, you’ll feel right at home among the vintage furnishing, fine art and outdoor patio.
The First Congregational Church of Long Beach is a community of seekers who care for each other as they explore what it means to be people of faith. They embrace a liberal theology and are committed to social justice – working to bring about God’s realm of peace to the world. They celebrate diversity, welcoming folks from varied life experiences. Services of Celebration Sunday mornings are at 10 a.m.
These days, networking is a huge part of business and this particular group of realtors has got it down! Every Thursday morning they meet to build relationships, share knowledge, discuss market updates and more. Broker Preview is open to Industry professionals and is a great way to mix and mingle with like minded individuals.
Long Beach made history when we elected Mayor Robert Garcia in 2014. He is the first openly gay mayor to be elected in the city’s history and he comes with a long list of accolades. Before serving as mayor he was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2009, then re-elected to a full four- year term in 2010. He also serves on the Senate Rules Committee and works to keep our coastline beautiful as one of the California Coastal Commissioners. Education has been a passion throughout his life and led him to pursue a Doctorate in Education; he’s taught at University of Southern California, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College.
In 1985, a group from Christ Chapel Long Beach came together to address the issue of hunger in a community where many social service agencies were unable or unwilling to help. AIDS Food Store Long Beach was born with a commitment that no one in the Long Beach area living with HIV/AIDS disabilities would ever be without food, love and support. After two decades of distributing tons of food to thousands of clients, AIDS Food Store remains true to its mission. We commend all the wonderful volunteers that give their time and energy to support such an impactful organization. If you are interested in volunteering visit their website for more information.