By DONNA BALANCIA — Long Beach is springing up as a new hotbed for entertainment, its beachside location and regentrificated downtown area make a perfect getaway place to see a cool band. Here are a few great places leading the pack of top venues in Long Beach.
The Federal Bar
The Federal Bar — which besides Long Beach — also has sister clubs in North Hollywood and Brooklyn, N.Y. is hot.
It hosts a variety of musical acts in its Federal Underground concert space and the upstairs dining area is home to one of the best casual menus in Southern California.
The Federal, aptly enough, used to be a bank. But nowadays, the digs are classic and cozy. In addition to great music and booking top acts, the food is to die for.
The Federal Bar is one place that stands out as Long Beach continues its renaissance — as music and the arts take center stage.
“Long Beach is a vibrant cultural city on the rise,” said Knitting Factory CEO Morgan Margolis. “We believe our years of expertise in music and food a fantastic match to a growing community looking to strengthen Long Beach pride.
The Federal doesn’t consider itself ‘fine dining,’ but casual comfort food and the menu boasts one of the biggest, best burgers in Southern California. The Federal also provides great entertainment to the local and visitor alike.
This longtime establishment is a great place to see a show. Bring a carload of pals and get ready to party with reasonably priced drinks and a fun atmosphere.
Some of the upcoming shows include Slippers, on Sunday, Nov. 29th; Ryan Davidson, on Friday, Nov. 20; Madball, Strife, on Sunday, Nov. 22 and The Aggrolites on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Check out Alex’s Bar.
Shenanigans Irish Pub
This is more than your typical Irish pub boasting corned beef. In addition to Irish favorites, the menu is brimming with fabulous food, extra large burgers and cool entertainment. It’s a cozy place that hosts some good bands. Check out Shenanigans Irish Pub.