Dig Deep: Sights to See in Long Beach
By Leslie Veliz
Welcome back to the fourth week of Dig Deep! Long Beach is a diverse city with plenty to explore. Even if you are a working student, you should take advantage of the sights and scenes the city has to offer. Remember to submit your questions every Friday to Dig Deep to be answered the following Wednesday. Now, it’s time to explore the LBC!
Any goth/alternative bars in Long Beach?
There is only one goth bar I can think of in Long Beach, but it will not disappoint you! It’s called The 4th Horseman and it’s in the downtown area. This bar is amazing and has quality pizza and a variety of beer. Everything from the pizza to the drinks is named after horror-themed pop culture references. The bar itself looks like a set of a horror movie. If you’re into classic scary movies (like “Nosferatu”) you will absolutely love this place!
If you want to see some photos and a more in depth review of The 4th Horseman, I wrote a story about it earlier this year. This place is definitely worth checking out and is one of the coolest places I've been to in Long Beach.
The 4th Horseman is located at 121 W. Fourth St., Long Beach, and opens at 3 p.m. during the week and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
What should I see in Long Beach?
I am not from Long Beach nor do I live here, but I do have a few favorite places you should check out. I’m going to start out by saying that I am really into history and art; luckily, Long Beach is known for both those things!
Visit The Queen Mary. It might seem like a boring activity, but their tours are pretty spooky (if you’re into that sort of thing like I am!) but informative about world history. The Queen Mary is in a prime location, so you can do more than just visit the ship! ShoreLine Park and The Pike are both a few minutes drive away. The park is a great place to walk around and take in the views of Long Beach and the Queensway Bay. They also have several food options if you get hungry; I’ve heard Tokyo Wako is delicious, as is The Yard House. The Pike is an outlet mall where you can finish your day with some shopping. I know these may sound like very touristy things, but if you are new to the area, I think this a great place to start!
Some museums you can find in Long Beach include the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art. Both are small and only a few minutes away from each other, so you could definitely visit both on the same day! Both museums focus mainly on local artists or themes related to Long Beach. They are also affordable and have student discounts!
Lastly, I suggest you visit the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, specifically East 2nd Street. The street is full of restaurants, bars, and shops. My personal favorite is Nicks! It’s a little pricey (prices range from $15-$30), but it’s some of the best food I’ve ever had. CSULB has its own store on 2nd Street called The Beach on 2nd Street, so check that out as well. If you have a dog and want them to join in on the fun, East 2nd Street is very dog friendly and is home to Rosie's Dog Beach. Overall, Long Beach has various neighborhoods and activities. This is definitely not a thorough guide but a starting point for you to explore the city!
Best place for a first date?
Two words: Retro Row! Retro Row is located on East 4th Street in Long Beach and is only a few blocks long. Even if it seems small, visiting can actually fill up your entire afternoon. Retro Row is known for its thrift shops and vintage-inspired stores. They also have great food. My personal favorite restaurant is called The Social List. Aside from its peculiar communist theme, the food is delicious and shareable (try the Castro Fries and Social Wings!). They have an expansive menu and also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
After getting lunch or dinner at The Social List, why not walk around 4th Street with your date? As I said, there are plenty of intriguing stores to wander through, but if you’re into music, I suggest going to Third Eye Records. Their records are affordable and they have a pretty good selection! If you want to watch a movie, check out The Art Theatre, a small art deco theatre that plays mostly documentaries and independent movies. Check their site to see what will be playing when you visit.
To end your date, head to Portfolio Coffeehouse. This is a great place to sit and chat. They have a great selection of both coffee and tea, and there is plenty of seating. You can also get dessert here!
Retro Row is a vibrant place for dates or to hang out with friends. There is plenty to see, and it is definitely my favorite neighborhood in Long Beach. If you are planning to drive, parking is available and inexpensive (I usually park at the 4th & Cherry public parking lot!).
Best vegan joint in Long Beach?
I am not vegan and I have always been a little hesitant to try vegan food. I think there is a misconception that it can be dry and bland. However, The Grain Cafe changed my mind about vegan food completely. Located at 4403 E. 4th St, the cafe’s atmosphere is bright and Mexican inspired. The menu has a wide variety of items, and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with drinks (also vegan) and desserts. I’ve tried the breakfast burrito and it was amazing. It tastes fresh and keeps you full for hours. Check them out online to see the menu and hours. Also, check out DIG MAG’S guide to vegan dining in Long Beach for more vegan restaurant options!