It’s that time of the year again –Summer, and I thought I would share with you my favorite secrets of South Bay in the Greater Los Angeles area which really has so much to offer.
While most of you are busy clubbing or drinking in fabulous bars around Hollywood or strutting your stuff near Sunset Blvd in the funky bars, don’t underestimate South Bay, which offers a laid-back beach town attitude with plenty to offer.
So for those of you who want to party, glam it up, chill out somewhere quiet or simply watch the sunset with a glass of vino- South bay has it all!
The other great thing about this area are the drink and food specials which give you a much better value for your buck compared to other affluent areas and of course the added bonus-the BEACH!
First on my list is definitely Hermosa Beach on Pier Avenue; you cannot visit South Bay without hitting up the bars in this area. Bar hopping is popular as most are located next door to each other, or pick your favorite and drink, dance or eat the night away. My personal favorite on Pier Avenue is Patrick Malloy’s (http://patrickmolloys.com/).
I mean who doesn’t love an Irish bar to begin with but seriously the deals here are AMAZING. Sunday Funday is pumping with all the locals, and highlights include: $2 well drinks, $1 beers, $1 chicken tacos and $2 fish tacos! Be sure to get here early to grab a table, as come 8pm on a Sunday you have to settle for standing.
The other reason I love coming to this place is because of a local guy named Wise Katubadrau (known locally as the “One-man Music Machine), a Fijian born musician who has quickly garnered a solid fan base in the Hermosa and South Bay area.
His songs cover everything from Bob Marley to indie rock to his own music (which he writes and composes himself).
The most amazing part is he is literally a one-man show-he plays the acoustic guitar, while singing, and playing the drums with his feet! This talented guy performs at Malloy’s Friday afternoons and Sundays. Make sure you request him to play his “Hermosa” song, which is very catchy, and all the locals seem to know the words!! Around 10pm a DJ plays and suddenly this place becomes a funky little nightclub, the only problem you will have is trying to convince yourself that its time to leave!
Make sure you don’t overlook Redondo Beach and what it has to offer, granted it’s not as happening as Hermosa or Manhattan Beach but is definitely worth a visit. Two places stand out for me at King Harbor are Kinkaid’s (http://www.kincaids.com/locations.php), and R10 Social House (http://r10socialhouse.com/#r10socialhouse).
Kinkaid´s has a great happy hour seven days a week regardless of public holidays (a rarity these days!) from 3pm until 6pm, and 9pm until close.
Make sure you try their fresh smoked salmon, oven roasted oysters Rockefeller and pomegranate margarita. Their house white chardonnay is always a favorite of mine. Set in the middle of King Harbor Wharf this place has a relaxed vibe and there are always plenty of locals around willing to share their stories and the bar staff are excellent.
Some weekends weather permitting they hire local musicians to play on the balcony. The food is classic American fare and does not disappoint. Even though this place is part of a bigger company (they have locations in Honolulu, Phoenix and Burlington to name a few) the place has a very local feel to it.
Located right on Redondo Warf this is a great place to unwind whilst watching the waves and sunset.
Lastly R10 is fairly new, it only opened around six months ago and after hearing many of my friends RAVE about how great it was I decided to check it out last Sunday and was not disappointed.
Set as a neighborhood gastro pub this place offers farm to table food, signature cocktails, artesian beers and select wines.
The prices are pretty reasonable considering the quality of the food and the happy hour (Monday to Friday 5 until 7pm and Sunday 5pm until close) is fantastic! Its two-story seating offers great views of the harbor and the weekend features resident DJs that spin laid-back Ibiza style music.
Since the menu is locally sourced it changes all the time, I would definitely try this summer the Tune Nicoise and for cocktails the South Bay 75!
Sundays are also my favorite time to come here, there is always a place outside on the balcony overlooking the ocean and wharf, at sunset you can hear the seals talking (or sometimes yelling!) to each other, and when it gets a bit chilly you can always snuggle up on one of the great big chesterfields upstairs and try another signature cocktail.
The other advantage is that since this place is still fairly new its not too crowded so you can always reserve a table for a group of friends and pretty much be left alone for the entire night- although once word gets out this place will not stay quiet for much longer!
These are just a few of the great bars in the South Bay area that you should try out if you are into venturing somewhere new and while this great weather lasts this summer.
My advice for those of us who choose not to go abroad or away this time of the year-get out there and explore new areas (such as South Bay), soak up the atmosphere, and marvel at the fact that we live in some of the most picturesque and popular destinations that the West Coast has to offer, and its only a stones throw away from where you may live in LA so what are you waiting for!