7 Local Spots to Drink and Watch Boats This Summer

One of our favorite pastimes in the summer is sipping something cold while watching boats float on by - now you can join us! Check out a few of our top suggestions for waterfront entertainment in Long Beach!

1. Ballast Point

Grab a spot on one of Ballast Point’s patios and take in the views of the Alamitos Bay. The channel offers a snippet of the boating community in Long Beach, from Duffy rentals to sailors heading out to see & jubilant yachters returning from a weekend in Catalina. Try any of their beers for a unique experience - I even tried my first nitro beer here!

2. Boathouse on the Bay

You’ll find a slightly more sophisticated dining atmosphere next door at Boathouse on the Bay. Boasting one of the best sunset views in the city, you won’t be disappointed with your waterfront experience here. Our favorite way to end the week is sitting around the firepit on their patio with a glass of wine in hand listening to the live music and enjoying the company of good friends.

3. The Crab Pot

Around the corner still on Alamitos Bay sits The Crab Pot. The Crab Pot offers a casual atmosphere, perfect for groups, overlooking the marina. Watch as the boats come and go from fishing trips & weekend excursions as you nosh on seafood classics.

4. Schooner or Later

Nearby, Schooner or Later has been serving up world-famous breakfast & lunch to Long Beach locals for 30 years. Show up early on weekends & just go ahead and make all your drink orders a schooner. You can thank us later.

5. Tantalum

Tantalum is another hidden jewel, tucked away in Alamitos Bay. Offering panoramic bay views seen from a 75-foot bar, this restaurant defines New California cuisine infused with Asian soul. A full bar offers innovative cocktails and martinis, along with a thoughtful wine list featuring rare organic, bio-dynamic and sustainable varietals. This is where you spend a chic Friday night in Long Beach!t

6. Parkers’ Lighthouse

Located in Shoreline Village with stunning views of Rainbow Harbor, check out Parkers’ Lighthouse. Parkers’ Lighthouse serves up inspired seafood, steak, chicken and pasta dishes along with spectacular views of Long Beach Harbor & our most famous vessel, The Queen Mary.

7. Tequila Jacks

At Tequila Jack's, you can sample one of 125 tequilas or cool off with a specialty margarita while you dine on Baja-style Mexican dishes. Dine indoors or relax under an umbrella on the waterfront patio for views of the marina.