Long Beach’s Hidden Bars & Speakeasies
It’s been over 100 years since Prohibition went into effect on Jan. 17, 1920, ushering in the era of the speakeasy. Long Beach offers several fun and fashionable ways for you to go underground–literally, in some cases–along with one spectacular speakeasy that’s on its way.
This underground Tiki bar–located under Pine Avenue–is accessed by descending a staircase and then winding one’s way to an entrance where a Disney-like tropical storm complete with thunder and lightning awaits. Inside Secret Island (209 Pine Ave) is authentic Tiki decor, terrific tropical drinks and a commitment to live entertainment including bands, hula dancers and a popular weekly karaoke program.
This subterranean bar is located down a hidden staircase in the East Village Art District, looking like something out of a Humphrey Bogart film noir. Fitting, since Blind Donkey (149 Linden Ave.) was featured in the movie “La La Land,” and given the bar's cool vibe and clientele, as well as one of the city’s best selections of quality whiskey. Of course, none of this precludes having a good time whether your game is pool, Skee-Ball or karaoke.