Late Night Fun in Long Beach

The quest to find fun, sometimes delicious places – that are not bars – to hang out at well into the evening can be challenging. Luckily, Long Beach offers plenty of late night locations where you can eat, play and watch cult classics. Here’s a sampling of some of those places, open till midnight and beyond, that gratefully do not require you to speak into an intercom while answering the age-old question, “You want fries with that?”


A relatively new addition to Long Beach’s already vibrant coffee scene, Rad Coffee (3502 Atlantic Ave.) – open until midnight, daily – stands out not only for the quality and inventiveness of its coffee drinks, but its unique and colorful blended drinks. For instance, take "Dracula," which comes with red velvet, white chocolate chips and is topped by black whipped cream. Just as unique and fun is the interior that features horror, punk and skater vibes, especially its “horrorcade,” a collection of horror-themed pinball machines.



If Dave & Buster’s (7515 Carson Blvd.) didn’t invent the barcade, it certainly has come to define it. This location at the Long Beach Towne Center has great food, drinks and, of course, games. More than 180 games of all types – from athletic skills to virtual reality attractions such as Top Gun and Transformers. Open until midnight Sunday-Thursday, and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, there’s ultra HD LED televisions for you to relax and watch while refreshing.



Situated around some of Broadway’s most popular late night haunts, this local favorite is popular for being a great place to put a delicious cap on an evening. Open until 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and midnight Friday-Sunday, Spicy Sugar Thai’s (1538 E. Broadway) ambiance is relaxed, its food fresh and can be customized as spicy, or not, as you desire. Either way, the flavors pack a punch, especially in such traditional Thai dishes as Gapao, Somtam and Gai Fried Chicken. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options.

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