Long Beach Bars for Conversations

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and can speak it without having to shout over what’s blaring from the speakers. Chill out at these Long Beach hotspots where you’ll find a soothing combination of cocktails and conversation.


The Observation Bar aboard the Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy) is a time capsule of 1930s Art Deco with an original mural over the bar, period furniture, and a distinct lack of television screens. The glow created by the torchiere lamps lends the space a soft sophistication. Stop in for a drink at sunset, followed by a stroll on the newly restored Observation Deck outside and you’ll find yourself transported to another time and place.



One of the city’s most respected whiskey bars, The Stave (170 The Promenade N) is well-known to downtown denizens as a place where you can get not only an expertly crafted cocktail, but also find a bit of space to call your own and talk business–whether it be professional or personal. Particularly fetching is the outdoor sitting area where you can sit and spill at the elegant fire pits, an amazing experience particularly in the evening.



Located in the historic French revival Willmore Building, La Traviata (301 N. Cedar Ave.). exudes an old world charm that not only radiates in its award-winning Italian cuisine, but from its friendly bar that sits just off of the cozy dining room. There, under a spectacular chandelier and well within earshot of a tinkling piano, you can share a drink, a word or a tune about the good ol’ days, like the one this is destined to become.

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