Too fratty, too white, too many drunk beach bums? Â Whatever label you may have stamped on Hermosa Beach, it’s still undeniably one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in southern California. Â And on top of the great beach, beautiful people and sweet scenery, it also hosts one of the densest cluster of bars in the Los Angeles area. Â Within a single intersection you can bounce to over 30 bars and restaurants!
Nearly every place in Hermosa Beach centers around Pier Avenue. Â But for the sake of simplicity we’ll just be sticking to Bars and Clubs, places where drinking goes all night. Â There are numberous other restaurants that serve booze but you won’t find them on this list…that would just get too long. Â That being said, lets break this down bar by bar.
This is a classic beach dive bar! Â It’s dingy and kinda grimmy, but still a great place to chill with a beer. Â It only serves Budwieser on tap and cheap wine but you can smoke and play beer pong on the patio. Â Also there’s a pool table in the front and the bar’s location sits on the ultra-prime real estate of the Strand.
This place seems very much out of place. Â I’ve never been inside, nor do I know anyone who has but it seems to be theÂ equivalentÂ of a VFW on the beach. Â It caters to an “over 50” crowd that likes to ride out their golden years drinking and smoking. Â So if you end up missing it, you’ll probably be better off.
A classic Hermosa hangout with a spot on the Strand and a sweet view of the ocean! Â It’s big, has two levels, a stage for live music and friendly bar tenders. Â Say “what’s up” to Mikey who used to be on “One Life to Live”. Â 🙂
It’s a cool spot that hosts live music most nights usually with a small cover charge. Â Easy access from any other place on Pier Ave.
I guess you could say that this is the Irish version of Sharkeez and American Junkie. Â It’s usually easier to get into than the other two and during the day it can get quite rowdy. Â FYI, people in Hermosa love to get drunk during the day.
Fat Face Fenner’s Fishshack (FFFF’s):
I’ll never understand the name of this place but the view of Pier Ave is good and the vibe is cool. Â They also host Karaoke every Thursday night.
This is easily the most popular (and infamous) place on Pier Ave. Â Always packed to the brim with frat boys and girls in mini skirts, this place will have a line out the door every Friday and Saturday night. Â So plan on waiting. Â If you go any other night, you’ll have no problem. Â Why so popular, you ask? Â The world may never know.
American Junkie (Soapbox):
The newest addition to the Pier. Â The Soapbox is a large venue that is more or less a clone of it’s next door neighbor, Sharkeez. Â They make a killer (giant) margarita and there’s usually plenty of tables to chill out on.
It’s a dive bar with a somewhat country feel that has pretty good food and an outdoor patio. Â It’s a little ways off of Pier Ave but still easily within walking distance.
The Comedy and Magic Club:
Slightly different from the rest, this is a place where you don’t go to get wasted but rather to sit down and be entertained…comedy and apparently magic. Â Jay Leno performs here every Sunday evening.
Ocean Bar (Abigaile):
It’s the classiest place in the area! Â It has a brewery inside, a dance floor and an outdoor patio…so yeah, it’s a popular hangout.
Known as the best place in Hermosa to see blues and jazz, it gets busy on the weekend and has a small cover charge. Â Periodically it also transforms itself from a music venue to a club…so watch out for that!
Game Changers (Sharks Cove):
A surprisingly spacious sports bar with pool tables on the floor and flat panel TV’s lining the walls. Â Its a great place to watch a game!
The Studio (The Shore):
A standard club with loud pulsating music and neon lights but sometimes they have live music as well. Â They also serve food.
Est Bar andÂ Restaurant:
Another club. Â In the end their all the same….right?
Underground Pub and Grill/ The Chelsea:
Both bars areÂ separateÂ but connected. Â They sit on Hermosa Avenue but still manage to feel a bit tucked away. Â The Chelsea makes some great grub!
Alright, that’s it. Â Go out there, drink and be merry! Â But try not to kill yourself. Â Hermosa Beach turns into a messy place at around bar close. Â 🙂