Taps: 22 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
4.53/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Well bless my little cotton socks. Just when I had given up all hope of ever having a decent beer bar in Long Beach, along comes the Beachwood BBQ right out of the blue & firmly & squarely stuffs itself into that empty hole & proceeds to fill the vacancy to capacity*.
Set in the rather quaint Main Street in downtown Seal Beach, it is still nonetheless very easy to miss this place & walk right past it partly because of its small width frontage, especially on a first visit. At 131½ Main Street, you need to watch the numbers as you walk here on your premier stop, but note that the ½ hints at the small nature of the Beachwood so keep your eyes peeled.
As the name suggests, the Food is the main reason to come here for many. Appetizers, Sandwiches, Smoked Stuff, Salads & Sides are the main headings for the menu. I love the Pulled Pork which is dry rubbed & slowly smoked with applewood, pecan & oak. I always opt for a side of the house steak fries. A well constructed menu offers something for most & the portions are filling.
Aside from the BBQ, the real reason many like to head here, despite the great quality of food, is the superb range of beer. There are some very cool looking red stools at the bar but only 3 of them, so there is no room to hang around &just enjoy a beer on its own. So if you want to drink, youll have to get a table for that, it could involve a wait at busy times, but its worth it. Quieter periods, such as late on a night say an hour before closing, are the better times for the drinking only option as the foodies start to leave & tables free up or populated by the remnants of the earlier punters finishing off the food with a round or two of beers. The Tap selection is awesome; no crap on tap here, ALL Ten Taps serve the real deal, personally selected high quality offerings from the better CA/US Breweries plus some Overseas classics. The range is well thought out style wise, the appearance of rarities is common place. Moonlight Reality Czeck & Triple Dry-Hopped Stone Ruination are just two of the recent special libations to shine. A small range of Bottled beers backs this up, but really, there is almost no need to go here with such a terrific tap list.
Service is outstanding & exceptionally friendly. The people that work here are more than employees, they are just a much a part of Beachwood as the physical fittings & definitely help to make the experience of eating & drinking here a sincere & genuine pleasure. Helpful hints are available if you have any questions about the food, or beer come to that, if youre not sure they will be more than happy to offer a sample of the beer on sale.
Street Parking on Main Street can often involve driving around the block a few times, but there is parking at the back of Beachwood, & although it is limited, it is often available, but Shhh ..thats a secret only the locals know about.
Arguably the Beachwood is a victim of its own success, & some may find the cozy atmosphere, read limited space interior, as an issue. But time it right, early afternoons or around 8:30pm on a night, & you can often avoid the crowds, otherwise you could be in for a wait, there are seats outside but they are often occupied with people waiting to get one of the tables, or the dreaded Cancer stick addicts. A sign-up sheet hangs up just to the right of the door as you walk in, & keeps the comings & goings under control but I prefer the quieter times when I can chance to chat with the staff & they arent too busy Gabe & his Wife.
I cannot speak highly enough of Beachwood, it has some draw-backs for sure, it is cramped when busy & it can be very noisy when full, the bare walls really seem to accentuate the talking voices to loud levels at times. But the rumors of expansion into adjoining premises abound with some truth, & the good thing is that this also applies to the tap range which could treble, just the thought of that is a treat & welcome news.
Despite the current nit-picks, this is a fantastically friendly place to enjoy some BBQ food & an unparalled range of high quality beers, some that you will likely not see anywhere else in SoCal.
The slogan goes, Where the Pork meets the Fork, but it is also where I meet many great beers on a regular basis.
Opens Daily 11am to 9pm. *CLOSED MONDAYS*
Last Visit: Not a chance...
*OK, its not really in Long Beach, but it is close enough to the LA/OC border where I live to have become a pseudo-local for me. Served well by Public Transport too. If you head down the Blue Line, from the Pine Avenue Transit Mall, outside Rock Bottom take the Passport A Alamitos Bay (Red) Bus Eastbound & get off at the last terminus stop by Busters Crab Shack, or better still the penultimate one before the Bus heads into the parking lot. From there, head over the bridge, walk straight down Central Street which brings you out onto Main Street. Turn right & Beachwood is just a block down on your right hand side.
06-17-2007 20:04:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.86/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Beachwood is my local(ish) watering hole and I am lucky to be within 5 miles of it, as it's likely my favorite beer bar in the US. The quality of the beers on draft is unparalleled. Add to that limited taps (more new beer all the time), awesome events (Sour Fest, anyone?), and extremely knowledgeable bartenders (Vito is the man!), and you have the best place to grab a beer in Southern California. The bar seats about 12-13 so it can be a bit hard to get a seat when they're busy, but the bartenders are always happy to serve the standing crowd (plus, there's a thin bar so you can set your drink down if you do happen to be standing). Most of the food is pretty damn good too.
03-26-2014 00:14:27 | More by ThirstyMiner
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.