Cafe Boogaloo

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1238 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, California, 90254
United States

(310) 318-2324

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was not all it was cracked up to be, crowded because it is right next to the infamous Hermosa Beach Pier that is filled with a fair share of low lifes at night time

It was closed at 5 pm two different times I tried to go there

And then hen I got in the 3rd time, I went to try Russian River IPA which they ran out of the day before

They have the standard Anderson Valley, North Coast, Lost Coast, Budweiser, Sierra Nevada, etc.

Much better places in the area and Naja's is only two more miles up the road, and it is the mecca

Weird crowd here as well, a little too snobbish for me

Would only go back if friends wanted to go

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jrnyc
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The only thing you need to know about Cafe Boogaloo is that they have Pliny The Elder on tap!

I have only been here during early evening, at that time it is calm and pleasant. Later on though the scene completely changes, so if you are going for beer, go before the madness starts.

They have about 20 beers on tap, a good selection. I think most of the bartenders know little about craft beer, but most look good! They have a happy hour special, they offer two for one, but they jack up the price so it really isn't two for one. Also, they insist on giving you both beers at same time, so slow drinkers and nervous types can be bothered as your one beer sits there getting warm.

The food is really good and pretty cheap.

If not for PTE I would never go here, but mix it all together and I really like the place.

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Photo of ndinh
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We came here for dinner/drinks on a Friday night...BAD mistake. It was obnoxiously crowded and way too loud. When we finally got a table, there were people all around us standing and talking so some dude's elbow was next to my face. It got worst when the band started. This place is basically, a cajun themed frat party but I guess you have to expect that because it's next to Hermosa douche pier. Anyways, I had the PoBoy and it was good and the beer selection was decent....Pliney, Racer5, Stone, etc. Overall, we left as soon as we can and ended up at Naja's which saved our night.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place rules. I went yesterday after paying $4.50 for a bud light right next door. On sunday they do happy hour until 5... thats 3 dollar beers... anything on tap. They have a wide variety of craft beers to choose from. Also has three flatscreens. This is my new sunday football hangout for sure. I tried the artichoke as well which was awesome. All the food coming out looked and smelled really good, I would like to go back and try some. Check it out on sundays or during the week they have a lot of live blues music. All and all this is a Great bar.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here because Naja's was closed for 12 days straight in early March 2008. Good luck for me, as Cafe Boogaloo had Abyss on tap. It was only $5, same price as all the other taps. The atmosphere was nothing special, a small stage with maybe 12-15 tables, and a long bar with about 15 seats along it. The taps list included a couple from Stone, several from Deschutes, and some other west coast brews. There was no cover charge when I went, but then again there was no music either. Definitely worth a try but Naja's is still the best.

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Photo of GoCubsMatt
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a cool blues club with a much better than average selection of beer and alcohol. I went here on a Friday night, cover was $10. It wasn't particularly busy that night, and there were several empty tables. The atmosphere is somewhat inspired by the music. It's not cheesy or anything, it's not quite an authentic old blues joint, but it's probably about as close as a newer place can be. The blues were kickin' and people were up and dancing by the stage. It was loud, so you couldn't quite carry on a conversation across the table, but at least it was loud live blues.

The beer selection is good. They only have American mircrobrews on tap, and they have about 20 or so taps. Not a single tap is wasted on AB/Miller/Coors. The selection was dominated by IPAs and pale ales, kind of expected since there are only American microbrews on tap. They also have an impressive selection of other fine spirits, so any non-beer drinking friends who can still appreciate other fine beverages will be happy.

I got the impression that this place isn't the typical hangout for the under-30 crowd, so if you are towing along some friends who need to be at the places that attract the young crowd, drop them off at the pier and go over to Cafe Boogaloo and enjoy a good beer and some blues.

Edit- I've since had dinner here a few times, and it is a really good place for food. The happy hour specials are a great deal if you want to show up for that. The food is sort of a Southern/Cajun/Baja mix; it's a touch pricey but I always feel satisfied after a meal there. I highly recommend eating at Cafe Boogaloo.

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Photo of longbeachtom
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I used to live within walking distance of this establishment and was a regular for over 5 years. If you like craft brews and live blues, I highly recommend Boogaloo to you. This is simply my favorite bar of all times....beeradvocate rumrunner gave a great rundown on this bar and restaurant so I won't duplicate his comments other than to say the bar's policy is no swill beer and no bottle beer. All craft brews come from the west coast and the regular rotation keeps things interesting even for regulars. The food is a cut above the usual pub grub and they even have a "Wall of Flame" for you hot sauce for the music, it is first members from Tom Petty and Taj Mahal's band often jam here...the room is small, the ambience genuine N'Awlins without the humidity and with 27 or more craft brews on owe it to yourself to give it a caveat...the weekend scene can get very crowded so I recommend a mid week visit when there may not be a cover charge for the music but the joint will still be jumpin.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Let me set the scene for those who have never done the Hermosa, Redondo and Manhattan Beach scene in southern California. Myriad of bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafes dot these three beach communities. Parts of them can be party central for locals and out of towners young and old.

Boogaloo is a small restaurant/bar which has live music almost seven days a week. Mostly Blues, Jazz and R and B. I have to commend the owner for bringing in top notch talent. I have seen musicians here who have performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. Because these are talented musicians there is usually a ten dollar cover charge. Also Boogaloo does have nice acoustics and a decect sound system. The stage is small and the dancing area is as well.

The place has a nice atmosphere. It gets a crowd from the just turned 21 to even people in their 60's. It is not on the trendy list of where to be seen. It is billed as a creole, cajun place and there are some interesting decorations on the walls. The building is brick and is basically a square. A nice sized bar. Dinner tables and higher up tables in the middle. I have been here a few times and the service has been okay to very good.

I really like the food. It is supposed to be cajun, creole food. But having been to New Orleans this food is more California cajun or creole. It is much lighter than the food I have had in New Orleans. It is very good and priced a bit higher than bar food. I think the food prices are fair because the food is well made and the portions are decent.

Boogaloo has a full service bar. A large variety of rums, tequilas, vodkas and whatever else the non beer drinker desires. They also have a nice variety of wines.

ON TO THE BEER!!! Boogaloo has 27 taps all dedicated to micros and craft beers. I never saw a macro or for that matter a bottle or a can. I noticed that most of the brews were from California and Oregon. The beers do rotate and that way there is always variety. The times I have been there they have had: Moylan's, Anderson Valley, Avery, Speakeasy, Northcoast(Red Seal on tap!) SLO, and many other brews. They also have a nitro tap. I have had stouts from this tap and SLO's IPA from this tap as well. Unfortunately they do not have a huge selection of imports for the Belgian beer drinker. Maybe in due time.

All in all they have plenty of brew to try and enjoy. Good food and great music. The crowd is always lively and I have never once had a bad time at this spot.

Update 10-31-2005: Cafe Boogaloo is now selling some macros in the bottle and has Stella Artois on tap. Rent must be paid. I know the owner tried in vain to keep his bar pure but in the end he had to sell the macros. Not a knock on the owner, money is money and he had to do what is right for his establishment.

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Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, CA
3.98 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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