July 18, 2021
There are few things in life better than a cold beer on a hot day.
If you’re looking for a laid-back beachside vacay, Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village area is a cute area packed with shops, bars and restaurants.
It is really clear that, like many other cities, businesses in Redondo Beach area have adapted by building great outdoor seating areas. If there were any positive things to come out of this pandemic, I think that this is one of them. I love the atmosphere of outdoor seating in Europe, and am happy that it’s come here as well. The weather is pretty great year round in Redondo Beach and surrounding areas, and so these outdoor areas can be enjoyed the majority of the year.
Redondo Beach Brewing Co is located on the cute downtown Catalina Avenue, where you can eat, drink, shop, and people watch. The food is good and the atmosphere is nice.
If you are a beer lover, you’ll want to check this place out. It’s a small tap room with 18 rotating taps, where you can get taster sizes. They also have fridges along one wall with over 500 beers that you can mix and match and try out a variety of beers. There’s a 10% discount for buying a 6-pack.
The food that I’ve had here is pretty darn amazing. I have tasted the buffalo brussel sprouts, the skillet mac cheese and crispy shrimp wontons. The shrimp wontons weren’t what I was expecting- they were more like fried shrimp, but the brussel sprouts and mac cheese… OMG, pure heaven! “This is so good that I feel like I am high.” may have been uttered by one of us enjoying them. Tip from the waitress: order a side of pesto with the mac and cheese. YUM!
This place is so great. It’s located on the marina, near Redondo Beach Pier and has great food, a nice view, and a fun waitress and atmosphere. It’s frequented by locals, including local fishermen (fisherpeople?!) getting a bite to eat and a beer. The Cup O’Elote is out of this world, as is the The Slip Grilled Cheese, and the Sweet & Spicy Grilled Cheese. I was here with 2 friends- We sat by the window and witnessed a full-fledged fight between 2 teen boys, broken up by 2 adult men, Including one of the boys running away, knocking over the sandwich board, and the resulting visit from the PD. It was an experience. To be clear, this happened- All Before Noon.
This tasting room is in Manhattan Beach, but worth a mention. Sit outside or along the window for some great people-watching.
Great place for some craft cocktails, seafood, cool vibe, and a great looking full bar.
They’re serious about their cocktails. They stand by their cocktail recipes. When one of my friends wanted to order the Cruise Control with vodka instead of gin, the waiter said “No substitutions. If you’ll like it. If you don’t, I’ll get you a different one.” And we did. One of the beer lovers in the group had the Pendulum (bourbon, pineapple, cinnamon, pale ale) and enjoyed it. I had the Hotel Nacional, which the menu said it has rum, lime, pineapple, lime, apricot). It came with a surprise sprinkle of nutmeg on top, which I loved. It really added to the flavor when sipping the drink, but I could see how if you don’t like nutmeg you wouldn’t be thrilled with that addition. Again, they know what they’re doing with their craft cocktails! It was fun to order drinks that we wouldn’t typically order, yet we really enjoyed. even though they weren’t something we’d typically order (which made it that much more fun).
I’ve had their oysters, crispy Brussel sprouts, and the Spinach Artichoke dip. The dip was great, and the brussel sprout were really good.
This place came recommended from a server at Riviera House due to their cocktails.
Friends and I ended up there late one night when wait times at other places were longer than our stomachs were happy with. I am not sure that Vietnamese food is what we were in the mood for on a beer-drinking trip, but it was in fact a nice change from the food we’d been having, and I am sure it didn’t hurt to get some nice fresh vegetables into our bodies. If you’re looking for something with an international flair that’s a bit different from most of the restaurants in Redondo strip, this could be a good option for you.
The waiter had recommended them for their cocktails, but we went with beer, so for now their cocktails will remain a mystery.
Its a big fast yes on the breakfast at this place. Go and enjoy some huevos rancheros and Bloody Mary’s. You won’t be disappointed that you did.
Another great place for breakfast. Food is good and the servers are friendly. Try the warm and delicious blueberry muffin if it’s available. Its vibe is a bit more casual than HT Grill’s.
Good hangover spot with good fries and plenty of hair of the dog.
Renting bikes at Perry’s in Redondo Beach was quite an experience for me and some friends. It got good yelp reviews, so I am not sure what happened with us.
It was clear that the staff working that morning didn’t particularly know what they were doing or very interested in figuring it out. Just one example: We asked the young guy helping us with the bikes if they had bike locks. We got a deer in the headlight look and a “no”. One of us asked someone else passing by if they had bike locks “Sure, let me grab you one.”
One we finally got our bikes and hopped on, one of the bikes had a wheel that was really loose, so we got off and grabbed another one. We set off to quickly realize that another one of the bikes had the chain off the tracks. When we went back to get another one we had slim pickings, only a few bikes.
Later on that day we noticed some rental bikes outside and commented on how they actually looked in good shape. We took note- they were from Beachside Bike rental, and we will be sure to book there next time. As a bonus, they are also a bit cheaper.
Now, once we were on some bikes that actually weren’t falling apart, we had a great time riding The Strand, and Perry’s WAS the perfect placle for us to start and stop our ride.
What I WOULD recommend is the bike ride from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach. We had planned to go a bit farther but we we decided to stop in Manhattan Beach instead and then ran out of time. The bikes had to be back by 5.
Torrance has quite the beer scene and is the home to some top-rated breweries. I have only able to hit 3, so this is by no means a comprehensive list. Perhaps return trip to research more is in the future!
The 3 breweries listed are all walking distance.
As I am writing this, I am wishing that I had kept better track of the beers that I drank, the notes, what I liked and didn’t. But….the day got away from us.
I’ll tell you all what we remember. 🙂
Both the inside and outside are nice and spacious. Eclectic paintings on the wall and in the small art room in the back. It’s very laid back and kid and dog-friendly. We had their Atticus IPA, 24th St Pale Ale. The 24th St Pale Ale was a fave. The beertender chatted with us for a while about best places to visit. One of his recommendations was HopSaint, which we would have loved to visit, but it wasn’t walking distance so we skipped it. When he was recommending it, a guy standing in line behind us chimed in to confirm that it’s great, and to let us know that they also have delicious BBQ. Noted.
This was a favorite. Great vibe, friendly staff, delicious beer.
And, lots of women power here. In an industry that is very male-dominated, over half of their leadership team is women.
Their 10th Anniversary was a fave, as was the Strange Times Triple IPA. This one is 9.2 and will sneak up on you FAST! They have 3 and 6 oz pours, which makes it really easy to taste a lot of their options.
Monkish started with pretty much just belgian-style beers. They used to have a sign on their door that said “No IPAs’. they changed their tune in 2016, when they served their first IPA on April Fools Day. It sold out in a hour. They did a really nice job with their outdoor area – it is definitely a fun place to spend your afternoon.
What are your must-sees in the Redondo/Torrance area? Comment below!