Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Beer Restaurant: HopSaint Brewing Company

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Beer Restaurant: HopSaint Brewing Company

  HopSaint’s appropriately named brewmaster, Brian Brewer, has put together some of the best beers in the South Bay — all brewed on premise, within dining view. “Our full production in-house brewery allows us a lot of choices,” Brewer said. “From German pilsners and kolsches, to west coast IPA, to seasonal beers. We have the […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Tapas/Appetizers: Mediterraneo

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Tapas/Appetizers: Mediterraneo

Mediterranean cuisine is meant to be enjoyed outside on hot summer days, which is why Hermosa’s Mediterranean climate and Mediterraneo’s Pier Plaza dining are such a perfect combination. Mediterraneo deserves credit for introducing the South Bay to tapas, communal dishes that combine Middle Eastern, Spanish, French, Italian, Ottoman and Californian influences. It was an early […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Steak under $30: The Bullpen

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Steak under $30: The Bullpen

To consider oneself a true South Bay local, one needs to have partaken in two quintessential South Bay experiences — sinking one’s teeth into a juicy Bull Pen prime rib steak and dancing the night away on Bull Pen’s legendary dance floor, which one must navigate to get to the bathroom. Since 1948, the family-owned […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

The knowledgeable staff behind Ocean View Liquor’s well-curated selection of craft beer (one of the largest selections in LA County), as well as their wines and spirits, make this family-run business a destination for those (not just locals) who seek specialties. Owner Norm Kalosh keeps pricing at big box store levels, saving locals a trek […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Margarita and Best Tequila: Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Margarita and Best Tequila: Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila’s 150 high quality tequilas and use of fresh fruit allows its mixologists to forge toward a new frontier of margaritas while paying homage to the originals. The expansive tequila list enables guests to develop their own margaritas. 39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-4440. palmillarestaurant.com

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Original Band: Andy and Renee

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Original Band: Andy and Renee

Andy Hill, Renee Safier and their band Hard Rain have developed their own South Bay musical niche — part fan family reunion, part rock and roll tent revival. It takes place over 200 times a year at a wide range of venues, from bars to concert circuits. In 1991, the duo organized the first  “Dylanfest,” […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Live Music Club: St. Rocke

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Live Music Club: St. Rocke

Many notable artists have offered intimate performances on Saint Rocke’s stage. “We bring in artists who normally only play LA or Hollywood,” said Adam Spriggs, Saint Rocke manager and talent buyer. Spriggs also organizes the Kaboo Music Festival and, through Saint Rocke, books acts for the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series, the Redondo Beach Lobster […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Wine Bar: Uncorked

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Wine Bar: Uncorked

Uncorked’s knowledgeable staff guides its patrons through its selection of over 600 award-winning and hard-to-find boutique selections wines from all over the world. “Our team has a diverse taste that is complementary to each other,” said Angelo, Uncorked manager. “For example, two of our members love Paso Robles and Santa Ynez wines and frequently visit […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best DJ: DJ Black Sheep at Sharkeez

Best of the Beach 2017, Best DJ: DJ Black Sheep at Sharkeez

Redondo Beach native DJ Black Sheep, aka Diego Rodriguez, began spinning the steel wheels at the age of 17 and first took a Hermosa Beach stage at the now defunct Dragon Bar. Six years ago, he began his body moving love affair with Sharkeez, which yielded him a Thursday night residency at the Pier Avenue […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Brewery: King Harbor Brewing Company

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Brewery: King Harbor Brewing Company

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing Company recently celebrated their third anniversary with 20 tap handles, a scorching set from South Bay blues lady Kira Lingman and killer food trucks. Their core beers — the  IPA, the versatile pale ale “The Quest” (interchangeable with different hops throughout the year), “Swirly,” a brown ale with a hint […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Happy Hour: Sharkeez

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Happy Hour: Sharkeez

Good food, good views, and great specials make Sharkeez the happiest of hours from 3 to 7, Monday through Friday. Buy any feature drink and get the second for 25 cents. The happy hour menu features Sharkeez signature Mini Mex Combos and Spicy Queso Dip, free chips. Plus, Sharkeez offers one of the most vibrant […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Art Gallery: Riley Arts Gallery

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Art Gallery: Riley Arts Gallery

  Riley Arts Gallery is partial to local artists, creating a nurturing environment for many South Bay-based artists. Their mix of fine art, prints, photography allow local artists to express themselves in multiple mediums. Riley Arts Gallery features the work of John Van Hamersveld, Brent Broza, Tom Everhart and architect-turned-artist Michael Murphy, as well as […]

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Underage Band: 11Echo

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Underage Band: 11Echo

While most teenage bands break-up before they play their first live note, the South Bay’s 11Echo, formed from a group of musical prodigies taught at the Coast Music Conservatory in Hermosa Beach, have won their third consecutive Best Underage Band BOB since forming in 2015. Band members are the jazzy vocalist Kira Levin, Wes Montgomery-inspired […]

 Eddie Solt

BEER BROS: A Bouzy devotion, The South Bay’s original gastropub celebrates local craft beer with a series of BBQs

BEER BROS: A Bouzy devotion, The South Bay’s original gastropub celebrates local craft beer with a series of BBQs

by Ed Solt Eight years ago, Chez Melange founder Michael Franks moved his restaurant to a new spot down the street in the Riviera Village on the corner of Avenue I and Catalina Avenue. A bit bigger than his previous location of 27 years, at the Palos Verdes Inn, Franks had the opportunity to open […]

 Eddie Solt

King Harbor Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party Highlights [VIDEO]

King Harbor Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party Highlights [VIDEO]

King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach Celebrated their third anniversary with a huge party on April 1st, 2017, 2-6pm at the brewery. Follow Civic Couch on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/civiccouch/

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