Pedaling a bike in Downtown, looking for an espresso shot, a bite to eat, or perhaps a new place to shop? More and more Downtown businesses are making your cycling excursions easier, thanks to bike racks, lenient bikes-on-patio policies, or simply their proximity to Long Beach Bike Share rental stations.
We’re highlighting 10 bike friendly Downtown businesses for you, and we want you to know that Downtown in general is increasing in bike friendliness, making it simple for you to enjoy your visits using pedal power.
As anyone who witnessed or participated in any of Moonlight Mash’s full moon bike rides will attest, Downtown and bikes are a good match.
“It was amazing — lit-up bikes and happy people everywhere!” said June Choe, who owns Poke Pub at 160 Promenade.
Choe often hosts cyclists who want to refuel with a bowl of Poke, the healthy and delicious fish-centered dish. She allows bikes on the patio for those who want to hang out or just grab a Poke bowl to go. Poke Pub is open every day except Sunday, from 11 AM to 8 PM.
This fun and airy taproom at 210 E 3rd Street on the Promenade is a great place to eat, and especially to sip on such tap list selections as Dank Brigade pale ale, Hayabusa Japanese-style lager, 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout, and Kriek Belgian-style sour ale. A set of bike racks has just been added in front of Beachwood, and it’s just feet away from a Bike Share station. Remember that Bike Share makes every business in Downtown bike friendly.
Does a slice of Neapolitan wood-fired pizza sound great after a cruise on the Shoreline Bike Path? You bet it does. Use the row of racks out front next to the patio to secure your bikes, and savor your slice — or any breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the molto bene menu — on the patio. 210 E 3rd Street on the Promenade, open every day from 8 AM to 10 PM. Sunday Brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM.
BYO Long Beach, a conscientious shop at 431 E 1st Street in the East Village, is dedicated to inspiring folks to reduce their trash consumption and focus on reusable alternatives. The shop is next-level bike friendly. In addition to bike racks out front, BYO offers DISCOUNTS to those who travel to the store on bikes! Click here to get a look at BYO’s remarkable selection of eco-friendly and sustainable products. The shop is open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM. Call (562) 435-3069 for discount details.
Looking to get caffeinated before your bike ride? You can do that every day of the week at Pop’s Java, 449 E Broadway in the East Village. Owner Jake Allanach has realized his dream of opening a coffeehouse in honor of his late father, who was a commercial fisherman. His charming, nautically-themed spot features creative recipes such as The Opah Latte, flavored with spiced pecan syrups and pistachio, then steamed with whole milk. Pop’s is also a kombucha bar. It’s open every day; Monday from 7 AM to 2 PM, and all other days from 7 AM to 7 PM. Arrive early, lock your bikes up on the racks in front of the shop and snag a sidewalk table for two.
A North Pine Avenue favorite, Rose Park Roasters offers top-quality coffee beans for you to buy by the pound, or to savor by the cup in the shop’s comfortable, plant-filled space. You can’t miss the steaming-coffee-cup bike racks! The shop has taken bike friendliness to another level; It offers FREE bicycle delivery of its packages of coffee throughout Long Beach.
“It’s a great way for us to connect with our customers in a more personal and regular way,” said a representative of the shop. Roast Park Roasters is located at 800 Pine Avenue and is open daily from 7 AM to 4 PM.
A Shoreline Village gem, this Turkish import shop at 419-E Shoreline Village Drive is conveniently located directly behind a huge bike rack. Bring your backpack or bike basket because, in addition to towels, robes, scarves, pillows, handbags, and hand-painted ceramics, Istanbul Home offers an absolutely stunning assortment of mosaic lamps! You have to see them in person to get the full effect. Lock up your bike, discover this shop, and roam Shoreline Village at your leisure.
The weather is going to be perfect for a Downtown bike excursion, so plan one soon! Be aware that cyclists have many convenient and worry-free options when visiting Downtown Long Beach.
Greek food is comfort food – which works after a long day on the bike – and George’s menu features all of the traditional Greek favorites: A meal of Spanakopita (baked filo stuffed with feta cheese and spinach), Dolmathes (grape leaves filled with ground beef, tomatoes, and rice) or any of the other Greek delicacies available at George’s will definitely satisfy a group of hungry cyclists, and it’s OK with the restaurant if you roll your bikes onto the huge patio, feast to your heart’s content, and drink a toast to your epic ride. Click here for business hours and to delve into the details of George’s fabulous menu.
Rack up your bike at the corner of Pine and Ocean, grab some spots on Solita’s spacious patio, sip on a handcrafted Margarita or a selection from a curated collection of over 60 tequilas and mezcals, and devour some of the finest tacos in town. You’ll be able to keep an eye on your bike while taking in the passing parade on Ocean Boulevard. For info about Taco and Tequila Tuesdays, Happy Hours, Brunches, and hours of operation, please click here.
This place has a great look and some amazing-looking cocktails to match! Ride over on a warm afternoon, lock your bike on the easty-to-spot racks, and slake your thirst with a Hibiscus Mai Tai, a Melona Colada, or perhaps a Prickly Pear Paloma. Rosemallows hosts food pop-ups that perfectly complement its spectacular cocktail assortment. Roll up to Rosemallows, 255 Long Beach Boulevard from Wednesday through Sunday, 5 to 11 PM (open ’til 1 AM on Friday and Saturday). For details on the mixed-drinks menu as well as the beer and wine lists, please click here.
We’re always on the lookout for Downtown businesses, events, community members and more to highlight in our Downtown Scene newsletter, on our website, and social media channels! If you have an event coming up or know of any Downtown-based amazingness going on that people need to know about, give us a shout by emailing our Communications & Marketing Manager, Asia Morris, at email@example.com. You can also submit an upcoming Downtown event to our events calendar at downtownlongbeach.org/events.