Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2012-07-18 7:43 pm  Permalink|
In San Pedro and Long Beach Utro's, Berth 55 and the Pike Bar & Fish Grill are good places to spot nautical decor.
Utro's is a family owned and run restaurant in San Pedro. The owner was a longshoreman for a long time and the place is full of nautical and San Pedro artifacts. My favorite is the collection of longshoreman cargo hooks. They used them in fights.One unused room is full of a treasure trove of old wooden shipping company signs, buoys, ship wheels and more. On the table are lamps made from port or starboard lanterns and they've got a deep sea diving helmet displayed on another. It's a popular place for movie and TV shoots. No mixed drinks, just beer. They've got good burgers. The restaurant overlooks Fisherman's Wharf in San Pedro and the area is undergoing a facelift.
While in San Pedro check out the Maritime Museum, the USS Iowa and Knotical Arts inside Crafted. Kelly Marine is a good place to buy nautical decor or rebuild your boat.
Berth 55 is a great seafood restaurant in the Port of Long Beach which will be closed down within the year because they're going to put a fire boat station in it's place. Booo! I'm not sure what's going to happen to the fishing boats or Long Beach Sportfishing. You eat outside or you can go into the building next door which used to be their table service restaurant. There are old photos of Long Beach on the walls, wooden shipping company signs and figureheads on the walls. There is also a bar that has beer, wine and mixed drinks. Last time I went they still had hula girl Berth 55 t-shirts for sale.
The Pike Bar & Fish Grill is a nautical, cool kids bar/restaurant that plays punk rock on its jukebox. It's owned by one of Social Distortion's former drummers, Chris Reece. There are old Social D concert flyers on the wall, old photos of Long Beach, nautical lights, floats, pirate ship, outdoor patio wall is made of pilings, black velvet ocean paintings, etc. The place has an extremely loud jukebox, lots of tattooed types and at 41 I feel old if I'm there past 7pm so I go for lunch.