Manhattan Beach Journals

Bikes and Brews in Manhattan Beach, LA

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A December 2011 trip to Manhattan Beach by sararevell

Marine View Management Photo, Redondo Beach, California More Photos
Quote: Spending the Christmas holiday week in Manhattan Beach proved to be a lot more enjoyable than I anticipated. Finding fantastic food and cycling from beach to beach was easy and relaxing. And watching the sun set over the Pacific was a welcome alternative to a cold British Christmas.

Marine View Management

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Hotel | "Self Catering in Style"

Marine View Management Photo, Redondo Beach, California
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With a bounty of great restaurants and a wide open beach, renting an apartment or house in Manhattan Beach makes perfect sense if you plan on staying for a week or more. It is probably one of the most attractive areas of Los Angeles and is located fairly close to LAX airport. We were in LA for a family event and as we were a large group, ending up renting not only a three bedroom house, but also a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan Beach for a week. While I didn’t have anything to do with the arrangements, I was fortunate enough to stay for a week in the larger house with some family over the New Year period. Manhattan Beach is an affluent area. It’s compact, walkable and embra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

Marine View Management
1640 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, California
310 373 3599

Cycle Path  Photo, Manhattan Beach, California
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Although we were fortunate enough to have bicycles available to use at our accommodation we rather foolishly didn’t spot a) the bicycle pump or b) the two really nice beach cruisers at the second rental place until a couple of days after we had decided to rent bikes for our first foray out to Venice Beach. So my first suggestion (if you’re renting an apartment or house in the area) would be to do a thorough search in the garage for bikes and a device to blow up the tyres before you resort to renting from Fun Bunns. The name might be amusing, but the state of some their bikes is not. We walked into Fun Bunns (1116 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Tel: 310 372 8500) and picked up two...Read More
Venice Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Our bike ride from Manhattan Beach had taken us around Marina del Rey and deposited us into the midst of the action on Venice Beach. Possibly LA’s best known beach area, I had expected to see all types of bizarre characters but in fact things seemed fairly tame. Perhaps the most striking sight was that of the medical marijuana shops. Bright green eye catching stalls with a couple of girls out front dressed not unlike cheerleaders. The famed muscle beach body builders must have been taking a day off, as we didn’t see them. The skateboard park was busy though and had attracted a decent number of spectators. We took our bikes off the bike paths and walked along the boardwalk, admi...Read More

BrewCo-Manhattan Beach Brewing Company

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Restaurant | "Impressive Beer List with Food to Match"

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The Brew Co at Manhattan Beach is a large and lively bar that serves surprisingly good food. While you would expect the beer selection to be extensive and interesting, their food menu is the same. The place is set with bar stools and tables with a row of booths down one side of the restaurant. Screens play a variety of sports behind the bar and above the booths but the sound is muted so it doesn’t distract your attention too much. They also cater to a younger crowd, with a menu for children and colouring crayons and paper to keep kids occupied. In spite of the name, Brew Co doesn’t brew on site. They do a couple of locally made beers though along with many others from near and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

BrewCo-Manhattan Beach Brewing Company
124 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, California
(310) 798-2744

Fusion Sushi

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Restaurant | "A Sunday Night Sushi Surprise"

Fusion Sushi Photo, Manhattan Beach, California
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We arrived at Fusion Sushi quite late on a Sunday night. I had been determined to have sushi in LA but with the techno music playing quite loud and the neon shining bright, I have to admit that I didn’t hold high hopes for the food at Fusion. However it was the only sushi place that appeared to be open that night and as I was leaving LA the following day, it appeared to be the only option. When we arrived around 9pm, the place was not particularly full but the loud music somehow gave the impression that it was busier than it actually was. Long rows of tables accommodated a few large and a couple of smaller groups. We had a quick look at the menu and decided to share a few plate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

Fusion Sushi
1150 Morningside Dr
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
310-802-1160

La Playita Mexican Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Quieter Side of Hermosa"

La Playita Mexican Cafe Photo, Hermosa Beach, California
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Less than two miles from Manhattan Beach is the livelier centre of Hermosa Beach. It only takes ten minutes by bike down The Strand and not too much longer on foot. The centre of Hermosa Beach is a loud and lively stretch but away from the crowds is the quieter corner of 14th Street, home to La Playita Mexican restaurant. We pulled up on our bikes for a late lunch on New Years Day and were advised we had about a half hour wait for a table for five. In reality, we probably ended up waiting closer to forty minutes, but the steady stream of locals coming in and out, and also waiting patiently for a table, convinced us that our lunch would be worth the wait. A bike rack is handily ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

La Playita Mexican Cafe
37 14th Street
Hermosa Beach, California 90254
(310) 376-2148

Mucho Ultima Mexicana

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Restaurant | "The Ultimate in Manhattan Beach Mexican Dining"

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Mucho Mexican restaurant came recommended to us by a local so it seemed wise to check it out. We decided to book a table for our group of six and while the host who took our reservation seemed to think it wouldn’t be necessary on a week day, Mucho is a popular place and filled up faster than even we had anticipated. In spite of the low lit interior, Mucho is quite a lively place, especially during happy hour (5-6.30pm every day) when margharita, mojito and red and white sangria cocktails are heavily discounted. They also offer a range of happy hour appetisers for $6 each and this is a great way to try a wide range of very, very good quality Mexican food.We actually ended up goi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

Mucho Ultima Mexicana
903 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
(310) 374-4422

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sararevell

sararevell
London, United Kingdom