Had dinner on a Monday night. Seating is first come, and service at the tables is a bit sparse at times. The beer selection, bottle and taps, is pretty good. Bottles are way overpriced, the taps are all $6-9, but a very eclectic selection. Food is limited to small plates, sandwiches, and flatbreads, but tasty. Nice hangout and decor. Waitress in a Catholic schoolgirl outfit is a bit kitchy, but overall a cool place.
Good pizza, decent service, about 27 taps including 3 of their own beer the day I visited, self service during the day, which may mean repeated waits in long lines. Tasters limited to 2 per order per person, but you may make repeated orders.
Went here finally with a date and had a great time. Cool atmosphere with 30 something taps. I had a Stone smoked chipotle double bastard, 2007 Old Guardian, and a Racer 5 all on tap. Food looked pretty good but I ate prior to arriving so ill check that out next time. Service was super fast every time. They are in the process of opening a new location in Pasadena soon.
WOW finely A place near by with a great selection of eclectic beers. the burgers are off the hook and thier is public transportation near by (Blue Line) that will get me close to home. This one is worth a drive if you dont live close. Make your way to the LBC and have a pint or 2
ADfan (26) Orange County, California | January 9, 2011
Nice place with plenty of room and a nice patio for outside sitting. Can’t say much about the service. We sat at the bar right by the register and still didn’t get much attention. My wife’s glass sat empty for almost 10 minutes and nobody even asked if she wanted another round. Finally I flagged a girl down to get another beer. I did not get a good vibe from the servers at all. Food was pretty good and they did have a good beer selection but won’t be my first choice to go when I go out again.
Great place to stop in for a beer in Long Beach. The selection is well above average and served in proper glass ware. Had a Racer 5 on cask which was excellent to try. Ambiance is nice and the outside seating on a warm Saturday is perfect. Outside seating is dog friendly. Food was above average pub fare.
Not sure if I like the ordering format of walking up to the case register and waiting in line. Servers we knowledgeable, but I always seem to get stuck behind some guy trying to impress the servers with his knowledge. Hey Buddy, I’m dry and I don’t want to hear about your first Guinness.
another great spot in long beach (right by beachwood) with a great beer selection and awesome food, i love their rib-eye burgers, although it can get a little pricey
fourplayed (11) Lakewood, California | October 18, 2010| Updated November 2, 2010
Downtown long beach just east of pine ave. Opened Sept 2010’. Great selection of on tap 24 brews and over 150 bottled brews. You need to get in line to place your order. But, if you start a tab the waitresses will come to your table and take additional orders for beer or food. A sparsely decorated room going for a rustic church vibe. High ceiling with exposed air ducts and plumbing all painted in dark flat black to keep it subtle. Wrought iron chandeliers. Heavy Distressed wood tables. Outdoor patio area. Waitresses were wearing catholic schoolgirl plaid skirts with white button up collared shirts. A bit more pricey then I’d like. But a nice area/place to hang out in when your near the beach. Parking can be tough during peak hours. Public pay parking is available.
Enjoyed the knowledgeable bartender! Duck and bacon sausage on flatbread was a nice treat. Had about 30 taps and 50 or more bottles. Very nice time.
yackery (8) California | December 12, 2010| Updated September 24, 2015
Welcoming place with busy, friendly staff.
"Congo" has well-lit, flat-screen TV’s, wooden flooring, tables, stools, exposed ceiling and vent work in a contemporary, urban neighborhood and a nice patio on the Promenade. Unique is the fine-sounding juke box with an excellent selection for all tastes. This is a fun place for the young urbanite; or a beer connoisseur can find offerings of sour beer, delicious stouts, and many more in the rotation.
The cement walls can begin to echo loud conversations like a full chorus and drown out the music as the crowds fill in and the staff goes to mass (no pun intended) service mode.
The bottle (and occasionally draught) prices range from understandable to ridiculous - so I like a preview if possible. This is the first place I found to charge a dollar for a tasting. Tight margins. Hopefully it goes to the server since I would tip them that much for a taste - usually ;).
Despite its religious motif, Congo is unpretentious, and its "unconventional tavern" service model means that customers order at the counter (like McDonald’s) - though staff are roaming with electronic pads for most efficient (not chatty) ordering. No complaints.
The food is minimal, but interesting, artful, and adequate.
A pair of ceiling fans rotates (two fans on one rotating spindle) to blow the smoke down and create positive pressure inside making for minimal smoke from the patio. Still, the over-stimulation can interfere with enjoyment of the more deeply subtle selections, and finding a quiet corner to savor a serious dollar-an-ounce-or-four beer can be next to impossible. CAH does offer a "chosen one" usually a pint selection from the rotation at $3 when available. That’s the best deal.
There is nearby competition for craft beers on tap at Beachwood BBQ - a brewery / beer bar / upscale BBQ / chop house a few doors down the Promenade where there are now other new bars and restaurants. So this spot is becoming a beer mecca for anywhere near Long Beach.