Eighty-Two Years of Historical Bars, Saloons, and Lounges Highlight HSLB Exhibit

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Exhibit Celebrates City’s Historical Bars, Saloons, Lounges, TavernsOn September 14, the Historical Society of Long Beach celebrates the opening of its latest exhibit entitled: Happy Days Long Beach: Bar & Lounge Exhibition which includes more than 30 bar and lounge images, along with drink menus, coasters, matchbooks and bar related artifacts spanning the years from 1897 to 1979. 

“The battle against a ‘dry’ Long Beach began with the city’s incorporation in 1888 and one man’s vision to operate the city’s first bar,” said Letticia Montoya, project manager for the exhibit.  “Since D.J. McCarthy opened his saloon, drinking establishments have been a source of community and controversy in Long Beach.  As trends changed with the passing of time, the history of Long Beach’s bar and lounge culture can be seen in photographs.”

The exhibit kicks off on September 14 with a night of revelry and fun at a preview event at the HSLB gallery located at 4260 Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls.  Tickets to the preview event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Purchase tickets over the phone or in-person at the HSLB.  In keeping with the theme, there will be a host bar, raffle prizes, food from Roxanne’s Bar & Grill and live music.

It’s going to be a fun evening. We thank the BKBIA for providing the music and Roxanne’s for the food. We also appreciate the HSLB board and donors who have contributed cash, prizes and various refreshments for their help.

After the opening night preview, the exhibit will be free to anyone who visits the HSLB gallery open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1-5 pm, Thursday 1-7 pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. The HSLB is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit located in the heart of Bixby Knolls.  For over 50 years its mission has been to collect, preserve and present the history of Long Beach.

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