The Stave Bar
Downtown Long Beach Beer & Wine

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The Stave (170 The Promenade North) in Downtown Long Beach finally opened in October 2012 after being under construction for months. The resulting product is a beer and wine bar that exudes a subtle decadence with an upscale flair. The main fixture of the establishment is a 60-foot angled wooden bar with accompanying black vintage vinyl stools. Other featured furnishings include vinyl booths along the windows, wood panel walls and clear garage doors that roll up to an outdoor patio that faces the ever-growing Promenade area. The outdoor patio is complete with bar-height fire pits and a canopy.

Garry Muir, one of the owners of Downtown Los Angeles’ Corkbar; Natalie van Waardenburg, a worldly and knowledgeable sommelier; and John Murawski, founder of Cal-Asia Construction, started The Stave with the intent of it becoming a local watering hole for the surrounding communities. You can dress up or down for a night out on the town.

Of course, the main attraction is The Stave’s collection of wine, draft beer and everything in-between. The bar offers 75+ varieties of scotches, ryes, bourbons and whiskeys in traditional forms; classic “signature cocktails” such as a Manhattan and a Moscow Mule; 40+ wines from all over the world that are hand-picked; and 20+ international and domestic brands of draft beers. Though the bar doesn’t have a full-service kitchen, it offers regional cheeses, charcuterie boards, hummus, beef jerky and dips that pair well with the drink of your choosing. In partnership with the neighboring Michael’s Pizzeria, The Stave also provides lasagna, meatballs and pizzas that are made to order and delivered.

The next time you’re looking for a classy venue, think of The Stave. Its hours are Mondays through Sundays noon to 2 a.m. and be sure to check out the Happy Hour menu!

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