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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Revisit the Past in Long Beach

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3. What to Do


Find Art Deco accessories from Europe at Deja Vu (top left), rent retro four-wheelers at Moxi Roller Skates (bottom left), or head to the Observation Bar for thirties splendor and cocktails (right).  

Tackle three blocks of vintage boutiques on a strip known as Retro Row, where you can find items like a 1970 Pierre Cardin smoking set ($295) at mid-century-modern home store Deja Vu, and a range of alternative kids’ items, like leopard-print sneakers ($35) and vampire rubber duckies ($6), at Lil Devils Boutique. If you have time for just one stop, make it 4,000-square-foot The Vintage Collective, a 25-dealer consignment emporium of clothing, furniture, records, art, and more.

Pick up a pair of old-school four-wheelers ($10/hour or $20/day) at Moxi Roller Skates, or rent a beach cruiser ($8/hour or $32/day) at BikeStation, and spend the afternoon exploring the city’s namesake beach and boardwalk. Stop into Shelter Surf Shop, which sells gorgeous Paulownia wood boards ($600) crafted in vintage Hawaiian style.

Sip an Old Fashioned ($8.25) aboard a 1936 ocean liner at the Observation Bar, an Art Deco spot located in the former first-class lounge of the Queen Mary, docked across the bay from downtown. Then head to Joe Jost’s, an institution since the twenties, where you’ll find old wooden booths, schooners of beer ($5.75), and snacks like liverwurst sandwiches ($3.20) and pickled eggs ($1.10). After 9 p.m., head to Alex’s Bar, where black velvet paintings and lucha libre tchotchkes set the backdrop for live-music acts playing everything from country to punk, Thursday through Sunday nights.


Published on Dec 16, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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