One of the many great neighborhoods of Long Beach can be found directly in the center of the city. Fourth street, also known as Retro Row, is a unique and diverse neighborhood that has shopping, restaurants, bars, and art for everyone. The neighborhood brings the community together to celebrate independence and individuality. With mid-century treasures that can be found in vintage shops to the abundance of different types of food, Fourth street is one of Long Beach’s best-underrated neighborhoods.
When looking for something to eat, Fourth street does not disappoint. With endless options, choosing a restaurant with delicious food is easy. One of the neighborhood favorites is the Social List. Opening in 2014, the restaurant quickly became a favorite among residents and visitors with their gourmet sausages and craft beer, making it an instant classic. Just a few blocks down Fourth, you can find Restauration, another favorite on Retro Row. With beautiful outdoor seating, guests can enjoy their meal amongst vertical gardens, handmade tables, and repurposed lighting.
Much of today’s clothing trends are influenced by the fashion of the past. Thanks to the many vintage stores located on fourth, you can buy the clothing items that directly influenced today’s fashion. Introspect, one of the largest stores on the block, offer more than just clothing, they have everything retro, from records to houseware to books and jewelry. Another recent addition to the vintage store of Fourth Street is Far Outfit. Opening in August of last year, the store offers 60s and 70s clothing that will fill anyone’s desire to dress like a character from “Mad Men.”
Fourth Street also takes their drinks seriously, from drive bars to wine bars, the options are limitless. Art du Vin, which is adjoined by the art theatre, to create an intimate art deco wine bar. The heated patio is what helps keep this bar a favorite amongst locals. 4th Street Vine is a classic Retro Row bar with live music five times a week and a menu of small plates. This boutique bar also specializes in small production wine that is great for people looking for something different.