The Lighthouse Cafe-South Bay
What: The Lighthouse Cafe
Where: South Bay
For: Ages 21+
The Lighthouse Café is Ethan and my go-to place if we want to eat and enjoy a live band. Another plus is that it was one of the sets for the movie La La Land. The vibe is always vibrant when you walk into the café. The security, hostesses and servers are personable and nice. It’s a great place to go when you want to have a casual night in the South Bay.
The restaurant is open until 1:00am every night of the week, which makes this bar the place to go if you want a late-night meal. The café is open for special events as well (please check the website). Unfortunately, the aesthetics of the food that comes out is definitely lacking and makes the trays look very sad. That being said, the food is actually pretty good, and it’s a great environment to eat some American food in.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone filmed many scenes over four days at The Lighthouse Café. If you go outside, you can witness an iconic scene with the two characters standing next to each other in front of a neon sign advertising the Café. I loved that the movie included jazz and the special lighthouse stained glass in the background. An interesting thing is that the Lighthouse still has one of the clocks from the movie in the restaurant that (apparently) the director has been trying to get back. Another interesting tidbit is that the Hermosa Beach chamber teamed up with Hollywood two years ago to transform the Hermosa Beach Pier into a La La Land-themed pier. They played jazz music and allowed guests to take Instagram-worty pictures on the pier.
The Lighthouse Café is the best place to go if you’re interested in listening to Jazz in Hermosa Beach. Security checks ID after 9:30pm and gives you a stamp for in-and-out privileges. There is sometimes a cover charge of $5 to $10 per guest depending on which live band is playing that night. There is a small dance floor in the middle of the tables. Tables and booths for dining line the outside area of the bar and there are many spaces to sit at the bar tables if you’re interested in getting up close and personal with the bartenders.
The age range for the guests varies. Many times, groups meet here to celebrate birthdays. A great thing is that the bands generally come into the crowd during breaks and dance with the patrons.
The Lighthouse Café is very affordable. Drinks range from $6-$15 each. Happy hour is available daily (please check the website for more information). Dinner rang in at about $12 to $16 per plate, which is a steal in Hermosa Beach. We will continually come back to The Lighthouse Café for dinner, drinks and dancing.
The Lighthouse Cafe Information
30 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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