The bar and restaurant scene in downtown Huntington Beach is about to get classier. I hope.
Actually, there’s no way of telling yet. But Pacific City is opening next week — that gigondo development just south of the HB pier — and, when it’s finally full sometime early next year, there will be more than a dozen places with ABC licenses. (That’s not counting the adjacent new hotel.)
Rumor has it they’ll be selling local craft beer in the food court, Lot 579, when it launches in February.
Some of the restos and bars coming in will undoubtedly be classy. I’m looking forward to a seafooder called Ways & Means (it was one of my favorite haunts in downtown Orange during its brief life there).
During a hard-hat tour I took last week, I checked out the two most eye-popping spots in the new mall: a couple of top-level spaces with spectacular views of the pier and ocean. I’m told they will be occupied by high-end restaurant-bars.
Say what you will about Pacific City (and I’m not totally thrilled myself with its odd architecture and its potentially disruptive influence on downtown traffic), it’s a welcome addition to the dreary H.B. bar scene.
While it’s been slowly improving over the last couple of years (I love the bar at Hyatt’s Watertable and Dann Bean’s wonderful Main Street Wine Company), downtown H.B. still has way, way too many low-end watering holes for rowdy millennials. Pacific City will give those who are serious about wine, beer and cocktails some viable alternatives — I hope.