Thanks to the Germans, October has become the time to celebrate beer. Here are 13 ways to enjoy a beer on Catalina Island.
With a great steak: El Galleon, located on Crescent Avenue, features a half a dozen draft beers and several more by the bottle as well steaks, seafood and nightly karaoke. Renowned for great steaks, Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood offers imported and domestic beers by the bottle.
On the Avalon Pleasure Pier: For more than 75 years, Eric’s on the Pier has been offering fish and chips, burgers, clam chowder and more at the base of the green pier. Beer is served – but make sure you drink it while staying inside the white line.
At Two Harbors: You’ll find several places to get a beer at the West End, including the Harbor Reef Restaurant and the Harbor Sands palapas. Two Harbors Brewfest, held every September, features microbrews from dozens of breweries.
With tacos: Order beer by the bottle, pint or pitcher at Coyote Joe’s, which also offers a diverse menu of eats. Try the Corona-Rita, a mix of beer and margarita. Avalon’s upscale Mexican eatery, Maggie’s Blue Rose, offers several Mexican bottled beers as well as tap beers and micheladas. You’ll find authentic Mexican food and great beers at Mi Casita, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
While dancing the night away: Avalon’s famous Chi Chi Club is open nightly until 2 a.m. and offers a DJ, dancing and an array of beers.
With a great burger: Avalon’s answer to fast food, Coney Island West, has plenty of burgers to go with your beer – don’t miss the fries. DC-3 Café, at the Airport in the Sky, offers great burgers, including buffalo burgers, along with several bottled beers. The burgers at Luau Larry’s pair perfectly with its selection of beers – if you can resist the tropical cocktails, like the Wiki Wacker.
With local seafood: You’ll find a great selection of dometic, imports and draught beers, along with local seafood, at The Lobster Trap. NDMK, Avalon’s newest fish house, offers a number of craft brews, including beers by Over Town Brewing, owned by a Catalina Island native. At the Avalon Grille, draft and bottled beers accompany culinary creations, including fresh local seafood.
While enjoying the big game: Looking for a place to watch the game? Avalon’s favorite sports bar, The Locker Room features a number of television and plenty of beer. Prefer something more intimate? Grab a six-pack at Von’s Grocery Store and watch the game at your hotel or vacation rental.
With a pizza: Antonio’s Cabaret, overlooking Avalon Harbor, serves pizza, pasta and more with a number of German pilsners and other beers – order a bucket and get the sixth bottle free. Original Antonio’s, on Sumner Avenue, offers pizza by the slice and the whole pie along with a choice of beers.
On a patio overlooking Avalon Harbor: Enjoy fresh seafood with your beer, including draft and bottled selections, at Bluewater Avalon. High above the city of Avalon, Mt Ada, the historic home of William and Ada Wrigley, serves beer with lunch, which is available by reservation only. Toyon Grill by Bluewater, above the new Trailhead Center, offers several craft beers on tap including GR "Catalina Trailhead" Blonde, Kona Brewing Lavaman Red Ale and Mission Brewery Shipwrecked DIPA and great views of the harbor. You can also enjoy a beer and great view after a treatment at Island Spa Catalina at the Encanto Café.
With your feet in the sand: One of the few places in the state where you can legally enjoy a beer on the beach is the Descanso Beach Club, which serves beer – as well as wine, cocktails and food – at its patio bar as well as its private cabanas and chaise lounges. Micheladas (a spicy mix of Mexican beer, lime and tomato juice) are a popular option here. Keep in mind that alcohol is prohibited on the public beaches in Avalon.
While going vegetarian: Café Metropole offers vegetarian and vegan options alongside a selection of craft and microbrews – don’t worry, there’s plenty of options for your non-vegetarian friends as well.
On a tour: End your tour with a beer – after sampling cocktails and appetizers – on the Catalina Happy Hour Tour, a party on the move through Avalon’s bars and restaurants.
Where not to enjoy a beer on Catalina Island
While there are plenty of places to have a beer on Catalina Island, you should also keep in mind that the island is part of Los Angeles County and is regulated by the county’s restrictions on alcohol. There is no drinking of beer – or anything else alcoholic -- on the streets or on public beaches. Driving while intoxicated or having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, including golf carts, is strictly prohibited. The drinking age is 21 and alcohol cannot be sold after 2 a.m. or before 6 a.m.