Iconic dive bar V Room is reopening this weekend

The V Room, an iconic part of Long Beach’s venerable bar scene since the ’30s, announced it was reopening Friday, kinda, and Saturday, big time.

The bar, located at 918 E. Fourth St., just east of Alamitos Avenue, announced its reopening on Instagram and is having its soft opening (industry term) Friday, Oct. 16 and will have what they’re calling a grand opening, Saturday, the 17th. In the short term, at least, its adjusted hours will be Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The V Room, which opened not long after prohibition ended, has always embraced the moniker of dive bar but, like other bars, its reopening is contingent on it taking up many of the aspects of a restaurant. So, patrons will be limited to seating outside and the bar will partner with the Sideburns restaurant located across the street for food service. Sideburns, which is attached to The Stache Bar, serves mostly hamburgers, hot dogs, French Fries, pickled eggs, you know, bar food.

The bar was forced to close with all other bars back in March and, as you can see from the beginning of the video below, the closure was easily as hard on its patrons as its employees.

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