THE BEST KIND OF VICE: LITTLE VICE OPENS IN LONG BEACH – OC WEEKLY
Call it a bar with excellent vegan-friendly Mexican food. Or call it a restaurant with a cool bar setup and an impressive natural-wine and craft-beer selection. According to owners Dakotah Challacombe and Jonathan Potalivo, either assessment of the Little Vice works just fine.
“A lot of amazing wine bars don’t have the same grasp on how the beer industry works, so it’s always unbalanced in our opinion,” says Challacombe. “This is where we feel unique, being a company that bridges this gap while also keeping an amazing food menu.”
You may have seen the vacant space located on Seventh Street and Coronado, with its large, window-lined patio and, most notably, decent-sized parking lot. Before Little Vice debuted in late July, Challacombe and Potalivo completely overhauled the interior, painting everything in a palette of coastal pastels. They crafted Mexican-tiled tables, a sizable concrete bar, and Miami-vibe neon signs.
From the design (Baja-meets-LA with a dash of Miami) to the beverages (a carefully selected list of natural wines and craft beers, as well as a house-made Michelada mix) to the food (near-equal quantity of vegan or carnivorous dishes laden with authentic Mexican flavors), not to mention the dessert (the best vegan churros possibly anywhere), Little Vice is the coolest spot in town. Come for Siesta Hour and enjoy discounted menu items while lounging on the patio.
Bonus: Little Vice has its own parking lot.