Just a short drive from Los Angeles and Orange County, Pine Avenue is home to Long Beach's bustling business district. Following a 20-year redevelopment effort, Pine Avenue's historic Art Deco buildings are now inhabited by trendy restaurants, hip nightclubs, chic boutiques and, of course, plenty of Long Beach meeting venues. The newly renovated, 35-room boutique Varden Hotel is conveniently located near popular Pine Avenue shops and restaurants and is a great option for small or VIP groups to rest after an exciting day.
The Long Beach Convention & Exhibition Center sits at Pine Avenue's southern end. Benefitting from a recent multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation, the center offers more than 400,000 square feet of event space; the beautiful 3,051-seat Terrace Theater and intimate 825-seat Center Theater; the Long Beach Arena; and 34 meeting rooms, not to mention an ideal location right on the waterfront. Plus, it's just minutes away from a plethora of convention-friendly hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Renaissance Long Beach, Westin Long Beach, AVIA Long Beach, Best Western Long Beach Convention Center, City Center Motel, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown and Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center.
Surrounding the Long Beach Convention & Exhibition Center are numerous dining options, including Gladstone's, Parker's Lighthouse and 555 East, a classic American steakhouse with an 850-bottle wine list and three private dining rooms. Dining venues in Pine Avenue include. L'Opera Ristorante, which embraces guests with Italian charm, attentive service and private dining space for parties of 10 to 90 people. KDB is an impressive 40,000-square-foot dining and entertainment attraction, complete with two bars, live entertainment, a game room and even a bowling alley. It can accommodate private events up to 1,500 people.
Pine Avenue event venues include the Museum of Latin American Art, located in the nearby East Village Arts District. Home to a permanent collection of more than 1,000 works from more than 350 artists, the museum has a venue capacity of 50 to 800 people. Closer to the waterfront, the Rainbow Lagoon and Marina Green are great popular Pine Avenue area venues for festivals, sporting events and outdoor concerts. The Aquarium of the Pacific, the largest aquarium in Southern California, offers two event packages for functions of 50 to 3,000 guests.
Events can even take place right on the water thanks to a number of harbor cruise options found near Shoreline Aquatic Park. Located next to the aquarium, Harbor Breeze Cruises offers whale watching tours where groups can spot blue whales, dolphins, harbor seals and more. Hornblower Cruises & Events specializes in sea-bound functions, offering corporate packages such as client appreciation luaus and BBQ brainstorms. Planners can also customize an event by selecting from one of Hornblower's 12 luxury yachts, a variety of beverage and food selections and versatile entertainment options.