6380 Ste. A, E. Pacific Coast HighwayLong BeachCA90803
Long Beach bar/restaurant Forbidden City's moniker is apt, since it sits in the shadow of Long Beach's über-chic watering hole Tantalum. But don't count this underdog out. The Forbidden City features elegant Asian-themed accouterments including lantern-wielding bronze statues and paintings of buxom, half-naked Asian women. The full bar features a decent offering of liquors, as well as a small selection of draft beers such as Dogfishhead Midas Touch and Scrimshaw Pilsner. Forbidden City also features a nice selection of sakes served cold or warm. A 300-milliliter bottle of Gekkeikan Horin Ultra Premium Sake will hit your wallet hard with a $21 price tag, but it'll also sooth your gullet with its smooth flavor.