Simmzy’s

Manhattan Beach was long overdue for this kind of bar. Since Simmzy’s opened in April, the minute indoor-outdoor gastropub has been swarmed with residents eager to show their appreciation for the microbrews, drippy burgers, and unique ambience we’d call “urbane-beach”—which means your bartender knows as much about natural fermentation as she does about the surf. There’s no front wall, and the sea breeze is dandy with a glass of Brasserie Achouffe Belgian IPA (one of the 24 rotating beers on tap) or any of the 20 or so small-production California wines. Locals count: 68 percent. Signature drink: New Belgium Dandelion Ale, made with dandelion greens instead of hops. Bonus points: All-Vinyl Sundays and Guest Bartender Mondays are excuses for weeknight beer drinking.