Hudson House

The South Bay’s lively singles scene has always made it a haven for bars. Lately the swarthy dens of hip grinding and sweet-and-sour mixing are being replaced by thoughtful joints slinging craft beers as thick as the burgers. At Redondo Beach’s Hudson House, the brews number more than 40—most of them bottled—and include lesser-known offerings such as Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Le Fleur, and several entries from Maui Brewing Co. The pretzel burger—with caramelized onions, bacon, and Jarlsberg—is a favorite here. Yep, there are fries (sweet potato and shoestring), but the menu serves more ambitious pub grub, too: lamb sugarcane skewers with a honey yogurt harissa, state fair-worthy cauliflower fritters, and bacon-chive biscuits with spicy honey butter.