Is It Any Good?

First class Live Music with really good eats in Hermosa Beach.

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I was expecting a dive.

No seriously. I totally thought I was walking into some Metal dive bar. Someplace where I’d have to hide in a corner for fear of the Hell’s Angels from Altamont would sniff me out as not a true music fan and beat the @#$% out of me.

But…oh, no. That’s not happening at Saint Rocke.

Saint Rocke is…nice.

Very nice.

Damn nice.

Want to hang out here forever, work down their menu, have beers and listen to music forever, kind of nice.

Seriously, whoever runs this place put a hell of a lot of thought into it. I was really easy getting tickets. It was decently easy getting a place to park, and easy getting the attention of Waitstaff when you needed something. The fact that the waitstaff were all gorgeous helped make my evening better.

As you know I was headed here to see Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Racketts after their Halloween Performance at LACMA. Don’t remember Clairy Browne, and yet are somehow too lazy to click over to that olde review? No worries. I got you covered.

Well, the first thing I had to do was get a ticket…for a live music venue…in Hermosa Beach.

No problem. Saint Rocke has a great website, which is itself powered by another great website called TuneStub. You click the show you want, pay, and boom you got yourself a printable ticket right there. Print it out, walk in (of course, showing said ticket to the nice people at the door so they’ll let you in). Perfection.

I came early enough so that I snagged a good place where I could see the stage. I got there way early, little knowing that Clairy Browne wouldn’t go on until 10pm. That left me with a mess of time to kill.

Oh, well. Might as well eat (see WHAT SHOULD I GET, below).

Oh, and…here I am watching the last game of the World Series. Plenty of TVs available, for both the watching of the sports and for even better views of the stage. They’ve got a nice looooong bar that Ls around the corner.

Oh, and look. There are other bands performing this night. And they don’t even remotely suck.

Hell, they’re actually pretty good.

Hell, I’d actually BUY their albums.

One was Sara Dee, who’s got (at the time of publication) an album coming out called Injoy.

The other was a band called Allensworth.

No, seriously, this place had everything I could want in an evening out. You can roll here with a party. You can roll here solo. You can roll here with a date. The crowd ranges in age from the very old to the very young. Everyone just out for a good time. No pressure or anything, but you really should have come here by now.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Like I said, this isn’t just a Music Venue. It isn’t just a bar to hang out in. It’s also got some pretty good eats. I first went with the Teriyaki Skewers. You can get them with Chicken, Filet Mignon or both, I went with Filet Mignon. Meat on a stick always works for me. Very good. Not the most explosive of flavors, but enjoyable. Of course, it comes with a sauce that is made from peanut butter so…if you have a food allergy, be careful.

After that, I went for the Sweet Bacon and Pear Flatbread. For those of you unfamiliar with the flatbread arts, think of it as a long, narrow pizza with occasionally unfamiliar pizza ingredients atop it. In this case, yes, Sweet Bacon and slices of Pear. It’s almost dessert like, it was so sweet…but it was great.

But the star of the show (well, of the Dining show. The star that was Clairy Browne) were the Baja Soft Tacos. They come in a plate of three, with queso fresco, cilantro, onions and a pile of salsa. You have a choice of Carne Asada and Chicken. I went with Carne Asada. Again, just a simple good thing. No one trying to reinvent the wheel. Just serving up some good food.

 

PARKING: Good, but difficult. Saint Rocke has it’s own lot, which it shares with a…what was it again, a Furniture Factory? I arrived late enough so that Saint Rocke’s neighbors were closed for the night and was able to find a space. But this is a small lot and it gets filled quick, Street Parking looked to be pretty minimal. There’s a CVS directly across the street, but I don’t know how good an idea it is to park in that lot for long hours.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Tel: (310) 372-0035

Hours:
Monday-Friday 5 pm – 2 am
Saturday 6 pm – 2 am
Sunday 6 pm – 12 pm