Going to Queen Mary’s Halloween Dark Harbor? Here are some places to eat

Get a classic cocktail at the  Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge before heading to Dark Harbor this month. Photo courtesy the  Queen Mary.
Get a classic cocktail at the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge before heading to Dark Harbor this month. Photo courtesy the Queen Mary.
The Queen Mary is withing walking distance of Fuego and Hotel Maya. Photo courtesy Hottel Maya.
The Queen Mary is withing walking distance of Fuego and Hotel Maya. Photo courtesy Hottel Maya.

The Queen Mary is busy with events like concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and even MMA fights happening there.

But it’s ghosts, monsters and other creatures that draw some of the biggest crowds of the year during the ship’s annual Dark Harbor event.

The popular Halloween event runs Sept. 28-Nov. 1 and includes mazes, monsters and a macabre carnival that attracts about 120,000 people during its run.

And while these visitors are looking for scares, they also need to eat in order to stomach the frights they’ll encounter at Dark Harbor.

Food is sold at the event, but some may opt to eat before getting their horror on.

So for those planning to attend Dark Harbor later this month, here are a few places to eat near, and even on, the Queen Mary.

By the ship

Fuego at Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, 562-435-7676, www.hotelmayalongbeach.com.

This Latin restaurant is within walking distance from the ship, and it’s a nice place to relax by a fire on the beach while possibly trying a cocktail to build up your courage for Dark Harbor. The waterfront restaurant offers dozens and dozens of styles and brands of Tequila and mescal. The food includes such options as birria style lamb shank, the Cuban staple Ropa Vieja and a delicious house-made guacamole.

On the ship

The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, 877-342-0738, www.queenmary.com.

The Queen is a gracious host and offers visitors places to eat onboard during Dark Harbor that are not part of the event. For a fancy meal, grab a seat at Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge and order specialties such as beef Wellington or rack of lamb. Or take a trip back to the 1930s before you step into terror at the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge. The ship’s former first-class lounge is now a chic and cool spot where you can order an Old-Fashioned and bar bites such as sliders and flat breads.

San Pedro

San Pedro Brewing Co. 331 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. 310-831-5663, www.sanpedrobrewing.com

If you’re cruising down the 405 Freewayto Dark Harbor, stay on the right and jump on the 110 Freeway and head over to San Pedro Brewing for dinner before discovering the horrors that await at Dark Harbor.

This small and friendly downtown brewery has more of a restaurant feel and look than a typical brewery.

It also offers a full menu that includes things such as the hefty half-pound Brewery Burgers, a solid reuben and house specialties such as the Cajun meatloaf. And you can work up some courage with a few of their award-winning beers like the Shanghai Red or the Bruin Blonde.

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Pappy’s Seafood, 301 W. Sixth St., 424-224-5444 www.pappysseafood.com

The former Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro has been turned into a brand-new airy space called Pappy’s Seafood.

If you’re going to Dark Harbor with a big group, this is a good place to go since it’s an open cavernous space with a cool vintage vibe. The locally sourced seafood menu includes such items as shrimp cake sliders, fish and chips and a Brazilian Moqueca stew.

Long Beach

Shenanigans Irish Pub, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, 562-437-3734 www.shenaniganslb.com

There will be plenty of shenanigans at Dark Harbor, but you may also want to check out Shenanigans before getting to the horror maze. There’s definitively a party vibe at this Shoreline Village bar located right on the water with live music, stiff drinks and a full menu with Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie.

Sky Room, 40 S Locust Ave, Long Beach, 562-983-2703, www.theskyroom.com.

Go from shenanigans on the water to a high-end dining with a commanding view of the ocean and the harbor at the Sky Room. Located atop the Breakers building in downtown, this is the place to go if you want a little romance before the scares, since it’s made Open Table’s list of Most Romantic Restaurants, a couple of times.

It’s not cheap, though, with some of the least expensive dinner options such as the Truffle and Parmesan Ravioli priced at $27 to the dry-aged New-York strip for $59.

But it does come with that view.

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Richard Guzman

Richard Guzman covers Arts and Entertainment for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he writes about art, theater, music and food. He is a graduate of CSU Northridge with a degree in journalism. Richard grew up in Los Angeles and has written about food, pop culture and art in the area. He has two young children and in his spare time enjoys riding his motorcycle and hiking. Reach the author at Richard.Guzman@presstelegram.com or follow Richard on Twitter: @Richword.