Legends does have its place in the Long Beach bar scene. Let’s find out if Legends is the right place for you.
Do you regularly watch MMA fights or are you in training to be an Ultimate Fighter?
Do you high-five your bros whenever (a) your team scores, (b) a hot girl walks by, or (c) you down Coors Light in record time?
Do you use hair gel, body spray or cologne, and does your wardrobe mainly consist of Tap-Out and Affliction shirts (button-up or T)?
Are you a female who goes to bars on nights when there is an MMA fight or other major sporting event game in hopes of picking up a guy by pretending that you actually like watching that stuff?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you’ll fit right in at Legends, so here are some specifics for you.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Address: 5236 East 2nd Street.
30 HDTVs plus a large projection screen to watch games; “Tini Tuesdays,” where you can get any type of martini for $3 from 9 p.m. to close; on Wednesdays and Saturdays Legends hold free poker tournaments in their Sky Box upstairs (check website for times: www.legendssportsbar.com).
For those of you who answered “no” and/or laughed at all the above questions, here’s the truth about Legends.
I don’t make it down to Belmont Shore very often. Parking is a nightmare, it’s full of tourists, I could go on and on. But if I do find myself there, the bar that would be my last choice is Legends. Ugh. Just saying the name makes me feel like I have to take a shower.
Legends burned down in 2005 and reopened a couple of years later. They should have left its charred remains. Before the fire, it was a fairly standard sports bar, a place to go during the day and watch a game. Now you can still do the same thing, but you’ll be dealing with Gold’s Gym poster boys, over-priced pub food, and some of the worst service in Long Beach. Seriously, tales of overly- aggressive bouncers, indifferent bartenders, incorrect bill amounts, and reused wine and liquor bottles have become legend (wait for it) -ary at this place. And if you go at night, it gets even worse. If there are no games to show on their TVs, you’ll likely find episodes of the Jersey Shore running on a loop. At best, this place can be described as a club that happens to be open during the day for sports fans.
If I were a man and a huge sports fan, this review might be totally different. But I doubt it.