Long Beach’s newest beer bar is a pizza heaven dedicated to the dark side
“Owners Ryan Hughes and Martin Svab, formerly of craft brewery Phantom Carriage, have joined with Dark Art Emporium owner Jeremy Schott and Chef Adam Schmalz, who helped open Gabi James in Redondo Beach as well as handle the kitchen at Phantom Carriage…”
“Bingo. Beer. Pizza. Life is complete.”
“ The 4th Horseman is quickly becoming a staple in Downtown Long Beach—and it’s only been open for about a month.
Here, your eyes will feast on the artistic gems of horror-core fans. Tables are adorned with cut-outs of old horror and sci-fi comics like Eerie and Famous Monsters. Shrunken heads of the four owners line the pathway to the restroom. Vintage NYC Monsters Convention posters and creepy analog televisions showing nothing but static are paired with paintings of Poe’s raven clinging to a piece of pizza while constant streams of horror flicks play on a small projection screen near the bar.
But the true stars of the Horseman are its pizzas. The creation of chef Adam Schmaltz, these pies are not Neapolitan-style nor New York-style. Rather, they’re odes to the Californian culture of fusion; a chewy, not-too-thick-not-too-thin crust that comes with an abundance of options…”
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“Finally, the horror-themed pizza-and-beer spot you’ve dreamed ofAre you a fan of melty cheese, craft brew, pinball, and SATAN? If so, The 4th Horseman may be the spot for you: this totally themed-up spot’s serving up a ton of curated beer and pizzas with fun names…”
“with a mini-arcade stacked with old-school pinball and video game machines. Sorta sounds like heaven...OR HELLLLLLLLL!!!!!”
by Mona Holmes
“A new beer and pizza bar called 4th Horseman has opened as of November 28 on 4th Street in Downtown Long Beach. Situated in the almost 90-year-old Walker Building, 4th Horseman’s style is a theme of everything dark. A giant red chandelier centers the 2,000 square foot room, and dark walls are lined with images from obscure horror movies and magazines, dim lighting, pieces from the neighboring Dark Art Emporium, and items from local flea markets or estate saleS.
The bar serves only beer and wine, which offers everything from Miller High Life to craft beers, with a special emphasis on local brews. The license allows people carry booze out, so the cooler houses wines and upwards of 70 different beer cans. Long Beach’s craft brewery scene keeps expanding at a rapid rate, with many new brewers opening in the last few years…”
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“The walls are a murky gray or purple and dotted with cartoonish paintings of monsters (holding pizza slices), classic horror-movie posters and still shots, and vintage beer cans. A massive red chandelier hangs in the center of the room. And the jukebox plays a stream of rockabilly, psychobilly and metal.
There’s beer by the can or bottle or on tap, ranging from nuanced specialty brews to Miller High Life. Wine selections are on the high-brow spectrum and come by the glass...”
By Pierce Nahigyan
“Over at 121 W 4th St. off of Pine Avenue, The 4th Horseman has begun offering downtown residents comfort of a culinary variety. With craft beer, fine wine and “apocalyptic pizza” on the menu, the three-week-old bar has already made an impression on the local scene. “The city has been wonderful, the community’s been wonderful,” co-owner Ryan Hughes said. “We had to shut down the Monday after our first opening weekend because we literally ran out of beer and dough.”
Inside the Horseman, customers are greeted by original murals painted on the walls, horror movies on TV and comic books plastered to the tables. “It’s not a sports bar,” Hughes said. “It’s something different for downtown.” The bar and pizzeria is the brainchild of Hughes and Martin Svab, co-owner of the Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson, and Jeremy Schott, the owner of the Dark Art Emporium, a downtown shop featuring oddities and original art.”