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Long Beach speakeasy the Exhibition Room opened last year. It's located inside a former storage unit for an upholstery company, and is connected to the neighboring Roxanne's Lounge only by a 1940s-era phone booth. It is not easy to gain entry, however. Keeping in mind that it's open only Thursday through Sunday nights starting at 8 pm, this is what you do: First, send a text to the number below, and you will receive a password. Then, go to Roxanne's and enter the phone booth, which is embedded in the wall by the back pool tables. Pick up the receiver and tell the voice on the other end the password. If you're on the list (and you're dressed appropriately), the other side of the box will swing open to reveal a musty-smelling, 40-seat bar, replete with vintage church pews for seats, boozy ephemera courtesy of the Long Beach Historical Society (thus, the “exhibition”) and a house cocktail list featuring imaginative uses of everything from whiskey and gin to amaro and bitters. Complicated, yes, but well worth it. —Sarah Bennett

1101 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, 90807. (562) 826-2940, theexhibitionroom.com.

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