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Winner of 3 Readers Choice Awards!

ABC Channel 7 The Bay Area A ListOur local newspaper, the Half Moon Bay Review, recently released the results of their annual Readers Choice poll. We're proud to announce that out of over 1200 ballots cast, readers voted the Moss Beach Distillery First Place for "Favorite Place for Happy Hour", "Favorite Place to Watch the Sunset" and "Most Romantic Coastside Spot".

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

From the Readers Choice Half Moon Bay Review 2014:

Colorful history translates into favorite spot for sunset, romance

by Stacy Trevenon, Half Moon Bay Review

couple watching sunset on outdoor patioWith spectacular ocean views, fine dining for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, and rumors of a resident ghost, the Moss Beach Distillery is a double winner as Readers Choice for favorite place to view the sunset and favorite romantic destination.

It all began as "Frank's Place," built by Frank Torres in 1927. With its proximity to San Francisco, the politicians and silent movie stars of the day flocked there. A recent visitor was Frank's grandson Frank Torres III, who shared stories of the past.

The scenic spot also had a dark side. During Prohibition, rumrunners' boats hit the beaches below the eatery. A brothel allegedly flourished in the little rooms downstairs. A hotel, set up where the parking lot now stands, burned in the 1950s. In the 1930s, a young woman was allegedly murdered on the beach below the restaurant that we've known as the Moss Beach Distillery since the 1970s. The unfortunate murder victim lived on in legend as the "Blue Lady" haunting the eatery when her story hit television's "Unsolved Mysteries" in the early 1990s and the restaurant incorporated an "electronic" ghostly young woman's face randomly appearing in the ladies' room mirror.

And Author Dashiell Hammett was a regular customer, and his story "The Girl with the Silver Eyes" was allegedly written during visits to the restaurant.

Today, the Distillery features California coastal cuisine upstairs, and casual seating and a dog-friendly patio downstairs. Here, customers can soak in sunset views and dogs can enjoy items from the doggie menu such as burger patties or skirt steak "for the really good dogs," says sales and marketing manager Mel Vega. "We take great pride in creating a space where dogs and dog lovers can come," she added.

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Moss Beach Distillery
140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, CA 94038