The 10 Best Bars In Newport Beach, California

Malarky's Bar Interior| Courtesy of Malarky's
Malarky's Bar Interior| Courtesy of Malarky's
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9 February 2017

Orange County sports some of the ‘best coast’ weather and is home to the beautiful city of Newport Beach. With weather this good, it should be a sin to stay indoors. So whether you’re planning a casual stroll on the pier, soaking up some sun in the sand, or looking to grab a drink, Newport Beach provides you with the ability to do just one or all three. Check out some of the best bars that locals just can’t seem to stay away from.

Stag Bar +Kitchen

Bar, American, $$$
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Newport Beach Pier, located steps from most of the bars.
Newport Beach Pier, located steps from most of the bars. | © YoTuT/Flickr
Stag Bar +Kitchen is one of the oldest continually operated bars in southern California and was known as the District for some time but has now returned to it’s original name, alongside a complete remodel and expansion of the bar. One of the best things about Stag is that even though there might be a line, it tends to go by fairly quickly. They have a variety of drink options from cocktails to domestic and seasonal favorites. If whiskey is your choice of drink, this is the place for you; it boasts a selection of over 75 varieties. Its historic feel welcomes all visitors, new and old, and is a definite must-visit.

Beach Ball Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Newport Beach
Newport Beach 2011 | © Clintus/Flickr | Clintus
Beach Ball Bar is perfect for those looking for an early drink, and I’m not talking about a mimosa accompanying your breakfast. The legal hour to serve alcohol begins at 6AM, and Beach Ball is one of the few bars that open their doors promptly at that hour, to accommodate those early birds. Beach Ball’s environment has more of a dive-bar feel, which is a nice change in relation to the other locations. If you’re looking for a game of pool, Beach Ball has three pool tables, which are usually less crowded than the other bars.

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Baja Sharkeez

Pub, American, Mexican, Pub Grub, $$$
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Baja Sharkeez
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Sharkeez cannot be missed due to its colorful array of lights. If you’re looking for a place that provides the same feel as being in a club, Sharkeez provides this same feel on a more intimate scale. Sharkeez has a very upbeat environment and plays the kind of music that gets your body moving. Their fish bowls are a must have, but must be shared between three people, and for good reason, too. They are 84 ounces and include a combination of fruit juices, energy drinks, and different alcohols.

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Malarky’s Irish Pub

Bar, Pub, Irish, American, $$$
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The interior of Malarky’s
The interior of Malarky’s | Courtesy of Malarky’s Irish Pub
Malarky’s is definitely one of the locals’ favorites. Its warm and home-like environment are one of the many reasons locals and newcomers alike visit this pub. The staff here are welcoming and friendly, and they ensure all their customers have been provided with a great experience. Although it can get a little crowded sometimes, it is definitely worth the wait. You will not want to miss trying one of their Irish coffees. Aside from their drinks, their food is very tasty and hearty, so if you have an appetite for a drink and a dish, Malarky’s is there to lend a helping hand.

Woody’s Wharf

Woody’s was originally established by Woody Payne. Payne was a fisherman, and you can definitely feel those fisherman-beach-esque vibes when you walk in. Over time, it switched ownership but the same chill environment remained and, believe it or not, it was once owned by Chuck Norris! It is a waterfront location that faces Newport Bay, which can be enjoyed if you step out onto their outdoor patio area. If you’re looking to get your groove on, Woody’s also has a pretty decently sized dance floor which is accompanied by the music of a live DJ on Fridays.

2318 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, USA, +1 949 675 0474

American Junkie

Bar, American, 0
American Junkie is located right next door to Woody’s and is what you can expect from an all-American bar. You are greeted by a huge door which leads to both its downstairs and upstairs sections. Both floors have a fully stocked bar, so do not fret. Its upper portion of the bar includes wall-to-wall windows and outdoor seating, which provide you with an exquisite view of the bay. At Junkie, you can enjoy a view of the bay, their upbeat music, the sports they showcase on their TVs, or a little bit of all three.

Class Of '47

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American
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Class of ’47 is located a bit further from the bars mentioned already, but it’s a fun bar nonetheless. It has been a classic since the time John Wayne frequented it and continues to be a classic that locals can’t stay away from. Just because it’s considered an old bar, doesn’t mean it’s old. Class of ’47 has pool tables, a jukebox, and even a photo booth. The indoor’s décor is not that of your standard bar, the ceiling showcases a canopy of dollar bills, and the overall vintage feel does not disappoint.

Cabo Cantina

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Outside of Cabo Cantina
Outside of Cabo Cantina | © Nandaro/WikiCommons
If Mexican food and drinks is what you’re looking for, Cabo Cantina is your place. You will be engulfed by their festive décor and overall upbeat ambiance of the bar. Their huge windows allow you to have a view of the beautiful outdoors while you enjoy one of their 2-for-1 daily specials or one of their specialty margaritas. At Cabo Cantina, you will definitely be in for a fiesta.

Mutt Lynch’s

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, American, $$$
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Mutt Lynch’s is usually always busy, but don’t be discouraged, their customer service is excellent and they are very attentive with all their guests, busy or not. Located only a short walk from the pier, you can expect it to be an ocean view bar. They have a delicious selection of food, but are best known for their ice cold schooners, and what better way to cool off from a day at the beach than with a nice cold brew?

Newport Beach Brewing Co.

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Newport Beach Brewing Company, also known as Brewco, is the place to go if you’re looking for good food and beer on tap. They close a bit earlier than most bars, but it is a great place to start your night as it has a very ‘chill’ vibe. Brewco has some of the best bartenders on the peninsula, and they are there to cater to the pickiest of beer drinkers. The bar itself is very spacious, as both indoors and outdoors provide ample seating. A great spot to come watch your football team win the Superbowl or to start off your bar crawl with a group of friends.