(credit: Newport Landing)

(credit: Newport Landing)


Feeling thirsty by the sea? There’s nothing like a cold brew or a craft cocktail after a day at the beach, or after work. Newport Beach offers some of the best drinking spots anywhere in Orange County. So, the next time you want to kick back a few, try some of these prime spots for a drink as refreshing as a dip in the ocean.
(credit: Mutt Lynch's)

(credit: Mutt Lynch’s)


Mutt Lynch’s
2300 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-1556
www.muttlynchs.com

Established in 1976, Mutt Lynch’s is a Newport Beach bar that can’t be missed. The bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a full menu of drinks, is somewhat of an institution in the area. Make sure to check out the iced beer mugs, which are perfect for the 38 beers on draft at this self-proclaimed “number one dive bar” in Newport Beach. Fun, friendly, and a great spot for hearty Mexican-American bar food like including omelettes, Irish nachos, tacos, and burritos, you won’t want to skip out on this bar.

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(credit: Muldoon’s)


Muldoon’s Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4110
www.muldoonspub.com

Muldoon’s Irish Pub is another Newport Beach watering hole that’s become legendary in the area. For forty years, this cozy pub has served home-style corn beef and cabbage, as well as other classic Irish dishes. With live music, a crackling fireplace, a comfortable patio, and of course a full bar, what’s not to like? And of course, there’s a wide variety of Irish beers and whiskies, too.

(credit: The Winery)

(credit: The Winery)


The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
3131 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 999-6622
www.thewinerynewport.com

Newport Beach bars aren’t all about beer. The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is a perfect case in point. Wines of all kinds are offered here, as well as stylish appetizers. It’s a great stop for a libation – and yes, there are cocktails and beer as well as Chardonnay, too. Bar snacks here are refined and tasty, including lobster risotto lollipops.

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(credit: American Junkie)


American Junkie
2406 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-4444
www.americanjunkienb.com

A patio in paradise just about sums up the beautiful at this harbor-side restaurant and bar. Offering simple American food like burgers and fries, which is coupled with solid beer specials and strong cocktails, it’s a must visit bar in Newport. Bottomless mimosas are the perfect addition to brunch on Sundays, and Tuesday is taco night. Weekday happy hour specials include $3 beer, well drinks, and wine.

(credit: Newport Landing)

(credit: Newport Landing)


Newport Landing
503 Edgewater Place
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-2373
www.newport-landing.com

If you’re looking for a view with a brew or a delicious cocktail, then Newport Landing, located in the iconic Balboa Pavilion, is the perfect spot. The seafood-packed menu is also a draw, with an awesome oyster bar which gets steady raves. The renowned happy hour spirits and beers can also be served outdoors on the patio, making that sweet ocean view even sweeter.

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(credit: The Porch Restaurant)


The Porch Restaurant of Newport Beach
508 29th St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 673-1600
www.meetattheporch.com

One of the livelier pubs in the area is The Porch Restaurant of Newport Beach, which features a great mix of beers and speciality drinks as well as a wide variety of pizzas. Happy hour food specials change nightly, offering choices like fish tacos or pomme frites. Make sure to try the Cucumber Serrano margarita to wash them down, or the Basil Orange Press made with orange infused vodka.

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(credit: Bayside)


Bayside
900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-1222
www.baysiderestaurant.com

This classic harbor-side restaurant and bar offers a laid back vibe and live jazz every Friday. Bayside is comfortable but elegant, and makes for the perfect date-night spot to wash down speciality drinks like house favorite “Paul’s Paradise.” A mix of vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, muddled strawberry, and mint, this refreshing drink is just one of many craft cocktails to choose from at this spot with a view.

(credit: Beach Ball)

(credit: Beach Ball)


The Beach Ball
2116 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-8041
www.beachballbar.com

This local landmark has many draws, including a pool table, a beach-front location, and it even starts serving potent Bloody Marys at 6am. With a funky and fun vibe, The Beach Ball is a great spot to watch sports on one of the bar’s many TVs, too, or take a photo within the on-site photo booth. The popular dive bar also sells plenty of signature T-shirts as it does beers. Specialty drinks, well drinks, and plenty of suds are served every night until 2am, which means there’s only four hours before the fun begins again.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.

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