8 Restaurants and Bars for a Night Out in Newport Beach
While Newport Beach may be known for its laid-back, coastal vibe, it’s no stranger to some late-night fun. With everything from long-standing dive bars to upscale restaurants with live music, there’s no shortage of places for an after-hours libation (or two). So before you put your sweatpants on and decide to binge-watch a Netflix series, check out this list of lively nightlife destinations in Newport Beach!
Feelin’ lucky? Head to Malarky’s for everything from live music nights to delicious burgers and Irish coffees. This time-honored pub is a staple in the Newport Beach nightlife scene and has shown no signs of slowing down. Be sure to check out their weekly specials before you go!
When it comes to a night out at Mutt’s, think hefty schooners and a line out the door. Locals love this hoppin’ hangout, given its beachfront location and vibrant atmosphere. Come for a late-night cocktail or beer, and stay for some debauchery and the cheeseburger nachos, of course.
It’s true—millennials love Stag Bar + Kitchen. But with craft beer, seasonal cocktails and over 75 premium and small-batch whiskies, scotches, bourbons and more, who wouldn’t?! The upbeat vibe of this local watering hole is enough to get anyone out of their sweats and off the couch on a Friday night.
With a menu of classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas and a popular happy hour, it’s always a good time to visit Baja Sharkeez! This casual restaurant and bar sits just steps from the Newport Beach Pier, boasting a beachy ambiance—perfect for an après-surf margarita with friends. Don’t miss out on their Corona-ritas—super-sized margaritas with an upside-down Corona!
For a more upscale night out, snag a table at A Restaurant, a sophisticated space with refined comfort food and a lively bar scene. The old-world ambiance of this New American eatery will transport you back in time as you sip on an expertly crafted espresso martini.
There aren’t many rooftops in Newport Beach, but even if there were, Topside at Lido House hotel would still take the cake. Possibly one of the trendiest spots in town, this rooftop bar and lounge is the ideal spot to catch a scenic sunset and enjoy an ice-cold drink, like the Topside Margarita (which comes with a popsicle!). You’ll dig the beach house vibes of this trendy bar.
For decades, The Quiet Woman in Corona del Mar has remained a hotspot for live music, contemporary cocktails and sophisticated comfort food. To experience The Quiet Woman’s bustling live music scene, stop by after dinner service to see who’s playing. You can expect a live band most nights of the week!
Catch an epic sunset and enjoy breathtaking bayfront views, exclusive table service and sea-inspired cuisine at The Peninsula Lounge! The Cali Riviera menu features a spectrum of flavors, including French, Asian, Californian and more, but the real draw of this local restaurant is its consistent live music schedule!
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger