10 Newport Beach Sports Bars Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday
Let the festivities begin! Super Bowl LVII is nearly here, and whether you’re pulling for the favorite or you’re rooting for the underdog, there’s no shortage of spots to belly up in Newport Beach! So before you throw on your jersey and spend all Sunday on the couch, we’ve rallied 10 of the best sports bars in the city where you can catch all the action. From jumpin’ dive bars to Irish pubs, these local hotspots are as close as it gets to sideline seats. Here’s to big punts and even bigger pints!
Helmsman Ale House, Newport Beach’s only craft beer brewery, is a stellar spot for craft beer and tasty bites! Snag a seat inside or on the patio (both have TVs), and enjoy your favorite game-day grub like Helmsman’s Bavarian Pretzel with fried thyme, IPA cheese sauce and spicy mustard—a crowd favorite. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m., but Helmsman also serves up a mean brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This time-honored establishment on the Balboa Peninsula is a staple when it comes to big-game viewing. With a selection of locally brewed craft beer, small-batch spirits and seasonal cocktails, Stag Bar + Kitchen is the ideal watering hole for Super Bowl Sunday. You and your crew can sip on beer, seltzers and cocktails and snack on sliders, wings, nachos, tots, fries and more! There’s no better place to catch the big game than at Stag Bar + Kitchen—expect a big crowd!
Take the ferry across to Balboa Island and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at The Village Inn! This hyperlocal hotspot is not only a hoppin’ place for sports viewing, but it also features live entertainment Tuesday through Sunday. Wine and dine alfresco on the sidewalk patio or belly up to the bar for optimal viewing. Be sure to try one of their signature bloody marys!
Perched right next to the Newport Pier, Baja Sharkeez is a jumpin’ spot for a drink. This beachfront bar boasts several TVs and a front-row view of the waves. Belly up to the bar or grab a table and gear up for an epic game-day environment. Start with the Smoky Queso & Chips or the Fiery Buffalo Wings, and be sure to order one of their famous flavored margaritas or a Corona-rita, which comes with an upside-down bottle of Corona in it. Nothing beats game day at Baja Sharkeez.
Known for its hefty schooners and bustling beachfront location, Mutt Lynch’s is easily one of the most popular spots for some day drinking. Take in views of the pier as you sip the day away with friends. When it comes to that festive “Super Bowl” atmosphere, Mutt’s is the place! Order a schooner of your favorite beer and snack on bar bites like chicken tenders, garlic knots, nachos and fried dill pickles.
For the past four decades, Malarky’s has remained a local staple with its Irish spirit and upbeat atmosphere. This popular pub serves all your Irish favorites, including prime rib, corned beef and drinks like Irish coffee and Guinness on tap. Malarky’s is sure to cure your football, food and beer cravings this Sunday.
Another festive Irish pub in Newport Beach, Muldoon’s, underwent a full refresh that now features a newly remodeled courtyard, fresh craft cocktails, a seasonal menu and a lineup of DJs and bands. Football fans will also be happy to know that this Dublin-style pub has plenty of TVs too, so you won’t miss a single tackle during the big game.
Comfort food comes to life at Tavern House on the bay. This chic yet cozy restaurant sits on the water’s edge, offering guests an enjoyable spot to sip back, relax and catch the game. Stop in for brunch and dig into delicious plates like their signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles. Pair your meal with one of their a.m. cocktails like the Tavern Mary or Tequila Sunrise Mimosa, and don’t look back!
For those craving that classic pizza-and-beer experience, Cruisers is a happening spot in Balboa Village that fires up traditional Chicago stuffed pizzas in a casual and upbeat setting. Whether you’re with friends or family, you’ll love the selection of pies, beers and craft cocktails served in huge schooners! Plus, Cruisers is home to 30 big-screen HDTVs, including the largest 4K projector in Orange County.
Located in the heart of Corona del Mar, this long-standing sports bar dishes out juicy burgers and craft cocktails in an unpretentious setting. Snag a seat in the beer garden and dig into one of their Famous Flame Burgers while the Super Bowl teams duel it out! The Place is dedicated to helping you avoid the Sunday scaries with live sports, beer and good grub.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger