Where to Get your Beer Fix in Newport Beach
Whether you’re an avid brewery hopper or new to the beer scene, let us be your guide! We know just the spots to grab a cold one in Newport Beach. From crisp lagers and pilsners to full-bodied IPAs and creamy stouts, this list of restaurants, bars and breweries is sure to cure your beer cravings. So sip back, relax and read on for our favorite places to grab a brew!
Thanks to brewmaster Dylan Mobley, Helmsman Ale House whips up “artfully crafted and locally inspired” sips like the Honey Blonde and the New England-style Hazy IPA, which boasts a tropical flavor profile with heavy citrus notes. Pair your pint with a bite from the brewery’s restaurant, which puts an elevated spin on pub grub. We love the Spicy Fried Pickles, Loaded Quesadilla and Bavarian Pretzel with craft beer cheese sauce and dill pickles.
Chihuahua Cerveza is an independently owned brewery and taproom that prides itself on its selection of refreshing, Mexican-style lagers. Each of the brewery’s cervezas can be mixed into what they call “Micehuahas,” or beer cocktails made with lime juice, assorted sauces, spices and peppers. To really get the most out of the experience, order a pair of tacos or a plate of nachos at the taproom before you raise a glass (or two).
With a beachfront location, an upbeat vibe and a something-for-everyone menu, Mutt Lynch’s has it all figured out. And it’s no surprise Mutt’s is a favorite hangout for both locals and tourists. This beachfront bar boasts a crowd-pleasing beer menu with options like the Longboard Island Lager, which keeps things simple with its crisp and smooth profile, or the Hazy Little Thing IPA, which swings things over to the hoppy side. All to say, a pint of these golden elixirs, and you’ll feel like it’s summer every day, even when it’s chilly outside.
Located along Balboa Island’s charming Marine Avenue, Snipe Island Crafthouse is known for its oven-roasted pizzas, loaded burgers and rotating craft beer selection. Sip on favorites like the Lush IPA or 805 Blonde, or if you’re feeling adventurous, get the Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout! The restaurant also offers $2 off all draft beers Monday through Friday, from 2-6 p.m. during happy hour.
With a focus on fresh, innovative and farm-to-table dishes, Lido Bottle Works is undoubtedly one of Newport Beach’s best dining destinations. But as you can assume from the name, this Lido Marina Village restaurant also pours an excellent selection of craft beers and wines. Each brew here is sourced from a local California brewery—we recommend the Palomino Pale Ale from Bootlegger’s Brewery in Anaheim if you like floral and citrusy notes. If you’re hunting for something more full-bodied, the Super Tonic from Docent Brewing in San Juan is a smooth and chocolatey take on a coffee stout.
Drink like the Irish at Muldoon’s! This cozy Dublin-style pub whips up a variety of Irish-style dishes and drinks, including Bailey’s Coffee, Shepherd’s Pie and classic Corned Beef and Cabbage. Beer lovers will love the pub’s selection of draft beers, which feature everything from a Guinness Stout to a Harp Lager. Enjoy a pint with a side of live entertainment when you visit on Friday or Saturday night after 9 p.m. Muldoon’s always has a rotating list of live DJs!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger