The Pubs to Visit on Balboa Peninsula

We get it. Sometimes, you just want a cold beer, a hot plate of comfort food and a TV with your favorite sports team victoriously hurtling across the screen. Enter: the pub scene of Newport Beach. These gems of the culinary casual are ideal places for arm, friendly vibes. So, pop a squat, play a few rounds of pool and enjoy the real local scene of our coastal town. 

Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill

Bud Wierenga, left, co-owner, chats with Casey Lucas in the Sports Bar at Cruisers Pizza Bar & Grill in Newport Beach.
// via Cruisers Pizza Bar & Grill

801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92661 // (949) 220-9414

A warm bar with Midwest-friendly vibes, Cruisers’ menu features build-your-own Chicago-style pizza, sliders, loaded nachos, wings, poke, hummus and an outdoor patio for playing ‘pong.


Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663 // (949) 675-2340

A local favorite for brunch, affordable dinners and of course, a weekend night out on the town. If you haven’t spent a Friday or Saturday night at Malarky’s, you haven’t truly experienced Balboa Peninsula nightlife. Known for their steak specials and Taco Thursdays.


Newport Beach Brewing Company

2920 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663 // (949) 675-8449

Newport Beach Brewing Co. (“Brew Co.” to locals) features all your standard bar fare—sandwiches, burgers, onion rings, quesadillas and the “Brewco Pretzel” as well as home-brewed beer made with only three ingredients: barley, hops and water.


Stag Bar + Kitchen

121 Mc Fadden Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663 // (949) 673-4470

Stag features a menu of elevated bar food, including made-to-order pizzas and gourmet meatball platters. The boozy brunch and custom omelettes are also a good, late-morning go-to on weekends. Play pool, shoot darts, watch football and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at this spot just about a block from Newport Pier.