Best Place to Watch a Sunset - 2008
Barefoot Bar at Duke's Huntington Beach
The trick is to arrive early enough to find a parking space (if you don't take advantage of the valet service), but late enough that you'll slurp up cheap eats and swill jungle juice. An entrée on the restaurant side can set you back $30, but during happy hour (or, more accurately, "Duke's Aloha Hour") from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. weeknights, the Barefoot Bar slashes food and drink prices. Fish tacos are $2.25, and margaritas are $3 on Tuesdays from 4 to 10 p.m., while Maui Mai Tai Punch and Tropical Itch cocktails are $4 all night on Fridays. Your mass consumption will leave you well-primed for the free dinner show: another magnificent Southern California sunset. But the orange, yellow, blue and purple sky as the sun seemingly dips into the Pacific isn't the only sight you'll want to toast. Your field of vision—or double vision, depending on how long you've been stuck to the barstool—takes in strapping surfers catching waves, teeny-weeny-bikinied babes lounging on the sand, and people of all shapes, dispositions and nationalities ambling along the pier. A final enticement: The staff at Duke's, named after the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, is known for keeping the aloha spirit alive, but management tends to deposit the most welcoming workers in the Barefoot Bar. Party on, Garth.