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The Bootlegger Bar

15 Crystal Cove Newport Beach, CA 92657 | Newport Beach | 949-376-6900

Location Description:

The Bootlegger Bar, isa tiki-style tavern tucked into the shady side of Crystal Cove State Beach in Laguna Beach and connected to the Beachcomber Cafe by an elevated walkway. With a full bar, there's a wide variety of tropical drinks to choose from, but if the swing-era oldies, pirate mural and vintage Hollywood posters don't have you craving a mai tai, both the mojitos and margaritas are well-fashioned and provide a fine pairing with the available appetizers, particularly the wonton-shell ahi taco sliders and the lobster croquettes. Besides the small fleet of barstools, the outdoor seating area is cozy and convivial and provides a nice respite from the summer heat and screaming kids down on the beach. If you're not already staying at one of the rental cottages just across the creek, you'll have to park across Pacific Coast Highway and either take the shuttle, which drops you right at the restaurant, or hike downhill and through the tunnel to get there.


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