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Esquire Names Blackie's By the Sea as One of America's Best Bars

Last year, the Weekly named Newport Beach's Blackie's By the Sea the "Best Legal Way to get Drunk at the Beach." 


Is it too self-inflating to believe Esquire magazine, in the hunt for entries into their "On the Water" category for their 2010 list of the Best Bars in America, took a hint from us?

The magazine's

online database of best bars

--which includes Laguna Beach's

Sandpiper Lounge

and Blackie's Newport neighbor the

Beach Ball

--hasn't yet been updated. But the ink-and-paper magazine gives Blackie's a full entry. 


It's "an authentic beachfront dive if there ever was one," writes David Wondrich. "If your idea of a beach bar involves bikinis and straws sticking out of coconuts, seek ye elsewhere. If it has room for gruff bartenders, crusty regulars, shockingly cold beer, and the occasional hot dog, though, you might just be Blackie's material."

Sounds about right to us.

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