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Balboa Saloon

Map & Directions 700 E. Bay Ave.
Balboa, CA 92661
  • Bar Food, Pizza, Sandwiches
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Smoking, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Street


OC Weekly's Description

Plopped in the middle of everything that is Balboa-shops, quaint homes, the Fun Zone and the Pacific Ocean-the Balboa Saloon is covered in fishing memorabilia including prize-wining fin-flappers pulled from local waters. Designated a historical site by the Newport Beach Historical Society in 2001, the establishment has been in its current building since 1924. Appropriate to the setting, the bar teems with folks fresh off the bay, swapping fish stories and comparing the day's catches while sipping pints. It offers a great selection of domestic, imported and craft beers as well as mixed drinks. The saloon also features two pool tables, dartboards, a jukebox, video games and a big-screen TV broadcasting your favorite sporting events.

Member Reviews

  • Girln2nascar wrote a review for Balboa Saloon
    on 04/16/10

    I Love this Bar!! It is a very laid-back kinda bar. The Bartender who served us, was not enjoyable, and tended to the regulars, much more than she did us,(non-regulars, but regulars, once a week). But we each had a drink, and couldn't wait to walk, to the next nearest bar!!

  • keithm1 wrote a review for Balboa Saloon
    on 03/20/09

    Rough around the edges but fun. Located in the Balboa Fun Zone, you'll see all types of crowds there from places_meta.city employees (even at lunch) to UCI students. One of a few surviving staples of the dirtbag dive bars left from the golden era of Newport Beach.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Sean on 09/05/10

    Cheap drinks but smells like shit inside.

  • Igino C. on 12/03/09

    bartenders are great guys here - Addison at the door really makes this bar a great place

  • Captain K. on 08/07/10

    Who are these people? Did you drive cars here? It's like a bad dream... Go home!

  • Christilynn C. on 05/19/13


  • Jessica D. on 12/14/11

    Good seasonal ginger beer!!!

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