One of the basic rules of bars in Huntington Beach California is they are not
allowed with food involved. While one grandfathered bar, Perqs on Main Street in
downtown Huntington has transformed from a brothel into a rock venue, it is
probably the only bar not required to serve food. Thus a bar takes on new
meaning. Considered first a restaurant, the reality of many is that their
primary business is at night. Music cocktails, beer, sports and dancing are some
of the main attractions to these "restaurants."
Huntington Beach, California features a wide
variety of bars and clubs, many offering live music, games and entertainment on
a regular basis. Special live music venues in downtown Huntington Beach on Main
Street include Perq's, Hurricane's, Huntington Beach Beer Company, Barefoot Bar
in Duke's and Gallaghers. Another club of note not in the downtown is Martini
Blues in the Marina Village Shopping Center. It offers a regular menu of jazz
and blues music, comedy nights and more. Voted Orange County's best
dinner/supper club, Martini Blues always has some sort of entertainment to mix
your martini with.
Ocean view bars include Duke's Barefoot Bar,
Chimayo at the Beach, Spark, Fred's and Huntington Beach Beer Company.
Several pricey bars worth checking out for the
ambience include the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa's Red Chair
Lounge. The atmosphere is inviting and intimate. It features Red Chair Nights
the first Thursday of the month with special drinks, a jazz group and artwork on
display. Tuna Town and Longboard Pub on Main Street do not normally
offer live music but have great bars. In Tuna Town, the sound system is hot.
Owned by a band member of the group, Korn, you'll think live music doesn't sound
this great. Inka Grill is elegant, yet it offers the feel of a neighborhood
club. Longboard Pub is managed by local favorite, Ron McLin. His restaurant/pub
always smells like food and locals find it to their liking. Longboard features a
healthy crowd, lots of great beers on tap and free Wi-fi for those looking to
see their email on the Notebook. Down the street on Walnut is Red Pearl
Restaurant where everything looks red and the bar is also an inviting place.
In Old World Village
is Old World Restaurant Beer Hall where Oktoberfest is held. A band straight
from Germany plays traditional tunes and the Chicken Dance song several times
per night. Oktoberfest is held in September and October. In February and
throughout the year, special musical entertainment companies rent out the big
beer hall and serve up events such as Carnaval. For those who seek a
cultural experience, head over to Rathskellar across the cobblestone walkway
from Old World Restaurant. This is where Lony Hauf plays his accordion on
weekends in the family-run business. Great, traditional German-style food and
sandwiches are served in the downstairs restaurant and pub. If you think
Huntington Beach is cultural void, the two restaurants mentioned at Old World
Village offer a glimpse into the Old World style of living.
The bar scene took some twists and turns. If you remember Liquid Den on Warner Avenue that closed its doors in 2004,
then you were probably born before 1983. Previously
attracting a wide spectrum of rock and alternative music bands from around the
USA, the club's closure will create a void in Surf City. Inka Grill finally left
downtown Huntington Beach but in its place is another venue with limited live
music. It's beautiful interior design and bar space are popular for evening
dining, socializing and watching weekend musical entertainment. Also gone is
Kikuya on Adams Avenue. This is where renowned composer/pianist Keiko Matsui of
Huntington Beach played several times. The dinner club featured jazz primarily.
At Marina Village, Martini Blues featured the finest
entertainment calendar in the region. The dinner house changed hands, too,
back in 2007 and that bar closed its doors in 2010 with the name Octane Alley.
Huntington Beach Bar List
Grill 221 Main, sometimes a combo plays
Ranchito, 318 Main some music
18748 Beach Blvd - pianist plays
|Black Bull Chop House - djs, dancing, bar scene, 300 Pacific Coast
Brewhouse 200 Main Street - no live music
|Captain Jack's Sunset Beach - singer in bar
Sports Bar & Grill 17296 Beach Blvd.
|Don the Beachcomber 16278 PCH - comedy nights, bands
Josť 15101 Golden West Ave.
Huntington Beach 317 Pacific Coast Highway
|Fitzgerald's Sports Pub 19171
Magnolia - live bands, great schedule
|Gallagher's Pub 300
Pacific Coast Highway -live bands, comedy
16821 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach
|House of Brews 16903
30 beers on tap + over 100 beers, NFL TV, 5 pool
tables, no live music
Beach Beer Company 201 Main Street
Bar & Grill 200 Main St.
-hip hoppin, music, etc.
|J King Neptune's Sunset Beach - bands
217 Main St. - sports oriented, and fun
Mahe 1400 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, bands
Marlin Bar 16651 Gothard St # F
|| (714) 842-5587
Blues 5874 Edinger - music, comedy
|Mother's Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach some bands
|Old World 7561 Center
Main St. Thursday night jam; Fri & Sat concerts
|Ra Sushi 155 5th St bar open past 1 a.m. food 11-11
|Sandy's (formely Chimayo) - some combo groups
|Sharkeez 211 Main St.
21094 S. Beach Blvd. - live entertainment daily
|Tuna Town 221 Main Street (owned by Korn band member)
|Turc's Cocktails 16321 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach
|West Coast Club
21100 Pacific Coast Hwy.