Ocean/water front with deck/patio between Malibu & Laguna
Planning a LimoBus bar crawl down the coast for wife's 40th. Looking for any and all suggestions of any bar/restaurant right on the water that has a deck/patio over looking the beach/ocean/bay/marina with space for 15 to have drinks on the deck/patio on a saturday or sunday afternoon. Probably going to start in Malibu(maybe Moonshadows?) and hit 5 to 6 places along the coast and finish in Laguna. Cool, relaxed vibe is a plus but I'm open to anything.
Thanks for the help.
Paradise Cove is on the water, however it doesn't have a great bar area, and for that size group, may not be appropriate. I do love it for other occasions, though.
I know it's a chain, but the Yard House in Long Beach is right on the water, has a beautiful bar, and I think always has great food (the house salad which is like a peanut slaw is a winner along with the korean rib appetizer.
Newport has Bayside (on Bayside Drive near the water). They do a great happy hour with real food at happy hour prices. Sage on the Coast is a great choice, too, though not right on the water would be a nice atmosphere for a 40th birthday. There are some great choices in Fashion Island, though again not right on the water. The Cannery is on the water, however, and would be a super spot for your group. I don't know if the Villa Nova is still open...it's a great spot. On Balboa Island, you could hit the Village Inn. Not on the water, but a crazy fun bar scene with lots of singing and audience participation.
Las Brisas in Laguna is a classic. The Montage is beautiful, though I haven't been for drinks, so I am unfamiliar with their bar.
Good luck and happy birthday to your wife!!
Taking some issues with two prior posts...
Don't do Chimayo in HB - it's below beach site level & truly awful food
3 Thirty 3 Waterfront I agree is fun, but it's on a dismal little section of a water channel & you can't see anything at night
Basilc is a teeny little restaurant on Balboa Island - no water view & I imagine you'll definitely be in the mood for partying by the time you get to OC - definitely no happening bar
Back Bay Cafe really isn't really a bar & still on the somewhat dismal Back Bay
Las Brisa - ok, but very 'tabelized' & if you can't get a table for your group, it's a problem. And all the tables are very small.
Clae's is a restaurant & you can't see the water at night. The bar at the Hotel Laguna is on the beach & would be fun & reasonable with a group - no music, though.
Splashes is right on the water, but not a great place for a group.
Studio is so d*mm expensive & not a bar. You could walk down to the beach, though
Bayside, although I think great food, has no water view whatsoever & probably would not appreciate a caravan of partiers in their bar, as it's in the middle of their restaurant
Fashion Island - again, no water view, in spite of being called an Island...
Village Inn IS fun, but again, no water
I really think Rooftop in Laguna is your best best by far. Incredible view, great place for a group to show up & have fun (just so there's not a line...), yummy mojitos, fun people, amazing 360 view of Laguna, just a great place to party.
Although somewhat distant water view from their deck patio where they serve excellent food, Mozambique has a great bar & usually really good bands, which would be a very fun place to end it all with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and dancing.
re: torta basilica
re: torta basilica
Many thanks for the suggestions, especially the detail from torta. you've definitely hit on the essence of my search--outside on the water with view and not "tableized" (great word). I will check out the suggestions but please---if anyone thinks of any other candidates I'm all ears.
And while I appreciate the kind words from a few of you about being a good husband, you all have it exactly backward......I am the lucky one. 22 years and counting with the "one". Life is good.
additions to the other suggestions...
ocean & vine @ loews hotel
coast @ shutters hotel
3 thirty 3 waterfront
back bay cafe
studio @ montage resort
your wife is a very lucky woman. have fun!
re: torta basilica
Yes, the rooftop deck at Casa del Camino is very cool, but someone just told me that they saw them demolishing the rooftop (maybe for a remodel?). I totally got this secondhand, I haven't had a chance to drive by since I heard about it Wednesday night, so you may want to call first to see if it's open. If it is, it's definitely got that cool, relaxed vibe.