The Night is Young: Nightlife in Laguna Beach

The Night is Young: Nightlife in Laguna Beach

Park your car in the downtown village of Laguna Beach and explore these varied locations on foot, as each has their own party flavor.

Enjoy a traditional bar, or go for a new swanky club, or kick back with the hipsters and listen to live music, or even better, hit them all. Whatever kind of night you’re looking for, you can find it in the downtown village after sunset.


Marine Room Tavern Laguna Beach

The oldest bar in Laguna Beach and one of the longest operating in Orange County, Marine Room is a bar with a history. It started as a local’s hangout where everyone knew your name and your drink order, and it gained popularity as Laguna Beach felt the rise of tourism hit her shores. Though ownership has changed several times throughout the decades, it has constantly held onto that “hometown” feel. Though small, Marine Room packs quite a punch; grab a cue and pick up a game of pool, chill in high back chairs and listen to a live band, or take up residency at the bar and enjoy a whiskey flight. 

1934 Cocktail Marine Room Tavern

Best for: A stiff drink and live local bands
Try: The locally brewed Greeter Ale
Known for: The specialty cocktail, “1923,” this is a unique spin on a New York sour made with Red Siren Zinfandel (which is made in Laguna Beach).

Hours: Monday-Friday, 3pm-2am
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2am
Happy Hour, 3pm-6:30pm

Parking: Metered street parking and pay city lots.


Skyloft Laguna Beach

This hot spot in Laguna Beach, Skyloft, is the hub of nightlife in the downtown village. Taking over the upper level of the historic building on the corner of Legion and PCH, they have a diverse space that includes a rooftop bar with views of PCH and Main Beach. The sleek booths and tables in the restaurant border the modern bar, in the center of the space, stylized with white waves. The open bar is smartly placed at the center of the restaurant where the heart of the energy of Skyloft originates from. A few tables flank the bar with views from the walls of windows down onto PCH. Deeper into the restaurant, Skyloft has a stage and lounge area making it one of the newest live music venues in town. Featuring a full range of genres from country, R&B acts, singer/songwriters, DJs, and cover bands. Skyloft gets crowded with a line out the door by 10:30pm, so arrive early. 

Skyloft Laguna Beach CA

Best for: Being seen.
Try: The Old Fashioned, a solid traditional old fashioned without any fuss.
Known for: Specialty happy hours six days a week.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 11am-11pm 
Wednesday-Friday, 11am-12am
Saturday-Sunday, 7am-1am

Parking: Paid parking structure behind the restaurant on Glennyre St. Street parking is free after 7pm.


White House Laguna Beach

Located on PCH, The White House is not easily missed as it’s located in the heart of the downtown village and is loved by locals and visitors alike. With a steady flow of an eclectic crowd wandering in and out as the night wanes into the morning, The White House increases in fun and energy. With an unfussy bar menu and a mix of popular dance music, it is a bar that knows how to burn the midnight oil. During Prohibition, this bar was one of the popular speakeasies that served rum that was floated in on boats landing on Main Beach and Fisherman’s Cove. The White House is the oldest bar in Orange County (1918) and if you venture to the back alley behind the building you can still see the old speakeasy entrance from prohibition. 

The White House Laguna Beach

Best for: A no fuss bar menu where you’ll know what every drink on the menu is. 
Check out: The back alley entrance, it used to be the secret entrance to the bar during Prohibition.
Known for: Casual environment and cheap beers.

Hours: Open daily at 8am. 
Nightclub Entertainment 9:30pm-1:30am

Parking: Street parking surrounding the restaurant. Meters are free after 7pm. Also check varied city lots here. 


Brussels Bistro Laguna Beach

On weekends, this Belgian Restaurant clears out the tables and transforms into the only nightclub in Laguna Beach. Since it is subterranean with no windows, it lends itself to that dark and intimate club environment. The owners have a curated a rotating list of popular DJs from LA and Orange County that have their finger on the pulse of the latest dance music. Expect to pay a cover and some nights there is a dress code of no denim, and dresses preferred for the women. But, this isn’t always required, so ladies if you’re wearing pants, enter at your own risk. 

Brussels Bistro Laguna Beach CA

Best for: An authentic Belgian beer.
Try: Don’t leave without having a Belgian beer (did we mention that already?)!
Known for: DJ’s spinning house and deep house music

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4pm-10pm
Saturday 11:30am-1:30am
Sunday 11:30pm-10pm 
Parking: Street parking surrounding the restaurant. Meters are free after 7pm. Also check varied city lots here. 

Venture to south Laguna Beach

Each part of Laguna Beach has it’s own vibe and in South Laguna Beach, you’ll find what some call quiet, but these two venues will rock you wide awake and get you onto the dance floor. 


Mozambique Laguna Beach

With the moon looming overhead a two-story building that glows in the night’s light, Mozambique is hard to miss. It is one of the most popular live music venues in Laguna Beach. On the ground level they have an award-winning restaurant, upstairs, a bar and lounge area flank a packed stage area. Up one more level to the third, you’ll find a rooftop with a quieter bar and views of PCH and the Pacific Ocean. Mozambique hosts diverse musical offerings from the ’80s pop group Flock of Seagulls to chart-topping reggae bands, and local favorites including Nick I. They also provide complimentary rides to guests within a three-mile radius.  

Mozambique Laguna Beach Music

Best for: One-stop nightlife; dinner with sunset views with live music and dancing late into the night.
Try: The margarita. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Known for: Hosting everything from local bands to chart toppers. Even guest appearances by Justin Bieber himself. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am-Midnight
Sunday, 10am-10pm
Happy Hour, 3pm-5pm

Parking: There is valet parking on-site, with metered parking surrounding the restaurant. 


Sandpiper Laguna Beach

Walking from the beach with sand still on your feet, wander into The Sandpiper, or as the locals call it “The Dirty Bird” because here it doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’re wearing, all are welcome if you’re ready for a stiff drink and a good time. Chuck Harrell and his brother Chip have owned the bar for nearly five decades without really changing a thing. There’s still old military paraphernalia, surfboards, stickers, posters and flags haphazardly decorating the wood paneled walls. Behind the bar expect straight forward drinks and heavy pours. At anytime expect the bar to be full of locals and plenty of tourists wandering in. Also expect to see owner Chuck behind the bar slinging beers, with live music and dancing every night. 

Sandpiper Lounge Laguna Beach

Best for: Shots
Try: Not to drink too much
Known for: A rip-roaring good time

Hours: Daily, 2pm-2am

Parking: Street parking surrounding the venue on both sides of PCH.

About the Author

Anne-Marie Schiefer

Anne-Marie used her degree in Communications to work in the non-profit sector before taking a break to raise her children. If you want to find Anne-Marie, she’ll be at a local restaurant grubbing on salad and French fries. She currently lives in Costa Mesa with her three kids.

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