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Bar, Pub, American
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Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
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Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating
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Reviewed September 29, 2021

Was getting my boat cleaned out in the harbor and wasn't wearing my shoes. Had to walk to the Oceanfront to get to a working ATM and while there, got thirsty. Wandered into Blackie's and was treated like royalty! The barista was friendly and beautiful!...The bar was extremely clean and I didn't worry about getting my feet too dirty! Felt very welcome!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed January 23, 2021

This is a fun dive bar by the pier.. tons of bar in the area..always end up here. Cold beer, no techno music..local dive

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 25, 2019

Close to beach and pier is this place . Staff is kindly and service mind . Prize is normal and lot of local people stay here . Inside its lot of staff on wall and roof

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 7, 2019

A long-time local's hangout right on the beach - no more and no less. Maybe not for tourists but if you want to get local color, this is the place.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2019 via mobile

Stopped here twice on our 2 day visit to newport. Relatively cheap and pints average for usa. Good atmos and great jukebox

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

most defintely the 'locals' place. we stopped in for a quick shot of vitamin "T"; aka tequila. was served in a cocktail glass; very liberal pour was much appreciated!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

It's a dive. You have to be up for lowering your standards when you go in. Yes it does have that surfing beach bar attitude. But it's still a dive. Yes it's on the beach, but besides that it is really no big deal except...maybe a quick beer while your walking around. Don't plan a trip around this place.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

Bartenders refused to serve my African American friend and stated that he is not welcomed. Just spreading the awareness.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed December 24, 2018

It's a Beer Bar that's been there a long long long time at the Newport Pier, smack dab on the Beach. You can sit in there and watch the Surfers while sucking down a few cold ones. Used to be able to see the Dorymen...come and go, selling fish they just got. Pretty awesome place. Don't forget to get a "Blackie's" Tee Shirt and Hat before you leave.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

10/16 1st time in CA, Locals here were awesome! Met a hairdresser from my then home state of KS, super sweet, Pineapple, what a smile, and a Hollywood etc., lighting guy, who lhad the "greatest wife". I am returning next week for Chri stmas and...can't wait to belly-up once again!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Terrible treatment of myself, my sister and a girlfriend. The bartenders and bouncer were rude, verbally violent and physically "removed" my sister and friend form the bar for no apparent reason. The bar closes at 1am and at 12:45, the bartender was yelling at us...to "hurry the F&*# up" and drink the beers. At 12:55 the bouncer approached us and yelled for us the hurry the F up, and when we said okay, one minute, my sister proceeded to take a drink of her beer; the bouncer then physically grabbed the beer, while it was at her mouth, and jerked it away all while yelling to "Get the F out!" After our surprise and being appalled, demanding answers as to why they were treating us this way, the bouncer then physically grabbed my sister and friend by the arm and proceeded to "remove" them/us from the bar. All the while letting those sitting at the bar stay and explaining when asked why, they were locals and allowed to hang out and for us to "Get the F out!" No explanation was given and it was a VERY bad experience. I have never been treated so disrespectfully in my life and I'm an ARMY, Military Police Veteran who deployed twice; Afghanistan and Iraq. I will NEVER go back and will do all I can to make sure people know how disturbing, shocking and horrendous our experience was. What's really sad is that my sister and I are "locals" born and raised in and around Newport Beach area; great way to make these locals feel like outsiders.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in here for a beer. Did get some looks from regulars but not for long. Decent beer and great 80s music on. Best of course is double the price of my home area in England. California is expensive!!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Bar was filled with locals and treated us like one of them. Beer was ice cold and place was great with many TVs

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

William "Blackie" Blackstock founded Blackie's By The Sea in 1953. Back then, Newport Beach was only a summer vacation spot. Local surfers named the beach "Blackie's Beach", as it was the only structure they could see from the water. Today, Blackie's remains a Newport Beach...treasure, a locals favorite Bar, that welcomes visitors to experience a locals Dive Bar experience, with run down Pool tables, and 80’s Rock playing in the background. It is located just steps from the, Sand, Newport Beach Pier, and a selection of eateries.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

If you're there for the first time, you might be overwhelmed and under appreciated by the locals. Just kick back and enjoy the super cold beer and the crap on the walls.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Blackie's by the Sea is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5