Mutt Lynch’s restaurant & bar first opened its doors in 1976 on Balboa Peninsula next to the Fun Zone. The owners, Gail and Dan Lynch dreamed of having their own bar, since Dan’s brother had owned one in his home state of Iowa. Mutt Lynch’s is named after Dan’s father, Emmett Lynch, who served in the Army in WWI and was affectionately given the nickname ‘Mutt’ Lynch.
On the evening of Easter Sunday in 1982, the original Mutt Lynch’s burned down in a fire that started in the above hotel. Down on their luck, it wasn’t until July of 1982 that they were able to secure their Newport Beach Peninsula location where the restaurant still thrives today. In fact, the bar that stands in Mutts today was from the original location that somehow survived the fire.⠀
Mutt Lynch’s was one of the earliest adopters of the long-draw tap system which allowed them to have a large variety of beers available. At one point in their long history of serving beer, they sold nearly as much as Angels Stadium. ⠀
Frequently awarded both locally and nationally, Mutt’s boasts many accolades from being the Best Sunday Funday, to the best dive bar, trivia night and brunch spot. Men’s Journal named it one of the 24 Best Beach Bars in North America, while more locally, Mutts was the Times OC 2018 Readers’ Choice Favorite Beach Bar & OC Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Favorite Wings, Pub Trivia and Day Drinking Bar in 2019!⠀
Going into their 43rd year of family owned-and-operated business, Mutt Lynch’s is open 365 days a year, offering up classic dishes alongside the weird and indulgent. One thing you won’t want to miss is the restaurant’s signature item—the schooner—a 32oz glass goblet filled with a customers drink of choice. You’ll see just about everyone in the restaurant with one whether it’s filled with beer, bloody Mary or mimosa. Their Pterodactyl Wings are also consistently voted as the best in town. ⠀
At Mutt Lynch’s, it’s a party and we’re celebrating 2020 and even taking a work call or two!