The Best Post-Hike Food and Drinks in Laguna Beach

Trail to tavern on the coast.

Is there anything that tastes sweeter than a cold beer after a day of hiking under the California sun? Nope. There just isn't. If you're planning a trip to Laguna Beach, be sure to check out some of our favorite trails and stop by these favorite local dining options for a bite and a brew. 

1. Hike the Water Tank Trail 


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Nothing says Laguna Beach like a hike with coastal views followed by Mexican food and a cold beer. La Sirena's South Laguna location always has a great lineup of craft beers to choose from. For a taste of seafoods of Mexico, try Las Brisas. If you’re lucky enough to hit this trail in the spring, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous golden yarrow blooms. 

2. Hike the B.F.I. Trail in Crystal Cove State Park 


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If you’re wondering what B.F.I. stands for, it’s “Big Fat Incline”. You can expect to work up a sweat as you ascend to perhaps the best views in all of Laguna Beach. That means you’ll also work up an appetite and have earned yourself a cold one and some BBQ at Skyloft. Their menu is balanced with other fantastic options of seafood, salads, sandwiches and steak. For another spot with delicious seafood and steak options, try Tommy Bahama

3. Hike to Dripping Cave in Aliso Wood Canyons Wilderness 


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Head out on this quiet trail in Wood Canyon and take in a little Laguna history. This cave was used by Juan Flores and his outlaw gang as a hideout during the 1850s. Take your time exploring the cave, just make it to Brussels Bistro in time for happy hour from 4-6 and snag one of their amazing Belgian beers. 

4. Hike Willow Canyon 


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Before you head out, stop by Kitchen in the Canyon for amazing Kean coffee in a warm, casual atmosphere. Once you're on the trail, keep an eye out for hawks, deer, and wildflowers as you hike around Willow Canyon. There’s a large network of trails so you can extend this hike if this 6 mile loop doesn’t quite satisfy you. Either way, you’ll be ready for a meal after you've been hiking around in the sun. For a unique dining experience, try Mozambique's blend of American, South African, and Portuguese dishes.  

5. Hike Aliso Peak via the Valido Trail


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Yup, another Mexican spot makes the list - this is Southern California, after all. After a quick jaunt up to Aliso Peak, head to Asada Tacos and Beer for their menu of Mexican classics in a fun, laid back atmosphere. If you're in the mojito kind of mood, head to The Rooftop Lounge for drinks and even more stunning views of Laguna Beach.

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Cover photo: Josiah Roe

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