Nicole Dahm Kelly, a former Playboy Playmate (as part of the famous Dahm Triplets) has teamed up with legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk to create GuacAmigos, a Newport Beach eatery featuring handmade margaritas, local beer and connoisseur-grade tequila.
Kelly and Hawk have transformed the former Joe’s Crab Shack into a lively cantina with modern flair. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the sailboats of Newport Harbor, which means that the bar’s huge but finely curated tequila and mescal collection enables guests to sip their favorite agave spirit while enjoying a priceless view.
Hawk has added action-sports energy throughout the space by collecting and displaying impressive action-sports artifacts worthy of the Smithsonian: a surfboard from Kelly Slater, a snowboard from Shaun White, a skateboard from Lizzie Armanto, and the BMX bike from Mat Hoffman that was used to break the high-air record — along with historic photos and equipment from Hawk’s impressive career.
Inventive, signature, handcrafted margaritas are readily available at the bayfront bar, which also offers a wide array of local craft brews.
The menu focuses on fresh local seafood with a spicy twist. Guests can go high-end with lobster, caviar and Wagyu steak, or dive into made-from-scratch favorites like carnitas, chicken tinga and shredded brisket. Kelly’s love of baking is evidenced in the Bigspin Bananas Foster, a mouthwatering combination of flambéed bananas, house-made churros, and cinnamon ice cream.
GuacAmigos will be celebrating its opening with a Tony Hawk Foundation fundraising event on Saturday, April 27 from 1-5 p.m.
The fundraiser will encompass the front parking lot and include a skate demo by Hawk, a kids’ area with face painting, DJ music, silent auction, and street tacos, guacamole, nachos and drink specials with proceeds going to the Tony Hawk Foundation. Admission is free and the community is invited! Parking will be limited so ride sharing is recommended.
Open 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday Happy hour is Monday-Friday 3-6pm. Tuesdays features all-day Taco & Tequila specials.
Guacamigos is at 2607 W. Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
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