I remember Newport Beach’s Blue Beat from my undergraduate days at UC Irvine (the early to mid-70s). No doubt other DtB readers have memories of that place over the years.
From today’s Daily Pilot:
Blue Beet celebrates years of history
|You know how to whistle,|
don't you, Steve?
Those walls of The Blue Beet date back 100 years, but the music venue and restaurant near the Newport Pier over the years has been shaped by much more than just jazz and steaks, said Scott Lewis, the general manager.
"It's been around for a long time, serving as a hangout in one way or another," said Lewis, 32, whose father bought the Blue Beet in the early 1980s, sold it, then re-purchased it in the late '90s.
The site once served as a Prohibition-era speakeasy — possibly even housing a brothel around the same time — before undergoing several transformations before the 1960s into more legal enterprises, including a general market and cigar shop, Lewis said.
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The site adopted its final guise as the Blue Beet in the mid-60s, when former owner Sid Soffer purchased the building and brought in live entertainment, Lewis said.
Among the notable performers and visitors to the jazz club were Steve Martin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Wayne and the Righteous Brothers, he said....