Tips and tricks to survive a spring break or a big weekend in Lake Havasu.
HavasuCityGuide.com employees have lived in Lake Havasu for 20 plus years… so it’s time we spilled the beans. Lake Havasu was started by Robert P. McCulloch in the late 1960’s and was originally started as a vacation resort for family’s. Little did McCulloch know that Lake Havasu would later turn into the party capitol of the world. Subsequently it has the nickname “Havasu, Home of Girls Gone Stupid” because this is where all the notorious mayhem started.
Here is a list of all the “DO’s” because there isn’t any “DONT’S” in Lake Havasu on Spring Break and big weekends such as Memorial Day and Labor Day.
(Warning if you are not into beer guzzling and scantily clad women stay away from Lake Havasu on the big weekends!!!)
1. The Channel: The number one thing everyone must do in Lake Havasu is visit the Bridgewater Channel. You will find 500,000 dollar boats, beer bongs, hot women with nothing but pasties on, hot boys for the girls and tons of party action for a half mile stretch from the London Bridge to Rotary Park. The water is warm and the people are looking for a good time. Be sure to get some pics and video to take back home to taunt your friends.
There are also some great restaurants and bars on the channel. If your into dancing and hardcore parties, check out the world famous Kokomo. Kokomo has an awesome pool, bar and multi-level dance floor that looks out over all the action on the channel. Another cool bar is the Heat Bar. Lot’s of hard bodies hang here. If you want a bite to eat there are quite a few places to get your grub on. Shugrue’s is upscale. Barley Brother is a great micro brewery that is not as fancy as Shugrue’s but still requires shoes and shirts. Javelina Cantina is great for mexican food and margaritas. If your looking for something quick and affordable check out Papa Leone’s pizza (928) 854-5566 . Another great choice is Mudshark Pizza. (928) 680-4555 They will deliver pizza down to the channel, or their “Boater Boxes” which includes: 3 sub sandwiches, salad and a 2 liter of soda. Be careful, there are a ton of cops and they are on the look out and itching to take someone down. MAP
2. Rent a boat or jet ski: If you don’t have a boat or jet ski already you will want to rent one. We recommend Whett Rods right on the channel. What good is it coming to Lake Havasu if you don’t see the Lake?
A. Once your vessel is rented you will want to head south on the lake to Copper Canyon. Not nearly what it use to be in it’s hay day in the late eighties and early nineties but still a great time. Lot’s of eye candy, people doing crazy stuff like cliff jumping, and the good ole’ beer bong. Head to the very back of the canyon and you will be able to see petroglyphs from the ancient Chemehuevi Indians. If you’re feeling adventurous, and have time to kill, you can keep heading south on the lake to Havasu Landing and have a good lunch for a cheap price and get a look at Parker Dam, and The Bill Williams River. For people that like to fish, Parker Dam and Bill Williams River are excellent places for fishing.
B. Once you have got your jolly’s at Copper Canyon head back up north towards the sandbar. We recommend driving through the channel on your way up for some visual pleasure and a chance to buy some water, ice and get a bite to eat.
The sandbar is where the party moved to after Copper Canyon was heavily patrolled by police in the mid nineties. Ironically the police drove people away from Copper Canyon only to form an even bigger party at the sandbar. If you get there early be careful because you may become trapped as you can see in the photo to the left. If you get caught in the center of the sandbar you are NOT getting out until the party is over! Also be warned this is not a place for children, there ARE naked men, women and rather intoxicated path-goers at the sandbar.
Side note: drive another mile up the river and you will see some of the most beautiful parts of the Colorado River. Brilliant red rock and crystal blue waters!
If you decide to venture out onto the lake make sure you bring tons of water and/ or Gatorade and DRINK IT! A bunch of people each year that come to Lake Havasu end up dehydrating, thinking by just being in the water that they will be ok. A few even end up going to the hospital. And if your going to drink beer and liquor, pound a 16 ounce water every 3 or 4 beers to avoid what you may regret later. Too many people get hurt out here and we don’t want it to be one of you! Leave Havasu on a good note.
Starting from the bottom on up McCulloch is
The Red Onion and the R.O. Bar. The Red Onion has some of the best food in town with a patio that is shared with the R.O. Bar.
Next up is J’s smoke shop and Wine Bar. Great cigar, wine and beer selection. Featuring open mic and live music almost every night of the week.
Next door to J’s is Mad Dog’s Bar and Grill. A locals favorite with good food, affordable drinks, patio with misters and tons of TV’s playing your favorite sports.
Up the street a little ways is McKee’s bar and Grill which IS the local bar of Lake Havasu. McKee’s has excellent drink specials and probably most underrated food menu in town. With darts, pool tables, ping pong, pinball, karaoke and a huge outdoor smoking patio they have it all.
Next up is the famous Desert Martini. In business over 30 years with their signature 16 ounce schooners of beer with an olive, a.k.a the
“Desert Martini” for only $2.50 and the only public place in town with shuffle board. This place is the ultimate dive bar… and we mean that in a good way.
Just next door to Desert Martini is Bj’s Karaoke and Cabana Bar. Bj’s has a huge outdoor patio with tons of dancing room, mechanical bull, fire pits, misters for hot days and karaoke inside. Bj’s also features extremely reasonable drink prices.
Last but not least is Lotz On The Rocks. Featuring cryogenically frozen drinks and only top shelf liquor it the newest and trendiest place to be on a weekend.
4. Great Happy Hours and deals in Lake Havasu: Lake Havasu has a pretty big selection of bars and restaurants for a town of it’s size. Here is a list of the best we can think of.
Happy Hours: List Courtesy of RiverCitiesNightOut.com
*Prices are subject to change*
Bad Miguels Resturant & Cantina:
Tuesday Friday 1/2 off draft beer and $1.00 off mixed drinks. 1841 N. Kiowa Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. (Between Food City & Staples) (928) 680-0201
BJs Cabana & Karaoke Bar:
Happy Hour: Everyday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Beer served at 29 degrees. 2122 McCulloch Blvd. Lake Havasu City. www.bjscabanabar.com
Barley Brothers Restaurant & Brewery:
Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 1/2 off Appetizers and Drink Specials. (928) 505-7837 www.barleybrothers.com
BBQ Bills Big Easy Bistro & Gator Lounge:
Happy Hour Mon Fri 2-6 pm.
Big Johns Steak n Pub:
Happy Hour: Monday Friday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. 711 N. Lake Havasu Ave. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 453-5858 www.bigjohnssteaknpub.com
Casa Bonita Mexican Restuarant:
Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday Friday, with 1/2 price appetizers / 1/2 price beers / and $3.00 Margaritas. 1621 McCulloch Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. 928) 453-4244 www.casabonitaaz.com
Happy Hour Monday Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Chilis Bar & Grill:
Happy Hour Monday Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to close. 120 Swanson Ave. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 854-5450 www.chilis.com
Chili Charlies Cantina:
Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 790 N. Lake Havasu Ave. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 453-5055 www.chilicharlies.com
Chuys Mesquite Broiler:
Happy Hour everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 440 El Camino Way Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 505-2489 www.chuysmesquitebroiler.com
Happy Hour Tues Sat. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 1519 Queens Bay Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. 928) 505-7226 www.eatchronictacos.com
Happy Hour 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday Friday / Mondays: $2.00 Coors & Bud Light Drafts / Tuesdays: $2.50 Pacifico & Coronas / Sat & Sun: $2.50 Domestic Bottle Beer. www.havasusprings.com
Homestead Steakhouse & Saloon:
Happy Hour: Monday -Friday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 3465 Maricopa Ave. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 855-1078
Happy Hour Monday Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm ( In the bar only ) 1420 McCulloch Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 855-8226 www.javalinacantina.com
Happy Hour: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily with $2.00 drafts / $2.50 bottles / Well $3.50 401 English Village Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 680-3663 www.jerseysgrilllakehavasu.com
Keglers Pub & Grill:
Happy hour from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday Friday, with 16 oz. Domestic draft beers $2.00, Domestic bottle beers $2.75, Import bottle beers $3.25, and Well drinks $2.75 www.havasulanes.com
LaVita Dolce / Italian Bistro Lounge:
Happy Hour: Monday Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 231 Swanson Ave. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 208-4138 www.ladocevitbistroandlounge.com
Marios Italian Restuarant & Bar:
Happy Hour with 1/2 off Appitizers, $1.50 drafts, $3.00 Well drinks, and 50 cents off all call drinks. From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday Friday. (928) 854-3223
Mckees Pub & Grill:
Happy hour 4:00 PM to 7:00 Pm Monday Friday. www.mckeespubandgrill.biz
Mudshark Brewing Company:
Craziest hour and a half with $3.00 house wine, 16 oz. beers, well drinks, and house Margaritas on the rocks. Also Delicious 1/2 price appetizers, all served from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday. www.mudsharkbrewingco.com
Lotz Better Happy Hour Monday Thursday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm., $2.00 Domestic Beers, $2.00 Well drinks and $2.00 The Original on Sourdough (Medium) / Fridays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm $2.00 8 Pizza and $1.50 Domestic Beer. 2144 McCulloch Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 854-2144 www.schlotzskys.com
Shugrues Resturant & Bar:
Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 7 days a week. 1425 McCulloch Blvd. Lake Havasu City, Az. (928) 452-1400 www.shugrues.com
Happy Hour everday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Happy Hour: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm everyday, and from 8:00 am to Close Thursday Satuardays.
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(Warning! DO NOT DRINK AND BOAT ON LAKE HAVASU! There are cops everywhere and the punishment is just as bad a s a DUI. Plus it is extremely dangerous on the water. Have one of your buddies stay sober.)
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