COSTA MESA - It's a rarity in Orange County, the kind of place where a game of pool, a few songs on the jukebox and a beer with friends costs less than $10.
It won't be around for long, though —- Newport Boulevard dive bar The Helm is scheduled to close at the end of August, according to owner Myron Miller.
Miller said landlord Robert "Zeb" Ziemer, who also owns Goat Hill Tavern next door, decided to stop renting to the Helm and replace the bar with a more upscale lounge.
"He has every right to do it, so there's not much for me to say," Miller said. "He's a businessman ... I'm certainly not mad at him."
Miller said he previously had a lease, but has been renting on month-to-month terms for the last two years.
Ziemer could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Miller has owned the Helm for 23 years, but the bar has a long history before that. The building was built in the 1920s, Miller said, and before it was The Helm it was the Shamrock, thought to be one of the first full-liquor bars in the area.