Noble Ale Works is a microbrewery located right next to Angels Stadium. The tasting room is bedecked with Anaheim Angels paraphernalia, from banners to signed jerseys. Aside from this and their TV (to watch Angels games, of course), the decor is spartan, all the better to not distract from the main attraction, the beer. At the tasting room, you can sample 12 beers on tap, most of them their special seasonal beers, although of course regular year-round beers are available too. Beers on tap rotate often, so multiple trips can result in completely different experiences every time. Aside from regular open hours, the tasting room is also open before, during and after any Angels or Ducks home games.
The Honda Center stands as the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Fans of all ages visit the Honda Center to cheer for the Anaheim Ducks, see top-name concerts, sporting events and family shows. Musical artists such as U2, the Eagles and Paul McCartney have graced the stage. The arena is also home to the prestigious John R. Wooden Classic. Annual favorites include the Harlem Globetrotters, Stars on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Housed in the only remaining Carnegie Library building in Anaheim, this museum deals both with the rich cultural history of Anaheim and of the world. The volunteers who work there value educating the younger generation about their fine city, which was founded in the mid-1850s by German winemakers who wanted to sell their product to citizens of Los Angeles. Muzeo also features rotating strange and wonderful exhibits that make this a truly fascinating museum.
One area in Anaheim where you can find a different type of entertainment other than Disney is the Anaheim Garden Walk. Located right behind Disneyland across Harbor Boulevard, the complex provides dining and shopping. Most of the restaurants are well-known ones, like Roy's, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Entertainment includes a Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley and the interesting U.F.O. Experience exhibition. Additionally, most of the shops are nationally known as well, from Skechers to Sunglass Hut, the selection is small but sufficient enough to merit a stroll through the center.
This large, 95,000 square foot (8,825 square meter) eco-friendly facility is known as the Soka Performing Arts Center. Located on the Soka University of America campus in Aliso Viejo, this state-of-the-art center features a concert hall and theater both fully equipped with incredible acoustics designed by the same man who did the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. See amazing student performances as well as professional groups year round at this stunning venue.
The Bruery operates from the heart of Placentia, offering locally made craft beer that plays with the conventions of Belgian brewing. Started by brothers Patrick and Michael Rue, Bruery is the end result of a passion for home brewing and a love of experimentation. Several exotic ingredients form the basis for these innovative brews, fresh picked lavender and Thai basil making appearances in otherwise conventional ales. To further this quality, Bruery ensures that its brews are never filtered or pasteurize, retaining every ounce of their original character. The Bruery's unique flavors and passionate ethos make it a worthwhile stop during tasting hours.
Cook Auditorium is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is one of the biggest and oldest auditoriums in Anaheim. It was built in the 1930's and still retains its rustic charm, lots of original furniture, and the beautiful Robert Morton Pipe Organ. The auditorium also features state-of-the-art audiovisual systems that are perfect for theatrical performances, musicals, plays, recitals, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and a wide array of artistic productions. The auditorium is clean, well-maintained, and a great place to catch some excellent local talent.
The library building was built in 1908 in classic revival style architecture designed by John C Austin who has created several landmark buildings in southern California. It operated as a public library until 1963. Later, the building was used as an administrative office for the city of Anaheim. Since 1979, it has been marked as National Historic Site which is now a part of MUZEO, an interesting museum exhibiting local culture, history and art.
Pearson Park Amphitheater is the cities most popular outdoor venue. If it's a outdoor performance in Anaheim, chances are it's at the famed Amphitheater. The Summer Concert series are held here with performances, shows, dance troupes, musical concerts and more. A great experience for the kids, besides this, the theater also caters to a array of concerts, performances, events, live shows and even private parties or corporate events.
Once a sleepy town with Germanic roots, Anaheim has morphed into one of California's largest cities, known for its association with the Disneyland Resort. The city is one of the most popular destinations for conventions and is home to the state-of-the-art Anaheim Convention Center as well as hosting two national-level sports teams, the Angels, a major-league baseball team and the Anaheim Ducks hockey team. A great base to explore Orange County, the city has a host of fun activities for all ages, and though most are centered around the Disneyland experience, with a bit of digging it's possible to search out other options like the Anaheim Packing District and Oak Canyon Nature Center.
The Anaheim Brewery's tasting room features a 30-foot long bar salvaged from a defunct local saloon where the barkeeps serve eight of the brewery's beers on tap. From the flagship Anaheim 1888 to their oatmeal stout and Dopplebock, each brew has it's own character. And with views that overlook Farmer's Park, the ambience is downright perfect in their 100-seat beer garden. If you come on Tuesday night, be prepared for plenty of tacos, they accompany the beers perfectly and Wednesday night features trivia time with 'Geeks Who Drink'.