La Cave has been thriving for 50 years, opened on Valentine's day in 1962. This subterranean gem has been popular for its fine steaks and seafood, vibrant lounge with live music, DJs, dancing and more. So it doesn’t matter if its a dimly lit cellar because it is great escapade from the daily grind to dine and unwind. Here's to La Cave, uncork the bubbly!
Located in the historic Anaheim Colony, the district includes three principal areas, the Packard Building, Farmers Park and the original Packing House. The Packard Building houses the popular Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery while the Packing House hosts a myriad of restaurants. The food selection is mind-boggling, from Quiche Lorraine at Pandor to Banh Mi at Saw Leaf. Farmers Park is where the market opens on weekends and oftentimes, you will see live music as well. Overall, the Anaheim Packing District is one of the most entertaining spots in a town that is mostly known for Mickey Mouse.
With a breathtaking sunset view of Catalina Island, this popular neighborhood bar and restaurant is a natural choice for romantic dates. The menu includes pizza, burgers and sandwiches, and it serves beer and wine. Prices are moderate and the food is fantastic. The best part about it is the picnic tables - lovers over the years have carved their names on the tabletops and you are encouraged to do the same.
Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
The Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus has a a great drink selection and amazing pub food menu. If you're not sure what to order the fire ants dish, buffalo popcorn chicken with Louisiana hot sauce and blue cheese dipping sauce, is especially good. The rotating beer menu is carefully curated and has one of the best selections in all of Irvine - the fact that this is on a college campus is a recipe for an interesting atmosphere. Live music and other events are held here often.
Located across the South Harbor Boulevard, the Observatory is a small yet popular music venue. Featuring local and renowned artists/bands throughout the year it plays different music genres. Apart from the main room, The Observatory also has a smaller room namely, the Constellation Room that also hosts concerts. Apart from that, it also has a full-fledged kitchen and a well-stocked bar making it an ideal place for some good music and great dinner.
Overlooking the spectacular view of the waterfront, the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar offers delicious Californian fare and premium wines. The decor is kitsch with elegantly laid out seating spaces over two levels, an attractive bar counter and thoughtful lighting accents. The menu is typical Californian fare and the expert culinary team headed by chef Yvon Goetz ensures that all dishes are made to order and are perfectly cooked. The seafood delicacies are a must try here. Many a patron have praised their Crispy Almond Dusted Calamari, Prosciutto Wrapped Hawaiian Shrimp and The Winery Corkscrew Pasta. The wine bar is well stashed with bottles that will definitely impress the oenophile in you. There are about 650 different libations to choose from.
Looking for an authentic taste of an Irish pub in Newport Beach? The name says it all,—is one of your best bets. Irish natives own it and they run a friendly venue where casual comfort is the rule. The patrons know they can always come in for a comforting pint of Guinness and a friendly chat with the bartender. Outback there is a sunroom where you can sip your beer while viewing Newport Harbor which is definitely not a bad way to waste away an afternoon.
With a welcoming sign of 'Welcome to the beach' Alley Restaurant and Bar greets first timers as well the 'Alleycats' into their breezy, seaside pub. This legendary Newport Beach restaurant which has been reveling locals and visitors alike for the past 25 years with their American pub cuisine of classic burgers, sandwiches, Filet Mignon, lamb shank, chicken picatta, garlic green beans, pound cake, sand dabs, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea bass and more and late night 'anti happy hour' at their vibrant bar. The vintage look of the main dining area with its stained glass bay windows and dim lighting, invites you for a time of fun and frolic. Alley serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Welcome to the world of Alley.
This bar, located on the Newport Beach boardwalk, is a great place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. It is particularly ideal during sunset, when the views over the ocean are breathtaking. You won't see tourists here since the locals have claimed this place as their own. Instead, you will see a real slice of Newport Beach life when you spend a few hours here people-watching and eavesdropping on interesting conversations. The bar serves great drinks and there are several good beers on tap.
Located in Newport Beach, steps away from the beloved local pier, Baja Sharkeez is Mexican restaurant that serves food similar to what you would find in a Cabo San Lucas Palapa hut, albeit this menu is a bit more suited for American tastes. In addition to fajitas, enchiladas and fish tacos, guests also have the option to order burgers, Tri-tip steak, roasted chicken and hearty salads. The portions are huge, the ambience is festive and best of all, it's location right near the beach.