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.
If you're looking to get a little country, check out InCahoots Fullerton. InCahoots is Southern California's premiere Country & Western dance club, with themed events on open nights. Tuesdays are Country Rockin' Tuesdays with drink and taco specials and karaoke. On Wednesdays, check out Redneck Wednesdays which features live entertainment, drink specials and a mechanical bull. On Fridays, come in for weekend fun with drink specials and special entertainment. Every night at InCahoots features line dancing and other dancing lessons as well. Check the website for dress code.
The Coach House is a restaurant and concert venue. If you enjoy watching live music and checking out local bands in a chic, upscale environment, this is the place for you. You can fine-dine on fillet Mignon or swordfish entrees and also enjoy a variety of musical talents and comedy acts that cross the stage .The club is known for booking top international bands and acts, and it is a top venue for those wanting live music in southern California. People come from all over the area to this spot in San Juan Capistrano to enjoy warm summer nights of music and fun. It is a small place and you will be close to the stage no matter where you sit. You will also get to know your fellow patrons. Reservations are encouraged as priority seating closer to the stage is reserved for its dinner guests. The Coach House can also accommodate corporate and private functions.
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!
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 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.
Cassidy's Bar & Grill is well known for having one of the best burgers in Newport Beach, "The Cassidy's Cheeseburger," as well as a great tri tip sandwich. Food and beverage-wise, they have everything you want after a long day at the beach. Their burgers, drinks, music, and games (including pool table) will keep you entertained till 2am every night of the week.
So, you're tired of all the expensive, pretentious bars in Newport Beach and Orange County in general? Or, maybe you just want a change. The Stag may be for you. Here you won't find guys with two pounds of grease in their hair or over-pressed, over-prices suits and too much jewelry. The uniform here seems to be flannel and denim for men, and tank tops and jeans for women. There's nobody to impress here so just go, relax, splurge in the pool, and have a beer or two.
Remodeled in 2010 with a new sound system and LCD monitors, the Tiki Bar serves as a bar by day with live music and DJs at night. This is one of the best venues to see like rock and roll in the area, with a great sound system and an even better lineup of bands playing here every night. For a fun night out filled with great drinks and music, visit the Tiki Bar.
The Harp Inn is a great Irish pub in Costa Mesa that features lively talented Irish bands (locals and imports) that the crowd loves. The bar is owned by Irish transplants, which makes you feel as if you are in Dublin, especially since many of the patrons are also Irish. People love the friendly vibes the locals and staff give off, and you can't beat the drinks. Head to the outdoor seating area for some fresh air or a smoke.
This saloon has established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Orange County with plenty of beer, music and friendly faces to talk to. If you are squeamish about huge sea animals that have paid a trip to the friendly neighborhood taxidermist, you might not like all the stuffed sharks adorning the walls. However, it adds a touch of the nautical to this Balboa Island bar.