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.
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.
Class of '47 is a locally-owned dive bar that serves very cheap and very basic drinks. If you're looking for fancy cocktails and martinis, this is not the place for you. Here you can grab a drink every night of the week in a casual setting that takes pride in the fact that, despite what its name might suggest, this joint has "no class."
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.
Shabu Shabu, one of the most popular Japanese eateries in Santa Ana, is also rumored to feature a fantastic and impressive sake collection. Located on 17th Street, the charming restaurant, done up with deep reds and oriental elements, welcomes and usually caters to large groups and families. The food menu, on the other hand, is built around the shabu shabu-style (Japanese hotpot) of cooking where the diners choose a main ingredient, usually a meat, and cook it in boiling water along with various other herbs, condiments and spices - the result is a truly delicious, exotic meal that the entire family create and can enjoy together! Although meat and poultry preparations such as kobe beef and rib-eye shabu shabu are highly recommended, their vegan and vegetarian selections are quite delectable as well. Don't forget to complement this wonderful meal, with one of their sake drinks; take the help the courteous waitstaff if necessary - they'll be happy to help!
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.
The decor here is definitely unique, with World War II paraphernalia and antique signs covering the walls among many other interesting artifacts. There are tons of beers from all over the world available, and it is a good thing because the dizzying decor may drive you to drink. There are several rooms, as well as an outdoor patio where one can soak up the Costa Mesa sun. It is a little bit of a dive bar, but the decor makes up for any seediness.