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.
If you're looking for a dark, trendy bar and an amazing gourmet burger in one place, then 25 Degrees is it. Enter 25 Degrees and grab a seat at the large bar or at one of the tables and dive in to the menu. Four signature burgers come loaded with toppings like caramelized onions, Burrata, pesto, green chili and more. If you're not in the mood for one of those, they have an option to build your own custom burger with their 14 different options each of toppings, sauces and cheeses. They also offer some equally decadent non-burger sandwich options like the Sonoran Bobak Hot Dog which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with caramelized onion, tomato, pinto beans, onion, green chili, queso fresco, mustard and garlic aioli. Try a shake, either with or without alcohol, or beer from the tap to pair with your meal.
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.
With a large dance floor, a gourmet menu, strong drinks and a fun atmosphere, the Velvet Lounge is one of the premier gay and lesbian bars and nightclubs in Orange County. Inside a DJ keeps dance floor filled all night long, and for those who prefer to relax there is a large outdoor patio. Order from a large menu of specialty cocktails such as the Gin Blossom and the Pearway To Heaven Martini. Before 9pm, there is a menu filled with delicious items such as the Velvet rib eye steak and lemon pepper chicken.
Opened in 1925 as a speakeasy, The Continental Room is an old favorite for nightlife-lovers in Fullerton. It's a fool-proof way of spending an evening with friends and listening to great music. This cocktail bar is best known for having live music on the weekends, including R & B, Soul, Indie and many other genres. On nights without live music listen to a DJ spinning tunes. As the night gets later the bar can get crowded as people stop by to try the amazing cocktails. If you're looking for a great bar experience in Fullerton, you this is where to go.
This restaurant was originally constructed as The Arches, a restaurant and service station, in 1925. Since then, the highly recognizable building has gone through many incarnations, with A Restaurant being the most recent. Lead singer of the band Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath, is a co-owner of this restaurant which regularly attracts celebrities as well as locals and tourists. The menu is a mixture of classic American dishes as well as more contemporary and internationally inspired dishes like chicken pot pie and beef Stroganoff, not to mention the prime steak selection. The bar offers its own selection of bites, as well as a great selection of original, signature cocktails.
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.
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.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is all about culinary inventions: be it in craft cocktails or seasonal American dishes. The focus is on sourcing unusual ingredients from various Californian regions and then crafting them into both classic Southern American dishes and novel recipes. The bitters, syrups and cordials are made in-house and the mixologists don’t hesitate in trying out new blending techniques. Even their happy hour is called Social Hour, though it offers discounts just like the traditional version. Every dish is well plated, right from New Zealand Snapper Crudo and Iberico Jamon de Bellota to Spanish Octopus and Wood Fried Oysters. Do not miss the cinnamon and gin-infused cocktail called Apple of My Pie.
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.