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Diamonds

910 E. Birch St., Ste. 300, Brea, (714) 255-1800

It's food, drink and pool this summer at Diamonds. Enjoy hot pool and cool air-conditioning, and lose yourself in a big billiard room that boasts 13 beautiful Brunswick Gold Crown III tables and 12 large video monitors, so you can catch the game while shooting stick. Or order some delicious food from the appetizer and sandwich menu, all of which is served until 1 a.m. Caffeine junkies can order up an espresso, cappuccino or café latte to chase away the shakes. Beer lovers need to hit Wednesday nights, when domestic pints are only $2 and premium pints are a measly $2.50, among many other drink specials all week long. There's also a dart room and various video games for ardent gamers to enjoy.

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

Di Piazza

3800 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 494-2071

Established in 1952, this award-winning Italian restaurant received Best Pizza honors in the Entertainment Book for five straight years. Offering a huge menu selection, including American dishes, you'll want to try the enticing chicken picata, fettuccini Alfredo, lasagna, shrimp and pastas. The chicken Parmesan melt sandwich or the calimari steak will create lasting memories in your stomach. The building has a mid-'50s design with high walls and Palo Verde brick—not found much anymore—plus the lava fireplace keeps your dining experience heartwarming.

Services: takeout available. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8-1 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted.

Din Din at the Bamboo Terrace

1773 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-5550

Din Din was added on to the family-owned restaurant's name, Bamboo Terrace, to signify the transfer of operations to the family's third generation. They are committed to serving great-tasting Chinese food using only high-quality ingredients, such as 100 percent white-meat chicken and USDA-choice flank steak, all sans tenderizers and MSG. The dining area resembles a bamboo terrace, and the walls are adorned with Asian art and early 20th-century black-and-white photographs depicting Chinese immigrants. The Asian beer-house-style bar offers a vast selection of tropical drinks and specialty martinis. Weekends feature live, all-original local bands.

Services: takeout, delivery and catering available. Full bar. Parking available. Hours: lunch: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner: Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diner's Club accepted.

Galaxy Concert Theatre

3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-6605

One of the hippest concert venues in Orange County, the Galaxy Concert Theatre is a casual theater-style setting for enjoying world-famous artists from all genres of music. Such famous acts as Sugar Ray, Soul Brains, Lee Rocker, the Fenians and Jerry Lee Lewis make appearances here. At your table, you'll dine on American cuisine, choosing from an entrée, appetizer and dessert special offered each night. The regular menu features swordfish, New York steak and burgers. Their crispy mozzarella sticks, nachos or jalapeño poppers go great with a cold brew and good music.

Services: full bar. All major credit cards accepted.

Geckos

7887 Center Dr., Huntington Beach, (714) 892-2227Dance the night away at one of Orange County's most renowned night clubs! Geckos features dancing, pool and music performed by popular local bands and DJs—including radio personalities from the world-famous KROQ. And to make the deal even sweeter, Geckos offers a "Baja Beach Happy Hour" on Thursdays, from 5-10 p.m., with 50-cent tacos and $2.50 gold margaritas, along with a wide range of nibbly food and other specials to get your night off to a fantastic start.

Hours: Thurs., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Gypsy Den

Located in the Lab anti-mall, 2930 Bristol St., Ste. B102, Costa Mesa, (714) 549-7012; and in the Artist's Village, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 835-8840

At both locations, tasty salads are plentiful, and the yummy soups and healthy, hippie sandwiches are great. Don't forget to leave room for their baked goods—or their amazing crème brûlée. Chill out in their comfortable décor of earthy walls, funky art and saved-from-the-second-hand-store furniture. Beer and wine are served at the Santa Ana location. Both locations are open seven days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they feature some of the finest in local poetry and acoustic music.

Hours: Santa Ana location, Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Costa Mesa location, Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 8 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Habana

2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714)556-0176

A little bit of Cuba located in the Lab. Besides being a great place for cocktails, this hip hideaway is the place for nueva Latina cuisine. Some of the sandwiches are humdingers, packed with meat and served on a heavy bread. Eat one these, and you can forget about work for the rest of the day. If that doesn't work, try a Lemon Drop Martini during happy hour (Mon.-Sat., 5-7 p.m.). On certain nights, the place heats up with Latin flamenco guitar and two wild flamenco dancers, and the steel-drum Sunday brunches are amazing. There is terrific ambiance here, created by a myriad of candle trees and the dark-wood décor.

Services: catering available. Reservations suggested. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
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