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A weekly Friday-night happening, Mute crams as many artists, musicians and scenesters into Proof as it possibly can. First of all, the space is exquisite, and it couldn't be set up or decorated any more seductively, with its risqué artwork and well-planned lighting. Plush black couches and lots of seating give clubgoers a fighting chance to grab someplace to chill and people-watch. A rotating set of DJs inside and out on the patio keep the music as fresh as can be. The bar gets progressively crowded as the night goes on, so order drinks two at a time. At Proof, 215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; www.proofbar.com.
For more than 23 years, Hennessey's has been the watering hole of choice for Seal Beach locals. Keeping in Irish tradition, Hennessey's has a love for all things Guinness and getting its patrons absolutely schnockered. Weekends get bumpin' with beach folk and college kids, but the weekdays belong to a calmer crowd. 143 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 598-6456.
Smack-dab in the middle of Main Street in Seal Beach, O'Malley's is one of the finest Irish bars in OC. The atmosphere is warm and friendly; you can either choose a seat at the well-sized bar or a cozy table by the fireplace. The service is exceptional whether you get your drinks from a waitress or directly from a bartender. If you go on a weekend night, get there early; it's no secret how dynamite this place is. 140 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 430-0631.
If you can shell out the cash to become a member, Club Wednesdayz is the classiest thing to do midweek. Held at a different upscale venue every first and third Wednesday, this club focuses on providing members with social and professional networking opportunities, as well as a great time with music, dancing, cocktails and the tastiest little hors d'oeuvres we've ever had. For membership information, check the website. www.clubwednesdayz.com.