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A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)

6. LAGUNA BEACH
Once the heart of Orange County's gay community, Laguna Beach is down to one LGBT bar: Bounce (1460 S. Coast Hwy., 949-494-0056). And the 24-hour frat party along Pacific Coast Highway is far tamer than it was in past decades. Instead, Laguna has reinvented itself as a cocktail destination, with Broadway By Amar Santana (328 Glenneyre St., 949-714-8234), Three Seventy Common (370 Glenneyre St., 949-494-8686), Selanne Steak Tavern (1464 S. Coast Hwy., 949-715-9881) and Nick's (440 S. Coast Hwy., 949-376-8595) duking it out for mixology supremacy. This is good gentrification, right?

7. ORANGE
There's more to Orange than the Circle, though it is possible to drink and drink well there: Haven Gastropub (190 S. Glassell St., 714-221-0680) and its spinoff, Provisions Market (143 N. Glassell St., 714-997-BEER), both specialize in craft beer; of the two, Provisions has the longer tap list. Hang out with the Chapman kids at the District Lounge (223 W. Chapman Ave., 714-639-7777) or Paul's Cocktails (207 W. Chapman Ave., 714-639-2480), or head to the train station for the Streamliner Lounge (186 N. Atchison St., 714-639-7829), the coolest thing the Ruby's Diner chain has ever created. Outside the downtown area, there are such locally famous dives as the Olive Pit (834 E. Lincoln Ave., 714-974-9994) and the Cherry Pit (749 W. Katella Ave., 714-639-5851), though Jimmy Bones (1815 E. Chapman Ave., 714-532-4920) is where bartenders go to drink on their night off. Pro tip: The craft cocktails nobody knows about are at the saloon at the Orange County Mining Co. (10000 Crawford Canyon Rd., 714-997-7411), but don't drink too many—it's a long way down that hill.

8. SEAL BEACH
Seal Beach is Huntington Beach's northern, better-behaved cousin. The same beachy, laid-back feeling pervades (flip-flops everywhere), and there's the same awkward mix of pickup trucks, beach cruisers and pedestrians, and the same kinds of bars, including three Irish pubs within a single block. At no point on Main Street are you more than 50 feet from a cool, refreshing drink. A few standouts: At The Abbey (306 Main St., 562-799-4246), there's a long list of wines by the glass, as well as local craft beers. While no beer is brewed at the original but tiny Beachwood BBQ (131 Main St., 562-493-4500), it serves its Long Beach sister's brews as well as a rotating batch of guest beers. And, of course, for cocktails, there's only one possible destination: 320 Main (320 Main St., 562-799-6246), where owner Jason Schiffer creates concoctions that bring people all the way from LA.

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Location Info

Map

Las Vegas Bar

2339 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Santa Ana

El Fracaso Bar

701 N. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92703-2756

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Santa Ana

The Night Owl

200 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Fullerton

The Continental Room

115 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fullerton

The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen

122 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fullerton

Matador Cantina

111 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Twisted Vine

127 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Bootlegger's Brewery

130 S. Highland Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Fullerton

HopScotch

136 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Steamers Cafe & Jazz Club

138 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Ziing's Bistro and Bar

209 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

2J's Cocktail Lounge

120 W. Houston Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Kitsch Bar

891 Baker St., Ste. A10
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Costa Mesa

Hi-Time Wine Cellars

250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Wine Bar

Region: Costa Mesa

Memphis Soul Cafe

2920 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Southern

Region: Costa Mesa

Tin Lizzie Saloon

752 Saint Claire
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Costa Mesa

SeaLegs Wine Bar

21022 Beach Blvd., Ste 105
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Huntington Beach

The Corner

8961 Adams Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Huntington Beach

Johnny's Saloon

17428 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Huntington Beach

Anaheim Brewery

336 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Noble Ale Works

1621 S. Sinclair St., B
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Anaheim

JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery

2610 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

The Bierstube at the Phoenix Club

The Phoenix Club 1340 S. Sanderson Ave. Anaheim, CA
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > German

Region: Anaheim

Lopez & Lefty's

1759 S. Claudina Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Anaheim

Out of the Park Pizza

5638 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Anaheim

THE RANCH Restaurant and Saloon

1025 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Bounce

1460 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Laguna Beach

Broadway By Amar Santana

328 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

Three Seventy Common

370 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

Selanne Steak Tavern

1464 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

Nick's Laguna Beach

440 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Laguna Beach

Haven Gastropub

190 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

Provisions Market

143 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Grocery Stores

Region: Orange

The District Lounge

223 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

Paul's Cocktails

207 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

Ruby's Diner and Streamliner Lounge

186 N. Atchison St.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

The Olive Pit

834 E. Lincoln Ave.
Orange, CA 92865

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

The Cherry Pit

749 W. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

Jimmy Bones

1815 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92867

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange

Orange County Mining Co.

10000 Crawford Canyon Road
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Santa Ana

The Abbey

306 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ

131 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

320 Main

320 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

SOL Cocina

251 Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Newport Beach

SideDoor

3801 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Category: Restaurant > Comfort Foods

Region: Corona Del Mar

Lark Creek

957 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Newport Beach

Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel Review

4500 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Newport Beach

A Restaurant

3334 W. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Newport Beach

Cassidy's Bar and Grill

2603 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Newport Beach

Mutt Lynchs

2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Newport Beach

Blackies By the Sea

2118 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Newport Beach

The Class of 47

209 Palm St.
Balboa, CA 92661

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Balboa

Quiet Woman

3224 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Category: Music Venues

Region: Corona Del Mar

BeachFire

204 Avenida del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Music Venues

Region: San Clemente

Goody's Tavern

206 S. El Camino Ave.
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: San Clemente

Red Fox Lounge

220 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: San Clemente

Knucklehead's

1717 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: San Clemente

Q's Lounge Cafe and Restaurant

15380 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Appetizers

Region: Westminster

Posse Bar

13093 Springdale St.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Westminster

Green Girl Saloon

14341 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Westminster

C'Est Si Bon Cocktail Lounge

6638 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Westminster

Five Vines

31761 Camino Capistrano, Ste. 11
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: San Juan Capistrano

Harlow's Cuisine & Cocktails

31111 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Juan Capistrano

The Swallow's Inn

31786 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Music Venues

Region: San Juan Capistrano

UnCorked Wine Bar and Boutique

22342 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Pizza e Vino

31441 Santa Margarita Parkway, M
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Daily Sports Grill

29881 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Cismontane Brewing

29851 Aventura, Ste. D
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > Brewery

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

The Blind Pig

31431 Santa Margarita Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Hanna's Restaurant and Bar

22195 El Paseo, Ste. 110
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill

20722 Rose Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coto de Caza

Swinging Door

355 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

Marty's Bar & Grill

14401 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

Tustin Inn

440 E. 1st St.
Tustin, CA 92780-3310

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

Tustin Brewing Company

13011 Newport Ave., Ste. 100
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

Octave 18

7241 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Buena Park

Rush Cocktail Lounge

6146 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Buena Park

Kelly's Korner Tavern

909 E. Yorba Linda Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Placentia

TJ's Locker Room

1164 E. Yorba Linda Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Placentia

The Bruery

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Placentia

Gaynor's Lounge

9902 Westminster Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Garden Grove

Crooner's Lounge

Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 12911 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Music Venues

Region: Garden Grove

Duffy's

531 W. Imperial Highway
La Habra, CA 90631

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: La Habra

13th Frame Lounge

370 E. Whittier Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: La Habra

Park Ave

11200 Beach Blvd.
Stanton, CA 90680

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Stanton

Anthill Pub & Grille

4200 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Irvine

OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar

2272 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Retail

Region: Irvine

Turk's Restaurant

34683 St. of the Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Dana Point

Hennessey's Tavern

34111 La Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Dana Point

Iron Mule

21212 Bake Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Lake Forest

Our Place

24301 Muirlands
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Lake Forest

Bru Grill & Market

23730 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Lake Forest

SLATER'S 50/50

24356 Swartz Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Lake Forest

Mugs Away Saloon

27324 Camino Capistrano
Laguna Beach, CA 92677

Category: Music Venues

Region: Laguna Niguel

White Rooster Pub

6072 Lincoln Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630-5896

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Cypress

Ozzie's Lounge

17110 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fountain Valley

Ed's Stumble Inn


Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fountain Valley

Silky Sullivan's Restaurant & Irish Pub

10201 Slater Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Restaurant > Irish

Region: Fountain Valley

TAPS Fish House & Brewery

101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brea

Two 40 South

240 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brea

Brunos Trattoria

210 W. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Brea

Dublin 4

26342 Oso Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Mission Viejo

Fiddler's Green

4745 Yorktown Ave.
Rossmoor, CA 90720

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Los Alamitos

Cliff's Hideaway

5442 Orangethorpe Ave.
La Palma, CA 90623

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: La Palma

Players Sports Grill

24401 Ridge Route Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Hills

Total Wine & More

24001 El Toro Rd.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Category: Retail

Region: Laguna Hills

Stadium Brewing Co.

26731 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Category: Music Venues

Region: Aliso Viejo

Bagels & Brew

26601 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Aliso Viejo

Time Out Tavern & Night Club

27822 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Aliso Viejo

PACIFIC PARK MARKET

27792 Aliso Creek Road, Ste. B100
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Category: Retail

Region: Aliso Viejo

Canyon Inn Sports Bar And Grill

6821 Fairlynn Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Category: Music Venues

Region: Yorba Linda

Foxfire Nightclub

5717 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92807

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Anaheim

9. NEWPORT BEACH
Rich. Fancy. Hoity-toity. Expensive. Yep, you're in Newport Beach. But there's no reason to hate too much. The best tequila selection in coastal OC resides at SOL Cocina (251 E. Coast Hwy., 949-675-9800), and the best fancy-beer selection is at SideDoor (3801 E. Coast Hwy., 949-717-4322). Newport Beach has its own brewing company (2920 Newport Blvd., 949-675-8449), and Lark Creek (957 Newport Center Dr., 949-640-6700) is the latest place to go for craft cocktails. Plus, the bar at the Fairmont Hotel (4500 MacArthur Blvd., 949-476-2001) gets its honey from its rooftop apiaries—how awesome is that? Shockingly, there's not much of a wine-bar presence for such a wealthy place. Most of the vino is drunk in restaurants, and A Restaurant (3334 W. Coast Hwy., 949-650-6505) has more than two dozen available by the glass, as well as a huge wine cellar. Thankfully, it's not all starch and stiff upper lips. There are a few un-fancy bars left on the Peninsula: Try Cassidy's (2603 Newport Blvd., 949-675-8949), Mutt Lynch's (2300 W. Oceanfront, 949-675-1556), Blackie's (2118 W. Oceanfront, 949-675-1074; www.blackiesbythesea.com) and Class of '47 (209 Palm St., 949-675-5774), where John Wayne would start his days. And then, of course, there's the silicone slice of MILF heaven known as the Quiet Woman (3224 E. Coast Hwy., 949-640-7440).

10. SAN CLEMENTE
Given it's so far away from the rest of Orange County, the Spanish Village By the Sea's offerings are a bit more regimented than other cities. MILF? Beachfire (204 Avenida Del Mar, 949-366-3232; beachfire.com) has held court for more than a decade now. A jarhead? You'll be welcome across town, especially at Goody's (206 S. El Camino Real, 949-492-3400). An old-timer? The legendary Red Fox Lounge (220 S. El Camino Real, 949-492-3403) has served them since the Eisenhower administration. There are bona fide pubs and wine bars—but no matter what your tribe is, everyone ends up at Knucklehead's (1717 N. El Camino Real, 949-492-2410) for a round of pool.

11. WESTMINSTER
"Let's go nhau." No, not now, but nhau. Westminster is the epicenter of Orange County's Vietnamese booze scene, with small bars tucked into the corners of the two-story plazas that endlessly line Bolsa, Brookhurst, Magnolia and Westminster boulevards. You'll mostly be drinking beer, but Vietnamese people don't drink without eating, and quan nhau tend to have the best bar snacks. If you're new to the genre, start at Q's Lounge (15380 Beach Blvd., 714-725-1011), then just troll Little Saigon looking for the word Quan. If that sounds too exotic for you, Westminster is also home to our Best Bar of 2013, the Posse Bar (13093 Springdale St., 714-769-6240). While there are police and EMT patches decorating the bar, this is more of a locals' place, with an outstanding whiskey and moonshine selection, rock and country on the jukebox, weekly karaoke, and a great all-day Sunday happy hour. And Westminster also boasts the Green Girl Saloon (14341 Beach Blvd., 714-897-8612; www.thegreengirlsaloon.com), one of the finest lounges in the land, and C'Est Si Bon (6640 Westminster Blvd., 714-379-9934), one of the final reminders that Westminster once had gabachos.

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