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A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

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

27. MISSION VIEJO
The Brea of South County. Wine-bar central—but since we're poor, we can't tell you the last one we visited. Home to the great Dublin4 (26342 Oso Pkwy., 949-582-0026) and perhaps more Irish pubs per capita than anywhere else in OC. Still, it's Mission Viejo, home to some of the most self-entitled natives in OC. Be warned.

28. LOS ALAMITOS
This city's problem is it's smushed between the far-better boozing environs of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Long Beach, meaning drinking is reduced to a bevy of sports bars. Los Alamitos' best treasure is Fiddler's Green (4745 Yorktown Ave., Bldg. 19, 562-795-2168), the only way you'll ever be able to peek into the Joint Forces Training Base without being thrown into a hoosegow.

29. LA PALMA
OC's tiniest city actually has a great bar in Cliff's Hideaway (5442 Orangethorpe Ave., 714-521-7883), a trip back to 1970s blue-collar Orange County, when the defense industry was at its height. La Palma boasts a couple of Korean bars, too. Not bad for a place once called Dairyland, huh?

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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

6640 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

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

4200 Campus Drive
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 Restaurant

5717 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92807

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Anaheim

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30. LAGUNA HILLS
There is just one true bar in Laguna Hills—Players Sports Grill (24401 Ridge Route Dr., 949-588-5973)—but the city saves itself from being further down the list by virtue of its Total Wine (24001 El Toro Rd., 949-206-1539). However, it stops itself from being further up the list by virtue of city managers forcing the fabulous Break of Dawn to shut down for a couple of months while the city tries to become hip and therefore deny us one of the best Bloody Marys in the land.

31. ALISO VIEJO
It's telling that the best place to get a cocktail in sleepy Aliso Viejo is at the gym at the Renaissance Hotel. Your choices other than standard restaurants are the Stadium Brewing Co. (26731 Aliso Creek Rd., 949-488-9611), which is most renowned for its blueberry beer (yes, there are blueberries floating in it), Bagels & Brew (yes, a bagel shop with beer, 26601 Aliso Creek Rd., 949-521-6120) or Time Out Tavern (27822 Aliso Creek Rd., 949-362-5919), the most rollicking strip-mall sports bar around. The best advice we can give you is to drink in your palatial suburban home; Pacific Park Market (27792 Aliso Creek Rd., 949-831-0330) has a good craft beer selection.

32. YORBA LINDA
The best bar in the Land of Gracious Living is The Canyon Inn (6821 Fairlynn Blvd., 714-779-0880; canyoninnsportsbar.com)—but it's smelled up by Coronans and Chino Hillers. That's what happens when the most popular bar in town isn't even within city limits—that would be Foxfire (5717 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim, 714-974-5400; foxfirerestaurant.com) the finest MILF bar in the land that invented them.

33. LAGUNA WOODS
The only place to get a real drink in the Almighty's waiting room is at the golf clubhouse, which requires either being a resident of OC's most elderly town or accompanying one. The bar menu includes such knee-slappers as the "Retire-mint Pomegranate Martini" and the "Sleeper Car" (a margarita minus the orange liqueur). The denizens of Leisure World South must do their drinking in the other Little Lagunas. . . . Now, get off their lawn.

34. VILLA PARK
With all apologies to the venerable Rockwell's, you know the drinking's bad in town when the best place to get drunk is the Villa Park High parking lot . . . which is in Orange.

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31 comments
949girl
949girl topcommenter

No Red O recommendations lol?  As for Newport I agree with Side Door and A Restaurant (plus A has a pretty decent happy hour).  The vibe at Sol just didn't do it for me, something about Sol I don't care for but can't really put my finger on it.


For Santa Ana, I would add Chapter One to your list for the unlimited mimosas with four juice mixers on Sunday brunch. It's $6 and the musician they have perform on Sundays is really good!


Agree with Sea Legs and the Corner for HB.

I live in Costa Mesa and I don't like your selections.  Memphis?  Maybe I'm missing something.  Wine Lab at the Camp is a pretty good spot. 

Mehmehmehmeh
Mehmehmehmeh

Hey besides the recent nightclub beating and the shooting in the parking garage in 2010 and all the other crimes happening in Santa Ana on a daily basis, it's safe there. Maybe not so much. I never feel safe in that downtown area. I'm surprised the weekly is telling people it is.

Rainman
Rainman

Tapas in Newport Beach is packed every week and is going on 15 years.  They have Club Focus on Tuesday's (Who just had Kascade) and still the top Salsa club on weekends. I can't believe the writers from OC Weekly would name the Fairmont Hotel bar over a place that has won 4 Best of OC awards.

BBAIN
BBAIN

Godfathers in Tustin, maybe it's gone downhill in recent years, but right next to Tustin Inn, plus bigger to add.  Boy oh boy, it's a miracle I've never gotten a DUI over the years driving back to Irvine.  Dive bars are the only way to go, IMO!

Brad Doerges
Brad Doerges

Crosby closes. Fullerton wins by a landslide

liveandletdiernr
liveandletdiernr

The only 2 bars worth going to in San clemente is the fox and oles!

liveandletdiernr
liveandletdiernr

What a joke...Noone goes to knuckleheads unless its to eat at buds!!! Its all about the fox and oles in San Clemente

borntohula
borntohula

No memtion of Sugars in GG? Do girls in bikinis discredit strong Soju and flowing taps?

Adam Lovinus
Adam Lovinus

Hopscotch in Foolerton fucking blows, worst service I've ever received.

BadMuthafucka
BadMuthafucka

Oh seriously? Hopscotch in Fullerton fucking blows, worst service I've ever received.

Orange CityMan
Orange CityMan

Love it but didn't know the OC had a " booze scene "

R Scott Torgan
R Scott Torgan

like, the TINIEST piece of Santa Ana at that .... :/

Georgiana Rodrigues Ruiz
Georgiana Rodrigues Ruiz

I love how people choose to be ignorant and judge Santa Ana because of the tragedy outside the Crosby. How do you feel about Lake Forest? I can think of at least three deaths in front of a restaurant/bar as a result of a fight. And no, I don't live in either city.

Greg Chavez
Greg Chavez

Just look at who wrote the article... Then Santa Ana will make sense.

Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller

Santa Ana is still best after recent events?

CharlesLam
CharlesLam

I go (went) to Kitsch all the time!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

No way! Dream on! Our Artwalk kicks the Fullerton Artwalk just by itself.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Why don't you start reading Orange County publications for once and put down the video games. How are people so sheltered?

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Right. Hands down on the ground to break your drunkin' stumble and face plant from all the ridiculous amounts of alcohol. Fullerton can't hold their booze, literally.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Get a clue. Jealousy is not becoming of you.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Have you been down here tonight? The Artwalk both East End and the Artist Village are busy!

 
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