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Best Neighborhood Bar, South County Orange County 2012 - Anthill Pub

Anthill Pub

Anthill Pub

4200 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612


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UC Irvine students don't drink like other college students. Well, they do, but instead of guzzling some mass-produced, American-style, light-lager swill brewed by a big-two brewery, they're knocking back Pliny the Elders and Oaked Arrogant Bastards, all without realizing what kind of beer they're drinking. Some of them even take a "Quarter Club" challenge, downing California craft brews for 10 weeks straight just to get their name on the wall. Did I mention that on average, it's only four bucks a pint? Cheaper during happy hour? The Anthill Pub on UCI's campus has been serving beer-geek brews at PBR prices for longer than anyone has ironically enjoyed PBR, churning out more accidental beer snobs than anywhere else in Orange County. Yeah, it's always crowded, keeps weird hours and is full of college kids, but it was also one of the first places in Orange County you could get a pour of Pliny the Younger. Trust us: Dealing with college kids is worth it for a chance at their booze.


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First, thanks for choosing my favorite tap room in CA as a whole. Mighty proud that Scott and company have kept true to the pub in providing solid selections of amazingly crafted beers. Keep it up! Zot Zot! now to my gripe...


You knock the college generation as if though, the craft beer scene has been vibrant and strong since the turn of the 20th century. Lets be honest here, since the late 80's craft beer has been "above" the BMC products of coors/bud/miller and the student body at UC Irvine have been enjoying craft beer since the mid/late 90's when the old-pub was open (not to mention average age of the population of undergrads in under 21, so basically it seems you're generalizing the graduate student body avg age of 26/27, you know the PhD/Masters students, into "college kids" Everyone knows we are not drinking PBR, given you didn't accuse us of that blatantly but you inferred it within your statements (IF, you would like too see PBR consumed in mass quantity come move to Oregon, where we are the craft capital, and also the LARGEST consumer of PBR on the national scale). A college student today, is very aware of the craft beer scene, have you watched television in the last decade? Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams alone, have had commercials for years. Not to mention the only reason a pub would have the slightest chance at getting even 1, 5-gallon corney of PtY is because of its' established presence (maybe we should ask vinny?) especially in a community LACKING beer enthusiasm, as a whole. Given the OC has grown leaps and bounds since I'd say 2004 with various tap rooms and breweries opening within the county lines (props to Bruery, bootleggers, backstreet, HB brew Tustin brew, etc) I think to taint my Anthill Pub with jargon of "dealing with college kids is worth it for a chance at their booze" are you kidding me, you just became a hypocrite by holding craft beer on a pedestal and then generalizing it to "booze" Check yourself before you PBR yourself. 


Mario Mutis

2009 UCI Graduate.

may the old pub R.I.P.