Best Lounge - 2013
The Cocktail Lounge at Little Sparrow
300 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Craft cocktails are nothing new, even in Orange County, where trends roll in a couple of years behind everyone else. But it takes more than cocktails with block ice to make an inviting lounge (although that's surely a good start), so if you're not feeling in the mood for furry boots paired with bikinis or guys passing slightly oversized Brooks Brothers dress shirts off as high class, head over to Little Sparrow. From the moment you walk in, you'll feel welcome to grab a seat on one of the Victorian-style couches and order from a specialty cocktail menu that would fit in equally well in LA, D.C. or Paris. Or, if you prefer to talk shop, grab a stool and let the bartenders make something up on the spot. Feeling hungry? The small-bites menu features steak tartare and oxtail with polenta, each for about $7. And if you are feeling as though your Sazerac needs something a little more substantial, you can order from the full menu until midnight. Best part? When it closes, you can head over to any of the late-night spots within walking distance to finish out your night.