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  • Avalon Bar

    Avalon Bar

    820 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-515-4650

    http://www.myspace.com/theavalonbar A dive bar in all respects, Avalon Bar manages to fit a little classiness into its hole-in-the-wall proportions. Those of you familiar with this local dive already know at least two major details: 1. Contrary to what the kitschy, light bulb-lined arrow pointing down at the bar's entrance may lead you to believe, this place is no disco. 2. This establishment doesn't serve hard liquor, so you can leave any hope of a vodka and Red Bull at the door. That said, the less-than-dim lighting, hanging lanterns, and beautifully back-lit bar make this place awesome for intimate meetings and the occasional live show. More >>

  • The Boathouse Collective

    1640 Pomona Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    http://www.boathousecollective.com

  • The Camp

    The Camp

    2937 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-966-6661

    http://www.thecampsite.com There aren’t many places where you can go to get a wheat grass shot, vintage clothes, an Umami Burger and a live show all in one trip. But if you head down to the Camp on the right night, you’ll get all that and more. They’ll even throw in a parking spot with an inspirational message painted on it. Though it spends 99% of its time being an upscale open-air mall for the Central County hipster set, the Camp hosts plenty of pop-up local shows from outdoor mini festivals to quiet acoustic sets. Keep track of their event calendar and you’re guaranteed to stumble on something good. More >>

  • Detroit Bar

    Detroit Bar

    843 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-642-0600

    http://www.detroitbar.com Dressed up in a mixture of mod and art deco fixtures decor, it's pretty apparent that Detroit Bar is a slice of the Memphis Group pie. The intimate bar/venue not only serves as a must-play venue for all up-and-coming Orange County bands, but also hosts a slew of well-established artists blowing through town. You can experience everything from the likes of Elliott Smith (RIP) to Stereolab at this local hot spot. The crowd is skewed young and hip, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed by snooty scenesters. Drinks are strong and the best of rock, indie rock, soul and more are played nightly by impeccable DJs. Hip-hop/dance and karaoke nights are also quite popular. Whether you're visiting for the bands, drinks, pool table or consistently awesome music, Detroit's laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the best hangouts in Orange County. More >>

  • Durty Nelly

    Durty Nelly's

    2915 Red Hill Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-957-1951

    http://www.durtynellysoc.com Better known as a house of karaoke, a place to catch Premier League matches and a bar than an Irish pub, Durty Nelly's is worth the drive for its greasy, crunchy grilled cheese. It's also a great place for the many office drones who work nearby. More >>

  • El Parral Night Club

    845 Baker St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    562-314-9757

  • Evocal Store

    814 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-642-4548

    Equal parts venue, boutique and gallery, eVocal is just one slice of the Costa Mesa art scene. With its relatively unintrusive wood-paneled exterior, once you make your way inside, you'll find a boutique hawking all sorts of handmade, one-of-a-kind goods, from clothing to jewelry. Hardwood floors then lead you to a performance space with art lining the walls. The small stage often hosts local favorites (hip-hop, rock, folk and more) and open mic nights. The best part, though, is the large, decorated outdoor patio in the back overflowing with artwork, allowing for freestanding bars during events. More >>

  • FIND Art Gallery

    1640 Superior Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-278-6702

    http://www.findartmagazine.com/findartgallery/

  • The Hangar

    100 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

    Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

    88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    714-708-1500

    http://www.ocfair.com

  • Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

    Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

    88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Pacific Amphitheatre

    Pacific Amphitheatre

    88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-708-1870

    http://www.pacamp.com This monstrous outdoor venue at the OC Fairgrounds is the official beacon of the summer concert season for those who frequent the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. After you’re done chomping down on a prehistoric turkey leg or a mouthwatering burger, the chance to watch some of the biggest names in pop and rock should not go unfulfilled. Especially since most of the ticket prices for these shos aren’t gonna break the bank. For the local music fan who might never spend money on a ticket to see Adam Lambert of Three Dog Night, the sole reason for the Pacific Amphitheater's existence is to welcome the return of bands who've gone out into the record industry wilderness and come back rockstars. And if you can pack that sucker, then by god, you've made it. More >>

  • Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

    Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

    615 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-556-2787

    http://www.scfta.org The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a performing arts venue in Costa Mesa. The 2,000-seat hall, an estimated $240 million expansion of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a delirium-inducing cocktail of scale, architecture and acoustics. The three-tiered hall, which opened last year, was designed with aural pleasure in mind. It boasts an acoustic canopy, reverberation chambers and sound-sponging curtains to deaden certain frequencies from loudspeakers, when they are used. This world-class venue has already hosted renowned entertainers such as Placido Domingo and the American Ballet Theater, and it will likely continue to draw some of the most famous icons of highbrow entertainment for years to come. It’s also the home of the Pacific Symphony run by Carl St. Clair, and always brings in other big orchestras. We’re still waiting, though, for them to restage all of Beethoven’s symphonies the way they did years ago, you know? More >>

  • Samueli Theater

    Samueli Theater

    600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-556-2122

    http://www.scfta.org/ The Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), long-known for hosting its prestigious rosters of ballet, classical, jazz, world-music, opera and musical-theater acts, is now opening things up with its new Off Center series. The program is dedicated to diversity-broadening the arts spectrum for audiences, and luckily, that includes fan-favorite pop/rock acts in addition to everything from avant-garde Canadian puppet shows to comedy troupes. It's clean (no sticky floors?! Competent door people?!), state-of-the-art and, best of all, absolutely gorgeous. More >>

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-556-2787

    http://www.scfta.org Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. To put it bluntly, it’s the classiest venue in the whole damn county. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s, when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing-arts venue that brings in national ballet and theater companies. In addition to the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 1,704-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (opened in 2006) also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center’s studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. Home to newer institutions like the Off Center Festival that manage to bring in the coveted 25 and under crowd, the center has come a long way toward making this upscale culture palace a place for everyone to enjoy. More >>

  • South Coast Repertory

    South Coast Repertory

    655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-708-5555

    http://www.scr.org South Coast Repertory is a theater in Costa Mesa, across the street from South Coast Plaza but nowhere near the same atmosphere or mindset. The best theater in OC, hands down. Provocative shows like the multi-layered conflict between Midwestern creationism and bicoastal liberal science in How the World Began and the profanity-laden Elemeno Pea really are a nice counter to the high-brow, sophisticated setting of the South Coast Rep. It would be super easy for SCR to play it safe and be totally vanilla, but they don’t, and we love them for it. It's also really affordable for students. Between $5 drinks, and free parking across the bridge at South Coast Plaza (don't be lazy), its mind blowing that a night out with professional live theater can be cheaper than a boring movie date. One of the greatest regional theaters in the United States, and always cognizant of reaching out to all of Orange County, not just the blue hairs. More >>

  • Upscale Recordings

    711 W. 17th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-722-7589

  • Volcom Entertainment

    1740 Monrovia Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    949-646-2175

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