The Copper Door

225 1/2 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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  • Tue-Sat 8pm-2am
  • $$
  • Street Parking
The Copper Door is a gastropub in Santa Ana. It's a beer bar/underground club/music hall -- the kind you’d find in Manhattan, seemingly on every other block, always down a flight of stairs just below street level—that is, if you knew where to find it. It’s in this kind of place where the next Ramones could play their first set. The Copper Door opened in 2010, almost directly underneath Chapter One. For a long time, it served only beer to go with its no-cover-charge music acts. But then it hired a chef and put him to work in a lonely room off to the side. What’s offered here now must still be described as a bar food, with mostly bread-based apps, sliders and pizzas -- all served until the place closes at 2 a.m. While it’s better than the usual onion rings and hot wings, its purpose is still the same: to sustain you through the night and absorb the alcohol. But if you come during dinner, before the music starts, the more substantial meals from the lunch menu are still available.

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