It can be argued the Yardhouse franchise is among the original gastropubs, with its emphasis on carefully crafted cuisine and unique mixed drinks. But Yardhouse is best-known for its vast beer selection, with 180 on tap. The selection changes slightly with the seasons, but a majority are available year-round. The Yardhouse also offers mixed drinks: cocktails, martinis, even beer combinations. The interior is dark, with rich, wooden booths and tables with low-slung lights hovering above. The best lighting can be found at the brushed, stainless-steel bar in the middle of the room, showing they know what matters here. Large, modern-art murals hang over black- leather booths, and there are more than a dozen flat-screen TVs spread throughout the room. The Yardhouse in Costa Mesa also features a patio that looks out onto Newport Boulevard.