• Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Magical Star Cocktail at Hearthstone Lounge at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Our Drink of the Week!

    If the tiki-tastic Trader Sam's is the Space Mountain of Disney's many hotel bars, Hearthstone Lounge is the Disneyland Railroad: It's not very exciting, but it gets you there. Heck, you may not have even heard of it. I didn't and I've been inside lobby of the Disney Grand Californian Hotel at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    The Corner Pocket Is Stanton at Its Finest

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold editor-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Bitter Medicine: OC Bartenders' Quest for the Perfect Bitters

    Twenty-one dashes of Angostura, Peychaud's, and orange bitters later, Jefferson Van Billiard has all the ingredients he needs to make The Sawyer. The bitters, added to a basic blend of gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, paint the transparent liquid a luscious magenta when mixed. The drink looks swee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Gin-Gin Mule at Orange Hill, Our Drink of the Week!

    Being one of a few restaurants in OC that's perched on a high-enough mound of earth, Orange Hill is still, after all these years, making a killing on that view. The valet is still mandatory and if you eat at the actual restaurant, it's going to cost you about $40 for a 14-ounce New York steak and an ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 4, 2014

    Vida at Anepalco's Cafe at the Ayres Hotel, Our Drink of the Week!

    Orange County's best restaurant just got better last month, as Anepalco's Cafe's Ayres Hotel location got a full-fledged bar. Chef-owner Danny Godínez wanted cocktails to go with his magnificent creations but is asking for time, as his Peruvian barkeep is still working out the kinks on the cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    An Exploration of Steamers Jazz Club: The Good, The Bad, and The Magnificent Cocktails

    Steamers has been open a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Burger King Serving Cocktails

    You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Rose Canyon Margarita at Rose Canyon Cantina, Our Drink of the Week!

    The Rose Canyon Cantina, tucked away behind the last gasps of all-look-same inland South County in its own oak-lined dell, is the least likely place in the county to find a real, honest-to-God, Jalisco-style margarita. Most of the patrons are drinking tequila-tinged swill with bottled margarita mix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Pie Society Bar Opens Behind Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

    Somehow, after many, many months of successfully dodging media events and previews and other assorted occasions where I actually have to behave myself in front of my esteemed colleagues, I ended up at four events in a week. The one I was looking most forward to, because I have this dream of being a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    On the Line: Ali H. Zadeh of Port Restaurant, Part One

    We met chef Ali H. Zadeh during Newport Beach Restaurant Week. Port Restaurant isn't your typical beach-city dining establishment. Then again, Zadeh isn't your typical proprietor. How do you define global cuisine? It is essentially international cuisine, or cuisines of the world. Cuisine is a style ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Bar Crawl In Progress: Little Sparrow Cafe Opens in Santa Ana

    Remember two weeks ago, when I mentioned that we were just a bar or two short of a real honest-to-God bar crawl in downtown Santa Ana, one that only requires taxis at the start and end? Well, chalk up another craft cocktail bar and restaurant: Little Sparrow Café will be opening in what was former ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Playground in Santa Ana Now Has a Cocktail Menu!

    If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know we love Playground in downtown Santa Ana--great food, convivial atmosphere, and every draft beer is $5 all the time. But there's always been something missing, some spark in libations director Jarred Dooley's eyes at every meeting of the Orange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Pitfire Pizza To Open Pie Society, A Secret Late-Night Speakeasy

    It never fails. The word "secret" always sends off a jolt of immediacy. Secret? What secret? WE NEED TO KNOW!   What we discovered is this: Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa is opening a hidden speakeasy in the back of the restaurant at the end of May. It's called Pie Society and it'll have its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Bloody Mary at Back Bay Tavern at Whole Foods Market Newport Beach, Our Drink of the Week!

    Earlier this week, I attended a special dinner by Clay Oven Irvine executive chef-owner Geeta Bansal at Whole Foods Market's Newport Beach location. It's a snug space that's encyclopedic in its offerings but not as intimidating as the cavernous Tustin location. But what I didn't expect was its Back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    An Open Letter to the Mad Men-Obsessed, Or How to Make a Damn Old Fashioned

    Lately, I've had to resort to picky douchebaggery when ordering Old Fashioneds in bars, just as when I order a martini. It's all the fault of the writers and producers of Mad Men, who wouldn't know a good Old Fashioned if it got spilled on their nuts.We're not going to get into the martini thing a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2012

    Zion Love

    Tiki Bar

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    August 2, 2012

    PigOut 1.0

    Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Hillbilly Spritzer at the Catch, Our Drink of the Week!

    You know what restaurant is underrated? The Catch in Anaheim. Oh, it's not lacking in attention, from the crowds that flood the place come Angels and Ducks time to the media obsession over their Brobdingnagian four-pound OMG burger. But lost in all the hubbub is that the Catch makes great food: migh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Eso Es Todo Amigo at Matador Cantina, Our Drink of the Week!

    I remember downtown Fullerton when it was abandoned buildings awaiting the wrecking ball. I remember downtown Fullerton when antique shops brought in nothing but coffin dodgers, and the only cool place for young adults was Black Hole Records, the Hub, and the Reagan Years. I remember downtown Fuller ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    May 7, 2012

    Drunk After Work: Hamamori

    The Place: Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 3333 Bear St., Suite 320, Costa Mesa; 714-850-1549; Hours: Every day, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.The Deal: Signature cocktails and sushi rolls for $7; assorted appetizers up to $9; house wine and sake for $5.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    The Stinger at Memphis at the Santora, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​I basically live at Memphis at the Santora, the grand dame of downtown SanTana's food scene, swimming through a sea of Manhattans and climbing mountains of bread pudding every week, if not night. We named them Best Bar last year, an honor well-deserved and one that they're not resting on at all. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Matthew Robold, OC Bartender. In Finals to Be Official Tommy Bahama "Rumologist"

    ​Matthew Robold of Orange, better known as Rumdood, has advanced to the top ten of the nationwide search for the official "Rumologist" position with Tommy Bahama. Given the videos chosen for the top ten, it would appear that the requirements for the position are resistance to cirrhosis, a penchant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Margarita at Avanti Cafe, Our Drink of the Week!

    Wherefore art thou, Kat Nguyen???​Avanti Cafe in Costa Mesa underwent a radical renovation a couple of months ago, from a free-for-all veggie-vegan emporium into something more streamlined, more refined. The amazing concoctions of Mark Cleveland and Tanya Fuqua remain, but I still get irked someti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Drink of the Week: DonQ Cristal Rum

    Disregard Confederate Calvin, por favor...​Mexicans drink tequila, mezcal, sotol, pulque, beer, brandy, whiskey, more beer . . . you get the picture. But rum? Maybe in the Gulf of Mexico region, but the only sugarcane-based alcohol the wabs I know like are charanda (all those damn michoacanos) and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Cherry Thyme Martini at Haven Gastropub, Our Drink of the Week

    Sorry, folks: I was too busy engrossed in a Harper's article to remember to take a picture of the booze. But pick up our dead-tree edition this Thursday for a peek! In the meanwhile, drool over this burger...​You'd think Haven Gastropub would be a bit easier to get into now that Chapman University ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    320 Main Makes Jonathan Gold's List of LA's 55 Best Cocktails!

    Seal Beach: Not LA, but who cares?​LA Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold's list of Los Angeles' 55 best cocktails is essential reading, not so much for the drunk aspect but to hear him drop history bits after history bits on cocktails, restaurants, and so much more. But noth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Red Chair Martini at Red Chair Lounge, Our Drink of the Week

    Jessica Ford​There are three reasons to go to a swanky hotel bar: well-crafted cocktails, no crowds and stiff pours. The Red Chair Lounge, inside the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, may be walking distance from Main Street but it's clear you will arrive to a completely different crowd. The Red ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Instant Weekend: The Easiest Tequila Drink Ever

    Tequila, Jarritos and $4 for tacos later on. It's the weekend in Anaheim, man.​It's almost the weekend. It's almost a long weekend for many people. Time to bust out the liquor and celebrate!No, damn it, don't make another margarita. Time to learn to drink tequila mixed drinks the Mexican way.Not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Halle Berry at The Cellar

    ​Since Fullerton's the Cellar is one of OC's finest dining establishments, well-known for its extensive wine list, its staff could theoretically get a pass were they not able to make top-rate cocktails. But that's not how the Cellar rolls. 

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    December 24, 2010

    Sake, Soju & Liqueur from TY KU, Our Drink(s) of the Week

    TY KU Sake​Since a recent trip to the Takara tasting room in Berkeley, my days have consisted of finding another high-quality sake to complement my sushi addiction. I found success after stumbling upon a bottle of TY KU sake at one of OC Weekly's own parties. TY KU sake is made by traditional Japa ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Wildfish Seafood Grille

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1370 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 720-9925; The Hours: Tues.-Sat., 4-7 p.m.; Sun.-Mon., 4-11 p.m.The Deal: $5-$8 appetizers. $6 wines by the glass. $6 Svedka Vodka martinis, mojitos, or margaritas.

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    September 6, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Opah

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Opah at Town Center, 26851 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. C, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8822; Opah at the Marketplace, 13122 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 508-8055; The Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 4-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9-11 p.m. The Deal: $6 marti ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Five Real Mexican Drinks for Cinco de Mayo

    Let's just get this straight right away, OK?Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday. It's a Mexican holiday the way Patriots' Day is an American holiday. Patriots' Day is only observed in two out of the 50 American states (Massachusetts and Maine, in case you were wondering); Cinco de Mayo is only o ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Drunk after Work: Lola Gaspar

    Lola Gaspar seems to be one of Gustavo's least favorite restaurants, and his post on its opening is one of the most-commented posts ever to appear on Stick a Fork In It.It turns out they have a happy hour siesta hour, so it was time to see whether they'd found their groove, while sipping a cool marg ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Chocolate Candy Cane at Montage

    Jessica Ford Chocolate Candy Cane​Montage in Laguna Beach is one of the swankiest hotels in the area, but you get your money's worth when it comes to drinks at the Lobby Lounge. After you valet park your BMW or Mercedes (whichever), pass through the initial entrance of the hotel and you ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Strawberry Mojito at Habana Restaurant

    ​ Nom. That's pretty much the best way to describe today's Drink of the Week. But for the sake of coherency, I'm going to elaborate further. If you know Costa Mesa's Habana Restaurant, you know its Mojitos. They're the most popular drink on the menu; listed in original mint, aged-rum, blackberry, ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Peach Soju Cocktail at Avalon Bar

    Grace Le​Oh, Avalon Bar... home, sweet hole-in-the wall. 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 is place is no disco.2. This establi ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Mint Julep at Disneyland's Blue Bayou Restaurant

    ​Unless you're an ex-Mouseketeer, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or the offspring of one or the other, you're probably not going to make it into Club 33 (Disneyland's hardly secret VIP lounge) for an afternoon highball with Mickey. So then what do you do if your throat's left a little parched f ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Sangria Blanca at Habana

    ​On the bar at Habana, the Costa Mesa Lab's best Cuban restaurant (ok, The Lab's only Cuban restaurant), there's a row of tall, thin glasses. In each one: some mint leaves, some limes and some liquid -- I presume sugar water -- at the bottom. The place is a mojito factory.But if you venture beyond ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009
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    November 27, 2008

    Cover Me Badd

    Cover Me Badd

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    October 16, 2008
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    June 7, 2007

    Circle in the Sand

    It's not quite what you expect to see at the beach. A circle of 25 big black boxes, each 8 feet by 8 feet, with impromptu "boardwalks" inside and outside the perimeter, though passers-by can certainly walk in the sand if they choose. Embedded in the boxes are photos depicting frozen moments in extre ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Shopping Bagged

    Deck the malls with rounds of Stoli

  • Food

    September 25, 2003

    Mint Juleps, Cornholinand Memphis

    Our suet-y Southerner squeals like a pig for Memphis crab cakes

  • Features

    July 25, 2002

    Bar Baseball

    Taking one for the team

  • Food

    September 6, 2001

    After-Dinner Tort?

    Fine dining for the civic-center crowd at Shellys Courthouse Bistro

  • Food

    June 29, 2000
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