By Ryan Cady I spent the last five years of my life working in a restaurant. It was a nice place--sort of a family sports bar, and while I was there, I did pretty much everything. Cashier, server, dishwasher, arcade attendant, custodian--and for the last two years, I was a cook. Other employees c ... More >>
Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>
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[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 newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold scribe Dave Lieberman takes over for web editor Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby ... More >>
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The EDM cruise Holy Ship!! journeyed from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas this past weekend, and we're still recovering. Here's our complete coverage. A highlight was an afternoon spent on a pristine private island in the Bahamas for an afternoon of sun, surf, cocktails and the kind of dancing no ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, a.k.a. Holy Ship!! (There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.'s Hard Events.) T ... More >>
As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>
With a college pub as great as the Anthill, you're bound to meet some drunk people every once in awhile. Some of them can be pretty cool. Others cans be super opinionated. Hilariously, people share both similar opinions and favorite drinks.
Hey, kids! This is Gustavo--but the review below isn't by me but rather submitted by occasional contributor Charisma Madarang, one of the great minds behind the UC Irvine publication Jet-Lagged. Enjoy!Located beside a Chipotle and a Pavilions at the newly opened Landing shopping plaza on the Balb ... More >>
If you throw a chicken strip, we guarantee it'll hit a pool table.The Place: The Classic Q, 4250 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, (949) 261-9458; www.theclassicq.com.The Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Deal: 25 percent off all appetizers, $5 for select appetizers, $4.50 for house ... More >>
From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California
Photo by Tracy PowellChef Craig ConnoleThe House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer new late-night Happy Hour isn't just about rolling with the Great Recession punches and discounting stuff; we're talking drink deals each and every night. They're hooking it up with the food too, except for Fridays a ... More >>
As I always point out, I'm not a beer drinker, but that doesn't mean I don't taste it. And I've never understood why anyone would bother with either Budweiser or Coors, or their Light derivatives--it all smells like piss to me, and tastes barely better. But that obviously means nothing to America ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comGrilled chicken marinated in achiote with pineapple riceIf you thought I meant Papas and Beer, that south-of-the-border mega-bar, calm down. This is Tapas and Beer, a new restaurant that seeks to fuse a small-plate concept with a neighborhood sports bar.And the place looks like a ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Auld Dubliner, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92781, (714) 259-1562; www.aulddubliner.com. The Hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Deal: $5 Guinness 20 ounce pints. $3.50 draft 16 ounce beer specials. $3 Coors Light & Miller Lite Bottles. $4 glass house wine, red ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Lucille's Smokehouse, 2550 Park Ave.,, Tustin, (714) 259-1227. Also available at its other locations; check Lucille's website for addresses. The Hours: 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 p.m.-close all week. Available in the bar only The Deal: Appetizers from $1.95 ... More >>
Jessica FordToxic PunchYou enter the Commissary Lounge from a semi-hidden black door in The Lab. There's not even a sign alerting you to alcohol ahead; it's just a word-of-mouth type of place that should never be called something so simple as "a bar."
Getty Images Beware . . . It's not your average lemonade.While out at a local bar, I was introduced to a new drink: Girl: Have you heard of a Skip And Go Naked? Bartender: No . . . Is there guaranteed nakedness? Girl: Yes, if you add enough vodka.
Dave LiebermanThe Place: The Anthill Pub, C-215 Student Center, University of California--Irvine, 4200 Campus Dr., Irvine; (949) 824-3050.The Hours: 4-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.The Deal: $1 off pints; $3 off pitchers.
One thing I do miss about my life before the soul-crushing debt, round the clock collector calls and general feeling of numb is my nightly Newcastle. Ironically, it was around the time my financial house was falling down that I noticed the price of six packs, across the board, going up. Actually, th ... More >>
White Trash Wednesdays, 9 p.m. PBR and Coors Light Johnny's Saloon 17428 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 714-848-0676 Toddler Storytime, 10:30 p.m. Footsie jammies mandatory. Barnes & Noble 7881 Edinger Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 714-897-8781 DJ Josh, 9 p.m. Down tempo and chill, no Joshin'. Kits ... More >>
The Muslims, Crash Normal, Wounded Lion, Some Days April 23, 2008 The Phoenix Grille at UCI Better Than: Studying for that test tomorrow. Download: Nightlife by The Muslims. This is cool: UCI student, Sam Farzin, has started to put on music shows at the UC Irvine’s The Phoenix Grille, one of the ... More >>
(photo courtesy of Gibson performance) Note to self: buy a cell phone. Here in the desert, on a "road" full of dips and covered in rocks as big as your fist, the decidedly "on-road" vehicle I'm driving—a Mercury Tracer—could easily bounce and break, and nobody would ever find me. The ... More >>
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