The Best Places to Drink in Orange County Right Now

Anepalcos Cafe
Anepalcos Cafe
Jennifer Fedrizzi/OC Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano, LP Hastings, Charles Lam and Dave Lieberman

With breweries opening up at a rapid rate, distilleries getting ready to debut later this year, bartenders upping their games, and dive bars remaining a place for comfort, we live in a golden age of OC drinking. With that in mind, behold a list of our finest booze barns, from Korean and Mexican bars to cocktail lounges, beer-tasting rooms, Long Beach dives and more. Enjoy, and let the second-guessing come with last call, cabrones!

Steamers
Steamers
LP Hastings

38. STEAMERS Jazz, great drinks, downtown Fullerton--and it's close to the Magoski Arts Colony. Music, art, drinks and sexytimes: OC drinking in one stumble! 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-8800; www.steamersjazz.com.

The V Room
The V Room
Dustin Ames/OC Weekly

37. THE V ROOM Everyone needs to have the kind of place you can just wander into at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday (or 7 a.m. on a Tuesday), order a few drinks and not talk to anyone. And there is no place better for that than Long Beach's V Room, the anchor that keeps the city's Fourth Street bar crawl so cheap. It's open until 2 a.m. every day of the year, and the booze is cheap enough to preserve yourself in. Try its list of froufrou-ish cocktails if you like, but what you really want is the Boilermaker (a domestic beer and two generous fingers of name-brand whiskey) for only $6. Just don't get nailed by any flying rocks glasses--which, if you think about it, is a good philosophy for life itself. 918 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 437-4396.

Native Son Alehouse
Native Son Alehouse
Dustin Ames/OC Weekly

36. NATIVE SON ALEHOUSE It easily has downtown SanTana's largest selection of craft beer, and Native Son Alehouse is arguably the most comfortable place in which to drink beer in the area (though the Copper Door has better music, and the Good Beer Co.'s tasting room looks a lot fancier). The main reason Native Son is on this list, though, is it's one of the only places in OC where you can take a beer tour of Orange County/Southern California without renting a party bus. Brewery tasting rooms are wonderful, but some days, you don't want to take a break from drinking while you're driven from place to place. For those times, make it Native Son time. 305 E. Fourth St., Ste. 200, Santa Ana, (714) 204-0337; nativesonale.com.



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