There’s a reason why we named Kelly’s Korner Tavern in Placentia the best neighborhood bar in North OC, and it’s not just because we named it as having Orange County’s best Taco Tuesday. There’s enough big screens to watch everyone’s team play, a couple of pool tables and dart boards, and even a Scratcher kiosk to wager your hard-earned cash. The sandwiches are stacked worthy of Katz’s, the cheeseburgers are juicy AF, the trivia nights are savage (watch out for the kings that be Who, Mortimer?/ManBearPigs).
And then, of course, is the beer. They pour the usual domestics on draft but don’t be a chavala and mix it up a bit. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA 7% ABV is more smooth than tart, but you still get that citrus-y freshness that grapefruit adds to offset the hoppiness of IPAs.
Port Board Meeting Brown Ale 8.5% ABV is full, rich and malty. Then the chocolate and coffee kick in, leaving you with a big satisfied smile. Mmm…chocolatebeercoffee….
But Kelly’s best cerveza may be the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Bourbon and beer go together so well—who Knew! So many rich flavors that I asked to lick the barrel (no, seriously: ask awesome waitress Carmen) for any final hints of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Served in a goblet, this beer is meant to be sipped, savored while you relax with your best bud’s on Triva Thursday—BRING IT.