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Bars and nightlife in Orange County

Top bars

Seafood Restaurant
“Nice place, good seafood. Upstairs bar great for discount sushi rolls at happy hour. Bay view.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“You just can’t beat the location! Sit right over the crashing waves and watch the sunset as you enjoy the bar menu on the right (fish tacos!) or the fancy menu on the left.”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“(Lunch/Dinner) - Same ownership as South of Nicks but American style food. Heart of downtown San Clemente. Again, get the butter cake, one of the best desserts in San Clemente. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“It has a great patio view of Orange County city life. It also one of the best steaks in the area. This is a must visit for high-end dining.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Ocean View, Excellent Service, Food Drinks, Desserts & Ambiance. .Fine Hawaiian Influence Dining & Bar. Valet Parking. After Or Before Enjoy Huntingtin Beach Sand & Waves Sight See & Stroll along The Pier & Tuesday’s Open Street Market on Main Street. Call for More Details. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“First- there are two South of Nick's locations now. The one in San Clemente is my favorite for dinner, food, and general vibe. But the one in Laguna in on the 2nd level on the inland side of PCH, so it does have a beautiful ocean view and is great for sunset drinks. South of Nick's is one of my two favorite Mexican restaurants in the area. It is a more upscale Mexican cuisine with phenomenal, flavorful food, a great drink selection, and some tempting dessert options. This place also is extremely busy, so definitely get reservations on the weekend. I also enjoy eating at their bar. My favorite bites include the crispy spicy ground beef tacos with refried beans and street corn, butter cake, and their horchata cocktail for dessert.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Cafe
“Breakfast/lunch/dinner place on the beach at Crystal Cove. They have a little outdoor bar where's there's usually no wait. Sunset spot, too.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Te Mexican Place in Newport Beach that is a go to if you want Mexican. Fun Bar. ”
  • 31 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Lounge
“Great outdoor Patio with Ocean View. Indoor lounge areas designed to feel right at home with comfy couches, lounge chairs and fire places. Great place for a drink int he afternoon or very slightly more upscale scene at night. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This location is pricey! But it has the best king crab legs in all of Southern California! It also has amazing prime rib. EVERYTHING is shareable here so come with a large appetite. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing rooftop at the top of a small hotel in Laguna Beach. Breathtaking views of the coast. Great for sunset. Has food all day long and great drinks. Known for their mojitos. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Lounge
“A warm fire on a cool night at the beach roasting marshmallows for s’mores makes for a great way to end the day! ”
  • 135 locals recommend
Bar
“Lunch, cocktails, or dinner on the rooftop Reggae night on Sundays Live music most nights ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Really liked the ambiance of the place. It's great for a happy hour or a place to have some drinks with friends. They do have live entertainment - the artists add their own spin to the music, which is quite unique and refreshing.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The only premier night club in Orange County coast. This place will have celebrity djs etc. Definitely a vanity affair, and lots of skin. Cover charge varies but it is at the Triangle Plaza - 15min walk. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Marine Room is a fun bar downtown Laguna Beach that usually has live music at night. Fun, homey vibe inside. Typically younger-middle aged patrons. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Music venues

Hockey Arena
“The Honda Center is home of the Ducks Hockey Team and has many different concerts and events! If you like hockey then come to the Honda Center! Go Ducks!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Fine dinning and exceptional panoramic view of the city of Dubai for the hard to please.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Marine Room is a fun bar downtown Laguna Beach that usually has live music at night. Fun, homey vibe inside. Typically younger-middle aged patrons. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This local spot has great live music playing on the weekends. Check their website for details.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“This is THE great dive bar of Laguna Beach. Bring your crazy! This place goes off every weekend!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Music Venue
“We love the concerts here and the food isn’t bad either. Intimate space with a low-key vibe offers a full dinner menu, cocktails & a range of performances. It’s a 27 minute walk or a quick 3 minute drive. Tickets typically range $15-$35 bucks per person. Great guitarist Marc Seal is performing here Saturday Feb. 24th @ 8pm for $20, he’s a locals favorite.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Good Irish pub with the usual expectations. Many times they'll have a live band. About 15min walk.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“We have some interesting dive bars in town. This one is great for people watching, live music and dancing. Fun if you're looking for some fun! ”
  • 5 locals recommend