There are no shortage of bars in Orange County. Still, that doesn’t mean you want to pick just any old place the next time you feel like inviting clients out, or even wining and dining that cute gal from 4B. Here are some great places in town where the atmosphere blends perfectly with the liquor selection to create a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Chapter One: the modern local in Santa Ana is known for their bar scene and trendy menu where you’ll find specialty cocktails with bacon bourbon and cherry liquor, moonshine and elderflower, house-made ginger beer and vodka, and even barrel-aged cocktails. Paired with bourbon scallops, jerked salmon nachos and tapas, the menu will quickly become your weekend favorite.
Nieuport 17 in Tustin is perfect for dates and special occasions, and the cocktail menu isn’t too bad, either. Conservative drinkers can find staples like martinis with blue-cheese-stuffed olives and lemon drop martinis, and anyone with a sweet tooth will love venturing into cocktails like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Martini.
When you’re heading to the coast, stop by The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach for drinks by the water. Sit outside for libations with mussels and charcuterie in the salty air.