Best Orange County, CA Nightlife

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    10. Yard House

    Boasting a number of locations in Orange County and Southern California, this fun-loving establishment delivers good food and what they call "the world's largest selection of draft beer." With anywhere from 130-250...

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    9. Chain Reaction

    There are few places in the area where teenagers can go to hear live music without their parents. Chain Reaction in Anaheim is one option. It's an all-ages club catering to teenagers. The tiny venue heats up quickly...

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    8. The Yost Theater

    The Yost Theater is Orange County's oldest and most storied theater. Built in 1912 for Vaudeville acts, the theater has seen silent film actors, club DJs, heavy metal bands and a variety of other actors and...

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    7. Iva Lee's

    Iva Lee's is a Southern Belle located in downtown San Clemente. The restaurant specializes in Southern and Creole cuisine and live Blues and Jazz music. Wednesday - Saturday you'll find locals kicking up their...

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    6. Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe

    For years, Steamers has been the OC's go-to place for exceptional live jazz, and any night of the week, you'll find aficionados camped out in the audience, soaking in the heartfelt sounds and rippling rhythms. Young...

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    4. House of Blues

    Always-popular House of Blues in Downtown Disney finds favor with lots of folks who appreciate the outstanding music venue and restaurant as a fun destination throughout the day and night. Not only does House of...

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    3. The Coach House

    It's been around a long time, but that only means that Coach House has earned its reputation as a top-rated place to catch local bands and touring performers. There's nothing elaborate about the venue, but it's a...

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    2. Detroit Bar

    OC meets hipster-LA at the intimate Detroit Club. A former punk rock venue in the 80s it now showcases an eclectic mix of indie groups, touring acts and rock n' roll. It's open seven nights a week and DJs spinning...

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    1. The Observatory

    The Observatory sits in the same venue where the now defunct Galaxy Theatre was located. Reinvigorated by new owners and renovations, the 550 seat venue attracts LA Indie bands and rising stars that would otherwise...

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About Orange County, CA Nightlife

Since it encompasses lots of differently sized cities and towns, Orange County doesn't boast a single, well-defined nightlife district that makes for easy on-foot jaunts from bar to bar. However, it does offer lots of great, often upscale spots that garner loyalty from local folks and embrace visitors as well. Depending on where you're stationed or where you opt to go, you'll discover plenty of fun hangouts to while away the evening. Anaheim's Downtown Disney®, for instance, offers familiar standards like ESPN Zone and House of Blues, while Fox Sports Grill at the Irvine Spectrum Center delivers all the drama of matches, meets, and games in a classy space that's as much lounge as it is sports bar. If lounges are explicitly on the agenda, Sutra in Costa Mesa ably satisfies, thanks to terrific drinks, DJs, and an exotic, sense-enveloping setting. Also in town is Shark Club, a jack-of-all-nightlife-trades that offers everything from dancing to billiards. And lest you think that the name refers solely to pool-table opportunists, check out the large, central tank – it's filled with the real thing! Live music gets abundant play at The Coach House, courtesy of local bands, and places like Steamers please more subdued crowds with top-notch jazz performers throughout the week. Even big-city hedonism is not restricted to LA, as is patently evident at Club Vegas, where dancing is as much catwalk as release and where stunning eye candy makes the cover charge happily worthwhile.

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