Classic Irish pub and restaurant; live music Th-Sa. 2497 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.1562; 71 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.8300.
Lounge is ideal for light dining or nightcap. Live entertainment. Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 Mac-Arthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.476.2001.
Hip, state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounge with sports bar and global cuisine. The District at Tustin Legacy. 2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.2695.
Watering hole in basement of 1925 building. Pool tables, 40 beers. Tu-Su 8 pm-2 am. 2251/2 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.543.3813.
The District Lounge
Retro spot near Newport Pier has 100-foot mahogany and copper bar. Orange location is in original 1920s post office. 121 McFadden St., Newport Beach, 949.673.4470; 223 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.639.7777.
Live music and dancing at classy lounge with bay views. Balboa Bay Club and Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 888.445.7153.
Heat Ultra Lounge
Vegas-style club with headline acts near Disneyland has state-of-the-art sound system and indoor smoking lounge. Th-Sa. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.776.4328.
The county’s best whiskey list, 75 craft beers and cocktails, creative and slow-cooked cuisine (start with Cracklin’ Rosemary Bread) inside 1918 Pacific Railway Station. Two patios, one for cigars. Flat-screens air vintage westerns and sports. 136 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.871.2222.
Acclaimed venue offers touring bands, dancing and soul food. Filled with outsider
art. Rafter-raising gospel brunch on Sundays. Call for schedule. Downtown Disney, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. Map I10 houseofblues.com
Top comedy. Two-item minimum (food or drink). Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.
Bar and kitchen in Santa Ana’s Artist Village. Open until 2 am M-Sa, Su until midnight. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172.
Lucky Strike Lanes
Retro-cool bowling lounge with DJ. The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.937.5263.
Laid-back locals bar with pool table offers live blues and rock on weekends. Open until 1 am Su-Th, until 2 am F-Sa. 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3027. marineroomtavern.com
Small plates and cocktails at trendy lounge with retractable glass roof. Open until 2 am Tu-Sa. The Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700.
Muldoon’s Dublin Pub
Cozy spot with courtyard offers fun Irish-themed events in the Celtic Bar. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110.
New. Slick speakeasy hidden behind Pitfire Pizza offers innovative cocktails and superb snacks—the chef is from Venice Beach’s Superba Snack Bar. 353 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.313.6335.
Hot spot for sunset cocktails on wraparound patio with panoramic coastal views atop La Casa del Camino hotel. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446.
Premier jazz spot, the county’s best. 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.871.8800.
Still Water Spirits & Sounds
Nightly live entertainment. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003.
Club with cool decor, musical acts and big-name deejays. Open Th-Sa. The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103.
41-glow-in-the-dark lane bowling alley with billiard tables, full bar and lane-side food and drink service. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.783.2810.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
Celtic-themed pub with servers in plaid mini-kilts and sports on 48 screens. 1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange 714.633.5458.
New and popular. Cocktails (and barrel-aged cocktails!), seasonal beers, creative sausages and burgers amid hunt-lodge-saloon decor. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453.
Wine/cheese tasting room and store at hip outdoors-themed center. Open Tu-Su. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.905.9521. winelabcamp.com
Historical landmark now plays host to popular musical acts and deejays. Open daily. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 888.862.9573.