Not every nightlife trip has to be expensive, and one way to cut down on the cost, hassle and discomfort is to head to locations that aren’t all about the booze. Orange County has plenty of sober entertainment to keep you occupied and content, and this list is sure to give you some ideas of where to start your journey.
110 E Walnut Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
From puppetry to live theater, improv to Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Maverick Theater hosts a wide range of nighttime thrills for those looking for something a little off-the-beaten path. Students get in cheaper to most shows, but those headed to Improv Shmimprov on Friday and Saturday nights can cough up a measly $5 to laugh their butts off. Be sure to check out the website before heading down to ensure that night’s play is up your alley.
Huntington Beach, CA 92707
Whether you are catching a game of amateur hockey or roller derby, The Rinks in Huntington Beach offers a wide variety of athletics and spectator sports. You can book parties there to reserve the place for you and your closest friends, but catching some local hockey players from the Anaheim Ducks might just make the trip worth it. They even have a “Learn to Play” program for wanna-be skaters.
Movies on the Beach
1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach,CA 92660
Beginning Memorial Day Weekend and running all through the summer, Movies on the Beach at the Newport Dunes is a great way to spend a weekend night. Cheap parking and plenty of sitting space should make for a comfortable night of cinema. Bring whatever food or drink you crave, just be sure to keep the beach looking as clean as it was when you got there and bring warm clothes, because it gets frosty during the night.
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
During the day, Dana Wharf offers a few different options, such as whale watching and sport fishing, but it’s the nightlife that will keep you around. Every Saturday night Dana Wharf launches a live music cruise, a 90-minute, 18 and older trip around the bay while jamming to some excellent tunes. Even better, you get to enjoy the sunset while on the 95-foot boat and bask in the gorgeous scenery as the ride presents the sunset right in front of you.
1000 N Edwards Court
Anaheim, CA 92806
Indoor go-karts may not be everyone’s bag, but anyone with a need for speed will find plenty of it here in Anaheim. From bachelor parties to corporate gigs, hot dates to birthday gatherings, K1 offers a huge track and all the gear necessary to drive fast and turn around harrowing corners. Of course, alcohol and driving don’t mix, and what better way to prove that then going 40 mph in a tiny kart designed for speed and control.
Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at Examiner.com.