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Best Bars For Networking In Orange County

September 27, 2012 6:00 AM

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Too many nightlife hot spots are great for socializing but not great for getting down to business. Orange County features plenty of wonderful environments to conduct a business meeting or network with someone in your industry. From seafood and golf clubs to Irish cuisine and sports fanaticism, there is something for everyone in any industry with these great networking locales.

O’Neill’s Bar and Grill
26772 Avery Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 305-5100
www.arroyotrabuco.com/oneills.aspx

Depending on your future clientele and desired lifestyle, a golf club may be the perfect place to hob nob. Networking is made simple on the patio with its nice view of the greens offering peace and quiet for all deals being done. The club offers light dinner options but plenty of wines to choose from as well as live music from Thursday to Saturday. If you make the right connections, your next meeting might be on the golf course.

Related: Best Sports Bars In Orange County

Scott’s
3300 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 979-2400
www.scottsseafood.com

Don’t let the boat club vibe get you down. Scott’s offers great food in a wide open environment. Plenty of business folk will surround you, making your meeting seem even more important while fresh halibut or other seafood delights are being delivered to your table by a fancy waiter. Happy hour lasts all night on Monday and until 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Take advantage of the deals while talking business. This place does have a mandatory valet, but an ATM machine located within takes away the frustration of lacking cash.

Fleming’s
455 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 720-9633
www.flemingssteakhouse.com/locations/ca/newport-beach

Named as one of the top 10 best restaurants for business dining by Gayot.com, Fleming’s offers over 100 wines and delectable food options for your networking session. As an added bonus, you can use its teleconference room to link up with over 60 other Fleming’s locations and have a real internet-based networking moment. Close to John Wayne Airport and near multiple hotels, this dinner location is a can’t-miss restaurant.

Quinn’s
405 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 731-2263
www.quinnsoldtowngrill.com

Mixing in a bit of Irish culture and sports enthusiasm, Quinn’s offers an old-world cuisine fit for every lad and lass. Its fantastic happy hour and patio dining makes business lunches or dinners a no brainer. You and your guests can order some of the best authentic food while sitting down at the bar going over the bottom line. The laid-back atmosphere will make for a much more relaxed setting than the typical conference room.

Mr. Stox
1105 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 634-2994
www.mrstox.com

The Anaheim area, near Disneyland, is one of the most populous networking areas in Orange County and Mr. Stox is one of the best places to dine. The California mission architecture is inviting and lovely and the nightly pianist adds a touch of class to your business meeting. Each room offers its own culinary motif and anyone who digs classic American food will find plenty to enjoy. Order the flatbread for a starter and all guests will be satisfied.

Related: Best Happy Hour Spots In Orange County

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.

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