Everything seems to shut down early in Orange County — except the bars. So if you’re not into the bar scene, what are your options? Here are a few suggestions that don’t involve shots, platform heels or cheesy one-liners.
17110 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
The Fountain Bowl offers a strikingly impressive late-night experience. Bowling here brings all kinds of great life in the fast lane, with activities that are up everyone’s alley – you can enjoy food, parties, special events and more. There is even a highly popular “Cosmic Shake” dance video on YouTube, which was filmed at the alley. Deals are often available and the website is even known to often offer coupons for bowling a free game. So, if you want a late-night fun activity that doesn’t pin the choices to a bar, then this is the perfect score.
Secret City Comics Society
141 W. Wilshire Ave., Suite A
Fullerton, CA 92831
Laughing is healing and Orange County is full of comedic entertainment. Secret City Comics Society showcases impressive improvisational skills. The performers create scenes on the fly, basing these uproarious theatrics upon live audience suggestions. This comedy club, in specific, is a great one for “clean” comedy, with an emphasis on laugh-out-loud comedy that can be appreciated by people of almost any age. Get ready to come on in to downtown Fullerton on Friday and Saturday nights with your own scene suggestions and watch the fun unfold in front of your very eyes.
17961 Sky Park Circle, Suite C
Irvine, CA 92614
The Atomic Ballroom bounces to the rhythm of a variety of late-night beats. Each evening has its own dance theme. Featuring an assortment of sounds including swing, salsa, tango, blues and more, this venue receives atomically awesome accolades for its wide range of styles. If you’re looking to have a ball, jazzing up your late nights as the music comes sweeping in, this venue is the place for you because it sways so many delighted dancers of varying levels to the music of joyous celebration. And it does so in a scene that is praised for a sense of community within the mix of movement, noise and merriment.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
1600 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
The popular special evening activities here include dining in a variety of environments. You have the opportunity to enjoy enticing pizzas at the Storytellers Cafe with its distinctive murals or also the award-winning California-inspired cuisine of the delightful Napa Rose. Dining out is a great way to begin a special evening. Disneyland Park is often open until midnight, and there is frequently featured entertainment as well as nighttime firework celebrations.
Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and IMAX
65 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Orange County values its film culture and the Edwards Irvine Spectrum includes the magic of IMAX. This cinema provides large theaters, which add to your expansive experience. Whether it’s some time to get away from it all or perhaps a spot for a great date night, good fortune can be found watching films at this popular destination.
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