With all the family responsibilities moms probably don’t as much time out as they deserve. Just like anyone else moms should be rewarded with some time off. Here’s the thing though, a mom may not necessarily know where to go on the rare occasion that she actually gets a night away from home. The goal of course is to get out of the house and have a night of fun. These places will help mom enjoy her hours away from her motherly duties.

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The Twisted Vine
127 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-1200

When you’re looking for a place to have your mom’s night out, you definitely want a place that is relaxed and conducive to a good conversation. Twisted Vine offers you a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a wide variety of wines by the bottle, glass or flight. You’ll also find a pretty good food menu here as well with cheeses, charcuterie, empanadas, and other things you can enjoy with your wine. The Twisted Vine has everything you need for an enjoyable night without the kids.

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The Cellar
156 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-3663

The Cellar is a cool little place in downtown San Clemente that has just the right vibe for your night out. You’ll find a great selection of wines (including the bubbly variety) and cheeses. You’ll also find a menu that includes dishes to share as well as burgers and salads. To make the experience even better, live music (with a lot of blues) is offered every Tuesday through Sunday.

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422 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-1550

If your goal for mom’s night out is to cut loose, Skyloft is a great place to do it. Skyloft features a menu ranging from seafood to ribs to tamales. The cocktails here are excellent, too, and the wine and beer selections are both terrific. Live music is also a staple here with a lot of reggae and soul, which makes this a great place for dancing. There is no dress code, but this provides a good excuse to get dolled up for a night of drinks and dancing.Related: Best restaurants in OC with live music

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Cruise Newport Beach
400 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(714) 673-1489

If all you want for your mom’s night out is a relaxing few hours, Cruise Newport Beach is a great option. It’s hard to imagine something more relaxing than a 90-minute cruise around Newport on a ship with a full bar. Add to that the fact that you can watch the sunset while you’re on board, and you’ve got the perfect escape from your motherly duties. If 90 minutes isn’t enough, you can always visit one of the great bars in Newport after the cruise.

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32401 Golden Lantern St.
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 373-7900

Many moms probably don’t get to see movies unless they go to see the latest animated movie with the kids. At Cineopolis, you can enjoy the latest movies – in a recliner – without being distracted by your kids. In addition, you can get a full meal (the menu includes flatbread pizzas, and burgers among other things) and some drinks at Cineopolis. In other words, this cinema offers you everything for an enjoyable movie experience.Related: Best wine bars in Orange County

By Gary Schwind