(credit: Michael A../Yelp)

(credit: Michael A./Yelp)

It’s the experience of all the different emotions, the thrill of live performance that keeps people coming back to the theater, especially in Laguna Beach at the The Laguna Playhouse. You can take a chance to discover new or re-invented stories or even explore life’s mysteries during some of the many shows that are offered at the playhouse. Take a night to enjoy the best places to grab food, enjoy some upcoming shows at the playhouse and post-show activities in the Laguna Beach area.
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(credit: Laguna Playhouse)

The Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2787

Founded in 1920, The Laguna Playhouse is one of the prime locations in the Orange County region that is a window into the heritage and culture of the Laguna Beach area. With an emphasis to educate and bring more culture to the community, it does a great deal to maintain its vision and mission of the theater of preserving heritage, artistic excellence and collaboration. The types of shows to expect at this venue include a dynamic piano duo in a blend of musical comedy and mystery in “Murder For Two.” You can also catch the collaborative mix of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and some “Jive-Talkin’ in Troubies: A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream” running until the end of August. No matter what night you go to the playhouse, you can be sure to enjoy your evening with all of the variety of shows available.

(credit: Nick's Laguna Beach)

(credit: Nick’s Laguna Beach)

Nick’s Restaurant
440 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-8595

Before heading over to The Laguna Playhouse, you can grab a dinner and drinks at Nick’s Laguna Beach where the service is top notch and the quality of food is impeccable. It is recommended to make reservations prior to going to the restaurant as it gets very busy and it can mean a long wait otherwise. It is located right at the heart of the artsy beach city on Pacific Coast Highway and the food and experience will not leave you disappointed.

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(credit: The Rooftop Lounge)

The Rooftop Lounge
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(855) 990-0282

Located at the La Casa del Camino Hotel, The Rooftop Lounge is a great location to visit for great drinks and a view of the spectacular sunset. It has one of the best happy hours in town and is known for its fresh fruit mojitos. If you’re looking for a great place to grab drinks before or after going to the Playhouse, look no further. When the hotel first opened in 1929, it catered to Hollywood’s elite and served to be a great retreat. The historic building gives a great taste of the local culture.

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(credit: CBS)

Heisler Park
361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-3311

Laguna Beach is known for its beaches and views, so while you’re in the heart of the city, you can take a nice stroll only half of a mile from the bluffs of Laguna Beach to see some spectacular views from the Pacific Ocean. Head to the gazebo and take a look into the tide pools just below which is a great sight to catch before heading to the Playhouse just a mile away to catch the sunset. Also, if you do take a stroll, you will notice painters that plant their easels and paint the scenery for spectators to observe. If you’re lucky, you may even catch surfers grabbing some waves or dolphins just offshore in the ocean views.

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(credit: Brussels Bistro)

Brussels Bistro
222 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-7955

If you want to do a post-show drink and lounge, Brussels Bistro is one of the best places to head to enjoy some great music and drinks. It brings the best of Belgium to the heart of Laguna Beach where you can enjoy a Belgian beer on the casual-urban setting. On Friday and Saturday nights, the bistro turns into a semi-nightclub that is frequented by locals in town. The European electric music begins those nights at 10:30 p.m. Dance the night away after enjoying a great show at the Playhouse.

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Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.