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Santa Ana, particularly the downtown area, has come a long way in the last decade or so. In fact, it’s become a destination for people across the county who enjoy great food and drinks. With terrific bars across the city, if you are one of those people who likes to go out with friends and grab a drink, try these top Santa Ana bars
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Native Son Alehouse
305 E 4th St., Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 204-0337
www.nativesonale.com

There is a certain charm in going up on a rooftop and enjoying a few beers while chatting with friends. That is exactly what you can do at Native Son. This Santa Ana bar has a great number of beers on tap with craft beers as well – most of which are brewed right here in southern California. Frankly, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. Whatever you decide to order, you can be assured it’ll be great. When you choose your beer, you can go out on the patio and enjoy it while you watch the scene in downtown Santa Ana.

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(credit: Jennifer B./yelp)


The Barrel Room
324 W 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 204-0519
www.thebarrelroomoc.com

Sometimes you just want a relaxing bar where you can enjoy some beverages and some good food. That is exactly what you can find at Santa Ana’s Barrel Room in downtown. Here you’ll find a great selection of wines, as well as craft beers and delicious food to go along with it like tapas and more. Make sure to order their cheese plates, too, which will go great with whatever wine or beer you choose.

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The Olde Ship
1120 W 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550-6700
www.theoldeship.com

If you ever find yourself in the mood for an English pub, The Olde Ship definitely fits the bill. This Santa Ana establishment comes with charming decor, and the first thing you notice as you approach the bar is the tremendous selection of drink options. The shelves are well stocked – particularly with Scotch. The Olde Ship also has an impressive beer selection with a lot of British favorites like Fuller’s and Belhaven on draft. The food, like fish and chips and steak and kidney pie, are exactly what you’d expect in an authentic English pub and go great with the beers.

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Chapter One: The Modern Local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 200-2225
www.chapteronetml.com

Chapter One has been a standing favorite in downtown Santa Ana for years, and for good reason. The cocktails here are both creative and delicious. In addition, this bar has a great selection of whiskeys whether you want it neat or in a cocktail. Happy hour is a great time to enjoy those cocktails and beers because both the drinks and the prices are great. The menu here is seasonal, and you’ll always be able to find something delicious like duck-fat fries and pork-belly buns.

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C4 Deli
200 N Broadway St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 263-1555
www.c4deli.com

Yes, C4 is a deli, however it also has an amazing selection of craft beers both on draft and in a bottle. One look at the beer list and you can’t help but be impressed. That’s not all that’s offered here though. You’ll also find an impressive list of wines by the bottle and glass. Any one of the beverages on hand here will go great with the food you’ll find on the menu. C4 offers great sandwiches, from porchetta to meatloaf, that will get you to return regularly.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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