No matter how spacious the outdoor seating, an Orange County patio bar needs more than a great view. Living in Orange County means you have several creative bars with highly-original menus and rotating selections of craft beers available. From small neighborhood-style pubs to larger venues, Orange County’s patio bars run the gamut from small and classy, to big and boisterous.
The Deck On Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel
627 Sleepy Hollow Ln
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Located inside the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, The Deck On Laguna offers unparalleled views of the Pacific as you sip on cocktails of all kinds. Aside from a delicious lunch and dinner menu with plenty of seafood options, sandwiches and more, they offer signature cocktails as well. Sip on their So-Cal Mule, their version of the Moscow Mule, with Vodka, ginger beer and lime sour, as well as a California Cooler with Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber, jalapeños, ginger beer and mint, and much more. The bar also offers a terrific red and wine list! Those looking to sip on cocktails with sweeping views of the water right on the beach will be in heaven here.
La Casa Del Camino
1289 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Situated inside the La Casa Del Camino hotel, The Rooftop Lounge is easily one of the best bars in the Laguna Beach area. With sweeping views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the bar that’s perched on the top floor of the hotel, offers delicious cocktails and great people-watching too. While you sip on cocktails, wine, beer, and other drinks, you can also choose from appetizers, and a full menu of food as well. Mojitos, martinis, margaritas, and just about anything else is on offer here. And, to kick it up a notch, indulge in one of the best happy hours in town while you watch the sunset.
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Five Vines Wine Bar
31761 Camino Capistrano #11
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Family-owned and operated, Five Vines Wine Bar serves a wide variety of wines and craft beers. Though the patio is small, it remains a great spot to sit and enjoy a glass of wine from a menu that includes over 60 options. Or, choose from 6 rotating craft beer options that change weekly in addition to 14 craft beers available all the time. The menu, which contains hummus and other light fare, complements long sessions of wine tasting and beer sampling. With a multi-screen theater across the road, Five Vines also is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a drink before or after a great film.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Located inside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Trader Sam’s proves the Disney magic is available to visitors outside the park as well. Taking advantage of Orange County’s abundance of sunshine and cool evening breezes, the large patio here is a great place to enjoy a concoction from the bartenders such as Shipwreck on the Rocks and Krakatoa Punch. Come hungry too as Trader Sam’s features delicious eats as well. Asian wings and Portuguese sausage bites are just some of the stand out options, as well as Sam’s pu pu platter, which is nice to share outdoors. Children are welcome here before 8pm, but you have to be over 21 to stay after that.
7561 Center Ave., Suite 37
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Established in 2012, the Speakeasy in Huntington Beach has positioned itself as one of the best patio bars in Orange County. The bar, which offers a variety of unique cocktails such as their ‘Red Curtain’ or red sangria, also offers an outstanding craft beer menu and wine menu. For wine, choose between an impressive selection of whites, reds and sparkling, including around 30 options. Hungry? Well, The Speakeasy has you covered. Menu items such as filet mignon skewers, bacon wrapped organic dates and garlic bacon cheddar macaroni and cheese complement the robust wine selection. The bar also serves a variety of ciders and ales, many of which are produced in California. In addition, The Speakeasy offers brunch on the first Sunday of every month, and specials on select draught beers on Tuesday and bottles of wine on Wednesday.
Wild Goose Tavern
436 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Though this establishment has a great patio, folks in Orange County primarily frequent this Tavern for the delicious food and décor, which reminds patrons of a hunting lodge. Stuffed stags, beavers, and other critters surround the interior as customers enjoy their cocktails and seasonal beers. Calling their menu “elevated pub grub,” Wild Goose offers burgers and salads as well as white truffle fries. It’s their wide selection of sausages though, that really stands out on the menu. Like a neighborhood bar, the Wild Goose Tavern can attract an overflow crowd at times.
The Blue Beet
107 21st Place
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Opened in 1912, the Blue Beet offers everything from live music nightly, fresh seafood, and of course, terrific drinks. Though the rooftop patio bar offers a great ocean view, the booths on the lower level are nice and intimate as well. The Blue Beet also offers a martini menu and a solid food selection featuring steaks, seafood and salads. With a great view, lively music, tasty cocktails, and delectable eats, this historic jazz joint is the perfect place to sit outside during Summer and enjoy the breeze.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Steven Bryan calls Irvine, California his home. A freelance writer for more than 20 years, he has interviewed a wide range of notable celebrities, including a variety of up-and-coming musicians and artists as well. Passionate about movies and comic books, he also makes an annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con.