The weather is heating up, and what better way to ring in summer than to grab a drink with an umbrella in it. Check out these Orange County spots for classic and signature tropical cocktails, ocean views and island dishes to get the party started.
The Rooftop Lounge
La Casa del Camino Hotel
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Nestled along Laguna Beach, The Rooftop Lounge has stunning ocean views to accompany tasty tropical drinks. Some of the unique cocktails on the menu include the “Ruby Squeeze” with vodka, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice with a sugar; the “Skinny Leprechaun” with Midori, Malibu, pineapple juice and coconut water; and “Slainte! (Slahn-Shea)” with Jameson, vanilla vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup and ginger beer. Happy hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in which there’s 50 percent off The Rooftop Lounge’s signature mojitos, beer, wine and well drinks.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar serves tropical drinks suitable for all ages. For adults, there’s more than 10 cocktails to choose from and for those who are too young or don’t prefer alcoholic beverages, there’s a few special “Sam’s No-Booze Brews” drinks to satisfy your tropical drink fix. Additionally, there’s an island-themed food menu with items such as the slow-roasted Kālua-style pork sandwich, the “Ahi Poke,” the “Big Island Flatbread” and “Angus 1/3 lb Hawaiian Cheeseburger” if you get hungry.
Don The Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
At Don The Beachcomber, there’s a long list of “Don’s Original Tropical Cocktails” to quench your thirst. Some of the drinks include “Don’s Own Mai Tai,” “Rum Barrel,” “Missionary’s Downfall,” “Zombie” and “Vicious Virgin.” Take a look at all of the creative cocktails served here. There’s also specials held each week at happy hour, like Don’s island BBQ rib night, Don’s catch of the day, all-you-can-eat fish and chips and 10 oz. snow crab night.
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Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen
31732 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
When thinking of a tropical cocktail, rum often comes to mind. At Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, there are more than 100 different rums on the menu for the ultimate tropical drink. Check out the extensive list of rums available on the website. Additionally, the food menu of Caribbean favorites such as jerk chicken, plantains, jerk fish and curry chicken serves as a nice accompaniment to a refreshing tropical beverage.
Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Located on Huntington Beach, Duke’s Barefoot Bar offers coastline views, ocean breeze and, of course, tropical drinks. In addition to classic mai tais and mojitos, the ocean front spot serves a variety of signature tropical drinks such as “Moana Margarita,” “Lava Flow,” “Pineapple Express Martini,” “Hawaiian Iced Tea,” “Strawberry Basil Cooler,” “Citrus Breeze,” “Cucumber Breeze” and “Blueberry Pomegranate Lemonade.” There’s also a generous selection of fresh fish, seafood, tacos, salads, sandwiches, burgers and the popular Kimo’s Original Hula Pie® if you want to dine in.