Head down to the District if you want a great happy hour in an alluring environment, live rock and/or DJ dancing fun in Old Towne Orange! Love the throwback 50s inspired burlesque décor inside- velvety red curtains, pin-up girl prints and all! This spot is also great for catching the game. Matches are displayed on several HD TVs. If you're not into watching, how about shooting a round of billiards. Two beautiful pool tables are featured in the lush restaurant
Food & Drink (Specials Subject to Change):
Build a Burger Mondays- $6
Early Happy Hour at 2PM!
HH is from 2PM-7PM, M-F.
Happy Hour/Taco Tuesday.- Decent bar food offerings. Not super fancy but specials include "All You can Eat" Tacos for $5. Margaritas and other drinks $4-$5.
Note: Also visit The District Lounge in Newport Beach.
Dress Code: No enforced code
Four hundred miles away from the classic trolley cars of San Francisco are those of OC Trolley, which are decidedly more "tipsy". In Old Towne Orange, hop aboard the non-track OC Wine Trolley, which gives passengers sampling of wine, food and slices of Orange city history during a 2+ hours.
Conducted by a realtor company, the drunkened, stuffed tour features samplings of at least 5 wines and several restaurants along a relatively smooth OTO ride. For some (i.e. wine afficionados or winos), the sampling will prove to be too food heavy and less vintage-imbibing. However, for the $40+ costs per person, $75 couple price tag for the tour, too much food may not be such a bad deal.
If you want to have a different romantic outing, this may be a good choice. There tends to be an older crowd aboard, with a good showing of gray-haired baby boomers, but anyone 21 and older who needs an excuse to get a bit merry should come.
Tickets are available by e-mail on the website. Show up early for the evening tour. Tour start is after 7:30 but to get the best seat on the cramped car, plan on arrive to starting point at least 30 min before.
Note (as of early 2013): OC Trolley may expand beyond wine and food and do other themed trolle tours, like a holiday and "haunted area" tour. Check website for updates and contact info!
Dress Code: Dress warmly, usually a long sleeve sweater or jacket will do with long pants. It will get a little breezy most evenings in Orange.
There is much inside the Block. A main attraction of the "Universal City Walk of Orange county" is the food and drink. I'll give a quick rundown of where to go according to major taste :
Corner Bakery- Ah, love the rolls here!
Also yummy panini!
Market Broiler- Try the salmon or ahi!
Skip Starbucks and go to Corner Bakery for a a good cup of joe or cappuccino.
The chain restaurant, El Torito is here, as well, as the fast comida of Rubio's. Both are good, nothing too special but good. Grab a fish taco at Rubio's!
Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Dave and Busters (21 and older at night)
Dress Code: no particular dress code is enforced at the restaurants.
The Block at Orange has something to offer everyone. While there's plenty of shopping to be had at this mall/entertainment spot, I use to come to the Block often to watch movies at the AMC Theaters. And sometimes, I'd catch some comic relief at Cafe Tu Tu Tango or just goof around with friends at Dave & Busters. So, if you're from out of town and tired of the Old Town Disney scene, come out to the Block at Orange, which is just a several minutes drive away. But I must also warn you, it's a popular hangout for teenagers and can get pretty busy on weekend nights.
11AM - 2 AM Daily
Upscale bowling lounges, which include a restaurant, bar, art video screens, and guest DJs.
Though it is "upscale", it is a very comfortable atmosphere. Nice booths and sofas to lounge on while dining or just drinking and socializing. The afternoons are more relaxed and it's easier to get a bowling lane. The evenings are really jumping and packed full of people of all ages, mostly a young crowd. Music is current.
Dress Code: Casual dress is fine. Being in an outdoor shopping mall, there are lots of dressed-down folks that wander in.