The Best Nightlife in Orange County

Most people think of Los Angeles when it comes to having a little late night fun, but the best nightlife in Orange County is just as fun and a lot closer! We have chosen a few places for you that have never steered us wrong and that cater to a wide variety of preferences.

 

The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano

Although The BrewHouse closes at 11 on Friday and Saturday, we still thought it should make the list because it is perfect for beer lovers and has a middle to high energy level depending on the night. We love that because starting the night off at a dance club puts you at an eleven on a scale of one to ten and that gets exhausting fast.

 

Some of the best nightlife in Orange County starts here, with 30 beers on tap and an extensive selection from ciders all the way up to double IPA’s and stouts. As with any good brewery, they leave the food side of things to the experts and invite high-quality food trucks that know how to make food that plays well with beer. You can usually just tell them what you’re drinking, and they’ll pick something that enhances the flavor of the beer you’re having and the food!

 

One other feature that they offer is the awesome board games that they have. For some reason, putting “you sunk my battleship!” and a nice saison together just works!

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Knuckleheads in San Clemente

Knuckleheads makes our list of the best nightlife in Orange County for an important reason, locals frequent it but aren’t going to treat you as an outsider. One of the main drawbacks to the local bars is the locals only feel you can get when going in, kind of like going to the wrong area of the beach and getting chased out by surfers. They don’t do that here.

 

Knuckleheads is the dive bar that you always hoped for. It keeps that reputation with strong drinks, two pool tables, and good vibes. They have a nice patio area for the smokers that gets pretty rowdy as well. The best thing that you would not expect in a dive bar is that the food is fantastic!

 

Taking a look at the menu, you would think it’s just your typical bar food, but they actually but a lot of thought into making this food stand out from every other bar. I’m not a chef, so I can’t speak to what they do, but the Pulled Pork Nachos have a chipotle dust on them, and it tastes incredible. You won’t find a dive bar in a 20-mile radius that can top Knuckleheads, guaranteed!

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Luxe Restaurant and Martini Bar

Luxe may be another early closing location, but it is perfect for a celebration or an evening that screams for a little classiness. The best nightlife in Orange County doesn’t have to include dance floors because when you’re having a killer time everywhere is a good place to dance! Luxe is the place to be for mouthwatering Italian and Mediterranean food and stiff martinis.

Our favorite martinis include the Serrano Lemon Drop which has a great balance of hot and sweet and the Blueberry Twist Martini. Pair this up with their Mediterranean Sampler or Cheese Plate with your friends, or have the Braised Ribs while you enjoy the company on a nice date. You can have an incredible and well-rounded evening all in one location!

 

Let’s Talk!

Have any more questions about the best nightlife in Orange County? Drop us a line at 949-392-6400 (call or text) or email us at jreed@reedteamhomes.com today!

 

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Fun Activities for The Whole Family in Orange County

 

There are so many options for adults to enjoy in South Orange County, but what about fun activities for the whole family? We’ve come up with a few places that both the kids and the adults we know (including our families) enjoy locally. Since we service a wide area, we’ll give you some for San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Dana Point!

 

The Mission in San Juan Capistrano

When you’re a kid, a Mission may not be the most exciting thing to see. Luckily, you’re an adult and can cater anything to your child’s likes and dislikes! The Mission in San Juan Capistrano is known as “the jewel” because of the beautiful layout and vibrant colors the diverse flower collections.

 

If you have a kid who likes bugs, take them to the flowers and watch the bees pollinate the garden. If bugs aren’t their thing, they also have a beautiful koi pond plus the area is frequented by hummingbirds and butterflies as well. A perfect time to go is in March when the Swallows migrate back to South OC.

 

Not to mention the actual tour itself. You can go rogue and wander around, or pick up a recorded guided tour and learn at your own pace. Either way is great, and if your kids are at all interested in history, this is the way to go.

 

Del Mar Street in San Clemente

As far as fun activities for the whole family go, Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente is incredibly diverse. There are boutiques, art galleries, cafés, wine bars, restaurants of all types, designer stores and more shopping than you can do in one day! With all of these options, everyone can find something that interests them and the whole family can share the experience together.

 

A few of our favorite fun activities for the whole family include shopping for athletic wear at Killer Dana, looking for things for the kids at Petite Bonhomme, eating sushi at Del Mar Sushi, or checking out high-end fashion at Angel Wings boutique. The list could be endless, but if you want to experience all it has to offer, clear your day and bring the whole family down.

 

Doheny State Beach in Dana Point

If you don’t know Doheny State Beach as one of the fun activities for the whole family, then you don’t know all that it has to offer. The beach is, of course, an attraction in itself, but the cool things around it make it really exciting. There is Baby Beach, Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, and the Catalina Express!

 

Baby beach got its name because the waters are peaceful and non-threatening for even the youngest of children. Captain Dave’s is a super fun activity for the whole family. You are best off going between December through April to see whales, but you may get lucky from May to November and spot the enormous Blue Whales. You are also likely to see seals, dolphins, and even sharks during the two and a half journey!

 

The Catalina Express comes all the way to Dana Point, but it takes you out of the area so it may not necessarily qualify as an activity in South OC, but we included it since it’s easily accessible locally. Catalina has a wealth of activities of its own to explore.

 

Last but not least, we had to mention Doheny Days. The concerts on the beach are terrific, and you’re surrounded by the beach, it’s a win/win!

 

Let’s Talk!

Have any more questions about fun activities for the whole family in Orange County? Drop us a line at 949-392-6400 (call or text) or email us at jreed@reedteamhomes.com today!

The Ultimate Bucket List for Living in Orange County

Southern California, and Orange County specifically, is the ideal place for endless activities and entertainment. Whether you’re new to the O.C. scene or you’ve lived here your whole life, make sure you check off each of these items on the ultimate bucket list for living in Orange County and get the ideal southern California experience.

Pay a visit to Disneyland AND Knott’s Berry Farm

These two iconic amusement parks offer hours of entertainment. As soon as you go once, you’ll never want to leave. Make sure to try the Dole Whip at Disneyland and the chicken dinner and boysenberry pie at Knott’s. Don’t miss the Main Street Electrical Parade and Disneyland Fireworks, and make a point to visit Knott’s during the Halloween season for Knott’s Scary Farm.

Rent a Duffy boat

Cruise around Newport Harbor in style with a trip on one of the iconic Duffy boats. Get a group of friends together to pitch in for a two-hour trip and a couple bottles of your favorite southern California wine. Don’t forget to check Groupon for a deal on one of these fun water cruises!

Watch the sunset at Laguna Beach

There are many reasons why California is so popular, and the stunning sunsets are not an exception. Find a spot on one of the picturesque rocks at Thousand Steps Beach or bring a towel and a picnic basket to enjoy the incredible orange and pink colored skies over the Pacific Ocean. Watching the sunset is the perfect way to end a relaxing day at the beach or spend a romantic evening with your significant other.

Take a surfing lesson in Huntington Beach

There’s a reason the US Open of Surfing is held at Huntington Beach every year. At any given point in the day, surfers line the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. If you choose not to learn to surf yourself, you can at least watch the talented surfers ride the waves by the famous Huntington Beach Pier.

Watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Each holiday season, view the spectacle that is 250 decorated boats parade around the Newport Harbor. Each boat is adorned with dazzling lights and Christmas-themed decorations, and a visit to the parade will not disappoint.

Watch a Ducks game

This exciting team guarantees an entertaining night out, complete with cold beers and ice rink fights. A playoffs game is even more of a bonus, as the crowd is that much rowdier and the energy in the Honda Center is unbeatable. Check out the season schedule and buy your ticket today!

Take a drive down PCH

The famed Pacific Coast Highway makes an appearance in countless songs and movies for a reason. The coastline-filled drive rings of classic, 1960s California and the views are breathtaking. Turn on the Beach Boys soundtrack and enjoy the views as you cruise down Highway 1.

Spend a day at the OC Fair

And don’t forget to indulge in deep-fried food, cold beers, and countless rides on the traditional carnival rides. Take a chance at the popular fair games in the hopes of winning an oversized stuffed animal!

Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano

This historic landmark is a must-see for anyone living in Orange County. This famous mission offers history tours and is a great place for sightseeing. In October, don’t forget to visit as the sun goes down and take the ghost tour of the “haunted” Los Rios St.

Hike to the Top of the World

This steep hike pays off with breathtaking views of the California coastline. Visit on a clear day to see the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, gorgeous hillside mansions along the coast, as well as a chance to spot Catalina Island.

While there are countless other famous locations and activities to check off your Orange County bucket list, make a point to complete each one on this list. And give us a call today for more information about things to do in Orange County!

San Clemente Weekend Activities

San Clemente is a charming town in the heart of South Orange County that is known for the rich culture and popular surfing community. San Clemente has a number of attractions and fun things to do, so we have created a weekend guide of great activities to help you explore all San Clemente has to offer!

San Clemente Farmer’s Market

                Head to downtown on Sunday mornings from 9 am- 1 pm for the amazing Farmer’s Market in San Clemente. You can find locals typically bike or walk to the market and fill their bags and baskets with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers. The vendors also sell things like exotic plants, honey, salsa, bread and much more! No need to cook a big brunch on Sunday mornings, just head down to the Farmer’s Market for all the food you’ll need.

San Onofre State Beach

                This extremely popular beach is perfectly located in between San Clemente and Oceanside, making it apart of both Orange County and San Diego County. The San Onofre State Beach is a destination surf spot for many. The best surfing points on the beach are at Surf Beach and Trestles Beach which are both located in the North end of the state beach. Here locals and visitors can also take surf lessons or rent water equipment. There are various campgrounds around the beach where people can spend a night under the stars if they wish. Visitors can also bring dogs to the beach.

San Clemente Pier

The pier is a great spot for fishing during the day, and an evening stroll in the evening. The sunsets on the pier are like no other, and it’s a great place to bring the whole family. At the entry to the pier there are numerous fantastic restaurants such as the Pier Restaurant and Bar as well as the Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar. The pier is open from 4 am- 12 am. The beach at the pier offers a wide range of activities with barbeque grills, playgrounds, fire pits, volleyball courts, picnic benches, concession stands and more!

Outlets at San Clemente

                In need of a little shopping? The Outlets at San Clemente are the ultimate destination for all your retail therapy desires. This shopping center is Orange County’s only coastal outlet shopping, so you can look at beautiful views while getting great deals! The outlets include over 55 stores and options for men, women, teens and children! The outlets also offer a number of great restaurant and eating stops to satisfy the appetite you’ll work up from shopping!

Reel to Reef Charter Tour

                If you have a free Saturday morning, and don’t mind waking up a little early, a great activity offered in San Clemente are the boat tours! You can find a number of boat tours for whale watching and such, but the Reel to Reef Charters will take two or three people out for a private, hands-on fishing experience.

Del Mar Street

                One of the most common, and entertaining, activities on the weekends is to stroll Del Mar Street in downtown San Clemente. The street is extremely charming and lined with cute boutiques and fantastic restaurants. Can decide where to eat? Just walk along the street until something catches your eye- it shouldn’t take too long… The shops along Del Mar Street are local and quaint. You can find a lot of art shops as well as many surf-related shops.

 

To learn more about San Clemente, or to look at what’s on the market in the area, contact one of our team members today! We can help you find the perfect home in a location that’s right for your family!