7 Things to Do This Labor Day in South Orange County.

Looking for things to do this long Labor Day weekend? There are a number of events happening in Orange County to help you enjoy the last moments of summer. But when it comes to narrowing one down, it can be difficult to choose. Here are our suggestions of fantastic events happening in South Orange County.

Here’s some information to give you some inspiration:

  1. Orange International Street Fair: The Orange International Street Fair is a social occasion where food and leisure activities from varying cultures are offered by non-profit organizations once a year. This may not be strictly South OC, but it is definitely worth the trip to go a few towns away! It’s a custom that brings together various cultures and causes. Experience creative world foods, crafts, folk dancing, and music. Enjoy many different ethnic foods and costumes, and even try beer from the region!
  2. The Great Labor Day Cruise. The Great Labor Day Cruise attracts well over 1000 hot rods, classic cars, and vintage autos of all kinds. The fun filled day is not only a motor show, but it is also filled with fun activities for the kids. Main features include a fun zone just for the youngsters, a model car contest, wild wagon displays, a silent auction, automobile vendors and personal items dealers.
  3. The Santa Ana Zoo: If you are looking for a shady, peaceful, mellow spot to take your family for a day that is low priced and fun, Santa Ana Zoo is the place! Most animals are tranquil and can be seen close up, and there is also an animal barn section. There will be various fun and games for the entire family.
  4. Amusement Parks: Orange County is home to the most famous amusement parks in the world. Some are themed lands while others are wild roller coaster parks. Amusement parks are some of best things to do in South Orange County; there are endless activities for both adults and children.
  5. 5. Huntington Beach Civil War Days: Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors in Huntington Beach Central are hosted at this event each year. The Civil War took place over 150 years ago, but its history still produces emotional effects to this day. Re-enactments feature hundreds of living historians and soldiers from all over the country. There are several shops, a confederate band, cannon blasts, field hospitals, just everything about the civil war. This is an educational and very entertaining event. It’s a great free adventure for the entire family.
  6. Whale Watching: Watching magnificent whales swimming and playing on the ocean’s surface, hopping out of the water, and slapping their gigantic tails is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in nature. Sail out into the ocean for an afternoon of whale watching. You can enjoy the ocean breeze and sunshine while on the lookout for one of the world’s most fascinating creatures.
  7. Eating Out in South Orange County: Looking for a perfect food spot when you visit Orange County? From the best tacos, the freshest sushi to most delicious pizzas. There are many different restaurants to choose from. The list can go on into the hundreds!

Come Find Out!

There is a wealth of things to do and lots of fun to be had this Labor Day in South Orange County. If you want to find out yourself, come this year, or better yet, move here!

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6 Tips for Choosing the Location of Your Home

Deciding the area in which you want to purchase your home can be difficult whether this is your very first home purchase, or you’ve done it a few times. Choosing a location is so tough because often times it can make or break the property value, charm and appeal. Location seems like an overwhelming task when it comes to real estate, but a realtor can not only show you homes in areas you like, but also help advise you on areas you might not initially think of but would be a good fit. If you are in the early stages of the home buying process, and you are trying to narrow down a location, take these six easy tips into consideration!

1. Price

Of course, price is one of the first things to determine when it comes to buying a home. How much can you afford or how much are you willing to stretch to get your dream home? Once you’ve worked out price, it’s already easier to narrow down location. If you are a new family, looking for a relatively inexpensive home, your choices will be between a selection of areas that best fit your range. Even if you’ve only started browsing online, it’s pretty easy to get a good idea for what kind of neighborhoods are in your price range. Price can also determine the size of home you’re looking for, which in turn can also affect location (are you looking for a townhouse or something with lots of open space?).

2. Schools

School districts are one of the biggest reasons so many families choose the location they do. In Orange County, many of the school districts are great a highly acclaimed, so it’s hard to go wrong, but it all depends on what you want. Browse some of the websites of school districts in the areas you’re looking, and see if that looks like a place your child could fit in. This is especially important for new families with younger children. Do you want public or private schooling? Do you want special/advanced education programs available? Are there parent resources and volunteering opportunities available?

3. Neighborhood

Following shortly behind school districts, specific neighborhoods and areas are definitely a big factor when it comes to purchasing a home. You want a neighborhood with friendly neighbors, safe streets, good culture, ect. It’s also helpful to decide how close you want to be to your neighbors (i.e. do you care about property lines), or if you care about living on a cul-du-sac.

4. Local Shops/ Stores

Figure out how close you want to be to things like your local grocery store, gas stations or downtown. To some families this is not as important as living in their dream home, and to others it is essential to be next to the local shops. Bigger families usually like to be near grocery stores. Ask yourself how far you’re willing to drive to pick up a carton of milk or fill up your tank if need be.

5. Work

Calculate how long you are willing to drive to get to work in the morning, in rush hour of course, and try to look at homes in the areas that fit that time frame. Although some people have no problem commuting 1+ hours, others refuse.

6. Potential for Growth

Getting a vibe for the area and neighborhoods you are looking at homes in is so important because it helps in assessing the potential for growth for that location. For instance, if you are a recently retired couple you may not want to live in a neighborhood with all young families. A realtor can help you evaluate where certain communities will be in five years.

 

For more tips and tricks on picking the perfect location for your family’s home give us a call today! We’d love to meet with you or learn more about what you’re looking for in a home.

5 Best Breakfast Spots in South Orange County

Most people think that big breakfasts and brunches are only reserved for the weekends, but that’s far from the truth! In South Orange County you can find an elaborate breakfast meal any day of the week! Whether you’re looking for just a simple place to get coffee, or a sit-down meal with the full eggs, bacon and hashbrowns, there is a restaurant for everyone! Although it’s hard to narrow our favorite breakfast places down to just a few, here are the restaurants that serve up some killer meals!

Antoine’s Cafe

A favorite breakfast spot in San Clemente for over 25 years, Antoine’s Cafe serves breakfast from 6:30 in the morning all the way until three o’clock in the afternoon. This restaurant was voted for having the best breakfast in San Clemente in 2015. One of our favorite breakfast items is most certainly the breakfast tacos that are packed with all sorts of yummy foods. You can also get lunch here as well! Antoine’s even offers cooking classes, so you can learn to whip up some of their popular dishes.

Stacks Pancake House

The name says it all… Stacks Pancake House in Dana Point serves up some of the best pancakes in all of Orange County. They have all sorts of crafty and interesting pancake creations that you’ll want to try them all! One of our favorite pancake flavors is the macadamia nut banana pancakes! This restaurant is a great place to bring the whole family and it’s definitely a kid favorite!

Zebra House Coffee

Looking for a more low-key morning? Zebra House Coffee is a great place to try if you just want some fresh coffee and a small bite in the morning! We like to pair the Rose Chai drink with a Pumpkin Coconut muffin in the mornings because Zebra House Coffee offers flavors like no other! This quaint coffee shop is located centrally in downtown San Clemente, on El Camino Real.

La Galette Creperie

No better way to sweeten up your morning than with a freshly made crepe from La Galette Creperie. Although their specialty is their sweet and savory crepes, La Galette also offers croissant sandwiches, salads and scrambles. As far as savory goes, our favorite crepe is the Santa Cruz which is filled with sauteed mushrooms, rosemary herb potatoes, monterey jack cheese and bechamel sauce. However, when we’re looking for something a little sweeter, two of our personal favorite sweet crepes are the PPV Crepe which combines ripe pears poached in red wine with mascarpone and rich vanilla sauce or the Campfire Crepe (filled with molten chocolate, marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crumbles).

Cafe Rae

A hidden gem of San Clemente, Cafe Rae is a great and easy place to get some great breakfast in the mornings! You can choose between breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, pancakes, south of the border scrambles, french toast flavors or healthy options! In addition to their killer breakfast options, Cafe Rae also offers lunch as well! The atmosphere is fun and kids love going to Cafe Rae!

For more information on South Orange County check out some of our other blogs, or get in contact with one of our agents today!

7 OC Food Spots To Try Now

Although we’ve previously led you on a dining guide for South Orange County, there are so many more great food spots to try! If you’ve already hit up the best places from our previous list, here’s a few more to visit soon! These fantastic eateries have some of the most decadent, instagram-worthy food you’ve ever seen! With a mix of fancy sit-down restaurants, and great lunch stops in between breaks, there’s something for everyone! Although you’ll most likely be in a food coma after eating at each one of these places, it’s definitely worth it.

1. Shuck Oyster Bar

If you consider yourself a seafood connoisseur then you can’t miss the chance at diving into a dish at Shuck Oyster Bar! The seafood at this relaxing restaurant is delivered fresh daily from over 60 different farms to ensure the best quality!

2. Pizza Press

Forget about picking certain toppings off your pizza! At Pizza Press in the Orange Circle you are able to customize your own personal pizza all the way from the crust to the sauces on top!

3. Three Seventy Common

Whether you’re looking for a light appetizer or some hefty comfort food, Three Seventy Common has it all! Nestled in the heart of Laguna Beach, this restaurant is a popular dinner spot among locals.

4. Wursthaus

If you are planning on heading to Wursthaus for dinner, it’s best to try and eat as little as possible throughout the day because you’ll need the room in your stomach! This restaurant serves an array of bratwurst entrees, deathly fries and the best beers in town!

5. Din Tai Fung

Serving up the best dumplings in the area, Din Tai Fung is a newer restaurant in Orange County, located near South Coast Plaza. Customers can see the dumplings being handmade so everything is as fresh as it can be!

6. Jazz Kitchen

Located in downtown Disney, the Jazz Kitchen is a great place to take the whole family for a fun dinner! The menu is extensive and mimics New Orleans style cuisine. The Jazz Kitchen brings a unique taste to the Orange County food scene. There is also live music at the Jazz Kitchen to make the experience even more authentic!

7. PokeDot

Looking for something a little more low key that you can visit on your lunch break at work? PokeDot is the perfect lunch stop because it’s quick, easy and delicious! Build your own poke bowl by picking the base, types of fish and toppings you want!

 

For more information on great restaurants and places to visit in Orange County take a look at our blog or give us a call today!

 

A Guide to Downtown San Clemente

Downtown San Clemente is quaint and charming, which is why so many residents love living there, and so many visitors choose to make frequent visits. The main street is filled with everything you can possibly want in a small town- great shops, yummy food, fun bars and an endless number of activities, events and shows! Check out our simplified guide to all things downtown in San Clemente!

Places to Shop

Cove- In need of some great home decor for your home by the beach? Cove offers a variety of great kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture and accessories. Your home will be looking fabulous in no time!

Boutique del Mar- This shop is certainly for the fashionable ladies. Boutique del Mar is the place to go if you’re in need of a great outfit for a picnic, night out or even day-to-day basics.

Melrose in the OC- As one of the best places to shop for younger women or teen girls, Melrose in the OC has a variety of “on trend” clothes to keep you looking stylish at all times. The prices are beyond reasonable and the selection is fantastic!

Salt Life- Got a couple surfer boys in your family? Salt life offers cool and easy clothes and swimsuits for men and boys who enjoy the beach life. Salt Life also has options for women, but this tends to be the man’s favorite shop in town.

Places to Eat

Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar- With some of the freshest and best fish in town, there’s no going wrong with Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar. The seafood is caught fresh everyday and the view of the pier and ocean is unbeatable! Happy hour is everyday from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Cafe Mimosa- In need of a great brunch spot? Cafe Mimosa is one of the top brunch destinations in Orange County. The quaint setting is what draws people in, but the mouth-watering brunch and delightful drinks is definitely what makes them stay!

Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria- In California we are accustomed to thin crust pizza, however Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria is ready to change that. Selma’s claims to offer the best deep dish pizza outside of Chicago. Selma’s is a great place for an easy and delicious meal. Also a fun place to take the kids!

Things to Do

Farmer’s Market- Every Sunday morning the main street fills with vendors and marketers of all sorts. Residents and visitors love walking the street and this is where many locals buy fresh veggies and fruits for the week.

Canvas, Paint, and Wine, Oh My!- This fantastic little high street location offers a great date night, birthday party location or night out with the girls. Attendees of the class are able to pay a fee to not only drink wine and socialize, but also be taught a painting class. The class is instructor led and each person will be walked-through how to paint the same photo.

Wine/Beer Tasting- There are numerous brewing companies and spots along the main street that pride themselves on the wine/beer selection! Although it may not be an extravagant winery, wine tasting from place to place along the main street can be a fun and adventurous Saturday night activity with a group of friends!

 

San Clemente is just one of the many fantastic towns in South Orange County. To learn more about South Orange County check out more of our blogs here!

Best Weekend Getaways in South Orange County

Whether you live in Orange County permanently or are just visiting for the weekend, there’s nothing like a weekend getaway to keep the Summer fun and relaxing. Even if you live in Orange County year-round, you don’t need to take a big, expensive vacation this Summer to enjoy the sun and get away! There are plenty of spots and hidden gems where you can escape for the weekend!

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Overlooking the beautiful ocean, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa sits in between Laguna Beach and Dana Point. It is one of South Orange County’s finest hotels and it loved by every visitor! A weekend at the Laguna Cliffs Resort is perfect for couples who want a quiet weekend away. The days can be spent lounging by the pool or getting a massage at the spa, while the evenings can be spent walking the quaint streets of Laguna Beach. Services at the spa include a couples massage, lip and eye treatments, facials, waxing, body scrubs and more! The hotel has two divine restaurants and offers guests the choice between a buffet or continental breakfast in the mornings. The OverVue Lounge and Deck is a great place to grab craft cocktails for happy hour!

Monarch Beach Resort

Surprise your significant other with a weekend stay at one of the most beautiful hotels in southern California! This large resort is located in Dana Point, overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway and ocean coastline from the top of the hill. Although the resort is one of the most expensive in the area, it is well worth the price! Visitors can choose between a variety of room options and sizes. Aside from having one of the most gorgeous pools and lounge areas, the Monarch Beach Resort also has a stunning, green golf course and a full-service spa. This is also a great place to stay if you can’t find a babysitter for the weekend because the hotel offers an all-day kids club to keep the younger ones busy! The resort has an assortment of eight different dining options as well as catering for special events. One of the restaurants is even located on the beachfront and can be accessed by complimentary shuttles. Nothing beats morning walks on the beach, starry nights by the water and breathtaking views all weekend long!

Casa Tropicana

Looking for something a little more quaint and intimate? Casa Tropicana is a beachfront boutique hotel in San Clemente and is loved by many for being one of the cutest and most romantic spots in South Orange County. Only steps from the beach, visitors can easily enjoy walks on the ocean trail and peaceful waterfront dining every single morning and evening! Couples can purchase romantic packages that include champagne, roses and chocolate strawberries. Casa Tropicana is also very close to the popular Avenida Del Mar that is packed with local shops and restaurants. Visitors can spend Sunday morning strolling the local Farmer’s Market in San Clemente. You don’t need to go far to get relaxing and valuable time alone together!

 

For more great advice on local places to stay or information on South Orange County talk with one of our realtors today. A weekend getaway in South Orange County might be just the deciding factor you need to know where you want to live!

How to Spend the 4th of July in South Orange County

South Orange County is great in the Summertime and especially festive in July when Independence Day rolls around. Residents of South Orange County love to celebrate the 4th of July so much so that the events, parties and celebrations don’t just attract locals, but lots of visits attend as well! There is a variety of options for every age, family type or location, so to help you decide what to do this 4th of July we have compiled a cheat sheet for the big day!

Dana Point

Doheny State Beach: Looking for the classic southern California 4th of July experience? Watch the fireworks on the beach! Doheny State Beach, one of Dana Point’s most popular beaches is pretty crowded all day long with families and couples trying to bask in the glory of this national holiday, but in no way does the beach die down throughout the day. In fact, the later it gets, the more crowded Doheny State Beach gets because starting at 9 p.m. there is a grand firework show over the ocean. There are shuttles throughout the day to take visitors and locals back and forth from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor so beach goers do not have to worry about parking.

 

Marriott Laguna Cliffs Buffet: Give your tastebuds a treat and enjoy a relaxing night with the whole family by reserving your spots now for the Marriott Laguna Cliffs All American Ocean-View BBQ Buffet! An adult ticket for this spectacular Fourth of July extravaganza is $99 or a child ticket for $40. The ticket includes valet parking, a full buffet equipped with a mac and cheese station, live entertainment and music and a full-blown firework show to finish off the night.

 

Firework Cruise: If you want to be in Dana Point for the 4th of July, but everything sounds a little too crowded for your liking, a firework cruise might be just the thing! There are a variety of different cruise options to choose from depending on your preferences, but most include dinner and, of course, a front row seat to some of the best fireworks on the water! For more information on the cruises and prices check out the website here!

Laguna Niguel

All Day Celebration: If you’re looking for an all-day event then Laguna Niguel is the place to be! Festivities start as early as 7:30 a.m. with the 5K walk/run and the 10K run! Following the adult runs, the children will have an opportunity to compete in their own set of races starting at 9:30 a.m. Throughout the morning the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a pancake breakfast buffet for just $5! Then grab your picnics and blankets for a live concert at the Crown Valley Community Park. From Crown Valley most attendees walk less than a mile to Regional Park for the Firework Spectacular kicking off at 9 p.m.!

San Clemente

Firework Show: San Clemente puts on a great firework display each year at the end of the San Clemente Pier. San Clemente is a great place to be if you’re looking for a more low key 4th of July. Residents and visitors looking to see the fireworks do not necessarily need to walk down to the pier to see the spectacular display- the show can also been seen from other parts of the beach and the rolling hills around San Clemente.

San Juan Capistrano

4th of July Celebration: This 4th of July celebration is one of the best in all of South Orange County because there is something for everyone! The festive carnival begins at 3 p.m. and includes games for the kids, vendors for food and drink as well as a beer/wine garden for the adults! Live entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. and the party continues until the grandiose firework show at 9 p.m.!

 

The Fourth of July is far from the only holiday South Orange County gets festive for! If you’re interested in more information on South Orange County, the communities or current listings contact one of our agents today!

 

 

South Orange County Beach Guide

Dana Point Harbor Beach

If the name doesn’t already give it away, this beach is located along the harbor of Dana Point. It is a smaller beach, but great for a calm, family day. There is a swimming area for children, and a grass park behind the beach for picnics and barbecues. This beach is the way to go if you’re trying to avoid lots of  traffic and difficult parking.

Doheny State Beach

One of Dana Point’s more popular beaches, the Doheny State Beach is split up between north and south. The north side of Doheny State Beach is where more active beach goers like to visit because it offers beach volleyball courts, paddle boarding rentals and low tide surfing for beginners. The north beach also has a visitor’s center equipped with indoor tide pools, an aquarium and family-friendly exhibits. The south side of the beach is great for swimming as well, but also has campgrounds if you wish to sleep under the stars.

Aliso Beach

Aliso Beach, located along the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, is somewhat famous amongst the skim boarder crowd of Orange County. Visitors can find a slew of skim boarders doing tricks, flips and riding the waves at anytime during the day, especially in the mornings. Aliso Beach has a strong current that creates, tall, crashing waves on the shore. One thing about Aliso Beach, that not many Orange County beaches have, is a large parking lot, so it is easily accessible!

Crescent Bay Beach

One of the larger beaches in Laguna, Crescent Bay, located off Cliff Drive, is a well-known spot for tanning, scuba diving and whale-watching. There are two popular spots for scuba diving- Dead Man’s Reef and Seal Rock. During low tide, visitors also like to explore the tide pools, filled with marine life that appear on the rocks of the beach.

Thousand Steps Beach

Beach and workout in one? If you’re prepared to work for your beach day, then head down to Thousand Steps Beach. Although you do not have to climb exactly a thousand steps to get to it, there are quite a few. Many Orange County locals like to get their morning workout in at Thousand Steps Beach. The walk down the stairs isn’t quite as bad as the walk back up, so you have to be prepared. People love Thousand Steps Beach because of the intimate feel, and the seclusion. It’s also great for tide pools and exploring caves!

Calafia Beach

A great destination for a sunny day, Calafia Beach is one of the best beaches in San Clemente! If it’s a hot day, be sure to get here early because parking can fill up very fast. No need to pack a lunch for the family if you are going to Calafia Beach, because there is a cafe right on the sand!

Mariposa Beach

This secluded beach in San Clemente is great if you are looking for a quieter day on the sand. It is a little tricky to find. The beach can only be accessed through a pathway underneath the footbridge for the San Clemente Coastal Trail. The pathway goes under the railroad tracks and brings you to the calm beach. However, if you are planning a day at Mariposa, be sure to check what the tide is like, because on days with high tide this beach becomes very small.

San Onofre State Beach

This long beach stretches from San Clemente to the edge of Oceanside. The beach is technically in both Orange County and North San Diego County. The most popular area of San Onofre State beach is called Bluff’s Beach. There is parking all along the beach and can be accessed through six different trails. There is also another part of San Onofre called the Surfing Beach that is said to have the best surfing breaks in all of Orange County.

 

For more great advice on South Orange County, check out some of our other articles! To learn more about the housing market in South Orange County contact one of our realtors today!

Summer To-Do List

Orange County is the place to be this Summer! Not only is the weather fantastic, but there is so much to do! Whether you need an activity to take the kids to, or you want to plan a fun date night there’s always something going on throughout the Summer! Start making your to-do list now of events you want to attend!

Dana Point

Movies in the Park

            Throughout the month of June, Dana Point hosts movies in the Lantern Bay Park that are great for the whole family! Grab your picnic basket, a blanket and some snacks and don’t miss these fun Friday nights in the park. Some of this Summer’s movies include Moana, Zootopia and The Jungle Book!

Concerts in the Park

July is just as lively in Dana Point with the Summer Concerts in the Park held at Sea Terrace Park! Each Sunday, during July, two different bands take the stage- one between 2:30-4 pm and one between 4:30-6 pm. Pack some appetizers and maybe even a few wine spritzers and enjoy the live music with your friends!

San Clemente

Farmer’s Market

Although it is something residents and visitors can attend year-round, Summer is a great time to stop by the local Farmer’s Market! The vendors bring in lots of great foods and flowers during the Summer, so you can eat fresh all Summer!

Ocean Festival

Keep your calendars open July 15th and 16th because the Ocean Festival is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring the whole family out to watch ironman land and water competitions like a surf competition, beach run and fishing contest. The event also offers food, art and a kids play area.

Annual Arts and Crafts Show

This San Clemente event features over 100 artists of all different disciplines. Visitors are invited to walk through the exhibitions of jewelry, paintings, ceramics, clothing and much more! This arts and crafts fair is a great place to find birthday and Christmas gifts. This year the event will take place on August 19th at the Community Center!

Rancho Santa Margarita

Bike and Trike Parade

            Families are a big fan of this event that takes place in the morning of July 4th! Participants of all ages are invited to decorate their bicycles, tricycles and sometimes even pets in patriotic décor and ride them around the lake! This fun parade begins at 10 am and is a great way to start a day of celebrations! After the parade, many families head over to the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club for the fun activities, food and games!

 Great Rancho Campout

For just $15 per person, families, friends and relatives can all bond at the Great Rancho Campout! This unique event takes place the first weekend in August and includes an never-ending barbeque dinner, Wild West themed games, watermelon eating contest, campfire sing-a-long, smores and a hefty pancake breakfast! What more could you want? Get your tickets starting July 10th before they sell out!

 

More of Orange County

Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

            This Chili Cook-Off Street Fair is certainly not one to be missed! On Sunday June 4 from 11:30 am- 6 pm, visitors, locals and friends will come to participate in the contests, taste all of the delicious food and browse the carnival attractions! Arts and crafts vendors are also featured throughout the fair! The Street Fair is sure to offer your family a day packed with fun, laughter and a full stomach!

OC Fair

One of Orange County’s most iconic Summer events, the OC Fair is rolling into town on July 14th! This month-long fair features star-studded names for the Summer concert series, family-friendly competitions, a carnival with wild rides, a craft beer roundup for the men, a wine competition for the ladies, copious amounts of tasty food and so much more! Once you go once, you’ll want to go all Summer!

 

The fantastic Summer months are just one of the reasons so many families love to live in Orange County! For more information on events, specific cities or even available houses, contact one of our agents today!

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!

best nightlife in Orange County

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!

best nightlife in Orange County

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!