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What is a speakeasy? Back in the Prohibition Era, speakeasies were hidden, illicit spots that sold alcoholic beverages under the table even though they were illegal. According to Wikipedia, a newspaper in 1889 stated, “Unlicensed saloons in Pennsylvania are known as ‘speak-easies’.” They were “so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors”.
When Prohibition was ended in 1933, speakeasies in general died away. Today, we have a little different view on the speakeasy, hearkening back to a day when drinking seemed sultry, mysterious, and just a little bit dangerous. Costa Mesa has a great selection of bars and nightlife, particularly a few spots that hearken back to those early 1900 days of dark bars, red velvet couches and a well-made cocktail. Take a look at our list of speakeasy bars in Costa Mesa, in the heart of Orange County. (pc: Life Magazine)
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Ah, the taco…that perfect handheld bite of tortilla, filled with delicious meat or veggies, cheese and whatever else creative minds can throw at you. While Costa Mesa is definitely known for its abundance of amazing homestyle Mexican restaurants, you can also find upscale taco dishes that reinvent the old favorites. Best of all, it’s National Taco Day, AND Taco Tuesday combined! Take a look at 5 of our favorite taco spots in town.
It’s the first day of fall! Though Costa Mesa is known for year-round sunshine, Southern California still cools down as we hit the fall season. Locals reach deep into the closet to grab that fuzzy sweater or long boots you can only wear here for a few months. And, we still get in the mood for fall by enjoying cool-weather eats and drinks and cozy spots to curl up. With the fall days quickly approaching, we picked a few stops that will definitely get you in the autumn mood.
With a vibrant performing arts scene, fashion straight from the runway and award-winning dining options, Costa Mesa is known as the City of the Arts™. This coastal town just a mile from the Pacific Ocean will surprise Southern California visitors with its urban, cosmopolitan feel. As home of an international shopping destination visited by millions every year and an incredible arts and theater complex, Costa Mesa also offers an exciting public art walk, 29 different parks and was rated one of the most walkable cities in the United States.
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Costa Mesa is definitely a culinary hotspot in OC, and not just for eating…for cooking too! Among other culinary training programs in Costa Mesa including Surfas Culinary District, La Cuisine Culinary Arts is located inside the Macy’s Home Store in South Coast Plaza. La Cuisine Culinary Arts offers a wide variety of hands-on cooking classes.