Costa Mesa, the City of Arts, is a lively city with a growing food, art and entertainment scene. As the home of several premiere performance art spaces and Michelin Star restaurants, the city is a beacon for those looking to indulge in culture and fun. Holding the creme-of-the-crop in art and fun, visitors have a number of opportunities when deciding how to spend their time in Costa Mesa.
Bars, Live Music and Laid Back Vibes
Aside from the culinary festival, there are a variety of destinations where on a regular basis, the party never stops. Depending on the mood, Costa Mesa’s nightlife provides a spectrum of experiences starting at the bars. The Wayfarer brings some of the best local bands to the stage on Costa Mesa’s westside. With its laid-back vibes and fully stocked kitchen and bar, it is a perfect happy hour hotspot. On the eastside of the city, The Country Club is an upscale bar and restaurant with a dedicated stage and dance space. Live music can ben enjoyed in the evenings during the week and during brunch hours on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re feeling thirsty in the afternoon, daily happy hour starts at 2 p.m.!
The Country Club
For a different type of music lover, Keys on Main at The Triangle offers an entirely different experience as one of Orange County’s most popular dueling piano bars. It’s the perfect casual hangout spot for friends to enjoy the brews and the battling tunes of impressive musicians. On Thursday evenings, the Costa Mesa Beer Trail is the place to be as Barley Forge Brewing Co. hosts a weekly jazz night with soulful music, brews and food in their tasting room.
Following the wave of casual laid back vibes, tasting rooms on the Costa Mesa Beer Trail offer a comfortable local atmosphere to enjoy an evening out. Ruin Bar at The LAB, The Harp Inn or Goathill Tavern are all great options for local brews. Hot tip: Goathill Tavern is famous for having more than 100 beers on tap and its dive bar atmosphere, complete with peanut shells crunching underfoot.
If your drink of choice is a martini, you might lean a little more on the upscale side of Costa Mesa’s nightlife. Silver Trumpet, Mastro’s and Water Grill are all perfect options for sophisticated ambiance to relax with a date or friends while enjoying a perfect craft cocktail or high-end wine.
Nightclubs, Dance Floors & Inclusive Spaces
If the goal is to dance the night away, The Triangle and Time nightclubs offer a spectacular light show in a 13,000 square-foot space. With the look and feel of a Vegas club patrons come dressed to impress as the bottle services flows and celebrity DJs do what they do best. Mansion OC is another spot in the trendy SoBeCa district. It includes a pool table and outdoor lounge along with live hip-hop Saturdays. On a smaller scale, Casa, Commissary Lounge and Mesa all bring in live DJs to create the perfect night out atmosphere.
Strut Bar and Club
Step out for a night of fabulous fun at Costa Mesa’s newest addition to nightlife, Strut. The LGBTQ club adds more glitz and glamour to Costa Mesa’s westside as a completely inclusive playground paying homage to the 80s. As new patrons flock to shiny new dancefloors, Tin Lizzie continues to be a local favorite as Orange County’s premier gay bar with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.
The Art in Costa Mesa
Similar to the parties, the arts are alive and thriving in Costa Mesa. Known as the “City of The Arts,” it’s home to an internationally acclaimed arts and theater district featuring Orange County’s premier performance art venue, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Throughout the year, the stunning venue is home to a diverse repertoire of world-renowned plays, musicals, symphonies and other performances including a stellar line-up of exciting events.
Photo Credit: Segerstrom Center for The Arts
Inspired by the beloved films, the thrilling heartfelt new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Orange County!
This stunning show moves audiences to the dazzling days of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920s, as a young woman uncovers the truth of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer, Anya pairs up with a conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat on a grand adventure to help her find home, love and family. From the Tony Award®-winning creators “Ragtime”, ANASTASIA features a dazzling new score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak
Fun can always be found in Costa Mesa so be sure to book your next getaway with us. From amazing food events like The Taste of Costa Mesa to exciting nightlife and incredible cultural art experiences, Costa Mesa has just what you are looking for.