OC Weekly’s Best Of list came out today with the main theme being the mid-1990’s. Not sure why, but we’ll roll with it. Here’s an abridged version of the list specific to Santa Ana. Highlights include VEVLT Velvet Lounge for best gay bar and drag show, The Frida Cinema for best indie theater, best art walk was Santa Ana Artists Village, and Bowers Museum is the best place to be high. Now you know. Oh, and downtown Santa Ana was picked the best downtown in Orange County. We agree. See below to see if your favorites made their list.

OC Weekly’s Best Of Winners

Arts and Entertainment

Best Art Walk – Santa Ana Artists Village

Best Indie Film Theater Orange County – The Frida Cinema

Best Radio Station – Radio Santa Ana

Best Drag Show – VLVT Velvet Lounge

Best Venue for Live Music – The Observatory

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Best Vietnamese iced coffee? Go to Contra Coffee and Tea. Photo courtesy of Contra Coffee & Tea

Food & Drink

Best Ice Cream – Scoops

Best Happy Hour – Chapter One

Best Signature Cocktail – Lola Gaspar

Best Gay Bar – VLVT Velvet Lounge

Best Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Contra Coffee & Tea

Best Shot – Chapter One

Best Deli – C4 Deli: The Cure for the Common

Santa Ana Public Library earned the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its young-mentoring programs. Photograph by Tracie Hall/Flickr
Santa Ana Public Library earned the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its young-mentoring programs. Photograph by Tracie Hall/Flickr

Shopping & Services

Best Library – Santa Ana Public Library

Best Downtown – Downtown Santa Ana

Sports & Recreation

Best Place to Be High – Bowers Museum

Best High School Athletics – Mater Dei High School

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4th Street Market is the best outdoor dining and best Sunday Funday. Photograph courtesy of 4th Street Market

OC Weekly Reader’s Choice Winners

Best Apartment Complex to Live – Downtown Santa Ana Artist’s Village

Best Downtown – Downtown Santa Ana

Best Place to Play Pool – The Copper Door

Best Bar – The Copper Door

Best Bar for Dancing – The Copper Door

Best Coffee Shop Girls – Café Lu

Best Farmer’s Market – Downtown Santa Ana Farmer’s Market

Best Gay Bar – VLVT Velvet Lounge

Best Happy Hour – Proof Bar

Best Hot Dog – Wursthaus

Best Outdoor Dining – 4th Street Market

Best Restaurant – Playground 2.0

Best Rock Club – The Observatory

Best Sandwich – C4 Deli: The Cure for the Common

Best Signature Cocktail – Little Sparrow

Best Sunday Brunch – Chapter One

Best Sunday Funday – 4th Street Market

Best Vietnamese Restaurant – Nam Vietnamese Eatery

Best Art Museum – Bowers Museum

Best Indie Film Theater – The Frida Cinema

Best Musical Production – The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Frida Cinema

Best Nightclub – The Copper Door

Best Venue for Live Music – The Observatory

 

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