Downtown Santa Ana is probably THE best area for bar hopping in Orange County. Narrow streets, wide sidewalks, beautiful facade, and loads of drinking venue. And the best part? They’re all walking distance from each other. Point your friends (LA, OC, SF, wherever they might be) to this guide and show them what they’re missing. Here’s our guide to bar hopping in Downtown Santa Ana.

Start off at Wursthaus

If you’re getting off the 5, start your night at Wursthaus. Mix and match a variety of exotic meats, namely the boars and ducks, buns, sauces, and most importantly, imported German and Belgian beers!

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Photo by Sean from eatdtsa.com

Address: 305 E 4th St #106, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 760-4333

Hours:

  • Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 am

Head upstairs to Native Son Alehouse

Your next stop is only a minute walk away. At Native Son Alehouse, you can find an extensive, handpicked selection of Craft Beers mostly from San Diego and Orange County Breweries. Grab a brew you like and head outside onto the balcony overlooking the beautiful Down Town and if you’re lucky, you might just catch a live performance from a local band.

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Photo by Ariane Moshayedi from Locale Magazine

Address: 305 E 4th St #200, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 204-0337

Hours:

  • Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 am

Hop over to Little Sparrow

Make your way East on 4th St, turn left on Main and you’ll hit The Little Sparrow. If you’re bar hopping with a date, this bar and restaurant is worth the stop for some food. The atmosphere, class decor, food and craft cocktails are all on point. 👌

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Photo by Sean from eatdtsa.com

Address: 300 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 265-7640

Hours (Closes Early!):

  • Friday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

For the wine lovers: stop by Robbins Nest

Get on E 3rd St and then onto Sycamore to find Robbins Nest. Once inside, you will find yourself surrounded by red brick walls, sky tall ceilings, and earthy wooden tables. Enjoy a delicious selection of wine cheese and meats from the popular Charcuterie Board alongside one of the many choices of wine that Robbins Nest offers.

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Photo from Google Map: The Robbins Nest

Address: 207 W 2nd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 568-9926

Hours:

  • Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Saturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

More good beer at The Good Beer Company

Find your way onto W 4th St past the Wells Fargo Bank, and you will find yourself in front of Down Town Santa Ana’s very own brewery. Ranging from caramel and raisin infused Copper Beer to the smooth and well-balanced Cafe Ana, there is something for everybody.

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Photo by Jamie N. on Yelp

Address: 309 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours (Closes Early!):

  • Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Get cozy at Lola Gaspar

If looking for something different, namely Latin American influenced fusion American cuisines, head next door to find something on Lola Gaspar’s ever evolving food and cocktails menu.  Try the Tequila Sour if want an extra kick in your drink and if you’re early enough, you might just catch their happy hour.

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Address: 211 W 2nd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 972-1172

Hours:

  • Friday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am

Cure your thirst at C4 Deli

What happens when you combine the old school, house sourced NY Deli with a modern wine/beer bar? You get C4 Deli, located right across the street from Lola Gaspar. Retail, quick bites, counter/bar top service, insane selections of craft and artisan beers, wines, cheeses, meats and house baked breads.

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Photo from C4 Deli website

Address: 200 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 263-1555

Hours:

  • Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Live DJ at Proof Bar

Yes. there’s more. Head back across the street to Proof Bar. Featuring cheap $6 well drinks, a friendly staff, and daily events. You can count on it to always find an energetic crowd here!

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Photo from Google Maps: Proof Bar

Address: 215 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 953-2660

Hours:

  • Friday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am

Chapter One: The Modern Local

Head over next door and dive into some of the best tasting modern American food, locally sourced of course! Enjoy live music, a special late night menu, and an abundant selection of beer, wine and spirits. Even if you’re not hungry, give the Sisik fries a shot, you won’t regret it.

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Address: 227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 352-2225

Hours:

  • Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 am

Go underground at Copper Door Bar

Your Downtown Bar Hopping experience is not complete without a trip to the Copper Door Bar, conveniently located a floor below Chapter One. Featuring 28 rotating craft beers on tap, in addition to bottled beer, a dynamic drink menu with daily specials, as well as weekly entertainment, guest DJ’s and other special events. The abundance of drinks here will ensure that you leave with a smile on your face!

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Address: 225 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours:

  • Friday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Mix it up at The North Left

Located conveniently off Broadway and 4th St, the North Left offers a diverse yet simple menu. Try one of the custom cocktails (the Twigs & Berries!) or enjoy a glass of the barrel aged Bourbon Manhattan. Wine, draft and bottled beers are also available here!

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Photo from Google Maps: The North Left

Address: 400 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 543-3543

Hours:

  • Friday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
  • Saturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Dance the night away at Velvet Lounge

What’s a Bar Hopping experience without something different? Head down to O.C.’s newest LGBT owned and operated restaurant, bar & nightclub and end your night in Velvet’s spacious dance floor. Be sure to try the Red Velvet Cake Martini or one of the dinner drag shows.

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Photo from Google Plus: Velvet Lounge

Address: 416 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 664-0663

Hours:

  • Friday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
  • Saturday 10:30 am – 2:00 am

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