Are you looking for something small or secret for a fun night out? These hidden dining and drinking spots offer everything from speakeasy style secret doors to underground entertainment. Here’s our list of the best “secret” spots in Orange County.
The Blind Rabbit
440 S. Anaheim Blvd. #104, Anaheim, CA 92805
Located inside Anaheim Packing District
Inside the Anaheim Packing District is a small speakeasy with creative cocktails and elevated bar bites. The Blind Rabbit is a dark, prohibition themed bar that seats 30 in a 550 square foot space and they limit parties to guests of 6 or less. Reservations are required here to guarantee your spot, and they are available up to 14 days in advance through their website.
Bxcr Wine Bar
440 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
Located Inside Anaheim Packing District
Bxcr isn’t really a secret since it is located near the entrance of the Anaheim Packing House, but it has a dark, speakeasy vibe and it is set in a 1920’s vintage railroad boxcar. Stop in to this cocktail and wine society for a few drinks with your friends and enjoy the intimate setting, then grab a bite at one of the other merchants in the food hall.
Strong Water Anaheim
270 S Clementine St., Anaheim, CA 92805
Some say that when you walk in to Strong Water Anaheim, you’ll feel like you walked into Pirates of the Caribbean. This pirate themed restaurant and bar is open by reservation only for indoor seating and is 21 and over. Their unique crafted cocktails are as beautiful as they are delicious, so come in and experience this one for a unique and nostalgic night out.
330 W Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821
Located in Macallan’s Public House
Tap That Ash is a private, members only speakeasy and cigar club. There are several membership levels, and day passes can also be purchased with some restrictions. You can access the cigar club through a secret door in Macallan’s. Once inside, you’ll find a sleek and comfortable lounge to relax and socialize. They often host special events and theme nights for members.
The Cauldron Spirits & Brews
8028 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
The Cauldron isn’t really a secret or a speakeasy, but it’s dark, witch-themed atmosphere makes it worth the add to this list. They have a small full menu to order food from, plus fresh crafted cocktails and local craft brews. Come in to the Cauldron for a unique sensory experience unlike any other.
Beach Boulevard Club
7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
Located at Pirates Dinner Adventure
The Beach Boulevard Club is a dueling piano bar and lounge located in the Pirates Dinner Adventure Complex. Inside, you’ll see dueling pianists performing piano bar songs from a variety of musical genres. Audience participation and interaction is highly encouraged. The discreet lounge is decorated to resemble the 1920’s burlesque prohibition era and accommodates up to 100 guests.
332 Hyland Ave Suite G, Costa Mesa, 92626
Located at SOCO
Now open to the public, The Guild at SOCO & The OC Mix offers a unique bar experience serving small bites and boozy cocktails. The exquisite interior is something you need to see for yourself. Come in and enjoy premium spirits at this intimate and whimsical space.
Cowboys and Poodles
2948 Randolph Ave Suite C, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
You’ll find craft cocktails and classy accents at this western themed speakeasy. Your ID will be checked at the door before you’re led down the corridor to the speakeasy entrance. Inside, enjoy a variety of delicious cleverly named drinks and music while you socialize in this unique bar with a limited capacity of under 50 guests. There are 12 seats at the bar and a few tables for seating.
353 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Pie Society Bar is a speakeasy experience with unique libations, classic cocktails, and delicious food, including pizza, pasta, and even a kids menu. The cozy interior is inviting so you’ll relax and unwind while socializing in this sweet spot.
2930 Bristol Street, a111, Costa Mesa CA 92626
Ruin Bar isn’t really hidden. It’s located in the LAB Anti-Mall, but it’s a small, edgy speakeasy style bar with eclectic décor and potion-themed cocktails. They have a resident DJ on Saturday nights and live music on select nights. Come in for a few drinks to experience the atmosphere here for yourself.
18120 Brookhurst St Suite 2, Fountain Valley 92708
This elegant venue offers an elevated and unique cocktail and dining experience with an impressively decorated bar area. They feature a curated collection of Japanese whiskey and other exclusive spirits with exquisitely crafted cocktails and Japanese-Mediterranean fusion tapas.
The Snug at Mickeys Irish Pub
100 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
Mickey’s Irish Pub is located in Historic Downtown Fullerton, with a cozy dining room and family friendly environment with a coppertop bar, tables, and televisions. But if you’re looking for something more intimate and private, ask them about The Snug. This private den with lounge chairs and a fireplace is available for parties up to 30 people, and cigar smoking is welcome here.
155 5th Street, Suite 185, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Located inside HQ Gastropub Huntington Beach
Step into this secret spot in Downtown Huntington Beach. Here you’ll find a chic and modern lounge with comfy seating, 70’s music, craft cocktails, and gourmet food. Come experience this semi-private sanctuary with views of the ocean and the Huntington Beach Pier. Graceland is open to the public and also has special private membership options.
Momoku No Usagi
425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
Momoku No Usagi is a speakeasy serving sushi and crafted cocktails complete with house-made tinctures and bitters. The secret entrance is located behind a barndoor style sliding door and a flight of stairs. Once you’re there you’ll find a sushi bar and cozy, colorful decor including Japanese umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. The first floor features the Goonie’s themed Lost Inferno bar as highlighted in our best themed restaurants list.
Johnny’s Secret Pizzeria
Operated by Johnny’s Saloon
17428 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Johnny’s runs a secret kitchen serving some of the best pizza in town. They used to offer orders via text message to pick up in a secret location, but the pizza is now only served for dine-in at Johnny’s Saloon on select nights. If you want to get this coveted local favorite pizza, you’ll have to come and get it.
515 N Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
Located at McFadden Market
The Twisted Tiki is a tropical, Hawaiian tiki bar speakeasy serving a taste of aloha. Located at McFadden Public Market inn Downtown Santa Ana, there’s a cozy tropical lounge with delicious drinks to enjoy.
The Copper Door
225 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
The Copper Door is a below ground bar under Santa Ana’s historic Pacific Building. The nightclub serves up plenty of drinks, has a freestanding fireplace, and plenty of room for dancing. There is a regular lineup of live music and events here at the underground destination.
1814 Speakeasy at Landers Liquor Bar
1814 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
The name comes from the address where this underground speakeasy is located. Further tucked behind black curtains the space features a semi-circle bar and monthly memberships that include two drinks and allow members to bring up to three guests. Without a membership, it’s first come, first served.
Oak Room at Oak & Coal
333 E 17th St Ste 2, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Oak & Coal is a Japanese style yakitori and craft beer restaurant but what many people don’t know is that there is a hidden bar in the back. You can order the same modern Japanese food but also upscale cocktails like the The Tokyo Gimlet, Beware the Tradewinds and Maui Mai Tai cocktails.
The Post at Rockwell’s
17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, CA 92861
The entrance to this second floor speakeasy is actually outside and behind the bar. Inside you’ll find a narrow room with western decor, a bar, tables and a small balcony. The menu and drinks selections are the same as you’ll find at The Post but don’t show up unannounced, as the bar is only available for privately booked events.
Disney Club 33
New Orleans Square, 1313 Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
Disney Club 33 is an exclusive private club and 5 star restaurant that first opened in 1964 and until recently was the only place in Disneyland that offered alcoholic beverages. Tucked away in New Orleans, you may have walked by it many times and never noticed its discreet location, above Cafe Orleans and The French Market restaurants. Membership is extremely exclusive (and very expensive) so unless you’re fortunate enough to have a membership or know someone who does, you can only walk by and gaze.
400 Club (temporarily closed for reimagining)
18421 Gothard Street, Suite 400, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The 400 Club is a craft cocktail bar by 4 Sons Brewing. Originally opened in 2019, this small, speakeasy style cocktail bar serves up a rotating menu of themed specialty cocktails. This location has a very small capacity and reservations are required. Time is generally limited to 90 minutes for all parties, but you are welcome to continue to enjoy 4 Sons at their neighboring taproom.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.