Summer time and the drinking is a celebration of more sunshine and fun. Some of the best places to grab a drink—alcoholic or non-alcoholic—are the places with the best view. The view can be ocean or hills. There are many to choose from including the Beachcomber on the beach in Newport Beach to Hotel Laguna OceanView d Bar and Grill.
Sunset Bar: Right on Pacific Coast Highway in Capistrano Beach, the small outdoor patio is perfect for watching a sunset or keeping eyes on the ocean for perhaps a passing dolphin? A great spicy margarita, if you like jalapenos. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. (949) 276-8880.
Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant. A pier provides the perfect vantage spot for people watching and a summer drink. This San Clemente staple has it all, including Happy Hours. 611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672. (949) 498-6390
Cannon’s Restaurant. Situated high on the bluff overlooking Dana Point Harbor, the restaurant views are perfect on the patio or indoors. Worth the drive if you’re not in South Orange County. 34344 Street of the Green Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629. (949) 496-6146
Orange Hill Restaurant. City light views that take in Orange County and clear to Catalina. Try the O Bar lounge for your favorite drink. 6410 E Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Duke’s Huntington Beach. Ocean, beach drinks (Hawaiian Ice Tea) and an Aloha Hour. What’s not to like? 317 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714-374-6446.