Startup Scene Orange County: Top 5 Post-Work Hangouts

December 04, 2016

If you’re an entrepreneur or work at a startup, it’s easy to fake some after-hours “social” time by ordering in some takeout, digging into a 6 pack, and continuing to hash out the issues of the day with your team. While it makes total sense to enjoy the perks of casual office life, you could be missing out on the restorative benefits of an actual break and setting yourself up for potential burnout. Beyond the benefits of renewed focus, you could even meet some new contacts for your business while out on the town.  Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered with 5 post work hangouts with the perfect vibe for those living the startup life in Orange County!


The Rooftop Lounge, Laguna Beach

Since two weeks in South America probably aren’t in the cards if you’re in startup mode, stop by The Rooftop Lounge for one of their famous mojitos and a view of the ocean that’s well worth the few minutes it might take to find street parking. Known for having a friendly crowd, this is the perfect spot to make some new friends or try out your elevator pitch. You never know who you might meet!

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Gulfstream, Newport Beach

If you’re hungry for more than just a cocktail, Gulfstream is the perfect spot for after-work eats. Guest rave about the biscuits, BBQ shrimp, and oysters not to mention the strong drinks and friendly ambience.



Sol Cucina, Newport Beach

Taco Tuesday specials and all day happy hour make Sol Cocina the perfect spot for a pre-humpday breather. Bring the team if you must but leave the office talk for Wednesday and take advantage of the intimate dining room with some table to table networking. Chances are the margaritas will have everyone in the mood to chat!



Tavern + Bowl, Costa Mesa

Get bored easily? Tavern + Bowl is for you. Beyond its signature activity, there’s something fun going on every night of the week including Karaoke on Thursdays. If only for a few minutes, belting out your go to song on stage is sure to keep you off your phone and engaged in the moment.



Social, Costa Mesa

Though Orange County may not be known for the hipster vibe, it’s alive and well at Social in Costa Mesa.
Kick back and explore your inner epicurean with craft bourbon cocktails, Mexican corn, bacon jam, and plenty of other kitschy menu items. If you absolutely must have a working happy hour, make it a creativebrainstorm session and let the innovative menu and décor inspire you.



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