Orange County

Weekend roundup

April 7-10


Mezcal Tasting at The Mixing Glass

April 9. Join Fred Sanchez of Bad Hombre Importing at one of Orange County’s definitive destinations for all things spirits and spirits education – The Mixing Glass. For even the most junior enthusiasts of cocktails and spirits, The Mixing Glass has one of the best resources for products and information in Orange County. This weekend is complete free tasting of Agua Del Sol mezcal, where you can learn all about the origins, distillation process, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique product while learning along the way and supporting one of OC’s best small businesses for the category. Saturday from 12 p.m – 3 p.m. 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, 714.975.9952.

GardenFest Returns

April 9. The San Clemente Garden Club, in partnership with the City of San Clemente Parks & Recreation Department, is happy to announce that GardenFest is back for 2022. Enjoy plants of all kinds, a garden flea market, various vendors, educational gardening seminars, or get your tools maintained and sharpened. Enter the funky container contest, or take part in children’s gardening activities, and much more. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Clemente Community Center, 100 N Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.361.8264.

Food + Drink

Saludar a SOCIAL Cucina Y Tequila

Now Open. No passport is required as the spirit of Tulum comes to you. The newest endeavor from the team who brought you SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar in Costa Mesa has officially launched in Huntington Beach. From fresh ceviches to whole fried snappers, inventive cocktails, and even 1942 shots for only $9, this is a restaurant opening you (and your tastebuds) do not want to miss. Taco Tuesday begins April 12th, so mark your calendars, and enjoy. 21214 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.374.7715.

Trevor’s Road To Recovery Fundraiser Dinner

Tickets On Sale Now. Lander’s Liquor Bar in Costa Mesa recently suffered a tragedy in their family, as one of their own was involved in a horrendous accident. Now, in an effort to support him and his family, they are hosting a special dinner and fundraiser. This is a private, ticketed event, with all profit from ticket sales, as well as 100% of raffle sales donated to the family. While there are other ways to donate to the family during this impossible time, should you wish, tickets can be purchased here to attend a truly special and emotional evening of food, community, and love. April 14th. 2101 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, 714.714.0086.

Spring Menu Launches at Lido Bottle Works

Now Available. Executive Chef Joel Gutierrez and the team at Lido Bottle Works bring you the flavors of spring with a new menu of instant classics that define and refine the season’s best meats and produce in the most delicious ways. Items like rhubarb custard with black currant granita and foie gras, or artichoke croquettes with goat cheese, mascarpone, espelette aioli. These are just a few of the examples of the fresh and fantastic flavors with the new menu. 3408 Via Oporto #103, Newport Beach, 949.529.2784.

Outpost Kitchen Announces Dinner Service

Now Available. The newest Outpost Kitchen is pleased to announce the launch of dinner service, Thursday through Saturday evenings from 5-9 p.m. Like Outpost Kitchen’s Aussie-inspired breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch offerings, the new dinner menu, courtesy of award-winning Executive Chef David Osborn, features creative, locally sourced, all-natural, and seasonal options as well as a new spring-inspired cocktail menu. “We could not be more thrilled to extend our offerings and welcome the community for dinner service,”  said Jay Lewis, Founder of Outpost Kitchen. 3420 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.852.

Celebrate National Beer Day at Puesto

April 7. In honor of National Beer Day this Thursday, Puesto is offering half-off all of its own SoCal-brewed beers at all four Orange County locations. Puesto’s beer selection features its own Mexican lagers, all brewed at the Puesto Cervecería in Mission Valley, San Diego by veteran Brewmaster Doug Hasker. Offerings include Puesto Clara (Mexican lager), Puesto Negra (traditional dark Mexican-style lager), Puesto Celebration Cerveza (Mexican Vienna-style Lager), and the Puesto IPA. For locations and information, go to

Arts + Culture

Final Days to Experience Spamilton: An American Parody

Now – April 10. Experience the final hysterical nights of music, comedy, and satire that audiences are calling “brilliant,” “super fun from start to finish,” with a “phenomenal” cast and one-man band! “ I was entertained from beginning to end,” said one audience member following an opening weekend performance. “After these past 3 years, it was just what the doctor ordered. Modern, creative, and upbeat!” Tickets for the final five performances of Spamilton are still available here. Not recommended for children under 12. 4350 E 7th St, Long Beach, 562.856.1999.

Nat Geo Live: Andy Mann: From Summit to Sea

April 10. Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann uses his work to bridge the gap between science and policy. From his early days as a rock climber to his current passion documenting the critically endangered oceanic whitetip shark, his stunning images tell the story of our rapidly changing planet, from top to bottom. This is a true feast for the eyes that should not be missed. 4 p.m. 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine. 949.854.4646

Photo credits: Lido Bottle Works courtesy of Knife and Spork Public Relations. Outpost Kitchen courtesy of ACE Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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