Need an excuse to party? Black Wednesday is perfect for such a joyous activity since this particular pre-Thanksgiving holiday means work isn’t scheduled the following day for most everyone — unless, of course, you’re in charge of making the turkey. For the rest of us, the only job there is to do is to find the perfect venue for this annual and extremely uplifting occasion. No worries. Five of the best bars in Orange County in which to do up Black Wednesday right are listed below.
(credit: Mutt Lynch's)

(credit: Mutt Lynch’s)

Mutt Lynch’s
2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-1556

The 2 a.m. last call at this jumping joint self-described as “a house of libations” will come all too soon on Black Wednesday so go early for your fill of draft beer (there are more than three dozen on tap), all kinds of sliders, fries and quesadillas and a near ocean front location that can’t be beat. Around since 1976, this is most decidedly the place in Newport Beach to celebrate during the times of the year when partying is on your agenda.

(credit: Kitsch Bar)

(credit: Kitsch Bar)

The Kitsch Bar
891 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546-8580

All kinds of characters from all walks of life frequent this small Costa Mesa hang-out that’s big on having fun, with switched on DJs kicking the action up a notch each time a new disc spins. Some liken this particular place to airline lounges of yore partially due to the chance to mingle with the masses while winding down via carefully crafted cocktails sipped in a sentimental spot that is sure to become your regular if you are just going there for the first time on Black Wednesday 2016.

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(credit: shutterstock)

The Cave Sports Bar
628 W. Orangewood Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 740-0490

For a very friendly and somewhat secret spot in which to share some spirits and perhaps a chance to watch a game with your compadres, choose this nifty sports bar in Anaheim. Although the low-key joint doesn’t look like much from the outside (it’s located in a nondescript mini mall), the inside is jumping with all kinds of activities and enticing libations, most importantly an impressive selection of craft beers. Or, if you’re looking for something fancy to fill your needs while watching football, playing a game of dominoes or simply conversing with a new friend (there are no strangers here), try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch drink. It gets raves, as does The Cave in general. Bottoms up!

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(credit: Olin C./Yelp)

Muldoon’s Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4110

Few know how to make pub life sparkle than the Irish so why not start of your Thanksgiving celebration at Muldoon’s, where the Guinness flows, the music inspires, the darts fly and the gift of the gab suddenly comes upon even the shyest patron who arrives to have a good time on Black Wednesday. This Newport Bech hot spot is especially enticing during happy hour, known as Wilde Hours here where Irish witticist Oscar Wilde is revered between 4 and 7 p.m., weekdays when food and drink is priced to please. Slainte!

(credit: The Cannery)

(credit: The Cannery)

The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 566-0060

The upstairs Jellyfish Lounge inside this Newport Beach hot spot is sure to be jumping on Black Wednesday so plan to go and stay all evening for the chance to sip, snack and gossip overlooking the mighty Pacific (what a view!). The half-price happy hour starts at 4 p.m. (enjoy the dragon roll sushi paired with a basil gimlet), a great opportunity in which to help let your hair down in time for the fun-filled evening ahead spent on Black Wednesday at this landmark venue in happy-go-lucky Orange County.

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Post Author: Jane Lasky.

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