Kicking it Back
“For anyone who enjoys turning back the clock to the speakeasy era… Red Bar is the perfect find.” —Gabor Pamer
Business hotels aren’t often known for their after-hours offerings, but Hotel Irvine, which caters to business travelers by day, bills itself more broadly as a “lifestyle hotel.” Its two food and beverage venues, Eats Kitchen & Bar and Red Bar and Lounge, attract locals and visitors whether or not they have business to attend to.
At Eats Kitchen, farm-fresh shareable comfort food meets updated pub concept, with craft beers, signature cocktails, happy hour and themed menus providing plenty of incentive to show up after dark. Not to be outdone, Red Bar and Lounge hops with Happy Hour, Pint Nights and Sip and Smoke themes.
“The outdoor patio morphs into the Macallan Whisky Lounge every afternoon,” said Gabor Pamer, director of food and beverage at Hotel Irvine. “For anyone who enjoys turning back the clock to the speakeasy era, cigar and all, Red Bar is the perfect find.”
For those who prefer their whiskey sans smoke, Top of the Barrel, a modern celebration of the Prohibition cocktail the Old- Fashioned, runs through March and features the traditional, the Smoked Maple and the Apple Pie Old-Fashioned.
Whether you’re rooting for the home team, or against the other guys, there is something about watching sports in the company of a crowd that elevates the entire experience. Red Bar’s 10-foot TV screen and comfortable seating are the ideal go-to. From March 13 through April 2, catch March Madness games and enjoy $4 bottled beer. And on most Saturday nights, stop in to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championships® and take advantage of the bar’s food and drink specials. A cover charge may apply on certain dates.
EATS KITCHEN Happy Hour: 5 – 7 p.m. daily with $2 bites, $4 draft beers, $5 craft cocktails and $6 wines. Taco Twosday: $2 street tacos and $5 margaritas. Wednesdays and Saturdays: dollar-an-oyster all night long. | RED BAR AND LOUNGE Happy Hour: 3 – 7 p.m. daily with 50% off food, featured cocktails, wine by the glass and local draft beer. Wednesday Pint Nights: 7 p.m. – close with craft beers at $5. Sip and Smoke: Daily from 3 p.m., sample 1-ounce pours of different vintage single-malt Macallans and pair them with your choice of a cigar. DJs and Dancing: Thursday through Saturday starting at 9 p.m. Bonus: Saturdays at Red Bar, Happy Hour restarts at 10 p.m. with 50% off food and beverages.