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WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS Whether you’re on the lookout for a star-studded party or a concert hot spot, here’s how to heat things up when the sun goes down in O.C. | By Carrie Storke Williams | 20 BAYSIDE PHOTO BY ALLEN TAYLOR

Nightlife 20 Ways To Spend Your Summer Nights

Carrie Storke Williams

Whether you’re on the lookout for a star-studded party or a concert hot spot, here’s how to heat things up when the sun goes down in O.C.<br /> <br /> CATCH IT!<br /> <br /> 1 Center Stage Fans of O.C.’s performing arts scene are all abuzz over the upcoming arrival of the Broadway stage adaptation of Catch Me If You Can, which lands at Segerstrom Center June 25-30. Based on the real life of con man Frank Abagnale Jr.—and the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio—the play is set in the 1960s and takes theatergoers on a wild ride of musical comedy. Preperformance, there’s no better place to dine than at Leatherby’s Café Rouge, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Here, whimsical culinary artistry becomes an integral part of the cultural experience as acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan creates a special menu inspired by the production. Postshow, head to nearby Mesa at The Camp in Costa Mesa for a sexy late-night drink in a swank hot-spot setting. Scfta.org, patinagroup.com/caferouge and mesacostamesa.com<br /> <br /> PICTURE PERFECT<br /> <br /> 2 Master of Arts Spend a dreamy midsummer night at the 80th anniversary of Laguna’s beloved tableaux vivant event, the Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme: The Big Picture, and the production will recreate the masterpieces that inspired the art of filmmaking. Before heading to the outdoor amphitheater to feast your eyes on the actors and sets that combine to create still-life artworks, treat your palate to some delicious food and drink onsite at Tivoli Terrace or just across the street at Tivoli Too. The show runs July 7 through Aug. 31. Foapom.com<br /> <br /> PAINT THE TOWN <br /> <br /> 3 All That Jazz Like jazz? We do, especially when it’s paired with a noteworthy late-night supper menu, as it is at Bayside Restaurant in Newport. You’ll find us there on Friday evenings from 10:30 to 12:30, indulging in a little music and nibbles ranging from an Angus beef burger to lobster salad bruschetta. And, of course, we’ll toast the band with a selection from Bayside’s award-winning wine list. Baysiderestaurant.com<br /> <br /> THE GOOD LIFE<br /> <br /> 4 SoCal Sounds Weezer fans will be “undone” by the band’s show at the Pacific Amphitheatre on July 26. Part of the Summer Concert Series, which also includes visits by the likes of the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers, the openair concert is the perfect start to an evening of fun. Afterward, hit the O.C. Fair (your concert ticket comes with free admission), and get your rollercoaster on. Ocfair.Com <br /> <br /> HAVE SOME FUN<br /> <br /> 5 OH-CEANA!<br /> <br /> Thanks to Oceana, O.C.’s society season doesn’t take a hiatus when the weather heats up. If all you wanna do is have some fun (a nod to Sheryl Crow, who will perform at the event) mark your social calendar for Aug. 18 to attend the SeaChange Summer Party. Not only will you raise funds that help Oceana protect waters worldwide, you’ll also enjoy a gourmet dinner, worldclass silent and live auctions, and dance the night away under the stars. Speaking of stars, this gala is known for drawing an A-List Hollywood crowd (think Ted Danson, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bridges and more). Seachangesummerparty.org<br /> <br /> CRUISIN’<br /> <br /> 6 Float On You don’t have to own a yacht to cruise Newport Harbor, thanks to Duffy Electric Boats. Grab some pals and steer one of these boats along the water. Stop at restos like Bluewater Grill, which has guest slips, so you can dock and dine—or call ahead and the staff will bring the fare to you. Duffyboats.com<br /> <br /> FIRED UP<br /> <br /> 7 Bonfi re Bash <br /> <br /> Nothing says summer like a beach bon re—and the O.C. Board of Supervisors seems to agree, recently opposing a ban proposed by the Air Quality Management District to remove the re rings that dot the sand in Huntington, Newport and Corona del Mar. Don’t miss what could be your last season to roast some seasides’mores. Plan to hit the beach, but be warned: You’ll have to arrive way before sundown to stake your claim to a prime pit.<br /> <br /> NIGHTCRAWLERS<br /> <br /> 8 Walk On!<br /> <br /> With the rise of thriving art communities here in Orange County, there’s plenty to explore. You’ll find us in Fullerton for the monthly First Friday Art Walk. The third ursday of each month will bring us to the Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk to see the works of emerging artists. And then on the second Saturday in August, we’ ll hit Downtown Anaheim for the Art Crawl Experience (ACE), which showcases works in public spaces, by street artisans and in galleries. Fullertonartwalk.Com, hbdowntown.com and downtownanaheim.com<br /> <br /> UNDER THE RADAR<br /> <br /> 9 Haute Hideaway Go underground at a Hidden Dinner, the passion project of chef Anahita Naderi, Web designer Justin Veiga and event planner Betty Lang. Once a month, they throw an elaborate supper, and the setting remains undisclosed until the last minute. This just in: Naderi and Lang will soon open their first resto. Hiddendinner.com<br /> <br /> SUNNY SEASON<br /> <br /> 10 As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice on June 21 results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. In 2013, it also marks one of SoCal’s most anticipated evenings, the Summer Solstice Celebration benefiting the O.C. Great Park. Formerly known as the Jewel of O.C. dinner, the soiree will continue the tradition of culinary-centered festivities under the sky, with guests enjoying organic fare inspired by the morning’s harvest. Summersolsticeoc.com<br /> <br /> NIGHT OWL<br /> <br /> 11 Goose Chase Kick back on the patio at Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa, and savor gourmet pub fare and craft beer. Or, sip cocktails, single-barrel whiskeys and small-batch spirits in a cozy booth. Goosebar.com<br /> <br /> STIFF DRINK <br /> <br /> 12 Hop, Mix and Jump<br /> <br /> It doesn’t get cooler than Hopscotch, housed in Fullerton’s original Pacific Railway Station. With James Wood running the bar as director of libations, the tavern stocks the widest assembly of specialty whiskey in O.C. with 100-plus varieties from single-malt scotch to smallbatch and single-barrel bourbons. Brew a cionados can choose from 75 specialty draught and bottled craft beers—all the better to pair with the scratch-made menu that includes beer-braised meats, brined and slow-roasted chicken, and comfort foods. After dinner, enjoy a cigar and a dram of whiskey on a smokers-only patio while sports and black-and-white Westerns roll on the at-screens. Hopscotchtavern.com<br /> <br /> AFTER HOURS<br /> <br /> 13 Ecco A Go-Go <br /> <br /> Ecco Pizzeria & Bar at The Camp in Costa Mesa is a fave among local scenesters for its hip, minimalistic vibe, delicious Neapolitan pizzas and other dishes made from locally grown, organic ingredients and exotic Italian imports. But things—beyond the pizza oven—really heat up on Friday and Saturday nights after 10 (until 2), when O.C.’s young and beautiful arrive for Ecco’s Late Night Parlor menu of “bites, brews and booze.” Food highlights include fried mac and cheese bites, an Italian-style corn dog, eggplant caviar and fredo fries. Be sure to order a handcrafted cocktail like the Shipwrecked (rum, amaretto, fresh-squeezed lime and orange juice), or finish the night with a Firecracker (Bulleit rye, St. Germain, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, a Granny Smith apple and Champagne). Eccopizza.com<br /> <br /> ON A MISSION<br /> <br /> 14 Make History Starting July 6, Mission San Juan Capistrano’s central courtyard will host five concerts featuring tribute bands performing classics from the Eagles and The Beatles, among other iconic groups as part of the Music Under the Stars series. You’ll dance, sing and feast on an alfresco picnic, all while supporting the historic landmark. Missionsjc.com<br /> <br /> LATE-NIGHT LUXURY<br /> <br /> 15 Lounge Lovers <br /> <br /> Nightlife denizens, rejoice! There’s a new lounge in town, and it happens to be helmed by award-winning chef Alessandro Pirozzi. While foodies were stunned that Pirozzi would step away from his wildly popular Alessá restaurants, they’re celebrating Mare Culinary Lounge in Laguna Beach, which offers traditional Italian cuisine with the culinary pro’s unique flair. Perhaps best of all, when dinner ends at Mare on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights go down and the music goes up—and the crowd hits the dance floor until 2. In addition to being one of O.C.’s few hot spots for dancing, Mare also features a full bar and a delectable late-night menu (naturally). Mareculinarylounge.com<br /> <br /> SYMPHONIC SPARK<br /> <br /> 16 Fired Up! Where should you be on July 4? At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater celebrating with a Pacific Symphony performance featuring Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond and a fab fireworks finale. And order a gourmet picnic from Bristol Farms to enjoy at the show. Pacificsymphony.org<br /> <br /> HEADLINERS<br /> <br /> 17 Showtime <br /> <br /> Some of our fave acts come to Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. If you’re into ’90s music, don’t miss Matchbox 20 and the Goo Goo Dolls on July 20. Romantic nights come by way of John Mayer and Phillip Phillips on July 27, or Train (pictured), The Script and Gavin DeGraw on Aug. 9. July 26, go wild with Kid Rock. Livenation.com<br /> <br /> CHIC SUITE<br /> <br /> 18 Play Ball!<br /> <br /> ’Tis the season for baseball games—plenty of them. We say go big and rent one of the Lexus Dugout Suites at Angel Stadium, where you’ll experience the game in the lap of luxury and take in all of the action just 50 feet from the batter’s box. These premium spots also hook you up with incredible amenities, such as visiting the team underground in the batting cages, access to the Diamond and Knothole Club restaurants, and a concierge and personal suite attendant. Although you can get food catered in-suite, we recommend dining at the neighboring The Catch, which has long been a fave among ball fans throughout O.C. The Game Time menu is the stuff of which legends are made, including the O.M.G. burger— five pounds (and that’s before the toppings are added) of lean ground chuck broiled to order. Not ready to go that big? No problem. Order the spot's famous Reuben bites or tacos by the rack, and sip the Royal Tea cocktail (pictured). Losangelesangels.mlb.com and catchanaheim.com<br /> <br /> SIN CITY<br /> <br /> 19 Island Hopper Head to Island Hotel in Newport on a Friday or Saturday night when Jimmy Hopper and his trio are performing, and you’ll experience an intimate, Vegas-style show in the Palm Terrace Lounge. In fact, Hopper has headlined at the Bellagio Hotel for four years running. Once you’ve seen him in O.C., you’ll know why he’s gained such a huge following. Islandhotel.com<br /> <br /> LEEWAY<br /> <br /> 20 Southern Comfort Iva Lee’s in San Clemente brings a bit of the South to SoCal with authentic French Quarter-style cuisine, as well as live blues and jazz music Wednesday through Saturday evenings in its newly expanded lounge. Owned by husband-and-wife team Eric and Lisa Wagoner, the resto this summer is introducing a scintillating series of Sunday dinner shows with big names, including Kim Wilson of The Fabulous flunderbirds and James Harmon, a world-renowned blues harmonica frontman. Executive Chef Chris Starr sets the table— and the stage—for these exciting new events by preparing five-course dinners lled with fresh, seasonal ingredients and paired with Cali wines. As they say in New Orleans, "Laissez le bon temps rouler!" Ivalees.com

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