Where do you go in Irvine when it comes to nightlife? One of the more popular Orange County cities, Irvine may be home to many businesses and schools, but that doesn't mean the area isn't alive in the evening. Whether you want a simple night out at a nice restaurant or an evening of dancing and mingling with friends, there is much to offer. So, are you ready to hit the town one of these nights and soak in all Irvine has to offer?


Caspian Hookah Lounge
14100 Culver Drive
Irvine, Ca. 92604
(949) 651-8454
When looking for a little variety and entertainment, you've come to the right place. Caspian Hookah Lounge is not just a hookah lounge, but a venue that offers a full bar and a sizable dining menu. Caspian exotic hookahs are all compiled on a fresh apple bowl, made to order by the site's highly-rated mixologists. Among the hookah flavors available are blueberry, double apple, fuzzy lemonade, kiwi strawberry, safari melon dew, X on the beach, watermelon and many more.


Red Bar & Lounge
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Avenue
Irvine, Ca. 92614
(949) 225-6757
Whether it is for an evening meeting work associates/clients or just hanging out with friends, the Red Bar & Lounge offers a relaxing evening of fun and frivolity. On Fridays and Saturdays, the business has 50 percent off Happy Hour specials a from 10 pm to 11:55 pm. On Tuesdays, patrons can enjoy $2 tacos and $5 margaritas as well. As for cocktails, sit back and enjoy the likes of a peach mule, queen bee, gold rush, silver bullet and more. When it comes to the menu, visitors can sink their teeth into items such as shrimp tacos, short rib sliders, oysters, ahi poke and more.


3415 Michelson Drive
Irvine, Ca. 92614
(855) 624-6776
Need a night of comedy to unwind? If so, ImprovCity is the place to be. While many comedy venues go for racier jokes, things are relatively clean at ImprovCity. Plus, you never know when you might be seeing the next star or stars. Lastly, the evening can include your older children if they need a laugh or two also. Open 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the business also hosts private events, so what better way to get out with your group from work?


Irvine Improv Comedy Club
527 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, Ca. 92618
(949) 854-5455
If you've had a long day at the office or dealing with the family, head on over to the Irvine Improv Comedy Club and let loose. IICC has some of the best names in the comedy business appearing regularly. June's lineup includes the likes of Kevin Nealon, Eric Schwartz, Tom Segura, Ali Wong, Frank Caliendo, and others.

You almost can't go to a comedy club and not have a drink or two, plus some good food to boot. IICC offers a number of libations, among which include Sex on the Stage, Moscow Mule, Jack and Ginger, Peach Punchline and others.


Plush Karaoke Lounge
2710 Alton Parkway
Irvine, Ca. 92606
(949) 222-9986
Do you have the guts to belt out a song or two in front of friends and even strangers? If so, Plush Karaoke Lounge is just your venue. PKL has more than a dozen beautiful private rooms equipped with the best in sound equipment. They offer the latest song selection in English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and many others.

When it comes to nightlife in Irvine, there is plenty to do and enjoy, so get off your couch and spring into action.

Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com.