When the sun goes down, you can be assured Irvine’s nightlife reflects the city’s vibrant, sophisticated, and global culture.
Hotels have really upped the ante when it comes to Irvine nightlife experiences, providing guests and visitors alike with opportunities to enjoy local music, inventive cocktails, and, of course, Southern California’s amazing year-round climate. After a long day of meetings or sightseeing, there’s no more welcoming sight than a comfy sofa or chair surrounding a magical fire pit to relax, connect, and sip on something wonderful.
Floe Lounge at the Irvine Marriott offers a cool coastal vibe with a variety of spots to chill from dining tables to a vibrant bar, an outside patio, and more casual seating areas. Expect to find weekly local musicians performing, Happy Hour specials with complimentary parking, as well as signature dishes for dinner or lighter fare.
Also at the Irvine Marriott is the pop-up YNK (which stands for You Never Know). This intimate, hidden lounge is tucked away off to the side of Floe Lounge, and transports guests to another place, literally. Featuring a living room-style setup, YNK transports guests to places like Spain, New Orleans, Asia, and more with videos of its monthly themed destination as well as inventive handcrafted cocktails by the resident mixologist reflecting the flavors of that locale.
Red Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Irvine is a social oasis where a sleek contemporary design, plush sofas, small group seating, and Wi-Fi connectivity create a communal, modern vibe for an array of small plates, local craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails.
Irvine nightlife doesn’t lack creativity and that is never more evident than at the artful Bistango, where art takes center stage featuring live music happenings as well as an art gallery display for local and regional artists. This is all in addition to the venue’s New American cuisine and 400+ wine list.
If you’re not sure what you are hungry for, Diamond Jamboree is Orange County’s international dining destination, which brings together a variety of cuisines and international flavors with more than 20 places to eat. It’s a great late-night spot with most venues open till 11 p.m. weekdays and midnight on weekends.
Finally, if you want to channel your inner rock star, Plush Karaoke Lounge is the city’s only karaoke spot with 16 beautiful private rooms that are great for small groups to connect and have fun.
Irvine Insider Tip
Most of Irvine's nightspots are just minutes apart, making it affordable to taxi or rideshare between them without worrying about who will be your designated driver.