Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County
1. Tropics Lounge (Fullerton)
Jackie Connor An authentic Tropic Lounge masterpiece
Built on two double-wide trailers, Tropics Lounge is the second oldest bar in Fullerton, next to the Continental Room. The small but mighty scene for seedy-types to lurk, drink and even take in some tunes on their microscopic stage.
"A lot of bands have played here," said Bartender Deeanna Tafolla. "Sublime did a surprise show here back in the day." If you're looking to absorb the ultimate north OC dive bar experience in one foul swoop, Tropics Lounge is the spot. Dark interiors, a single pool table and bathrooms with toilets you want to use your foot to flush with is a great place to watch local bands rock the trailers, mingle with the locals and wet your whistle. If you get bored at the bar, you'll notice the ceiling is decorated with beer bottle caps in the shape of random pictures. Skateboards, cats, initials and other random shit are ingrained to the red stucco along with loads of skate decks from the local skate shop across the street.
Ladies Beware: Besides an unsteady floor (I don't recommend heels), skater boys and hipsters who smoke too much.