Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County

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Jackie Connor
An authentic Tropic Lounge masterpiece
1. Tropics Lounge (Fullerton)
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.

See Also:
*The Top Five Dive Bars in South Orange County
*The Top Five Dive Bars in Central Orange County
*The Top Five Dive Bars in Long Beach

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14 comments
gottaknow247
gottaknow247

Huntington Beach is North OC?  Really?

All the other bars you mention suck except the SD. 

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Sorry The Helm is gone. That was a real dive.

Victor Alvarez
Victor Alvarez

I live less than 2 miles for both tropics and Sunset.. Am I missing out, really ?

Mike David
Mike David

That's my spot..live at a dive..always good music

Jayme Vassis Smith
Jayme Vassis Smith

To bad Chasers in Orange didn't make the list- OMG total dive bar!! (And i love it)

brilynch1283
brilynch1283

Ive been to them all, and TROPICS and Sunset are horrible. ZERO reason to go in either. Sunset has no draft beer at all. Tropics is fine if you appreciate the biker crowd. Horrible take on dive bars.

Alex Cassidy
Alex Cassidy

My list is as follows: Johnny's, Johnny's, Johnny's, Johnny's, and Johnny's (in that order)

JaySea
JaySea

Check them out if you like dives!

JaySea
JaySea

And Johnny's needs you..that place rocks

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