When Erinn Karman and Lisa Alley stumbled across the Laguna Niguel nightclub that the Karman Bar now occupies, they knew it was just the place to carry out their decade-old vision of opening the bar of their dreams. The two women came from different backgrounds; Alley from mortgage and business, and Karman from music, writing, and bartending, but after meeting through a mutual friend 12 years ago, the pair realized that opening a bar together was their true calling.
"Who doesn't want to own a bar?" jokes Lisa Alley, "when the right opportunity popped up we jumped right on it." Karman and Alley transformed what was formerly known as Rocks in Laguna Niguel, into the Karman Bar. "Our goal was to breathe new life and excitement into the venue," says Erinn Karman, and in late November the pair started their journey of doing just that. They added 7 new TV's, refinished all of the pool tables, added craft beers to the menu, and upgraded the liquor selection, all while keeping the existing bartenders on staff. With plans to integrate a food menu, host fundraisers for community organizations, bring in artists, and provide a place for local bands to play on weekends, the Karman bar seems to be off to a great start.More »