10 Reasons Why the Door Guy Hates You

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Photo: Erik Hess
The Door Guy. He's seen and heard it all. Pukes puking. Bros fighting. Liars lying about the guest list to get by him. Drunks falling. Your "Turn up!" is his "Calm down!" Frankly, he hates you. Here are 10 reasons why you can't blame him.

See also: 15 Things That Annoy the Shit Out of Your Local Sound Guy

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Casa Trades Avalon Bar's Punk Past For An Upscale Speakeasy

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Heidi Darby
Roland Barrera (left) and Marty Kish (far right) at Casa with one of their new bartenders
From the moment you step inside Casa, your eye naturally scans the new dimly lit surroundings searching for any hint of Avalon Bar--the legendary punk rock dive that inhabited the space up until last July. But 20 bucks says no matter how many years you spent ordering brown bag specials at the bar or moshing to scrappy garage bands, the first time you look around, it'll be as if you've stumbled in for the very first time. And that's exactly the way new owners Roland Barrera and Marty Kish want it.

Thanks to their vision to turn the longtime local landmark into a posh, laid back speakeasy, the quest to begin a new chapter in the bar's history has officially begun--to the celebration and chagrin of many who have a strong opinion about the change. Of course, like any new business, all that really matters is that people are talking about it.

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Why Bikini Bars Are One of the Best Places for Chicks to Drink

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Westminster's Beach Girls

It's Monday night, football's on, and I'm the only woman not working (and fully dressed) at Beach Girls in Westminster. No music is playing, just football noise and light chatter from about 10 male customers. A pretty black girl in a yellow string bikini ("Brittani," spelled with hearts above the I's) served us. I order a Shock Top from one of the 13 beers on tap with the full intention of easing into the harder stuff.


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Konsept Hosts "Fabric" Fashion Show Tonight at Copper Door

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Konsept
Santa Ana art collective Konsept has kept a very distinguished presence in the OC art scene, most prominently in Downtown SanTana, in the last four months. And without skipping a beat, tonight they will be hosting their very first fashion show at the Copper Door in DTSA, an event that includes runway walks, live music, raffle giveaways, vendors, and best of all, admission is FREE.

The fashion show, titled "Fabric," will feature runway looks from budding designers, including Laila Lupe, Lexie, Swav Apparel, Arma and GCS Santa Ana, and each designer will present ten runway looks.

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The Top 15 Orange County Dive Bars

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Jackie Connor
Over the past few months, we've dropped into the smallest, darkest corners of local nightlife to bring you a list of the best dive bars OC has to offer. It hasn't always been pretty. But our search brought us in contact with plenty of stiff drinks, salty drunks and crazy stories. Whether you're looking for the comfort of your own neighborhood version of Cheers or you're just looking for a place to get shitfaced in Santa Ana, there's something for everyone on our list of the the Top 15 Orange County Dive Bars!

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Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County

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Jackie Connor
The last horse finally crosses the finish line! As we conclude our OC dive bar hunt, the north corner of the orange curtain contains a few noteworthy watering holes within its borders. Before you decide to burn a tank of gas getting to LA, don't forget the gloriously grimy crevices lurking between La Habra and Fountain Valley. This region in particular proves to be identity litmus test for the local OC lush. So pull up a stool (wipe it off first!) and get your tab money ready. Here are your top five dives for north Orange County!

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OC Music Awards: Rock Rage of Night 3 Makes Earplugs a Requirement

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Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
Beneath The Buried

OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 3

The Slide Bar Rock-N-Roll Cafe
January 22, 2013

The OC Music Awards Showcase continued it's excursion on the quest to find OC's best live band for night three at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Cafe in downtown Fullerton. To test the nominated bands originality, stage presence, crowd participation and overall appeal where a few of the elite members of the OC Music Awards Academy which is comprised of music journalists, radio personalities, booking agents and industry professionals who help support our local music scene. Starting at 8 p.m., the showcase featured and interesting array of bands including Anna Vexa, Snakebit Drifters, Fiction Reform, Beneath the Buried and Death Hymn Number 9 who all brought their own eclectic crowds and energy to the Slide Bar stage.

See Also:

*OC Music Awards: Night 2 Puts Singer-Songwriters On a Frosty Pedestal
*OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 1-Detroit Bar-January 8, 2013
*Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors


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Top Five Dive Bars in Central Orange County

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Jackie Connor
Blackies by the Sea bar in Newport has interesting ideas of decor.

Deep in the very red heart of central Orange County's clogged arterial domain, dive bar culture is alive and well. Although some are more hidden than others, you might be surprised what lurks within the dark crevices between Newport and Santa Ana. Those of you who never learned to associate PBR and jukeboxes with good ole' Newps are in for a grimy surprise. After all, every town in OC has it's share of the 99 percent looking to get wasted on the cheap. Ladies and gents, here are our top five dives for central Orange County!
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Top Five Long Beach Dive Bars

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When it comes to dive bars, Long Beach has some of the best in Southern California.  An area stuck between Orange County and Los Angeles, Long Beach is truly its own city, belonging to no one.  An iconoclast.  A haven for cheap beer and wild stories.  And after spending many hours slaving over research -- ah um drinking and talking to bartenders -- we've compiled a list of the best dive bars.  While it was difficult to cut the list down to only five, I took into account look, smell, crowd, the price of drinks, and history.  So, barflies and wandering Beatniks/hipsters, I give you the top 5 dive bars in the LBC. 

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Top Five Dive Bars in South Orange County

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Jackie Connor
Inside Knuckle Heads bar 

Despite south Orange County's polished reputation for being pristine,upscale and, well, boring, there lies a couple of dark secret spots in the cracks and crevices of this conservative paradise. It's within those blind spots you find south county's most remarkable, crazy and just plain creepy characters marinating themselves in all kinds of fermentation. Where, you so eagerly ask? Ladies and gents, I give you the top five dive bars of south Orange County.

See Also:
*Top 10 OC Shows of Summer 2012
*Douglas and the Furs Headline Plugged Into Local at Commonwealth Lounge, Sep. 24
*The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Week

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