The Best Dive Bars to Drink at in Your Neighborhood

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As you may have noticed, we can't stop yapping about our largest issue of the year, Best Of 2013, and we're not done yet. A chunk of our Food & Drink awards go to awesome neighborhood, hole-in-the-wall and dive bars around the county each year. South County, North County, Coastal--even Long Beach--they're all represented here. We here at the Weekly love us some neighborhood and dive bars (can't you tell by my weekly column Dive Dive My Darling?) so we hope you'll check out all of our recommendations.

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An Exploration of Steamers Jazz Club: The Good, The Bad, and The Magnificent Cocktails

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LP Hastings
The Red Wedding; The King of the North is no longer available...

Steamers has been in Fullerton a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it one of the few good places to hang out on the weekends in Downtown Fullerton.

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New Cooking Channel Show: Get Ready To Trip Out with Alie and Georgia!

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Cooking Channel
We definitely caught people's attention initially by making ridiculous drinks.

What do you get when you take two gorgeous, talented, funny, free spirited and stylish gals and add in a few cocktails? OK...get your minds out the gutter people. The right answer (of course) is that you get Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia where two besties (Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark) go on spectacular adventures and kick up booze filled beverages in ways that you could never imagine!

Premiering on the Cooking Channel Friday June 21st at 7:30pm (PST), Alie and Georgia travel to destinations like Las Vegas, Miami, and San Francisco to take in local libations and activities and then, come back to good ol' Los Angeles to show why they are the hostesses with the mostest by planning fantastic parties for their friends based off of their travels. We know, it sounds like a real "can't miss" so the real question is...why would you want to?

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Being that you're both writers, I can totally relate that you got into creating cocktails because deadlines and drinking kind of go hand in hand. How you'd end up getting on Cooking Channel because of it though?

Alie Ward: I was a journalist at LA Weekly and the LA Times and was covering cocktails, events, and nightlife. I was reading and experiencing the craft cocktail scene a lot and at that point, it was just starting to get a little bit out of control. Georgia and I had this fictitious drink that we would joke about that didn't exist called, "The McNuggetini." We'd want to have it after work because our hours were so late and we would want a dinner and drink all in one.

Georgia Hardstark: Yeah so, we made up this McNuggetini and it was totally an inside joke between us that we thought was so funny. We had a friend who made videos for Funny Or Die and he agreed to make a "how to" video for us. So we filmed it in my grandma's kitchen in Los Angeles and the video totally went viral. We didn't expect it at all. After we made a couple of videos, Cooking Channel contacted us and were like, "Can you guys do this for real and not as a joke?" We were like, yes we can! So from there, we just started making videos and cocktails for them!

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Meet The Last Living Capone At Hi-Time This Thursday

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A Capone Rye

What does Templeton Rye have to do with Al Capone? Rumor has it that it was not only his libation of choice, but he was buried with a bottle of "The Good Stuff". You don't have to take our word for it, as Deirdre Marie Capone makes an appearance at Hi-Time Wine Cellars to promote her book, Uncle Al Capone. You can be gangster by association!

As we thumbed through the chapters, we didn't expect it to include recipes. One of them, Mob Cookies, was called such because, as Deirdre put it, "When my grandmother Theresa baked them and Al took them to his headquarters, all the boys raved about how much they loved them."

You'll have to get the book to see if the recipe is up to your high standards, but if they were good enough for the Mob, how could they not?
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Three OC Nightclubs (And Two Long Beach Ones) Make it On Nightclub & Bar's List of Top 100 Clubs in America!

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Photo by Matt Oliver
Just one of Sutra's many honeys...

I am a huge fan of the trade magazine, the obscure journal written for a niche audience that rarely makes it into the mainstream, and am always looking for new ones. And I just found one: Nightclub & Bar, which advertises itself as "the go-to resource for the on-premise professional" in the nightclub industry and has been at it for 27 years.

Recently, they came out with a list of the top 100 nightclubs in America, the criteria which they said "is the only revenue-based ranking of nightlife venues" in the industry. Understandably, most of those listed are in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, although OC had a couple--and even Long Beach.
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Diatribe With Dave: An Ode to the Unsung and Lowly Dishwasher

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All photos by Dave Mau, if you already haven't got the drift...
Jesús at Memphis
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner With Dave at Memphis At the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every Wednesday morning to a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!

Few outside the food and beverage world have experienced what is termed "bar rot," but believe me, it's nasty. It comes from spending hours upon hours with your hands submerged in the various cleaning/sanitizing solutions required by your local, friendly health department. I've had it bad, seen it worse, and it's no walk in the park. It starts with a bit of soreness around your index and middle fingers, soon progressing into rotten cuticles, infected fingernails and horribly painful cracks around your thumbnail that are spectacularly agonizing when exposed to citrus or salt and can lead to skin loss.

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Diatribe with Dave: Still the Best Old Fashioned........Ever

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Dave's Grandma Lola: They just don't make dames like they used to...
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every Wednesday morning that he's on to a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!

It seems the Sazerac and Old Fashioned are the Gamera and Godzilla, respectively, of the cocktail Monster Island, locking horns in a duel for supremacy while Godzuki, the lowly Manhattan, looks on (although the latter is at the top of my go to list). There is lively debate about which came first and who reigns as the oldest and classic American cocktail, but, for me, the Old Fashioned is going to come out on top every time. And the best I've ever had? Well, my Grandma Lola's still tops that list.

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Diatribe with Dave: A Soliloquy on Salsa Roja, and Where to Find the Best in OC!

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Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every Wednesday morning that he's on to a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!

Long ago, in a previous 909 life, there was an absolutely filthy-yet-magnificent taqueria called Mexico Lindo located on a dingy stretch of Euclid Avenue in my-then hometown of Onterrible. For a kid raised on Taco Bell enchiritos (a bastardized enchilada, quite horrific actually) and Rosarita make-at-home taco kits as "authentic" Mexican, it was quite a revelation. The interior was less restaurant and more POW camp. Rife with squalor, flies and screaming babies, it was a hotbox during the summer that would have broken even the hardiest of gabachos. But their asada was a knockout and if I had a nickel for every squirt bottle of their salsa roja I drunkenly stole off their tables I'd have a big 'ol stack of nickels. It was the best ever and I still can't figure out why.

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How to Play "Here Comes the Bear," the Most Efficient Drinking Game Ever

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Beer pong? Tired. Kings? Boring. President and Asshole? So 1995. They're all really boring, and some of them are so slow you'll never get a buzz on playing them. It's time for a new drinking game, and when it's time for anything involving large amounts of drinking, the people to ask are the Russians, who didn't consider beer an alcoholic purchase worth regulating until recently. The Russians have a drinking game called "Medvyed prishol" ("Here Comes the Bear"), which is the most efficient way to get drunk we've ever seen.

See also:
- Russia to Regulate Beer, Minors Not Yet Rioting
- Cure That Hangover! Top 5 Numerically Named Drinking Games
- Pizza Russian Roulette Is One Hilariously Messed-Up Eating Game
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Kimera Promotes Weekly Beer Flights

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Sit in traffic, or "deal" with this on a Wednesday night. Do you even have to think about it?

Dispel those road rage tendencies on Hump Day by shortening your time spent lining up for the metering light. Park yourself by the Google building for a cold beverage, or five, thanks to Kimera's Wednesday-night beer tastings.

Launched last week, this alternate universe Happy Hour deal will run you $15. The good news: it includes a three-ounce sampling of beer for each digit on your left hand, plus an order of their signature Parmesan garlic fries to dip into aioli with the other. Well, isn't that special?
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