Happy hour is the best hour in Dana Point. Southern California’s luxurious seaside city has some of the best oceanfront bars and lounges in Orange County. After a little exploring, head to one of the area’s four coastal resorts to enjoy cocktails and appetizers with a gorgeous sunset ocean view.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Experience the stunning oceanfront bar and lounge of 180blũ at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Enjoy refreshing hand-crafted cocktails on their patio bar 150-feet above Salt Creek Beach. It feels like you’re on a cruise watching surfers and taking in colorful sunset views. It’s the perfect spot for date night on vacation. We recommend getting a dirty martini and fresh oysters. 180blũ also features live music and sushi Thursday through Saturday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Drink in style at Bar Raya at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The sophisticated and friendly bar offers fine cocktails, appetizers and more. Grab a nice glass of wine and appreciate the breath-taking ocean views here. One of our favorite adult beverages at Bar Raya is the Cucumber Lemon Margarita. Trust us, it’s delicious!
Monarch Beach Resort
Eat, drink, and relax with a sunset ocean view at 33°North inside the Monarch Beach Resort. Enjoy premium Champagnes and Cognacs from France, single malt Scotchs, or Coffey distilled Whiskey from Japan. Every cocktail made here is hand-crafted with freshness in mind. We recommend their Spicy Tuna Tacos or Falafel Lettuce Wraps. The friendly bar and lounge also has live music Wednesday through Sunday. Get ready to dance the night away!
AVEO Table + Bar at Monarch Beach Resort takes a farm-to-bar approach with their cocktail menu. Local ingredients and resort-grown herbs and honey are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Enjoy the beautiful California coastline while sipping on the Aveo Martini or Carribbean Riviera, two of our favorites. AVEO also offers some of the best Mediterranean food around!
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Relax with fireside seating and gorgeous Dana Point sunset ocean views at Overvue Lounge at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. We recommend getting their tasty Red Tide Sangria, which is made with rich red wine, fresh fruit fusions, and a splash of orange and pineapple juice. Their Spicy Ahi Tacos are also amazing! The lounge offers live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. There is a little something for everyone here!
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach
The Longboard Rooftop Lounge at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach is the perfect place to celebrate the end of a good day, every day. The fourth-floor outdoor patio lounge offers spectacular ocean and sunset views. Indulge in their Hot Cocktails on Cool Nights Menu made by award-winning mixologists. One of our favorites is the Hot Dana Point Nights, their signature version of a Hot Toddy, which has bourbon, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Experience the relaxing ambience here while sipping on a cocktail. Longboard is a one-of-a-kind casual stop along the coast!
These are just of our favorite spots to enjoy a cocktail and take in the beautiful Dana Point sunsets. Plan your trip to Southern California’s lavish seaside city today!