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9 Restaurants with Live Music in Orange County

With countless sensational restaurants to choose from, choosing a place to dine in Orange County can be difficult. But if you’re looking to elevate your experience, try opting for a restaurant with live entertainment. Music has the magical ability to transport you to another world without leaving the comfort of your hometown. From Spain and Jamaica to Louisiana, Ireland and everywhere in between, here’s a roundup of the best restaurants with live music in OC. Live Music in Orange County

This Orange County hotspot has such an authentic Spanish vibe that it’s easy to forget you’re in Costa Mesa. Cafe Sevilla is a restaurant and tapas bar specializing in small Spanish plates to share. This style of eating is particular to Spanish culture because it brings the table together in a fun and tasty way. In addition to their award-winning menu and wide selection of Spanish-style wines, what makes Seville special is their nightly music at “Tapas Bar Live!” Seven nights a week you can enjoy everything from live Latin, salsa and flamenco music to rumba, Gipsy King style music and more. Let yourself be lulled by the Spanish guitar on a romantic date or spice things up with a flamenco show on Saturday evening. Party like the Spaniards do and book to have fun at Cafe Sevilla!

Local preview: Cafe Sevilla has been supporting the local music scene for over 30 years! The Costa Mesa site alone offers more than 700 shows by 50 local artists per year!

Locations: Costa Mesa, San Diego, Long Beach

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Boathouse Collective is more than a restaurant, it’s a multimedia venue showcasing tasty dishes, creative cocktails, eclectic art and live musical performances Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. But if you’re an artist looking for your big break, then mark your calendar for Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. for their weekly Songwriters Circle. The event was created to give local musicians a stage to showcase their work!

Location: Costa Mesa

Credit: Mozambique

If you’re looking for authentic South African cuisine, travel south for from Mozambique rooftop restaurant. This Laguna Beach rooftop bar is inspired by the savory cuisine, bold spices and spirit of South Africa’s colorful seaside restaurants. With happy hour seven days a week, you enjoy drink specials while soaking up the sound of live music Thursday through Sunday.

Location: Laguna Beach

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One of Newport Beach’s favorite gathering spots, bay side is the ideal place to meet up with friends over a bottle of wine. Their talented musical artists cover everything from Latin, Jazz and R&B to legendary classics and contemporary covers. If there was one day of the week you had to visit, it would definitely be their Sunday brunch!

Location: Newport Beach

Credit: Muldoon’s Irish Pub

Cross the pond without a passport when you dine at an Irish-inspired waterhole Muldoon Irish Pub. The Dublin Pub, Celtic Bar and Tavern Dining Room are grouped around an interior patio, making it the perfect place to have lunch or dinner while watching a game or listening to live music. Their sets range from Irish acoustic guitar to traditional sessions and cover bands. Consult the schedule to find a program that matches your style!

Location: Newport Beach

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Trevor is on the tracksThe motto of the menu is “locally sourced, globally inspired”, and the same goes for their music. This established restaurant takes great pride in providing an avenue for local musicians to perform. With live entertainment seven days a week, the patio is the ultimate ambiance for dinner and a show. by Trevor also offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, so there’s something for everyone.

Location: San Juan Capistrano

Perched on the edge of the harbour, the Peninsula Lounge serves its signature California Riviera cuisine in an unbeatable bayside setting. Their coastal-influenced menu pairs perfectly with the live reggae music that plays every Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Although they have a sommelier on site, you can’t beat their Reggae Night drink specials like $5 Red Stripes, $8 Malibu Pineapple, and $10 Jamaican Rum Punches!

Location: Newport Beach

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If you’re craving traditional Creole and Cajun food and music for the soul, then head south for by Iva Lee in San Clement. Their menu is made up of Southern-style recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and their live music takes place Thursday through Saturday. Tables fill up fast, so do yourself a favor by booking their lounge before you go.

Location: San Clemente

This legendary place is a replica of the famous Drake Hotel in New York. The Drake Hotel has hosted iconic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra. So of course, The Drake in Laguna Beach carries on the tradition by offering the best in musical entertainment. Stop by any day of the week and revel in the smooth sounds of jazz or the best blues beats Orange County has to offer! Live Music in Orange County

Location: Laguna Beach

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Cory E. Barnes

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