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Best Places For A Girl's Night Out In Orange County

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GNO – girls’ night out – is the perfect excuse to get your flirt on with your besties and party throughout the night. While Taylor Swift and her posse of friends love hanging out at home; dancing, wine tasting, cocktailing and dining are some of the more popular ways to celebrate a night out sans the guys. Regardless of how you girls spend the evening, being with your friends is the best part. Here are the top five hot spots to check out when calendaring your girls’ night.

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1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(Located in Triangle Square)
(949) 722-7103

Sutra caters to your every need to make it the best GNO ever. Open until 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Sutra is one of the best dance clubs in the OC featuring popular DJs including Mustard, Chuckie, DVBBS and so many more. Thursday nights pump up with electro/techno sounds, and Saturdays feature Top 40, hip hop, dance and techno. Together, the experiential mix of music and state-of-the-art audio and visual sets up the don’t-let-the-party-stop kind of night. The crowd is fun and energetic. Plan ahead and sign up online to be on the guest list, which gives you free admission before 10:30 p.m. Also, Sutra offers VIP table service reservations, which can be made by calling or visiting the nightclub’s website.

La Casa del Camino Hotel- rooftop lounge
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The Rooftop Lounge
La Casa del Camino Hotel
1289 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 315-2222

Grab your gal pals and take in the beautiful sunset Southern California has to offer. The Rooftop Lounge, located in La Casa del Camino hotel, is a relaxed space to celebrate friends, enjoy girl talk and sip on the lounge’s signature handcrafted mojitos, martinis and margaritas. Mojitos are a Rooftop Lounge must-have and are offered with a variety of tropical fresh fruit options including mango, berries and pineapple. Chef Craig Connole prepares a lighter fare menu (burratta bruschetta, Hawaiian ahi poke, and Cuava BBQ meatballs, to name a few) to accompany cocktails. The bar and restaurant features ample outdoor seating (umbrellas and heat lamps are provided) with a panoramic view of the Laguna Beach coastline.

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725 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-6700

With Chef Niki Starr at the helm, mesa is an choice for a girl's night. The lounge is vibrant and the restaurant is eclectic and the wonderfully talented Chef Niki brings together a social scene like no other in Orange County. Mesa has live music daily, a retractable rooftop (perfect in SoCal) and a music themed food and drink chef’s table.  This exclusive twelve-seat experience is offered once a month where Chef Niki integrates music themes into food and cocktail pairings. An “I’m So Fancy” dinner a la Iggy Azalea included comfort food with the class turned up on items such as animal style fries (without the Kraft cheese). An Elvis dinner is being planned for July featuring some of The King’s favorite foods.

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Wine Lab
At The Camp
2937 Bristol St., Suite A101B
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 515-8466

Wine Lab, located in The Camp, an eco-chic shopping and restaurant destination, is a fun and social wine tasting hot spot for GNO. This wine bar specializes in a diverse menu of organic and small production wines that are curated by owners Roger and ChrisAnn. With an eight tap system, Wine Lab is able to serve higher quality wines at the perfect temperature, with a lower price tag. Parties enjoy coming here to learn about and try new wines by the glass or by flights. This wine bar also serves craft beers, artisan cheeses, toasted cheese sandwiches, wine and chocolate pairing and desserts. Reservations for parties of up to 10 people are welcome with a deposit. Remember to choose a designated driver for the night or tap UBER to get home safely.

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R&D Kitchen
555 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 219-0555

Make it a day with the girls starting out at Fashion Island for some browsing and shopping, then head over to R&D Kitchen for an evening of catch up with good friend and cocktails. This lively bar and restaurant is a quintessential scene, featuring indoor and outdoor seating areas. The full bar offers several brands of tequila, vodka and scotches, single glasses of wine, bottles of wine and beer. Gather together by the bar or lounge outside sipping and tasting. The menu's flavorful dip duo (guacamole and a spicy-ish soft cheese) with oversized warm tortilla chips, deviled eggs and the chicken meatballs are a perfect sharing order.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at

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