Nightlife in Ladera Ranch

Up to 60% Off Women’s Standup Showcase

The Coach House

$25 $10

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Lauded troupe of standup comediennes concocts characters that skewer stereotypes and reality-show tropes

Half Off Wine Tasting at Hamilton Oaks Winery

Hamilton Oaks Winery

$30 $15

Winemaking duo presents guests with five naturally produced varietals

Up to 45% Off a Wine Tasting or Wine-Club Membership

Laguna Niguel

$58 $32

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Sample flights of up to five wines selected from boutique wineries and take home a bottle; wine-club members receive two bottles a month

50% Off Pub Food and Drinks at Vivo Rooftop Lounge

Dana Point

$30 $15

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Manhattans, gimlets, and specialty cocktails served alongside upscale pub food on a rooftop patio overlooking the ocean

Up to 80% Off Standup at Irvine Improv

Improv Irvine

$96 $20

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Storied chain of comedy clubs where Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld held sway welcomes comics such as Christopher Titus

Up to 51% Off Drinks and Pizza at Newport Beach Brewing Company

Cannery Village

$31.95 $16

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Contemporary bar food such as pizza topped with mac and cheese complements award-winning beers

Up to 62% Off Wine Tasting and Cheese for Two

Newport Beach

$70 $29

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Urban microwinery crafts rich vintages with California grapes and pairs pours with vintner-selected cheese plates

52% Off Upscale Pub Food at Breakaway Sports Lounge & Eatery

Meredith Parkwood

$25 $12

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Cooks prepare pub food from scratch, such as shrimp sautéed with whiskey-cream sauce, at a restaurant with high-definition TVs and DJs

Up to Half Off Dinner and a Show

Rib Trader

$119.80 $60

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

Up to 65% Off Craft Beer and Gourmet Pretzels at Johnny's Saloon

Johnny's Saloon

$46 $18

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Pairs or quartets enjoy gourmet pretzels and craft beers such as Murphy's stout, blueberry wheat ale, and Monty Python's Holy Grail ale

Up to 50% Off Mediterranean Food and Hookah

Huntington Beach

$40 $20

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Exotic flavors culminate in Mediterranean dishes in the dining room and in shisha flavors in the hookah lounge

Up to 53% Off at Titanium Hookah

Southeast Anaheim

$29.95 $15

Puff on the flavored, filtered smoke of an ultimate paradise hookah, complemented with soft drinks or tea

Eric Hutchinson – Up to 50% Off

House of Blues Anaheim

$26.50 $13.25

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Singer-songwriter behind the hit "Rock and Roll" shares powerful pop hooks and vocals in support of his latest, Pure Fiction

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The accomplished and experienced strutting instructors at Ladera Ranch Dance Academy, a family owned studio, train toddlers, tweens, and teens in the art and discipline of dance. Boogie beginners as young as 2 can establish a solid dance foundation and a lifelong affinity for sequins with the academy’s array of classes divvied up by age, experience, and type.

27602 Antonio Pkwy
Ladera Ranch,
CA
US

Located on the gorgeous shores of Lake Mission Viejo and decorated with hand-painted murals, the picture-perfect hacienda features a menu packed with Mexican favorites. House specialties include carnitas (fresh, Mexican-style pork with frijoles, arroz, salsa fresca, and guacamole, $14.95) and the mole Maria (tender chicken topped with homemade mole sauce, $14.95). If you bring a Valentine's date, the platon de tacos (for two people, $26.95) gives you both ample opportunity to eat from either end of a custom-made taco and meet in the middle—a couples activity as romantic to experience as it is disgusting to watch. Seafarers will dig the marinated convergence of raw fish, lime, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro in Tortilla Flats' ceviche ($11.95) or the sautéed crab and shrimp medley of chimichanga de mariscos ($18.95), while herbivores can savor some deep-fried tostadas stuffed with veggies ($10.95). Chase it all with a dessert of fried ice cream ($6.95) or caramel flan ($4.95). Tortilla Flats also offers a respectable wine list.

27792 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

25606 Crown Valley Pkwy
Ladera Ranch,
CA
US

At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.

The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.

24310 Moulton Pkwy
Laguna Woods,
CA
US

Amazing Grapes Wine Store features a full wine bar where oenophiles can taste selections from the 1800-plus wine inventory paired with eclectic small plates. Order a sample of one of the around 15 wines offered, including the 2008 La Forge Estate cabernet sauvignon ($4 a tasting), which has a ripe fruit aroma and full-bodied palate, and the 2008 Hirsch Vineyards chardonnay from Sonoma ($6 a tasting), which overflows with lemon chiffon unctuousness and a billowy texture like a cloud of butterscotch pudding. Amazing Grapes takes special care to safely store all 5400 square feet of its inventory for optimal aging. To prevent corks from drying out, all bottles are hung upside down or on their sides in a UV-free environment that is not littered with open tanning beds.

29911 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA
US

Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).

30346 Esperanza
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA
US