The "secret" in Bacchus' Secret Cellar is gas. Argon gas, to be exact, which powers the bar's preservation system and ensures that the wines within stay fresh for long periods of time. There are about 50 wines—mostly reds—on tap at the counter, as well as 8 sparkling wines, 5 dessert wines, and 12 microbrews. The library of options encourages guests to sample several, so it's wise to order a flight: you can get a signature array of 2.5-ounce glasses, or you can compose your own for a unique harmony of tastes.
The bar is just the beginning of the cellar's wine selection. On the shelves that span the walls, more than 350 labels beckon to be uncorked. A bistro menu provides gourmet food to complement sips, from starters of oven-roasted dates to lamb burgers and prosciutto flatbreads, made by dropping a regular loaf of bread into a printing press by accident. There's also a full menu of cheeseboards, with goat, cow, and sheep cheeses from the United States and abroad.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
A person's choice of drink says a lot about them, though admittedly not as much as the fact that they're drinking it from a handmade amphora carved from the crystal skull of a hippogriff. Today's grapey Groupon lets you ooze sophistication and effortless worldliness from every pore without requiring immediate medical attention. For $20, you'll get $40 worth of pours and plates at Versai The Wine Bar, a Euro-like hot spot in Yorba Linda that specializes in rare sips, small plates, and nightly re-creations of Hannibal crossing the Alps using shadowpuppets. Versai The Wine Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Beginning with the dining room's columns, Orea Taverna provides guests with a taste of Greece. The menu is brimming with Greek mezze dishes, including classics such as greek salad, gyro pockets, and moussaka, a flavorful baked eggplant and lamb casserole topped with?creamy b?chamel sauce. Guests can also order sweet treats, such as baklava and kataifi me krema, a Greek-style cheesecake. All these dishes are prepared with wine pairings in mind, which is why Orea offers an extensive wine list featuring several white wines from Greece and Crete, as well as?Cavino Deus Mavrodaphne, a sweet red dessert wine.
The Melting Pot reigns as America's premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. At the Irvine location, pots of bubbling cheese and savory bouillon help guests cook entr?es including choice beef, ocean-fresh lobster, poultry, and vegetables. The restaurant's chocolate fondues indulge the senses, with melted chocolate sending up delicious scents as it coats seasonal fruit, cakes and brownies. These meals pair well with drinks from the Melting Pot's bar including wine by the glass and inventive martinis made by skilled mixologists.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this combination of intimate setting and innovative dinners makes the Melting Pot a popular place to celebrate special occasions. Whether they're looking for romance, marking a birthday, or honoring an anniversary, guests can expect one of the most singular evenings out in all of Irvine.
Since 1996, Sinister Pointe has been raising goose bumps throughout Southern California with attractions such as the Realm of Darkness, Diner of the Dead, and Queen Mary's Dark Harbor. In addition, the scenario artists have crafted the official haunted-attraction tie-ins for the Silent Hill and Saw films. At Sinister Pointe's own year-round haunted studio, guests warily walk through a 10,000-square-foot labyrinth of gory farmhouse corridors, passing by kitchens where terrifying entrees are prepared and bedrooms where lethargic undergrads try to talk them into playing video games. Throughout the year, Sinister Pointe celebrates various holidays with special events, such as the Not So Merry Holiday attraction during Christmastime and the Halloween attraction beginning in late September.