While a startling 53% of Americans live within 50 miles of an ocean, a mere 43% of them cite “base camp for finding Atlantis” as their reason for doing so. Enjoy carefree views of the brine with today's Groupon: for $33, you get two drinks (up to a $20 value), a starter (up to an $11 value), and two entrees (up to a $36 value) at Vivo Rooftop Lounge (up to a $67 total value) at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach-Dana Point.
While bartenders twist fruit into signature cocktails and waiters wield a menu of casual pub fare, diners on Vivo Rooftop's patio lounge enjoy postcard-worthy ocean views. Dinner begins with a fresh glass of house wine, beer, or a singular cocktail such as the Cali caipirinha, a tropical mix of rum, honey water, and lime splashed on the rocks like the best drinks and the worst shipwrecks. In the Doheny dip, grilled tomato flatbread cannonballs into a tub of roasted artichoke and cheese sauce, or blackened ahi tacos kick-start meals with a spicy snap of chipotle sour cream. Then diners select from an array of tempting entrees, such as the Cajun jambalaya, a spicy stew of blackened chicken and andouille sausage, or a sampling of sandwiches. The build-your-own pizza comes slathered with white or red sauce and sprinkled with toppings such as pineapple, jalapeño, or ham (a $1 value/topping), great for filling a ravenous appetite or practicing division homework.
Orange and yellow cushioned chairs gather around low tables, infusing the open-air patio with a relaxed atmosphere that encourages mingling with other diners. Bamboo plants, palms, and ocean views fuse dining and beach beauty without the racket of tableside frisbee-playing children or mermaid chamber choirs.
Picture yourself sitting beside a roaring fire as dusk settles over the ocean while sipping a craft cocktail. Life couldn't get much better. This is MoQUILA. The open patio lounge, located on the fourth floor of the DoubleTree, serves more than specialty agave spirits—it's also home to gourmet appetizers that underline their luxurious surroundings.