A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of signature drinks and gastropub fare at Vivo Rooftop Lounge, located at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Dana Point.
To supplement signature cocktails and seaside views, Vivo Rooftop Lounge's executive chef Mickey Lawhorn prepares a menu of pizza and gastropub fare starting at 2 p.m. daily. Original cocktails steep tongues in citrusy concoctions, such as Dave's Mai Tai, which melds pomegranate liqueur and Malibu rum with pineapple juice, orange juice, and a float of Myers Dark Rum ($10). For postmeal refreshment, a Cran-Apple Cider dessert drink flows apple pucker and cinnamon schnapps past a float of cranberry juice and Bacardi gold ($10). To supplement sips, guests can quell tuna cravings without digging for buried can openers by netting an appetizer of blackened ahi tacos dappled with chipotle sour cream and served with Peruvian slaw ($13). As one of four specialty pizzas, the barbequed chicken pie festoons a crispy dais with charred pineapple, caramelized red onions, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella ($15), while the Killer Dana burger layers avocado betwixt applewood bacon strips and a choice of cheese ($15).
Vivo Rooftop Lounge perches diners on plush orange and yellow chairs as sunset panoramas bathe its open-air patio. Bamboo plants and palms buoy the tropical ambiance set by romantic ocean views and sea lions playing steel drums.
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.
34402 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92624