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  • Atomic Ballroom
    Shesha Marvin was nervous as he gazed out on the dance floor, certain that his pounding heart could even be heard over the booming music. He had always been uneasy on his feet, choosing to lurk by the punch bowl at parties rather than asking girls for a dance?but now, at last, was a chance to overcome his fear. He took a deep breath and stepped out onto the floor, where he was immediately swept away in a rush of lively beats and glimmering lights. After than fateful night, Shesha was hooked. He began dancing six nights a week at local clubs and, eventually, in Disneyland shows, favoring the lindy-hop and swing styles. He traveled the world to compete in international championships, even performing live on Dancing with the Stars. Today, Shesha brings his years of passion and expertise to his own dance studio, Atomic Ballroom. Atop the hardwood floors of his spacious studio, Shesha and his instructors lead students of all experience levels through the steps, twirls, and transitions of the East Coast swing, the American fox trot, and the Argentine tango. The instructors can even help couples choreograph a dance for their wedding while providing expert advice on how to sashay gracefully in heels or how to twirl the bride without destroying the reception hall with F5-level winds. Every night of the week, they host a group dance party?from Sunday night tango to Saturday night Ballroom, and belly dance throughout the week.
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    17961 Skypark Cir.
    Irvine, CA US
  • Irvine Improv 2012
    At Irvine Improv, comics lure laughs from deep within bellies while following in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The club's calendar schedules comedians as often as six nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-coming performers. Audience members munch on a savory menu of appetizers, entrees, burgers, and desserts while sipping specialty cocktails to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.
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    31 Fortune Dr
    Irvine, CA US
  • Paul Martin's American Grill
    There’s no better place to have a good time than at Paul Martin’s house, and in this case, house actually refers to a contemporary restaurant better known as Paul Martin’s American Grill. With eight locations and counting, Paul Martin’s is quickly becoming the neighborhood hangout in many areas. Guests who come to the Irvine location will find the homemade meals made from scratch that the restaurants are known for. Make your reservation online today, and enjoy lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch meals. The dinner menu features chef’s specials that include three courses for a complete meal; if in the mood for chicken, try the Fried Chicken meal starting with an organic green salad followed by free-range buttermilk fried chicken and ending with homemade ice cream for dessert. Diners will enjoy the mesquite grill menu options as well as the perfectly cooked seafood. Guests will be interested to know that Paul Martin’s does note gluten free and heart healthy options on their menus. Valet parking is available for in-house diners, and takeout is also available for those who wish to remain home in their comfy pajamas.
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    31 Fortune Dr
    Irvine, CA US
  • The Balcony Grill & Bar
    The Taiwanese hot pot?thin slices of meat and chopped vegetables simmered in a savory broth and served alongside vermicelli, udon, or ramen noodles?is the specialty at The Balcony Grill & Bar. But it's also the most fun dish to eat: diners cook every component right at the table, dunking pieces of ribeye, tofu, and bok choy into the bubbling broth until they're ready. The menu has plenty of chef-driven fare too, including traditional noodle and rice dishes and stir-fried chicken, beef, and seafood. And best of all, dessert is its own special treat: fluffy shaved snow is the eatery's signature, topped with fresh strawberry and mango, red bean and mochi, or caramel and sweetened condensed milk.
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    2710 Alton Pkwy.
    Irvine, CA US
  • Plush
    Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Plush. Plush is great for families with kids. Large groups will appreciate Plush for its ability to seat them quickly. Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant. The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. At Plush, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door. Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Plush's mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
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    2710 Alton Pkwy
    Irvine, CA US
  • Aura Bar and Grill
    Come to Aura Bar and Grill to grab an American classic with a side of fries. With Aura Bar and Grill's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Be sure to check out Aura Bar and Grill's outdoor seating when the climate is right. Stay connected at no cost thanks to Aura Bar and Grill's wifi. Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — Aura Bar and Grill offers takeout for your busy schedule. Parking is available in the adjacent lot, as is valet.
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    18800 MacArthur Blvd
    Irvine, CA US

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