Nightlife in Lake Forest

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

"Walking With Dinosaurs" – Up to 40% Off

Honda Center

$48.90 $29.34

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With this exclusive pre-sale, see realistic, life-sized dinosaurs roam the stage in a heart-pumping, educational spectacle for ages 3+

Intocable – Up to 50% Off Tejano Concert

House of Blues Anaheim

$54.50 $27.25

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Intocable shake up their classic Tejano and Norteño sound with poppy melodies and rock guitars

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Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

24302 Swartz Dr
Lake Forest,
CA
US

Aqua Restaurant & Lounge, located within Holiday Inn Irvine Spectrum, serves up classic American cuisine as well as gourmet specialties. In the morning, breakfast platters and cups of RainForest Alliance coffee give diners enough energy to race a taxi on foot on the way to work. Later on, chefs prepare heirloom salads and signature dishes such as the Philly West, a gourmet riff on the philly cheesesteak that pairs shaved filet mignon with housemade Jack Daniels au jus and melted provolone. A full bar, 50-inch plasma TV, and sleek decor round out the hotel-lounge experience.

23131 Lake Center Dr
Lake Forest,
CA
US

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