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.
Flavorful syrups in bright colors rain over fluffy balls of finely shaved ice as staff at Oahu Shave Ice & Ice Cream craft their titular frozen treats. A whopping 80 different flavors douse the ice, which holds flavor more evenly than a traditional snow cone, creating Hawaiian-style masterpieces infused with tastes of blackberry, red velvet, or horchata. Order yours Oahu-style to add a scoop of ice cream—which comes in 16 milky flavors—and a Snow Cap of sweet vanilla cream.
Every day since 1989, the bar staff at Group Therapy Pub has accomplished their one main goal: to bring together neighbors in new, fun ways. When guests stroll up to the pub's long bar, they can order a beer from one of the 15 taps or a drink from the wide variety of liquors available. They can then grab a seat and talk with regulars while watching the day's game on the TV or meander over to participate in one of the pub's activities. A pool table sits next to the bar's dart boards, where monthly tournaments and International Dart leagues are held. On weekend evenings, karaoke singers take over the area to belt out renditions of their favorite songs or finally trick their friends into listening to their opinion on the last season of Battlestar Galactica. Though the staff has been consistently cultivating this amiable atmosphere since 1989, they haven't foregone updates. Recently, new chairs, tables, and wood flooring were installed.
No matter which roll they order, diners at Oishi Restaurant will likely be impressed by its presentation and new ownership. Red and white tuna stripe the top of a Candy Cane roll packed with cucumber and spicy scallops, and the Monk roll, a combination of crab, spicy tuna, cream cheese, and jalapeño, stands atop a painted web of dipping sauces. Entrees such as pork cutlets and salmon teriyaki can be packed into bento boxes at lunchtime or stretched out into full-size dishes at dinner. To drink, patrons can sip from a selection of sakes and Asian beers including Sapporo and Asahi.
Though a sports bar at heart—the walls are lined with flat-screen TVs tuned to football and basketball games—Sammy’s Bar & Grill’s dark wood tables and a natural stone accent wall give the dining room an upscale feel. There’s even a heated outdoor patio with a stone fountain and a sculpture of a lion drinking beer with his pinkie out. In addition to traditional burgers, sliders, and wings, diners can also feast on Southwestern and Italian specialties including sizzling fajitas and flatbread pizzas. Behind the bar, mixologists serve up a full selection of spirits, California wines, and bottled beers, plus a dozen brews on tap including local finds.