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    Quote Originally Posted by ketel&tonic View Post
    You've GOT to be kidding. That place is a ****ing DUMP. Their extensive beer selection isn't nearly enough to make up for the smokiness, permanent, rancid puke smell and OC bros in their raised trucks and flatbill hats crawling all over the place. The people in that place are the reason I left OC and never want to go back.
    No bros existed back when I was going there. Costa Mesa was actually a very down to earth place to be.

    Unlike Lunchie, I did also frequent the Helm next door. Wasn't as scary as it might have looked.

    Also on the circuit in those days was Pan Asia Mongolian BBQ, Pierce Street Annex and The Harp all on 17th street. Not sure if any of those places still exist.

    Oh and the Del Taco and Tower Records that were on the corner there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    No bros existed back when I was going there. Costa Mesa was actually a very down to earth place to be.
    For a while it was it was a hot spot for the local Marines though. Can't remember the years, all a bit hazy now that I'm older. Still was the ONLY place back then to have more than Bud and Coors on tap.

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    Also on the circuit in those days was Pan Asia Mongolian BBQ, Pierce Street Annex and The Harp all on 17th street. Not sure if any of those places still exist.
    Don't forget Chester Drawers (aka Check Your Sores - god that place was awful) and the Little Knight. The Harp is still there and going strong. Spent many a night there back in the early 90s watching the Fenians.

    What was the name the place off of Newport and 19th? It was in the shopping are where they put in the Borders Books (now Mother's Market). I remember seeing the South Bay Surfers there on New Year's Eve once. Total dive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    No bros existed back when I was going there. Costa Mesa was actually a very down to earth place to be.

    Unlike Lunchie, I did also frequent the Helm next door. Wasn't as scary as it might have looked.

    Also on the circuit in those days was Pan Asia Mongolian BBQ, Pierce Street Annex and The Harp all on 17th street. Not sure if any of those places still exist.

    Oh and the Del Taco and Tower Records that were on the corner there.
    i think when i was going to goathill, the helm was on its last legs so it might have gone down in quality and therefore come off as creepy. i don't know... but it's closed now and there's something else in its place.


    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
    For a while it was it was a hot spot for the local Marines though. Can't remember the years, all a bit hazy now that I'm older. Still was the ONLY place back then to have more than Bud and Coors on tap.

    Don't forget Chester Drawers (aka Check Your Sores - god that place was awful) and the Little Knight. The Harp is still there and going strong. Spent many a night there back in the early 90s watching the Fenians.

    What was the name the place off of Newport and 19th? It was in the shopping are where they put in the Borders Books (now Mother's Market). I remember seeing the South Bay Surfers there on New Year's Eve once. Total dive.
    i don't know the place off newport and 19th but mother's is now sprouts. i'm in the area a lot for brunch at plum's, liquor needs at hi times and my esthetician used to be on e. 18th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    No bros existed back when I was going there. Costa Mesa was actually a very down to earth place to be.

    Unlike Lunchie, I did also frequent the Helm next door. Wasn't as scary as it might have looked.

    Also on the circuit in those days was Pan Asia Mongolian BBQ, Pierce Street Annex and The Harp all on 17th street. Not sure if any of those places still exist.

    Oh and the Del Taco and Tower Records that were on the corner there.
    I lived in CM for a few years, you're takin' me down memory lane, guys! Wasn't a fan of the Helm. If I hated the Goat, you can imagine what I thought of the Helm! A friend of mine got drugged at Pierce Street. That was the first and only time I set foot in that joint. I LOVED the Harp, tho. That was my spot when I lived there. Soccer on every tv, 24-7. My kind of place! So many times I directed our cab driver back to our pad only to wake up the next day with no recollection of how we all made it back in one piece. Good times. That Del Taco was a lifesaver so many times, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
    Don't forget Chester Drawers (aka Check Your Sores - god that place was awful) and the Little Knight. The Harp is still there and going strong. Spent many a night there back in the early 90s watching the Fenians.

    What was the name the place off of Newport and 19th? It was in the shopping are where they put in the Borders Books (now Mother's Market). I remember seeing the South Bay Surfers there on New Year's Eve once. Total dive.
    Chester Drawers, hahahahaha!!!! Oh man...that place was bizarre. And a few years back, they closed Omelette Parlour. THAT pissed me off. I don't know the place you're talking about on 19th, tho. When I lived there it was already Borders, so you're before my time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    i don't know the place off newport and 19th but mother's is now sprouts.
    Really? Did Sprouts buy Mother's or just that location. It had only been Mother's for a little while.

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    Mulleady's in Mission Viejo

    I don't really consider my local and favorite pub a "bar" (no hard alchohol, locals typically, family welcome) but I'll throw the name out there since it is my favorite spot to relax with good people, catch a game on tv, and have great beer or wine with excellent food. It doesn't hurt that I went to school with the owners kids before they opened, so I've know the family forever. And they opened the year I turned 21. Might have to stop in for a tall Sierra Nevada after work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
    Really? Did Sprouts buy Mother's or just that location. It had only been Mother's for a little while.
    oh nvm, i was wrong. i thought you were talking about the mother's that was on 17th. that one is now a sprouts. must've moved to 19th, the location you're talking about, then. i never knew about the borders that was on 19th before that. i mostly go around 16th & 17th, so i know that del taco you all are talking about although i hate del taco, haha. that tower location has been empty for the longest time but i remember going there when i was in college because a friend of mine worked there and he'd give me all this promo stuff of bands i liked. that was fun.

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    I used to hang out at the Shamrock in Newport Beach all the time. Good beers, friendly staff, and never a problem getting a galaxy game on tv.

    Down in San Diego, the Mira Mesa Inn was fantastic, mostly because the patrons in the bar provided hours of entertainment. I'm not even sure the bartender knew he was supposed to charge for beer. I think it has since closed.

    Out hear I have grown a large fondness for Brendan's in Agoura Hills. Great beer, in a whiskey club there, and haven't been disappointed with food choices yet. (corned beef sliders...yumm....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ketel&tonic View Post
    I don't know the place you're talking about on 19th, tho. When I lived there it was already Borders, so you're before my time!
    The Stag! Whew, that was really bugging me. It was behind the old Mesa Theater (which was an awesome theater, used to show surf flicks) and it was an old piano bar. It reminded me of The Fling in Orange.

    Here's an interesting article about it from 1995. I was 21 and part of the "youthful invasion" talked about. Oh to be young again...

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    I won't go to a bar in Newport because I have this reputation that it's this uber rich snob filled city. Haha! I could be wrong. :P

    Like I said, I grew up by an L.A county beach, so we have a bias against OC beaches. Not that there aren't snob filled beach cities in L.A.

    But gosh, lol, if this thread isn't making me go bar hopping Orphy style! :D I am too old for that though. It's more of an undergrad college thing.

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