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Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel

We attended as a guest of the Aqua Lounge
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The Aqua Lounge is one of the newest additions to the Island Hotel including Oak Grill. It is not a place for families, but a cool bar scene for couples to enjoy during a date night or while staying at the resort for a nightcap.

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Short Rib Beignets

I was able to sample three of the appetizers from Aqua Lounge including the fried green tomatoes. The deep fried tomatoes came paired with a spicy remoulade dipping sauce that was perfectly paired with a cucumber cobbler cocktail. The cocktail was light, refreshing and made with coast sage infused Hendricks Gin, fresh apple, cucumber puree, housemade ginger syrup and fresh lemon juice.

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Charred Shishito Peppers

While the cucumber cobbler was a perfect summer cocktail, my favorite cocktail of the evening was the moscow mule. Who doesn’t love a cocktail made with Kettle One vodka, housemade ginger beer from the siphon and fresh lemon juice served in an ice cold copper mug? This cocktail was paired with charred shishito peppers with a furikaka aioli.

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When looking for a new place to have cocktails and appetizers during your next date night, make sure and take time to check out the all-new Aqua Lounge. They have been open all summer, and now is the perfect time to plan a visit.

They are located inside of the Island Hotel at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

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