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Cocktail at Holiday in Costa Mesa

As a so-called “foodie”, for me, a girls’ night out usually means dinner and cocktails in a nice restaurant with friends. I am pretty clueless when it comes to lounges and clubs in OC, so when I was invited to the soft opening for Holiday in Costa Mesa this past week, I really didn’t know quite what to expect. I grabbed my sister, which I guess makes it more of a “sisters’ night out” and off we went to 19th street, where we found Holiday in an unassuming little strip mall.

Inside Holiday Costa Mesa

Walking into Holiday, we stepped back in time to old Hollywood in the early to mid-1900s. The color scheme is black and white… black walls, white moldings and railings, a gorgeous white marble bar, black seating with white accents, black and white murals. You get the idea.

Table inside Holiday Costa Mesa

Places to Lounge at Holiday Costa Mesa

White street lights offer dim lighting to keep the “loungey” mood, banquets and couches with cocktail tables invite the flexibility of both intimate and communal conversation. We sat at one of the tables for four along the back wall, with a couple of our other foodie friends and compared notes on the craft cocktails available. The menu offers an assortment of creative martinis and riffs off of classics like the Moscow mule, margarita, old fashioned, and many others, plus an assortment of wines by the glass and beers. There’s something for everyone.

Cocktail at Holiday Costa Mesa

My sister ordered a Tequila Flapper with Patron Silver, Cambire D’orange Liqueur, agave and lime. For someone used to skinny style margaritas, it’s very sweet. But, management is focused on a top-notch customer service levels so this is an easy tweak if your tastes, like ours runs on the not so sweet style. Just ask for less agave.

Girls night out at Holiday in Costa Mesa

As a whiskey and rye fan, I tried the On Holday, a refreshing cocktail with Makers 46, Angostora Bitters, soda, and a surprise twist of ginger syrup. I also sampled the Big Al. This sipper is served martini style and combines Knob Creek Rye with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and again ginger syrup. This was hands down my favorite. One of my foodie friends, also a whiskey drinker, picked this as his favorite as well.

Grilled Cheese at Holiday in Costa Mesa

It’s never a good idea to drink cocktails without a snack or two and with this in mind, we were offered two different types of popcorn – one dusted with a salted garlic powder mixture and one with white cheddar, along with the more substantial gourmet grilled cheese appetizers including a mac ‘n cheese bacon sandwich and a mac ‘n cheese pulled pork sandwich. Just enough to satisfy.

For entertainment we were treated to a DJ spinning tunes we all knew and at volumes that did not completely obliterate our ability to have an actual conversation. Much appreciated! We’re told that entertainment will vary with live performances, performance art, DJ’s, burlesque style performances, and more. Sounds interesting! The variety of entertainment should keep it fresh for regulars.

All in all a fun evening and nice way to catch up with friends. A perfect girls’ (sisters’) night out! Holiday will be fully opened in August and is located at 721 W. 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

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