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The Best Bars to Visit in Anaheim

Picture of Juliet Bennett Rylah
Updated: 5 August 2017
There’s more to Anaheim than Disneyland. You can go see a rowdy punk show, suss out a hidden speakeasy with some incredible craft cocktails, or plunge into this Orange County town’s lauded craft beer scene. Here are eight Anaheim watering holes that are worth a stop.

The Blind Rabbit

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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The Blind Rabbit is a sneaky little speakeasy. It’s located within the Anaheim Packing District, behind a hidden door. Once located, the intimate space offers creative craft cocktails served in a 1920s-style space. It’s dimly lit, beautifully decorated, and only has 35 seats, meaning those keen to explore this gem should make a reservation. A small food menu is available. Dress code enforced.

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Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

The Cave

Bar, American, $$$
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The Cave is a laid-back sports bar with craft beers on tap, a solid daily happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the occasional karaoke night. They don’t serve food, but they do encourage guests to order Mexican fare from Mi Casa next door.

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Mon - Sat:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun - None:
9:45 am - 12:00 am

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Trader Sam's
Trader Sam's | ©Sam Howzit/Flickr

Trader Sam’s can be found in downtown Disneyland, meaning you get a slice of Disney magic without having to splurge on a ticket to the park. Their specialty is tiki drinks, which come in a variety of whimsical mugs. Some drinks even come with a show: for example, order the Krakatoa Punch and the windows reveal a brewing storm, or, bar stools may unexpectedly lower, dipping patrons closer to the ground. A small menu of appetizers is available, like poke and flatbreads.

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Sun - Sat:
11:30 am - 1:30 am

The Bruery

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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The Bruery
The Bruery | ©Ethan Prater/Flickr

The Bruery always has something interesting on tap, be it an experimental seasonal or a barrel-aged brew. If you’re a member of their Reserve Society you get to try all of their beers, but even the drop-in visitor should find something they enjoy—perhaps a horchata blonde ale, an autumnal beer that isn’t a pumpkin ale, or a tiramisu-inspired dessert beer.

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Sun - Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Doll Hut

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Doll Hut is where you go when you want to hear rock, punk and metal while drinking uncomplicated, cheap drinks. The venue itself is quite old. It was once a house, then a cafe, and it became Doll House in 1957. Though it’s had a few brushes with closure, you can’t keep a grimy rock club down. It’s even the subject of an upcoming documentary (see the clip below.)

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Noble Ale Works

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Noble Ale Works
Noble Ale Works | Courtesy of Visit Anaheim

Another addition to Anaheim’s craft beer scene, Noble Ale Works can be found in the Platinum Triangle area. Their industrial-style tasting room allows you to order up a flight of their latest creations. One of their most popular beers is Naughty Sauce, which deviates from the usual hoppy IPAs California breweries often offer. It’s a stout brewed with oats, milk, sugar and coffee, resulting in a sweet, creamy taste, especially when on nitro. They don’t serve food, but there are often food trucks outside.

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Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rio Vista Inn

Bar, American, none
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Rio Vista Inn is a true dive. It’s cheap, uncomplicated, and people get really into the karaoke. If crooning to a crowd isn’t your thing, head over to the other half of the bar for pool. A menu of Mexican/American bar food will provide sustenance for the night, and it’s all delicious enough to keep regulars coming back for more.

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The Juke Joint

Bar, American, $$$
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The Juke Joint, like Doll Hut, is a casual dive that’s been slinging cold beers and cocktails since the 1970s. They have live music, sports on TV, pool tables, darts, and a rotating selection of 20 beers on tap.

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