Chapter One: The Modern Local

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1227) Santa Ana, California | May 12, 2013
Cool bar in the now somewhat gentrified downtown Santa Ana. Upscale liquor list and the prices to go along with it, same with the food. The beer list was adequate, though nothing really worth a second look. Good cocktails, though. The Moscow Mule is the house specialty of sorts. Service was very friendly, though a bit on the relaxed side in terms of pace. Not necessarily a great beer place, but a good bar/restaurant.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 7/20
Blairgus  (107) California | January 12, 2012| Updated July 6, 2013
(Second visit - 7 July 2013) despite my first experience I thought Iíd go back for one beer since I was walking past. The bar service was much better even though there was a street event only a block away. Still, Iím not happy. After I showed my ID and bought my beer I was told I had to remove my hat (only golf hats are allowed). So basically, hipsters are allowed to wear their hats but no ball caps are allowed. And for all the "atmosphere" they are trying to create, the tv is showing sports. Iíll never go back. (First visit) i would have been really happy with this bar. food prices are a bit high but theyíre fancy bar meals so it is expected. Their beers taps were amazing: Avery, last coast, and others. some big DIPAs on tap when normally out of 10 taps there might only be one. the thing that makes this such a bad rating is the employees. service was absolutely terrible. there were 3-4 people behind the bar but none of them could be bothered to move quickly or seemed to care that there were people waiting. when the finished serving someone they didnít immediately move to the next customer. and their pours were atrocious. i saw several beers poured where almost a third of the glass was head. Iíll never go back.

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