A Blog about Enjoying Wine Night on a budget. Wine doesn't need to be expensive to be enjoyed. We will examine how to have Wine nights without breaking the bank from the point of view of 2 wine Novices.
We will also be featuring a little Travel and Restaurant reviews.
It wasn't an easy task at first but then we spotted it.
The Blind Rabbit that is.
I don't know how we didn't know about this place the first time we went to the Anaheim Packing House, but once we found out about it we had to go back again. We are suckers for any kind of secret hidden bar. Good Time at Davey Wayne's in Los Angeles was totally cool--so the second we found out about this place we had to check it out.
At first we couldn't even find the entrance, but with a little persistence we figured it out.
This little hidden bar was right up our alley.
It had music and the feel of something from the 1930's. It reminded us of the Tower of Terror at Disneyland.
The Blind Rabbit is a fun little getaway that transports you to another time and another era.
They had some cool and unique cocktails. Being a Tiki fan we of course had to try the Topless Hula Girl.
We also had to order a glass of Black Stallion Chardonnay.
(After all this is a Wine Blog)
Here is a cool little Fireplace area that is filled with old books, makes for a unique addition to the atmosphere.
Your bill arrives in the inside of a hollowed out book. A nice touch.
Goodbye for now Blind Rabbit ---we hope to see you again someday.
The Brix is located along PCH in Sunset Beach California.
We have driven by this place numerous times and we finally decided to stop in a check it out. We had seen this place on the TV Show "Bar Rescue"and they had given it a nice makeover and a new name. It was renamed the Pacific Coast Wine Bar for which the interior signage is still displayed. The bar went back to the old name The Brix shortly after the show aired. The owner that was shown on Bar Rescue recently sold the bar as we meet the new owner who was really nice. He referred to it as "The Meeting Place" (A Third name perhaps?).
The inside of the bar looks great and they have a cool chalkboard showing what flights they currently offer.
Here is a sample of one of the wines we tried.
Carmenet was a decent Chardonnay
Enjoying a glass of wine in a place that has nice atmosphere and great music!!
The performer Kurt Hunter played a set that perfectly fit the wine bar setting. He was excellent.
Even with a new owner The Brix struggled in the food department.
The bar has gone back to the strange Deli menu that in no way matches a Wine Bar. We had already had lunch in Huntington Beach so all we ordered was some Truffle Oil Popcorn with shaved Parmesan. Truffle oil makes everything better...But no matter how good the Truffle oil is it can't save burnt Jiffy Pop Popcorn. Is this a warning of things to come??? I mean if you can't even get popcorn right ---what must the other food be like.
Gordon Ramsay would have had a field day with this place. They were having a special party on their outside patio and decided to bring some free samples around to the bar patrons. Probably not the best idea!!! I guess the popcorn was just the precursor of what was to come. They started bringing out some severely burnt food. So badly burnt in fact, it was nearly unrecognizable. We were pretty much laughing as they passed it out to customers watching their reactions. We quickly became giddy with excitement to see what was going to be next? Your guess is as good as ours as to what this was....some sort of chicken perhaps??
You can see some soogy potatoes amongst the charred remains. We wondered "I hope the special party wasn't getting burnt food like this". Someone should have had the common sense to look at the food before handing it out as a "Freebie" to the paying customers. I couldn't imagine being a server walking around with these blackened lumps of coal and pretending to be proud of the chef's creation. Perhaps the waitress who wandered around sipping from her giant goblet of wine (bigger than any of the customers) passing out the samples was her way of dealing with the traumatic food offerings. Handing out burnt food samples isn't the best way to get people to order off the menu. Hopefully the new ownership will get things turned around . And a new chef can craft a menu that will fit the cool vibe of this wine bar.
This last summer one of our Wine Adventures took us to Anaheim.
We had never even heard of the Anaheim Packing District before until one of our Facebook friends has posted about it and we thought it was worth checking out.
The Anaheim Packing District is a really cool little spot with a bunch of food options and shops. We would say it has the same general feel of the O.C. Mix and the Camp.
After we wandered the shops we stopped and had a couple of glasses of wine in this stylish little wine getaway. Among the Restaurants and hangouts sits the BXCR which is a cool little Wine Bar set inside on old Boxcar. Their chef wasn't there the day we stopped by so we will have to come back to try out the food next time.
The look and vibe of the place was right up our alley.
Very Urban Industrial
We stopped and ate at a place called the Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar......OMG this is worth a trip to Anaheim all by itself. It is associated with The Cellar Wine Bar in San Clemente and has the best Grilled Cheese sandwiches ever. We would totally recommend this to any lovers of Cheese.
Outside was an Arts and Crafts Farmer's Market style area and within walking distance is the Anaheim Brewing Company if you want to do some Beer Tasting. A reason for us to return as if the Grilled Cheese Bar wasn't enough of a reason.
Nestled in the hills just outside of Lake Forest lays Rancho Los Lomas. We had originally heard about this place after seeing a friend’s pictures from their wedding.It looked really cool so when a Wine Tasting Groupon came up for this place it gave us a reason to finally go and check it out.
The spot for wine tasting wasn’t what we were expecting when we arrived.It was a cool little outdoor open barn with a country flair.
The Groupon was for Wine Tasting and a small cheese plate.
We tried five Wines from Canyon Road Winery -all of which we enjoyed. The Pinot Grigio was our favorite .
The wine tasting itself was greatas we sipped wine and listened to current country music in this cool rustic environment.
If we lived in the Lake Forest area I could
easily see this becoming a hangout.The
staff was great and the place has an easy going vibe.Aside from the wine they actually have a full
bar and you can do beer flights as well.In fact they brew the beers themselves
at the property under the labelThe
Towne Park Brewing Company.
favorite was the Blonde Ale you can see the fun description below.
We talked with them and found out that they will be
opening in early 2016 a Brewery in Anaheim near the Anaheim Packing
District(which we will make sure to
check out once it opens).
The only thing I would suggest is that if you are hungry
grab something to eat first as the cheese plates were good, but the portions
Rancho Los Lomas is definitely
a place worth checking out for a weekend excursion or as a possible wedding
Site.The location is cool –because it
is like a little escape from the city that is easy to get to.They also have some zebras, tropical birds
and a tiger, so if you are adventurous after stopping for a drink it is like a
bonus trip to the zoo.