5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Across the country, the cocktail set is forgoing apple martinis and low-carb beers in favor of 1950s-era standards, the new drinks du jour.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

The Cannery

3010 Lafayette Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Sip a classic cosmopolitan while enjoying the incredible views of the Newport waterfront.

230 Forest Avenue Restaurant

230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

This Laguna Beach bistro is famous for its "James Bond" martini which is shaken "007" times.

162 Restaurant

1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Only the swankiest brunch in town boasts a bloody mary bar; order it as spicy as you want it.

Joe's Place

26612 Towne Centre Dr, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

Catch live jazz and relax with one of Joe's potent whiskey-laden Manhattans.

Kitsch Bar

891 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hipsters opt for retro faves like a traditional vodka gimlet or a sweet sidecar at this hidden Costa Mesa lounge.

More Spots for Cocktails


1545 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Sutra Lounge

1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626