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Snazzy Supper Club in OC?

Ingrid Ingrid Sep 21, 2006 07:01 PM

Hi Chowhounds! Trying to plan my dad's 60th birthday party. He loves to get dressed in a tux and loves Humphrey Bogart. I think it would be fun to throw a party at a snazzy super club that has a 1940's feel - dark, glamorous, old school. Is there any place in OC that fits this bill? Thanks!

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    SouthOCHound RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 21, 2006 07:04 PM

    Park Avenue in Stanton sounds like it may be right up his alley. Search for previous posts here or check out their website:

    1. elmomonster RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 21, 2006 07:12 PM

      I second Park Avenue. A modern restaurant with classic style.

      It's really a throwback to American culture long gone.

      Here's some photos:

      1. JAB RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 21, 2006 07:25 PM

        How about La Cave in Costa Mesa?


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          sfglutton RE: JAB Sep 21, 2006 07:40 PM

          La Cave is what you want. Dark, red booths, live jazz, strong martinis. Be sure not to sit TOO close to the band, otherwise conversation is impossible becuase of the small space.

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          SouthOCHound RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 21, 2006 07:38 PM

          Good call, JAB. This place feels like a freakin' speakeasy since it is dark and dank and literally underground. The only vibekill is that the entrance is next to a blockbuster video. Unless you take him in the backdoor [in furtherance of the speakeasy motif, if you will]. Hell, i think they even have sinatra night here [plus jazz most other nights] and he'd totally blend with a tux on, eventhough the 20-somethings around him are apt to be dressed concurrent with their age.

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            cdmedici RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 22, 2006 01:43 AM

            La Cave would be great. He might feel out of place in a tuxedo though. If you are looking for something a more upscale then I would suggest Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa. Not quite the same old school vibe but much better food and selection of cuts.

            He would feel right at home at The Arches as well. This place is the epitome of old shool.

            1. JAB RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 22, 2006 03:33 AM

              What's that other old school place right off of the 405 in Fountain Valley?

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                MEalcentric RE: JAB Sep 22, 2006 03:40 AM

                Riveria. They do lots of tabbleside flambe dishes, including a flambe spinach salad (well maybe not after the recent outbreak). Very old oschool.


              2. JAB RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 22, 2006 03:57 AM

                Thank you MEalcentric. Here it is:


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                  kdoc RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 22, 2006 06:56 AM

                  Park ave, while very good, is probably a little to casual for what you want. In certainly has that retro feel, but you'd feel a bit overdressed if you went in supper club clothes. Another option might be Ambrosia at the OC Pavillion in Santa Ana. Very old style and glamorous, down to the waiters and presentation. The food is above average, and they do things like tableside caesars and bananas foster.


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                    torta basilica RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 22, 2006 09:04 PM

                    Outside of OC (barely), but wouldn't the Sky Room in Long Beach fit the bill beautifully?

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                      pizookie75 RE: torta basilica Sep 23, 2006 05:12 AM

                      While the other places mentioned sound great, I've been to Sky Room also and can picture it as a perfect venue.

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                      closetfoodie RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 25, 2006 05:37 AM

                      I haven't been there in a while so my memory might be failing me(and I'm not old school so I might not grasp the whole concept) but what about The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza? I think one could easily wear a tux there, and it's elegant and old school New York in decor, if I remember correctly.

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                        allecat22 RE: Ingrid Ingrid Sep 25, 2006 06:16 PM

                        spagatini in seal beach

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