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Fun spot in Claremont/ Ontario area?

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Hey, everybody!
Sorry about the lengthy post in advance. I 'm afraid I have a pretty specific question. Searching already, I've come up with very few ideas.
I'm going out with friends for dinner saturday night and we've decided that meeting somewhere in the middle would be better than choosing one of our own neighborhoods. This would put us in the Pomona/ Ontario/ Chino Hills kind of area. But we don't know anything about good places there!
We're in our late 20s/early 30s and would like to go somewhere fun and relatively inexpensive. I know it is unlikely that we'd find a happy hour situation on a saturday but a place that has "specials" would be awesome. The only real requirement: there must be a full bar (we're admittedly drinkers).
But we are totally and completely open to style of food served. In fact, the MORE exotic the better. We love tapas, japanese, authentic (read:buche) mexican food, etc. Obviously, generic chain bar/grill places aren't really our scene.
To be honest, it would also be nice to have an atmosphere where it would be easy to mingle and meet new people. We're pretty social.
This is all way too much to ask- I know. But I have faith that if there were a solution to be found, my fellow CH'ers will be the ones to identify it!
Besides, I'd love to be the one in my group to get credit for finding the new place with GREAT food (laughing)
Thanks everyone- any suggestions are appreciated!!! have a great weekend, everyone.

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  1. Sorry you didn't get any bites on this; I'm just seeing it now.

    First place that popped into my mind is Viva Madrid, a tapas place in Claremont. It doesn't fulfill all of your stated requirements, but I can't think of anything in that part of the universe that would. Viva Madrid has decent enough food, very lively atmosphere, great sangria (they might have full bar, I can't remember, because I order sangria with tapas), and doesn't have to be too expensive.

    http://www.vivamadrid.com/

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      Viva Madrid was going to be my recommendation as well. Just a note though-I'm pretty sure they don't take reservations

    2. If you're truly interested in the crowd and atmosphere, you might be better off at the Yard House. Closest location in Rancho Cucamonga.

      1. We were just in Claremont a few weeks ago and had a very good meal at "Walters."

        It's very pretty, popular, a bit upscale (not a chain!!) and (of all things) has an Afghan twist. (The Afghan fried potatoes are delicious!) There are also more than the usual number of lamb dishes (which I love).

        Again, a very pretty and modern place -- doesn't look like its name (!) and is a very happy surprise. Very cute area, too -- right in the heart of the "village." It's as college-y an area as we get in Southern California, it seems!

        Walter's Restaurant
        308 Yale Ave. (Bonita Ave.) Claremont, CA 91711. Phone: 909-624-4914. Website: www.waltersrestaurant.biz.
        Cuisine: Eclectic / Int'l; Neighborhood: Claremont

        www.waltersrestaurant.biz

        1. We like Viva Madrid but it's beer & wine only. Same, I think for Pizza n Such around the corner which is a fun place with great goat-cheese pies. If I were you, I'd just meet in Claremont Village and do a crawl. It's a pleasant area for walking around and "grazing". Back Abbey Brewpub might hit the spot, too. In front of "Bert n Rocky's Ice Cream" on the corner of E. Bonita and Yale might be a good spot to meet up. (and END up later on!)

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          Bert & Rocky's Cream Co
          242 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

          1. I would start at Casa 425 in Claremont for drinks out on the patio sitting around one of the fireplaces or next to the fountains. You can order a couple of small plates with your drinks. From here move to the Back Abbey or Viva Madrid or Walters or Tutti Mangia for a complete dinner.