Like many suburban areas, it often appears there is not much of a night scene. However, that is not the case in Irvine, California. There is plenty to see and do all throughout the city for every traveler. Irvine is home to many families and big business centers, so no matter what your situation is or what you are looking for, you should be able to find something to make your night an incredible one.
1. Visit The Spectrum
One of the most popular sites in Irvine is the Spectrum. With nearly every store imaginable and restaurants catering to every desire, you will always find something to do. Catch a movie or keep an eye out for special events. Enjoy some dinner on a budget like gourmet grilled cheese or farm to table. If you are looking for something more high end, there are Italian, Spanish, and BBQ options to serve every palette. Entertain little ones with the Ferris wheel or merry-go-round! In the winter go ice skating or visit with Santa. In the summer you can try out some gourmet Italian ice.
The Spectrum center does not just offer entertainment, but most stores are frequently open late helping you get done some of your more random errands. Visit the 24 Hour Fitness for a quick workout, the Apple Store to get your phone fixed, or Barnes & Noble to pick up your latest book.
2. AMC Classic Woodbridge 5
If you are on a budget, check out the dollar theater. While prices are not still around a dollar there you find both current and older movies ranging in prices, often much cheaper than some other theaters in the area. Many locals like this theater since it is close to restaurants and much cheaper than the Spectrum theater or other larger shopping areas.
3. Hot Air Balloon Ride in OC Great Park
Looking for a bit of adventure? Take to the skies! Stop by the OC Great Park where you can catch a hot air balloon ride of sorts. You may have seen a large orange balloon hovering over the park, that’s the hot air balloon! It does not go as high as an actual hot air balloon but it will give you plenty of beautiful views of the city. Enjoy a picnic dinner beforehand and be sure to get there early. They often sell out and can easily be canceled by windy conditions, but it is totally worth it when you finally get to experience the heights!
4. World Famous Cuisine
This one is for the foodies out there! Irvine is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, providing dishes from all round the globe. Check out some authentic home-made Italian at Il Barone, go south of the border for some high-end Mexican at Javier’s or take a trip across the Pacific at Fukada. Houston’s is a new take on modern cuisine, while Tender Greens focuses on providing customers with the 100% fresh and local ingredients. Irvine has food to offer for every diner, from someone looking for cozy comfort food to the adventurous eater.
5. Irvine Improv
Irvine is not only safe, clean, and spread out, but it is super close to LA. Meaning you frequently have access to some of the greatest shows and entertainers from LA. At the Irvine Improv, you can catch some incredible top name comedians. Check out the Irvine Improv to see some frequent acts like Jo Koy, Whitney Cummings, Joe Rogan, and Margaret Cho. The Improv also offers great food and drinks for you to enjoy while listening to incredible and famous comedians do what they are best known for.
6. Dave & Busters
Going out on a date night, with friends or with kids? Dave & Busters is a one stop hot spot to have a great night. Grab some dinner, a beer, play some pool, or spend the night in the arcade. There is plenty to do at this single location, making it a favorite for those looking to not hop around a lot or families who just want to let loose.
7. Midnight Bowling
Hit the lanes with some midnight bowling in Orange County! Grab some friends, a drink, and neon to party the night away, knocking down pins, and spending time with friends. There are tons of spots in Irvine to enjoy some midnight bowling and the alleys go all out to make it a fun experience.
Boomers is a fun place for people of all ages. Check out some go-kart racing or rock climbing to get your blood pumping. If you are looking to chat and stroll, test your skills with mini golf. When you are trying to comprehend how it could be so hot at night, check out their water bumper boats! Then on the rare occasion, the weather turns bad, take it inside for some arcade games. Boomers also has plenty to eat and drink in-between all the games and activities!
9. K1 Speed
While boomers does offer go-kart racing, it does not compare to the professionals at K1 speed. K1 offers high-end racing experience with awesome tracks for you to enjoy with friends and family. The indoor tracks are professionally designed, with comfortable leather couches for others to watch, a cafe to grab snacks after your race, and TV screens to watch the big game. If you are a big fan of racing, K1 Speed will ensure you get to enjoy the entire experience.
10. A Night Out For Drinks
Irvine plays host to some high-income business people, as well as 4 college campuses, so you know they are going to have some great bars and lounges for people to spend their weekends. Check out some of the fabulous lounges like FLOE or Envy. Get all dressed up and grab a drink with some friends listening to some fun music.
No matter if you are single, going out with friends or a parent with tons of kids to entertain, Irvine is the perfect spot for your nighttime entertainment. If you are looking for some great food, check out the Spectrum for every type of cuisine. If you are looking for some adrenaline pumping fun there is the Great Park or Boomers. A relaxing night can be accomplished with the Woodbridge theater or Irvine Improv. See? A little something for every occasion!
Updated: April 18, 2018