This no-frills bar features a friendly Laguna crowd, strong drinks, and small dance floor which can be picked up just by one or two patrons deciding to let the music and libations take them away. They feature delicious signature cocktails, many of which I've tried, including the Red Velvet Martini and the French Kiss. Absent any actual experience of gay bars in Orange County, we consulted the experts—blowing our entire budget on gay bar research in the process—and today we're proud to welcome Greg Barnes of Laguna Niguel as a guest writer. Come for a beer or a game of pool, but beware: This first-timer is definitely going back to Pistons. Velvet Lounge. Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area.
This is one of the last gay bars in the Garden Grove area which once hosted a scene more hopping than West Hollywoodand it seems only the immediate locals, a number of handsome Latinos, and some truly fabulous drag queens know about it.
Be prepared to talk over the loud din of the crowd and blaring music. This dive in Laguna Beach is not worried about appearances just taking a look at the cottage from the outside will tell you that and is more focused on making sure your drink is as stiff as possible. Artesia Blvd.
Velvet Lounge is divided into two sections: