BY: MIKE RINCON AND CHELSEA ROBERTSON
If you are looking for live music, good times and a fun atmosphere, look no further. This month DIG found the three most rockin' bars around. If you are 21 and older and in Long beach, Orange County or Los Angeles, there is a live band playing its heart out for you, you've just got to find them. Those of you who aren't 21 yet, don't worry your time will come, and we're pretty sure these bars will still be rockin' around the clock or at least until last call. Detroit Bar 843 West 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 In 2001 when The Memphis Group bought out Club Mesa, Detroit Bar was born. With a newly remodeled interior and state-of-the-art sound system, Detroit Bar is home to an eclectic mix of live music and a variety of DJs spinning the night away. You can find performances from artists of all genres from Cold War Kids to Big Daddy Kane. This contemporary Orange County setting offers a full bar, private parking lot, pool tables, outdoor smoking area, fireside lounge and plenty of room to dance. Located between a laundromat and a Mexican restaurant in an older OC strip mall, Detroit Bar outshines it surroundings.
Alex's Bar 2013 East Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 Tucked away in the Auto Zone parking lot on Anaheim Street is one of Long Beach's hidden gems. If you don't know by now, we're talking about Alex's Bar. With live shows three to four times a week, reasonably priced drinks and a photo booth, you can't go wrong. The deep-red walls and punk rock vibe were even featured in "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny." Alex's Bar's highlight seems to be when Mr. Mister Miyagi steps on stage the first Saturday of every month. They play, you sing. The live 80's karaoke band draws huge crowds so remember to get there early that way you can sing along to classics you know and love.
Rainbow Bar and Grill 9015 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 If you're in the Los Angeles area and looking for something to do any given night of the week make your way down to the iconic Sunset Boulevard to the rainbow Bar and Grill. While the downstairs portion is strictly a restaurant, once you venture up the stair you'll find yourself "Over the rainbow." In this club you will find a full bar, dance floor and live music. With live performances every night except Sundays, open mic every Monday night and karaoke every Tuesday; you're bound to find something you can get your feet moving to. Located next to The Roxy, this rock 'n' roll bar was once frequented by music legends John Lennon, Jim Morrison, members of Guns N' Roses and Led Zeppelin, and you can usually still catch a glimpse of a modern day celebrity or two hanging around.