Located in the Lab of Costa Mesa, the Commissary Lounge is easy to miss with the untrained eye. The almost hidden entrance can be located at the back of the Lab and once found, leads you to a sleekly styled watering hole for people from all walks of life. Not to be mistaken for the hipster hang-out it could so easy be, Commissary manages to draw an eclectic mix of patrons that changes drastically from one night to the next. Part of this may be due to the fact that each night features a different type of music. Like the Avalon Bar, this establishment operates on a limited beer and wine liquor license, so if you're looking for hard liquor, you had better move along. If you're interested in a tasteful hangout with an interesting ambiance and mix of people, then this is the place to be.
You enter the Commissary Lounge from a semi-hidden black door in The Lab. There's not even a sign alerting you to alcohol ahead; it's just a word-of-mouth type of place that should never be called som... More »
Nestled inside the Lab, Commissary Lounge has managed to keep somewhat of a hush-hush reputation despite being located at the heart of one of OC's most densely populated hipster spots. The lounge isn't exactly spacious, but it is beautiful--sleek, smooth lines, with black upholstery and a giant mural of a big-city skyline giving the place a sophisticated aesthetic, while oddball videos and a Mickey silhouette keep it fun. The perfect place to sip one of the exquisitely crafted... More »