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After a long battle with the city of Santa Ana to finally get the Crosby up and running, former Weekly cover boys finally managed to sort through all that red tape and got this gem to shine right in the middle of Santa Ana's Artist Village. Serving a vegan-friendly menu well into the wee hours, the Crosby attends to nightlife-lovers with a myriad of drinks and talented DJs filling the void. Live music and heady libations, sure, but the secret is the stellar kitchen: the Crosby's jerk carnitas sandwich was one of OC Weekly's Top 100 Dishes of 2010, and the cream of cilantro pesto pizza is a vegetarian's dream. The coolest detail: during the daytime, beats sometimes blast through a multitude of ghetto blasters lining the walls.
DJ Josh One, DJ Thomas PM, DJ Jesse Chairez, Deejay Lito, DJ Bobby Soul, DJ Hector Waluyo
Every first Thursday the Crosby blows out its speakers when Filter Magazine presents Shift. This sonic extravaganza sets turntable artists, DJs Pla...
At pretty much any local show he goes to, Bill Bennett is the tallest, quietest guy in the room. And while he rarely has a problem finding a good view during small shows, he also has a pretty good vantage point from which to observe the big... More »
Danny Godinez has always been working and learning. Born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico, he helped his mom to make pozole for her restaurant starting at age 5. It would take days to prep the hominy kernels, but his mother insisted on nothing... More »
Apologies for the crappy photo above, but the lighting at the Crosby is never bueno...We're all still waiting for the Crosby guys to open their much-anticipated Grilled Cheese Stop, so in the meanwhil... More »
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal ... More »
Okay, so its service can sometimes be spotty, the music is usually a bit too loud, and forget about enjoying yourself after 9 p.m., when the hipsters invade and it becomes a shrine to PBR imbibing. But the culinary talents exhibited at the Crosby, in those precious few hours when it's functioning as a bona fide restaurant, are almost too good for Orange County, thanks to constant experimentation by chef Aron Habiger, who possesses a fearlessness better suited to a skydiving instructor. He's... More »
Last year, the Crosby decided to grow up--it kept the hipster vibe and the cheap-but-delicious pizzas and pastas, but it also decided to debut a chef's menu that changes monthly. Head chef Aron Habiger has yet to disappoint--in his menu, eaters see the maturation and mad skills of a young gun who knows his limits and pushes them at all times. Sometimes, the results don't fully succeed--a watermelon-based ceviche, while pleasing, didn't match up to what you can find... More »
So it's not officially a dance club, but it wins this year for the best place to grab a beer, check out some art, and dance your ass off to off-the-cuff underground DJs. The Crosby fought its way into the city, and we love that it demanded to go straight to the heart of OC (downtown Santa Ana), instead of plopping on the fringe of some strip mall. So even though the Crosby also serves as a restaurant, art space and all-around community funk center, it has also brought some much-needed... More »
Every young artiste dreams of being involved in a venue like the Crosby. Bookstore, restaurant, art space, club . . . pretty much whatever owners Phil Nisco, Chris Alfaro (a.k.a. Free the Robots, the increasingly popular OC electronic duo) and Mark Yamaoka want it to be. Given the hassle they experienced getting Santa Ana to allow them to open the club in the first place, it's all the sweeter that the final product is so special. Nisco, Alfaro and Yamaoka have established a place where... More »
Every young artiste dreams of being involved in a venue like the Crosby. Bookstore, restaurant, art space, club . . . pretty much whatever owners Phil Nisco, Chris Alfaro (a.k.a. Free the Robots, the increasingly popular OC electronic duo) and Mark Yamaoka want it to be. Given the hassle they experienced getting Santa Ana to allow them to open the club in the first place, it's all the sweeter that the final product is so special. Nisco, Alfaro and Yamaoka have established a place where you can satisfy your craving for excellent food and drinks (though just beer and wine for now—try the lethal sangria), eclectic music and old boom boxes (which they have displayed on their wall). The vibe is relaxed but not divey. The owners' personal relationships with most of the better DJs in the area means the music is selected by people who actually know what they are playing. With the diverse schedule of music each week, the place has a night that will appeal to almost any taste (well, except for "bad"). Located in the burgeoning Santa Ana arts district, the Crosby also boasts a crowd of interesting people hanging about, and attendees have reported an unusual side-effect of the club: Merely by entering its doors, you become a little smarter, a little funnier and a little more attractive.
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