Just finding the Olive Pit in Orange can present an adventure in and of itself. It's located off a fast moving boulevard, down a steep driveway, behind a strip mall-one of the more unusual locales for a watering hole in the county. But once inside, you'll find a well-kept bar rocking the dive-chic look. Ceiling fans twirl slowly, vinyl cushioned stools adorn the linoleum floor and Christmas lights always hang from the wood-trimmed panels above the bar top. The full bar features a small selection of bottled brews as well as 10 beers on tap. Labels include Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois. There are also three pool tables, a couple video games and a jukebox.
For those who want to escape the visibility of regular dive bars, Orange's Olive Pit is for you. Turn off Lincoln Avenue, and head down a steep street; around the corner lies the most secluded dive in these here parts, nestled into the side of a concrete hill, hobbit-hole-like. At the Olive Pit, they have cheap beer, pool tables, arcade games, year-round Christmas lights, doll-faced bartenders, peanuts in a vending machine and fried snacks available when the cook decides to show up. Perfect... More »