It was so nice to see so many of you that have been joining us all these years! The menu itself is basic when it comes to food but the burger is better than anything I've found on Polk street. Not sure why this place is so highly rated. Interesting deep red color that was cool. Overall this was an extremely positive, memorable experience. Offered complimentary coconut rum after. Seating is limited both at the bar and the tables.
We have changed the age to 21+ I have also added a Corset Theme Night to this Saturday. I would recommend it to all people of varying alcohol preferences. It's a really low key establishment, and when I went with my friends on a Thursday evening they were pretty empty. All this aside, what what really made the visit special was Mike's friendliness and humor. I really appreciate the support you have shown us.
One of my friends got a whiskey based cocktail, and the bartender torched marshmallows for her and two extra for the other people in our party to much on which was pretty cute. He completely made our night! This is not a bar that you should pop into for a quick drink. I didn't see a drink with egg whites on the menu, so I first ordered the Pear Water and ordered the Lady Lisa second. Stocked to grab another Liquid Campfire and grab some bites. I was looking for a place to meet up with my crew of coworkers, and after hearing about the unique drinks here and enticing happy hour we decided to drop in! You can also go into their area and hang out. Look for our name up in the Marquee!! You simply tell him what you are feeling base alcohol, flavors, tastes, etc and he comes out and surprises you. Just email me to reserve a table for group or a Birthday party.
I quickly checked Yelp for a business that would keep the party going and that was near the restaurant, and the Butterfly Lounge stood out as the obvious choice. We met a group of friends who have been meeting there for Tuesday evening drinks for decades! If you are looking for a fun crowd, cool decor, maybe to dance --- don't come here. Their wine pours are very heavy no complaints there! Watch as Mike uses a vacuum pump to create the perfect level of smokiness. I'm so happy I stumbled upon this spot. It's inside of a hotel so it was a little confusing to find the entrance, but there is a sign outside so if it looks like you're arriving at a lobby of an older hotel you're at the right place! She seemed to be frequently distracted by some of the other patrons.
In this case, it is the daredevil of mixology, Mike Hugo Calalay. I didn't see a drink with egg whites on the menu, so I first ordered the Pear Water and ordered the Lady Lisa second. I would tag you all but that just isn't possible. This bar is a hidden gem. Look for our name up in the Marquee! A rather outgoing waiter came over and used us what we want to drink.
He was our bartender the other night and was not only an amazing mixologist I recommend getting whatever campfire drink is available, because it's freaking cool , but just the absolute sweetest, too. Really cool idea, not the best execution. We came before my birthday dinner at Octavia-- a short walk away. So if you ever wanted to go to the Yost Theatre or are a supporter of the Butterfly Lounge come on down and experience our new location. I think it is much more modern and bring us all into the current scene. The Lady Lisa is a tad sweeter and more refreshing, thanks to the berries and mint. I liked it but I wouldn't order it again.
Very much a perfect start to the evening. We happened to come during a drink and paint event in an adjacent room- wasn't able to find out who it was hosted by, but I believe they host the event monthly. Super cool drink that gets smoked! Down town Santa Ana has become the area for tons of clubs and I am so pleased to be part of it. That said, none of these places quite match the inventiveness and skill on display at The Butterfly Lounge. I had a gin based cocktail which was really good. I like clear alcohol, and like my drinks either fruity and refreshing, or thick and creamy.
Overall this was an extremely positive, memorable experience. Although there is a dining area also available to sit in. Maybe might consider coming back if there is no other options. I got the biggest surprise of them all. It could be a base liquor, a flavor profile, or a standard cocktail; regardless, you will be sure to receive something delicious and original. You can also go into their area and hang out.
Or on our outside patio! The cocktails are the real star here, everything is handcrafted, unique, and so delicious. I am sorry for the last minute notice but I just found out myself. I got a manhattan style drink with some fruit-infused flavors and a large marshmallow on top. If your local mixologist doesn't have a blowtorch, then they aren't the real deal. The menu is more than accommodating but like I noted, they can make any drink I ask for at a better value than anything in the area. Party in our private club and in addition to that you can also sit in our balcony seating and watch the Yost Show! I hope you give my new location a chance.