What You Can Look Forward to at the Balboa Bay Resort Social Hour
Written By: Ashlee Polarek A&O Kitchen+Bar
Photography By: Joshua Rhodes
The Social Hour menu at Balboa Bay Resort’s Anchors and Ocean is not to be missed. If the views of the harbor aren’t enough to make you stay, then the drinks should keep you delightfully buzzed all afternoon. On Thursday, May 18th from 5 to 8 p.m. A&O slides open its reclaimed barnwood walls and invites you in for a rustic waterfront experience with your favorite people from Locale. Here are some of the items that you can expect during the social hour.
For the #Views
One of the biggest draws about A&O is the view. Right off the patio is the Balboa Bay Harbor, where gorgeous yachts and kayakers cruise by and the water lazily laps up against the docks. The outdoor seating offers three large fire pits perfect for keeping guests warm on cool summer nights. Soak up the sun on the patio or chill out inside and enjoy the view from there.
When it comes to drinks you can’t go wrong with any of the draft beers served from A&O’s iron clad tap system on their wood-topped bar. Catch the game as you enjoy one of the 10 draft beers including Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Modern Times Black House Stout and even Coors Light.
Pass the Bubbly
For all you wine drinkers out there, have no fear! You can grab a glass of Hidden Crush Cabernet or Hidden Crush Chardonnay. The Chardonnay features bright fruit flavors without being overly sweet, and the Cabernet is full bodied with notes of cedarwood and vanilla. A perfect way to start your evening.
Clink Your Cocktails
When it comes to cocktails, the star of the show is the Paloma. Guests won’t get enough of this newly added social hour menu item. Made with Sauza Silver tequila, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, soda water and agave, this refreshing cocktail garnished with a pretty little lime wheel will have you begging for more. Seriously.
Just Add Whiskey
If you’re more of a whiskey drinker, then the Old Fashioned and Manhattan are for you. Both are made with delicious Dickel Rye Whiskey, which offers a smooth and spicy drink and, a nod at pre-prohibition era alcohol, and Angostura orange bitters. The Manhattan is finished off with sweet vermouth and garnished with a perfect little cherry. The Old Fashioned features some Turbinado simple syrup and Angostura aromatic bitters along with the orange bitters, then the delicious citrus drink is garnished with a classic orange peel. Don’t forget to drop it in the glass to give those last few sips a gorgeous flavor.
More Margs, Please
Lastly, one can never go wrong with a margarita. The A&O House Margarita is perfectly refreshing as you look out over the water. The House Margarita is made with Sauza Silver tequila, fresh lime and orange juice and agave. Garnished with its traditional salted rim and a lime wedge. This margarita is so refreshing on a warm day that you’re not going to want to put it down.
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The #Views and the Cocktails Are a Recipe for a Perfect Evening at Balboa Bay Resort
Ashlee is a freelance writer with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food. After obtaining her degree in Journalism she took the world by storm teaching in South Korea and giving motivation speeches across the United States. She can often be found on road-trips, plane rides and cooking up her favorite meal from her most recent travels. The anti-homebody loves a good hike, good book and a day spent with friends.