Credit: Ralph Esposito
Credit: Ralph Esposito

8 Must-Do’s in Anaheim That Aren’t Disneyland

Your 101 Guide to Exploring the Best of Anaheim

If you’ve ever driven down Ball Rd on the way to Disneyland, taken a look around and wondered, “What else is there to do in Anaheim?,” then this list is for you! The city of Anaheim has so much more to offer besides a magical mouse (though we love him dearly). Here is the ultimate guide to exploring Anaheim and all this SoCal city has to offer. Adult Activities Anaheim

 

Brewery X

Credit: Brewery X

Situated in northeast Anaheim, you’ll be able to spot Brewery X as you come down La Palma by the bustling parking lot and giant X. Home of two first-place California Craft Brewers Cup beers, Brewery X has a good reason to be so popular. Its huge indoor/outdoor brew hall has plenty of seating and lawn games to play as you watch your favorite sports teams with pals. The venue is both kid- and dog-friendly, boasting a small playground area and open space for pups. Live music, DJs and multiple food trucks make this feel like a real backyard party.

Adult Activities Anaheim

Poppy + Seed

Poppy + Seed is a true farm-to-table experience in the heart of Anaheim. At the end of the walkway outside the Packing House, you’ll find this greenhouse-inspired, open-air restaurant.  You may recognize the name from Chef Michael and Kwini Reed, husband-wife/chef-entrepreneur duo, who have sister restaurant Poppy + Rose in Los Angeles. This OC location features weekend brunch and dinner made with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies straight from its on-site garden. Although its location isn’t exactly hidden, the ambient lighting and the strategically placed trees will make you feel as if you’re in a secret garden.

 

The Fifth Rooftop

The Fifth Rooftop is one of the few Orange County rooftop-dining experiences, and it happens to have a perfect view of the nightly fireworks from Disneyland. While we love a good fireworks show, the food and drinks here are also wow-worthy. The pork belly and gnocchi is mouthwatering while the cocktails are fun and creative with a beautiful presentation. You may just have to keep your phone out for pictures all night.

Adult Activities Anaheim

Radisson Blu Hotel + BluSky

Credit: Ralph Esposito

While we highly recommend booking a staycation here to fully enjoy all this new hotel has to offer, you can get your first taste while dining at BluSky Restaurant and Bar. Situated on the 12th floor, revel in gorgeous views of the city, including the happiest place on earth across the highway. Floor-to-ceiling windows inside allow guests to take in the views even if there’s inclement weather. The menu, by Chef Edgar Beas, is Spanish-inspired with signature dishes like the Lomo Bajo (a 14-ounce Spanish galician beef striploin), the Pulpo a la Plancha (charred octopus, pimentón and romesco with potato cream) and the Tarta de Queso (a burnt Basque cheesecake).

 

Modern Times Leisuretown

Modern Times

is a true backyard brewery and the perfect place to go for a first date or with friends and family. This home-turned-brewhall offers plenty of seating among its two floors indoors, multi-level patio and pool deck. This backyard oasis is complete with vegan eats and of course, craft beer. Visitors of Leisuretown can choose from over 70 Modern Times beers and ciders, house-roasted coffees and even a carefully curated assortment of wines. If you’re visiting during the spring or summer, make sure to book a reservation for the poolside cabanas in advance (at no extra cost)!

Adult Activities Anaheim

Strong Water

Since its inception, Strong Water quickly developed a cult-like following, helping to carry it through the pandemic. Newly reopened and ready for business, the ship-themed bar has prided itself on its specialty cocktails and unique merchandise. Their outdoor patio, Shoreside, is open to host the kiddos and pups because the indoor seating is only available to the 21-and-over crowd. Rum is king, or should we say captain here with a separate menu of over 20 artisan rums to taste.

 

Anaheim Packing District

Credit: Anaheim Packing

Whether it’s your first or hundredth visit to the Packing District, it feels like there’s always something new to try at the food hall. We’re especially fond of the Hammer Workshop and Bar, where the bartenders continually create some of the most amazing craft cocktails. This centralized bar prides itself on its savvy staff and their made-from-scratch preparation for all cocktail ingredients. If you’re a whiskey connoisseur, ask about their rare collection.

Adult Activities Anaheim

Anaheim Ducks Game

Have you ever seen a “hat trick”? For those who have yet to experience this and other fun hockey phenomena, attending an Anaheim Ducks game is a must! Even those who aren’t hockey fans will enjoy the high energy that envelops the crowd during a game. Theme nights like Star Wars Night, in which the stadium features special merch and giveaways, also make for a fun outing. If you are already a fan and might even want to learn how to pass the puck, the Ducks have a Hockey Development program for the young and young at heart!

About the author

Reyes is a graduate of Hope International University with degrees in General Management (BA) and Marketing Management (MBA). She loves visiting new and trendy restaurants, pop-ups, lounges, etc. Exploring Southern California keeps her busy!

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