Holiday Brings More Crafted Cocktails to Costa Mesa Holiday Lounge Red Room

Written By: Gabrielle Abenoja Holiday Lounge Red Room
Photographed By: Michelle Nguyen Holiday Lounge Red Room

Order your Uber / Lyft / ride-sharing application of choice and set the destination to Costa Mesa’s Holiday. Once there, expect to be taken back to an era where the drinks never stopped and the walls gave way to secret side rooms.

Oct. 14, 2016 marked the opening of Costa Mesa cocktail lounge, Holiday’s Red Room, the hidden speakeasy alongside the swanky Holiday Lounge.

Dimly-lit and red-walled, the Red Room is edgy and risque. It’s legitimately prohibition-style-cool and upon entering, you feel it immediately. When the Red Room unveiled, the chatter of the guests turned from loud and chaotic to a softer, easier form of speak. The type of talk that only an intimate setting can pull together. Guests, cocktail servers, and bartenders alike were able to drink, dance, and mingle in a close-knit and romantic opening as Ol’ Blue Eyes softly crooned in the background.

Owned by the prestigious Social Management Group (SMG), Holiday boasts the bold colors, curved architecture, and party atmosphere made famous by the art deco era of the 1920s alongside subtle, modern touches and details of today (ie. At Holiday, there may be a DJ versus a live band on the stage).

A truly unique spin on a night out in Orange County. Open from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., at Holiday Lounge, guests can enjoy Prohibition-era-inspired drinks. Hand-crafted riffs on the classics and original recipes curated by charismatic cocktail curator, Aaron Reid.

Reid, who has a built a respectable reputation as a cocktail connoisseur, excitedly shares his love for the art of the simple, pure, and dedication to the basics in an immaculately curated menu. “After working for so long for bars that would pride themselves in the sheer amount of ingredients in one drink, I really wanted to bring it back to basics, ” Reid said. “Give me 4-5 ingredients and I’ll give you a drink that’ll bring you back to a time where quality was greater than quantity.”

While paying homage to the late, greats of the Golden Years—Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.—guests trickled into the intimate setting of the Red Room in the late evening and made themselves comfortable with some of the smoothest of libations the West Coast has to offer. Truly accentuating the taste and quality of the ingredients used, Reid channels the bartenders of yore and shakes up a cocktail that accompanies you into the early hours of the morning as the DJ spins away.

In honor of the Red Room’s debut, new cocktails were conjured up

Chili Chaplin

St. George Green Chili Vodka, Fresh lime juice, muddled cucumbers and Jalapenos, topped with ginger beer, served in a copper mug

Red Betty

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, muddled strawberries, fresh squeezed lime juice, cane sugar, and fresh basil served in a martini glass

Down the Rabbit Hole

Suerte Reposado Tequila, muddled pineapple, fresh lime juice, and Agave nectar served in a bucket glass

The Elder Fashion

Henebery spiced whiskey, muddled orange juice and Luxardo cherry, splash of bitter, and cane sugar served in a bucket glass

Our choice? From the Red Room menu: The Elder Fashion, the sultry brown shade and sweet, floral citrus spice of Henebery whiskey finishing the evening on a smooth, jazzy note. For an intimate, mellow evening, cozy up in the Red Room.

Fun fact of the night: Costa Mesa’s Holiday is among the first in Orange County to serve Henebery Whiskey. When we say that the cocktail menu that Reid put together is sexy, we aren’t joking.

719 W. 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Painting the Town Red

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