History: This 1920s-style club, complete with low lighting, eclectic glassware, and a 1905 working piano, is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Robert Adamson and Ying Chang. They co-created this nostalgic vision with Leonard Chan two years ago as part of the new Anaheim Packing District. Camouflaged floors within the Packing House restaurant give way to a concealed 550-square-foot bar that seats 35.
How to get in: From noon to 4 p.m. on weekends, anyone is welcome, with no reservations needed. If you want to swing by after 5 p.m., make a reservation on the website. To find the exact location, look for “The Black Rabbit Handle” and enter through the sake barrels. The place plays hard to get, which is part of the fun. While there is no passcode, there is a dress code: “No baseball hats. No logo shirts. No flip-flops. No shorts.”
What to order: Moscow Mule fans might like the “Hole in the Floor” cocktail, a blend of vodka, pineapple, lime, strawberry, ginger cane, and ginger beer.
Also try: Another sightless creature wants to quench your thirst—the Blind Pig, in Huntington Beach. Behind a bookcase inside the Saint Marc Pub-Café at the new Pacific City development, this bar serves only 15 patrons at a time, so you’ll need to reserve a table via Saint Marc’s website. Each party has a 90-minute limit, unless they buy a bottle.
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