Irvine is known for its rich culinary landscape, but lesser known is the city’s surprising amount of nightlife. Whether you have just finished rocking a concert at FivePoint Amphitheatre, enjoying a show at the Irvine Improv, watching an OC Soccer Club match at the Great Park, or are just looking for a quick bite to end the night with, Irvine has plenty of late-night options. Here are some of our favorite restaurants that Irvine has to offer, all open past 10 p.m.
Cha For Tea
Cha For Tea is a late-night go-to for Irvine residents and UCI students alike. Open until 11:30 p.m. daily, and located in University Center, they’re the perfect destination for a late night study session or a warm milk tea in Cha’s outdoor seating area. Despite Cha For Tea’s name, it’s smooth boba and sweet Taiwanese milk tea aren’t the only things that keep customers coming back. Try one of Cha For Tea’s many chicken dishes, like popcorn chicken or chicken gyoza, or one of their vegan options, like their crispy tofu or deep fried green beans. 4187 Campus Drive, Suite M173, Irvine; (949) 725-0300.
Insomnia Cookies was founded 16 years ago by a Pennsylvania college student, with the idea of delivering fresh and delicious cookie products to its loyal customers, and this year the institution celebrated its 100th brick and mortar location. It is fairly new to Irvine, but Insomnia Cookies has already captured the hearts of Irvine residents with its decadent brownies and smooth ice cream flavors, which are often sandwiched between two of their freshly baked cookies. Try one of their fan-favorite chocolate chunk or red velvet cookies in one of their cookie packs, like their delicious duo or their box of 12 — all delivered right to your door until 3 a.m. 4187 Campus Drive, Suite M174, Irvine; (657) 900-5114, insomniacookies.com.
Hive & Honey
Hive & Honey offers delicious late-night bar bites and good times from their spectacular rooftop view atop the Irvine Marriott. Honey-themed cocktails paired with DJs and live music make this upscale lounge the perfect place to start your weekend. Stop by Hive & Honey and enjoy a pick from their lavish bar menu, like their duck confit taquitos or their tuna tartare, while enjoying a wonderful 360-degree view of Orange County. 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine; (949) 759-0200.
Eureka! is one of Irvine’s favorite late-night destinations for beers and bites. Eureka! offers an innovative and unique Americana menu with items like lollipop corn dogs and their 28-day dry-aged burger. Select from 40 different beers and over 40 small batch whiskeys offered during Eureka!’s dual happy hour from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight every night. Also check out their daily specials, like Steal the Glass Wednesdays and live music on Thursdays. 4143 Campus Drive, Irvine; (949) 596-8881.
Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s has any game you can think of, from the skee-ball machines of your childhood, to the life-sized Angry Birds and Doodle Jump machines of 2019. In addition to fun and games, Dave & Buster’s also offers affordable cocktails and bar bites during their late-night happy hour, from 10 p.m. to close every night. Asian chicken nachos, cocktails and beer pints are all discounted during happy hour, so stop by for a night cap or to watch your favorite sports team, as Dave & Buster’s also shows most major sporting events! 661 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine; (949) 727-0555.