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8 places in Orange County to celebrate Galentine's Day with your friends

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We’re not sure if Leslie, Amy Poehler’s character from "Parks and Recreation," invented or just popularized Galentine’s Day, but now it is clearly a thing.

On that special day, Feb. 13, or really anytime this weekend, women celebrate their friendships with each other, which are enduring, before their romances, which can be fleeting. They’re having potlucks, parties, wine tastings and all kinds of fun. Jeez, maybe dudes should start a Palentine’s day.

If you haven’t got time for an elaborate get-together, here are some suggestions for a drink or bite out with the girls.

Petals and Pop

Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? A place where you can buy flowers and Champagne, with a girly ambiance. The menu is presented in a book with a library card listing bubblies by the bottle and the glass. Your drinks are poured in shapely vintage coupes with flowers scattered around the stems. You can sip something inexpensive and refreshing by the glass like Villa Sandi Prosecco ($10) or splurge on a bottle of Taittinger, Brut La Francaise ($72). There’s a gift boutique and bottles for sale if you find something you love.

Two locations: perch at a small chic bar in Pacific City or stop by Seal Beach. Both are surrounded by good restaurants. 214 Main St., Seal Beach; 562-936-0131; 2102-58 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; 714-374-0252, petalsandpop.com

– Anne Valdespino

Walt’s Wharf

If your girlfriends are like mine, the most popular wines on the table are not manly cabernets and zins, they’re chardonnays and pinots. Walt’s, whose owner just happens to own Babcock Winery, specializes in both. You can order them by the glass (6 or 9 ounces) or in flights with 3-ounce pours, or find one you love and get a bottle. Grapes are from Santa Barbara and the Santa Rita Hills, and vintner Bryan Babcock (Walt’s son) knows how to turn them into wine that’s balanced and approachable. We loved the appley Santa Rita Hills 2014 Chardonnay "The Limit" ($13-$18 per glass) with a creamy finish, and the juicy "Je Ne Sais Quoi" 2014 Pinot Noir ($13-$19 per glass) with delicious dark cherry notes. They’re all great with food, so make a reservation for steaks and seafood or go during happy hour for $5 fish tacos, crisp calamari, sliders and ceviche.

201 Main St., Seal Beach; 562-598-4433, waltswharf.com

– Anne Valdespino


When you walk into Mesa for the first time, you feel like you’ve entered a swanky Las Vegas Strip bar. Mesa is a restaurant with a nightclub attitude. The 24-seat bar takes center stage, flanked on each side by dimly lit lounge-style seats. The restaurant’s new American cuisine is delivered with a bit of sass from talented purple-haired Executive Chef Niki Starr Weyler, who trained under Amar Santana. Nightly entertainment, combined with a creative craft cocktail menu, makes Mesa a fun place to yak it up with your best gal pals. Be sure to call ahead to reserve one of the private cabana tables. Best of all: Mesa is 21 or over.

725 Baker St., Costa Mesa (at The Camp); 714-557-6700, mesacostamesa.com

– Nancy Luna

Go for Mexican

When you’re out with girlfriends, you have permission to indulge. And, the best cuisine for breaking the diet is always fine Mexican. I couldn’t narrow my choices to one place, so I have three options for you: If you’re in coastal or south Orange County, head over to Javier’s in Irvine or Newport Coast. Once you step inside, it’s party time at Javier’s. Keep the Cadillac Margaritas coming and you’re in for a grand night. In Orange, you’ll find a more intimate setting at Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen. The restaurant’s friendly male servers will keep the drinks flowing as you dine on some of the county’s best Mexican dishes. Note: Gabbi’s now charges $3 for chips. Over in Huntington Beach, Solita delivers magic with its wood-grilled tacos and its sweet, blue agave-infused Margaritas. And, this just in: Last week, Solita added a line of "super tacos" to the menu. It includes the Vampiro, a popular double tortilla carna asada taco with cheese found at sister eatery Sol in Newport Beach.

Gabbi’s: 141 S. Glassell St., Orange; 714-633-3038, gabbipatrick.com. Solita: 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-894-2792, solitatacos.com. Javier’s: 7832 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach; 949-494-123, and 536 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine; 949-872-2101, javiers-cantina.com

– Nancy Luna

Bottle Logic Brewing

Sometimes, it’s not all about cocktails and wine. A growing number of women, especially older millennials and Gen Xers, are cross-drinkers. We enjoy mixing it up with wine one day and craft beer the next. In Orange County, there are plenty of new and old craft breweries to wet your whistle. But the one that combines great beers with a festive atmosphere is Bottle Logic. A different food truck parks outside the brewery each night. Food can be brought into the spacious tasting room, where tables spill into the tank-filled brewery space because it gets so packed. Monday night is especially a good time to go because it’s trivia night. It’s a ton of fun and a good way to meet others as you answer pop-culture questions over a flight of the brewery’s award-winning hoppy beers.

1072 N. Armando St., Anaheim; 714-660-2537, bottlelogic.com

– Nancy Luna

Orange Hill

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