Growing up in Santa Ana, CA, I've never had the opportunity to go downtown because it wasn't a safe area, but now it all changed. Downtown Santa Ana has been gentrified over the last couple of years and is now growing to be a cool new hip place to hang out. Over the years, the number of visitors visiting downtown Santa Ana has increased rapidly. There are good restaurants, clubs, lounges, bars, theaters, and art galleries that are becoming popular. Don't be afraid to take a visit because it is pretty safe now. I can now walk around downtown after midnight without being scared, but do take precautions like anywhere else. It is now my favorite place to hang out at. Here are the places that I recommend when you're looking for something to do in Santa Ana.
Proof bar 215 North Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701-4862
A good place to dress up and dance the night away until 2am. Every night is a different night. Be sure to check their website for details.
The Crosby 400 North Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701
A laid back lounge and restaurant that has an awesome interior with great music.
The Copper Door 225 1/2 N Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701
A good hang out to enjoy beer and playing pool.
Chapter One: the Modern Local 227 N Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701
A gastropub/ restaurant with great meals and music.
Lola Gaspar 211 W 2nd St Santa Ana, CA 92701
This place is a tapas bar with amazing food, music, and ambiance.
Memphis at the Santora 201 N Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701
Another good bar/ restaurant that serves southern comfort food
Yost Theater 307 Spurgeon St Santa Ana, CA 92701
A music venue that has a good selection of club nights, DJs, bands, and other events.
The nightlife scene in downtown Santa Ana mostly ends at 2am, but please visity their site to confirm the time.
Santa Ana Art Walk
Take a stroll downtown on every first saturdays of the month to enjoy local art, local music, food, and meeting awesome people.
Art Walk at the Santiago Art District
This artwalk takes place every 3rd saturday of the month. Come here to enjoy local artwork, music, food, and drinks.
Santora Art Building
A place filled with a diversity of art. Most of the places in the building are open during the artwalk.
Santora Lobby (credit: Omar Gallegos via Wikimedia)
Drapes Vintage 210 N Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701
Upon entering the store, you will feel as if you are in the 80's. This is a vintage store with hand selected items that are one of a kind. The store has artworks hanging on the walls throughout the store.
R& R Westernwear 300 East 4th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701-4621
For those that loves all things cowboy. This place offers a lot of western items such as cowboy boots, belts, and hats.
Remember to take a look at all the historical buildings that surrounds you while you're in downtown. These buildings all have incredible history behind it.