With its 25-foot bar, five color televisions and lively bar staff, it's inevitable that practically every night would be party night at Hennessey's Tavern in Seal Beach.
The tavern, situated less than a block from the shore, is one of 12 in Orange County coastal cities that is owned by Paul Hennessey. (This one celebrated its sixth anniversary last month.)
Every Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. the bar features a different theme. Well drinks and pints of domestic beer are offered at $1, as are oyster shooters with Absolut Pepper Vodka. On other working week nights, happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Pints of domestic beer go for $1.50, and the kitchen serves up a variety of hors d'oeuvres.
As for the weekends, arrive early on Friday or Saturday night if you want to get a table. Otherwise, there'll be plenty of standing room along the lengthy bar, whose three bartenders joke with the customers and keep the drinks flowing.