With all of the hype it has received, I'm sort of surprised nobody has posted about Haven Gastropub
at the Orange Circle yet. I've only been there one time. The good: they were open late, and few gastropubs or beer bars are around these parts. The bad: they closed half an hour early because they didn't have enough business that particular night, and I find that to be bad business practice. Customers want to know they can go somewhere during their business hours, even if things are slow. I drove 20 minutes to get there and I wanted some time to enjoy my beer (which I brought myself) with some of their food.
In my experience the food was decent, but overpriced and the portion sizes were not much to speak of. I brought in some of my own eclectic beers to sample and share with the staff. Good thing, because I didn't find their tap list to be that impressive. I found a $15 corkage fee on my bill for the beer. That wouldn't normally bother me a normal restaurant, but being that it's a beer establishment and that several employees tried the beer, it was a little bothersome. Beachwood BBQ will not charge corkage, and any other restaurant in which the employees are sharing your beverage shouldn't charge a corkage, but that might just be my take on things. It also seems that, unlike wine establishments, beer bar culture seems to be more of a sharing environment and it is not as common to charge corkage fees.
190 S. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866