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5 Ratings
Ratings: 5
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

305 E 4th St
Ste 200
Santa Ana, California, 92701-4611
United States
phone: (714) 204-0337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @nativesonale

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4.04/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

When did downtown Santa Ana become hipster? Santa Ana has been the center for Orange County justice and Mexican eateries, but not for craft beer and record albums (sorry, vinyl). There has been a charge in recent years to make downtown fun, and Native Son Alehouse attempts to tap in on that craft beer market.

Sitting above a Mexican eatery on the second floor lays this alehouse. The interior is actually quite boring to look at, rather drab with a few decorations. But it's clean. The bar is the heart of the place, not only large but available with seating inside and outside. Speaking of outside, that patio view is more than agreeable.

Behind the bar sticks the taplist. 27 beers flowing from the taps, although my visit saw two of them out. The irony is there is a printed taplist as well, however a number of options had changed out (the printed taplist was much different from written taplist behind the bar). The written list does well to describe the brewer, the beer/style, size of pour, and price. I would have liked to see alcohol as well, but that can be referenced to the printed taplist assuming said beer was on that list. The local scene is represented well, as beers from Bottle Logic, El Segundo, Ritual, Valiant, Good Beer Co., Monkish were spotted, as well as those from elsewhere (Liefmans, Ballast Point, Oskar Blues, Almanac). Sizes of pours depended on the beer, in 30 cl, 40 cl, and 50 cl servings, plus pitchers available for a selected few. Most pours hit the $6-8 range, so be prepared.

Service was a mixed bag from a neutral perspective. Both bartenders were friendly and had a strong grasp of the beers they were pouring. On the downside, I witnessed two food orders not finding their tables, which resulted in open admission to those who wanted to eat those abandoned orders (I have to say, those onion rings and fried Brussel Sprouts were fine pub grub). Perhaps it was a fluke, though I'd hate to see that in a packed house. And food.....just a few food items, simple and tasty pub grub that's fresh.

Native Son has a unique beat in the Orange County scene, which means it's worth a visit.

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4.64/5  rDev n/a

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5/5  rDev n/a

my cousin and I rode our bike around Santa Ana downtown until we spot a bar on 2nd floor. we decided to go there ..once we go in, huge opening floor plan adjunct into outdoor patio which gives you a whole view skyline of Santa Ana. their menu of brews were excellent. the bartender and Owner wwere friendly...especially the bartender. of course, deaf friendly also.

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4.75/5  rDev n/a

cool location. cool people running it.

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5/5  rDev n/a

A Beer garden on a rooftop? Count me in!

Great Tap List and the best outdoor patio in Orange County

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