THINGS ARE BETTER IN TWOS: Something to sip on and/or snack on has long been a time-honored accompaniment to board-game playing, so much so that a trip to the grocery store very often precedes the visit to the closet where the board games are stored. Then, of course, you have to set down some rules with the other players, like how often breaks'll be allowed for stretching, a run to the restroom, or more chips, wine, soda. If this is a fairly ideal night for you, one that both relaxes (via the sipping) and challenges the brain and your competitive spirit (via the game play) then make for Hotel Irvine on any Wednesday in March. You'll want to be 21, or older, because the sipping-on-the-side has a sudsy twist: There shall be beer flights to enjoy, as well as classic dice-and-cards-and-more board games.
HOTEL IRVINE... just went under a renovation, and the new social nights are part of its stylish, recently introduced vibe. Pay seven bucks for the "locally sourced beer" and maybe make some new pals, across the board (or convince your own pals to play with you). If you want more of a beer-focused evening, mark Thursday, March 19 on your calendar. The board games shall be stowed, but the fancy foams shall be out in force when Fullerton's Bootlegger Brewery is in the house -- er, hotel -- for a five-course dinner that comes with five artisanal Orange County brews. It's $49 to join.
AND TO STAY OVER? There are a few packages going, including a three-night shopping package with a Disneyland transfer. For a peek inside the former Hyatt, which just re-debuted at the end of 2014 after a full-scale perk-up, you can also swing by one of the eateries or bars, like Red Bar and Lounge or Eats Kitchen + Bar. Special events, like March Madness evenings, are to come on the hotel's social calendar.