Hidden beneath Santa Ana’s historical Pacific Building on Broadway and 3rd sits an underground bar. Walk too quickly, and you might miss the modest stairwell entrance to The Copper Door…
Inspired by minimalist design, European monastery drinking halls, and the speakeasy culture, The Copper Door offers patrons a unique, chic twist on the typical bar experience. The warm wood decor includes an impressive 30-foot communal table, benches, and long counters with accompanying bar stools. Most of these pieces were carved from a single 400 year-old ponderosa pine tree from Idyllwild, CA that fell naturally. Streams of hanging Edison bulbs create a low, amber lighting that are complimented by flickering candlelight throughout the venue. An intimate, raised lounge area featuring 4 booths is set apart with sturdy railing. The simple but ornate decor is offset with bare, concrete floors and an exposed ceiling. The beautiful 300-person capacity, 6,000 square foot space is perfect for hosting a range of events and has seen countless birthday parties, business functions, CD release parties, networking events, and even a few fashion shows.
The Copper Door is a full bar that currently has 20 rotating craft beers and 8 signature cocktails, notably all on tap. An easy-to-read digital menu that is screened on a tv behind the bar is updated daily. With a rotating menu, The Copper Door’s knowledgeable bartenders and friendly waitresses are always more than happy to suggest a drink selection and can offer taste samples upon request.
Patrons can expect exciting weekly entertainment and special events at The Copper Door. As a supporter and participant of downtown Santa Ana’s local arts community, the bar provides its large venue as a space for live music, DJs, dancers, painters, and more. The raised 15×15 ft stage and sound area is complete with mood lighting, special effects (fog machine, CO2 blasts, etc.), an open dance floor, and a full PA system. The ample use of wood decor and the open layout create special acoustics not found in many local music venues.
As a nod to The Copper Door’s former identity as Broadway Billiards, the bar also houses two billiards tables. Tables are $10/hour. Patrons can ask available bar staff to sign up for a table.
The Copper Door aims to provide patrons a unique, chic social atmosphere where they can sip on a delicious, well-crafted drink and hang out amongst friends, old ones and new ones alike.