Bar Review: The Continental Room, Fullerton, CA


The Continental Room is described as the “oldest drinking establishment in the city”, having originally opened in 1925.  That’s not even close to the White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island, founded in 1673.  And certainly a world away from Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Ireland, founded somewhere around 500.  But in this part of the world, 1925 is considered historic.

So what is this historic place like?  First, its dark.  Very Dark.  No, darker!  Really.  There’s lots of dark wood, dark red Naugahyde booths below darkish yellow walls, and dim red lighting.

Second, its narrow with the (dark wood) Bar along the right wall as you enter and the fore mentioned booths along the left wall.   The place appears very small at first but a quick trip to the restrooms and you discover that it goes way back with a dance floor and several back rooms.

Third, it is pretty quiet with mostly local ‘regulars’ sitting at the bar.  At least until after 9:00pm when the DJ, or local band, comes in and the place starts filling up with students from the local colleges.  Or so I’ve been told.  😉

As for the Martini?   Well, it was a bit disappointing, I had hoped for better.  While the drink was shaken it was really not very chilled.  And the stem wasn’t pre-chilled at all.  It was also a bit on the small side, though the Gin/Vermouth proportion was very good.

Martini Glass Sideways
Overall The Continental Room gets a tipped stem.  If you’re in the area its worth a look if you have time, but there are better choices for Martinis in the immediate area.

For Gin Selection The Continental Room gets a C.
Selection Includes Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Ford’s, Nolet’s, Hendricks, and St. George Terroir.

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