Each year, fall brings a cool energy to the heart of Newport Beach, so to mark the season, Island Hotel offers new autumnal events and culinary experiences. Beginning in September, giant tomahawk steaks set the stage for Monday Night Football at Oak Grill with an expertly crafted wine dinner featuring Far Niente Winery just weeks after. Aqua Lounge is preparing for its annual Halloween party with a discotheque throwback to Studio 54. Taking exclusivity to a new level, guests can taste the rare beauty of Macallan M, the most expensive whisky ever sold or order a unique twist on the classic mule with the bourbon-inspired Absolut Oak Mule – both exclusively available at Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge. In addition, two new pumpkin-themed spa treatments are being featured at The Spa.
New culinary promotions for September and October:
Steak Frites & Football for Monday Night Football at Oak Grill
When it comes to the best spots to watch football, Oak Grill definitely makes the cut. Touch down on Mondays is from 7 to 10 p.m. for fans to watch the action unfold on the massive flat-panel TV, while they order up an impressive 40 oz. Tomahawk steak for two that’s grilled to perfection and accompanied by mouthwatering parmesan truffle fries – available at the bar or in the restaurant.
Mondays starting September 12, 2016. $65 for two people, excluding tax and gratuity.
Autumn Match & Mix Wine Dinner at Oak Grill
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6 p.m.
A special dinner featuring all the flavors of autumn will be Oak Grill’s Fall Wine Dinner with Far Niente Winery. A five-course dinner highlighting new and seasonal dishes will be expertly paired with exquisite wines, including the exquisite 17-year-old Far Niente Cabernet 1999. The festivities begin with a social mixer featuring complimentary appetizers.
Halloween at Aqua Lounge 54
Saturday, October 29, 2016 starting at 9 p.m.
The forecast calls for a disco inferno this Halloween when the clock is turned back turning up the heat at Aqua Lounge. Guests should dust off their best pair of bell-bottoms, and catch the soul train down to this event. There will be party favors and big prizes for the winners of the Halloween Costume Contest. A popular DJ will be on deck to ensure the party keeps on going.
Entry fee of $25 includes one specialty cocktail. Advance ticket purchase required. Bottle service and reserved lounge seating available starting at $700 and can be reserved by calling 949.760.4920 or email [email protected].
Ongoing culinary and beverage promotions are:
Burgers and Brews
Grilling is a year-long thing at Aqua Lounge and Fireside, and from Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Burgers and Brews offers mouthwatering burgers for just $5, to be washed down with favorite craft beers for just $2 more. And, there’s live music nightly at Fireside.
Offer only available in Aqua Lounge or Fireside. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity.
Slow Smoked Sundaze
At Oak Grill, they’ve dedicated an entire day to cook slow-smoked, Southern-style BBQ the way it was meant to be served. Smoldering atop charred logs, the barbecued meats pack in great flavor with every bite. Guests choose baby back ribs, brisket, cedar-plank salmon, fried chicken or the whole-roasted catch of the day, accompanied by deliciously authentic sides and down-home desserts. Also available is famous backyard lemonade, blended with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and served ice-cold.
Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m. $34 per adult, $12 children 5 to 12, excluding tax and gratuities.
For those who find customary Moscow Mules a bit too tame, every Monday night, Aqua Lounge features a menu of 10 unique twists on this classic cocktail for $12 each – refreshing varieties like the Honey Mule, the South of the Border and the Dark & Stormy – to start off the week with a bold kick.
On Taco Tuesdays at Aqua Lounge, $2 tacos taste too good to be two. Every Tuesday night on the Aqua Lounge Deck from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., they’ve got $2 street tacos with all the fresh, authentic fixings people want, plus a $5 margarita station stocked with farm-to-table ingredients.
No two whiskeys are exactly alike—and therein lies the magic of Whiskey Wednesday at Aqua Lounge. Every week, there’s a different featured whiskey for just $7. To be enjoyed neat, over ice or in a cocktail.
At Oak Grill, there’s a crackling fire and live music by the Fireside every night of the week. Monday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while they swing and sway to the sounds of a talented guitarist. Plus, select items are 50% off during happy hour, every day from 4 to 7 p.m.
Happy Hour at Aqua Lounge
Visit Aqua Lounge any day of the week from 3 to 7 p.m., and they’ll take half off cocktails, giving a four-hour window for guests to indulge in creative, refreshing cocktails for 50% off while they dig in and enjoy popular small bites.
For more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com.