New bars in San Clemente offer transporting decor and drinks

Take in the eccentric vibes of these uniquely themed bars.
Photograph by Jennifer Wales, Courtesy of Jane

The disarming setting at intimate bar Jane includes Italian chinoiserie wallpaper, an 1880s French reception desk, and a 1950s Austrian crystal chandelier. The stylish Girl Grey cocktail—tea-infused gin, Gentian amaro, yuzu, and egg white—arrives in an antique crystal cup and saucer; ask for it whether it’s on the list or not. A hub for whiskey lovers, Jane offers several flights and collaborates on its own single-barrel four-grain bourbon with Blinking Owl Distillery. It shares a kitchen with the highly regarded Cellar restaurant; eats include rotating flatbreads and a Prime petite filet. 158 Avenida Del Mar, 949-388-3051, bar-jane.com

Journey to the Goon Docks and embrace your inner pirate at The Lost Inferno, the new “Goonies”-themed tiki room from partners Leonard Chan and Dominic Iapello. There’s a life-size mermaid skeleton in the “ship,” a waterfall in the “grotto,” and Asian-inspired bar bites in both. Though there’s plenty of rum in the hold, the star cocktail might be the Chester Copperpot, a spicy tequila tiki drink served flaming in a surfing monkey. The pair’s previous concepts include the Blind Rabbit in Anaheim and the late Stowaway in Tustin. 425 N. El Camino Real, thelostinferno.com

The ceiling at diminutive Japanese speakeasy Momoku No Usagi—also from Chan and Iapello, up a flight of stairs from the Lost Inferno—is a sea of colorful umbrellas. Vintage Japanese magazine covers featuring women’s faces cover the walls. SUSHI, spelled out in huge illuminated red letters in one corner, alludes to crispy nori hand rolls served at the long bar and at tables along one wall. Cocktails such as the Chrysanthemum with dry vermouth, Bénédictine, and absinthe fascinate. Seating is by reservation only and limited to 90 minutes. 425 N. El Camino Real, momokunousagi.com

The high-desert vibes of the original Landers Liquor Bar in Costa Mesa now seem a warmup for the eye-popping Wild West and motorcycle themes at its new South County location. Colorful art and objects rim the perimeter; there’s a huge central octagonal bar; and outside are murals and ocean-view tables. The Bandito with Adelita añejo tequila, Peychaud’s bitters, and grapefruit peel serves as faithful scout or sidekick for the Western burger. The merchandise alone—e.g., bolos, belt buckles, boots, and “Ride Dirty” tanks—is worth a visit. 1814 N. El Camino Real, 949-503-4100, landersliquorbar.com