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Published on : Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The new House of Blues in Anaheim is a place where music feeds the soul, but the food is darn good too. For 25 years, the House of Blues has offered “great music, great food, great vibes.” The newly opened location within the Anaheim Gardenwalk shares the spirit and mission of the House of Blues franchise, yet offers music fans and diners a unique, fresh experience.
The new House of Blues is covered from top to bottom in one-of-a-kind folk, outsider, and self-taught art. Colorful paintings, tapestries, and murals make each area of the restaurant and concert hall distinct. Did you know that the House of Blues owns the world’s largest collection of outsider art? In addition to the pieces reminiscent of southern juke joints, guests may notice many works from local artists like Audrey Kawasaki.
Can’t miss selections?
-Collage Dia de los Muertos column on the main bar
-Original painted murals from KMNDZ
-Concert poster collages with murals of music greats in the restrooms
Previously housed within the Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney, the House of Blues Anaheim has moved into a much larger space at the Gardenwalk. The new concert space boasts room for 2,200 in the main hall, as well as three additional stages to accommodate big and small acts alike. The open concept dining room is a break in tradition for the restaurant line, which traditionally feature a home facade.
Yet, the House of Blues Anaheim still feels like you’re at home. Texture, comfy couches, and great conversations from staff add to the warmth of the space. For those of you who had the pleasure of visiting the Sunset location, there are some familiar nods to the past with awning siding and statues reappearing in the new restaurant. To further cement the feeling that you’re at home at the HOB, the concert schedule offers something for everyone. The mission of unity and diversity are demonstrated in the eclectic entertainment line-up. There’s hair metal for my husband one night, and 90’s era ska bands on another for me.
With multiple stages offering a range in capacity, there’s room for them all. Bands just starting out are equally at home like established artists like Billy Idol.
Another highlight to the House of Blues is the soulful menu. New here? Try the Voodoo Shrimp or Jambalaya with a California craft beer or specialty drink. There’s a separate club menu and an outside street vendor style grill for late night snacks too.
Need more ways to get to know the new House of Blues? Try one of the weekly calendar events like “Nashville Night” with an all-night happy hour on Mondays or “Geeks Who Drink” trivia nights on Tuesdays. Another must-do experience is the famous Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings. But the signature experience is the Foundation Room VIP Club, a club-style lounge open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 P.M. to closing. Unique to this location, the Foundation Room is open to the public. So, come in, relax in the swanky brown leather booths while servers offer bottle service and exceptional service.
My favorite feature is the VIP entrance via a catwalk that allows Foundation Room guests a bird’s eye view of the main dining room.
With a flavorful menu and eclectic entertainment, the expanded House of Blue Anaheim is home at the Gardenwalk. Its positive vibes and embrace of Anaheim make it a welcome destination for locals or visitors alike.
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