About the Slidebar Rock 'N' Roll Kitchen

The Slidebar is an independently owned and operated Rock ‘n’ Roll establishment. We are proud to celebrate the history of Orange County music, while offering the best food, drinks, and entertainment around. If there is anything we can do to make your time here more enjoyable, please let us know.

Here are a few things you should know about our philosophy at Slidebar…

At The Slidebar, we believe the customer is always right – until the customer is wrong. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

We pride ourselves in offering a cool environment, free from idiots. So don’t act like one, or you will be asked to leave – very politely of course. Have fun, rock on, be yourself…just be cool.
Thank you for celebrating our musical legacy by coming through our doors.

The History

A sizable portion Orange County music history goes back over a half a century and can actually be traced right here, to our very own parking lot in Downtown Fullerton. This is where Leo Fender created possibly the most important contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll ever – the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars. Since then, Orange County has been consistently delivering major contributions to the music world.

The Righteous Brothers, Jackson Browne, Berlin, Social Distortion, Agent Orange, T.S.O.L., The Adolescents, Rage Against The Machine, No Doubt, The Offspring, Sugar Ray, and Lit all hail from Orange County. Others such as Van Halen, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Korn, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Buckley, and The Stray Cats all maintain strong ties to Orange County – and the list goes on.

Many other well-known artists got their start at several historic Orange County clubs and venues. The Golden Bear, The Cuckoo’s Nest, Radio City, Woodstock, Jezebels, Joshua’s Parlor, The Cowboy Boogie, 5902, Linda’s Doll Hut, The Coach House, Club Mesa, The Ice House, Club 369, and a small café in Fullerton formerly known as The Hub – which we now call, The Slidebar. 

Here are a few landmark years in
Orange County rock history:

1950 - Leo Fender and George Fullerton introduce the Telecaster guitar

1955 - Santa Ana's Rillera Brothers, widely considered Orange County's first rock group, debut.

1964 - The Righteous Brothers record, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'".

1978 - The Cuckoo's Nest (since demolished) in Costa Mesa opens, presenting O.C. bands including The Crowd, T.S.O.L., and Agent Orange.

1979 - Mike Ness forms Social Distortion with Dennis Dannell, brothers Rikk and Frank Agnew and drummer Casey Royer.

1981 - Irvine Meadows Amphitheater opens.

1986 - The landmark Golden Bear Club (which hosted everyone from Van Halen to Tom Waits to B.B. King) in Huntington Beach closes its doors.

1989 - Linda's Doll Hut opens in Anaheim. (Steve Soto used to work the door as security here. The Offspring credit the Doll Hut as where the band got their start)

1990 - Rage Against The Machine reportedly plays their first "public" gig in an O.C. living room.

1994 - The Offspring release "Smash" on Epitaph Records. It becomes the biggest selling independent album of all time, selling over 11 million copies worldwide.

1995 - No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" is released. It goes on to sell 13 million copies.

1999 - Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy" stays at the #1 position for 11 weeks and becomes the most played rock song of the year.

2001 - The House of Blues in Anaheim opens.

2006 - Avenged Sevenfold wins Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards.

2006 - The Slidebar Rock n' Roll Kitchen opens in Downtown Fullerton.