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Aqua Lounge Restaurant Review: Island Hotel Newport Beach has livened up the lobby with Aqua Lounge, which draws crowds of revelers when the DJs are spinning (Thurs. 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.). (The clubby scene may come as a surprise to hotel guests checking in late at night after a long day of travel, but perhaps they'll be enticed to join the party.) Crescent-shaped booths, which can be reserved at a premium, surround the blue-lit, circular bar. Beyond that is the patio overlooking the pool. A short menu has "bites & shareables" including oysters on the half shell, a cheese and charcuterie spread, and a few flatbreads. We recommend the short rib beignets with horseradish cream. There's also an after-hours menu served Thurs.-Sat. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m., offering street tacos, buffalo wings and a "Danger Dog" with peppers, onions and mustard. About a dozen wines are available by the glass, plus craft beers on draft and specialty cocktails like the Cucumber Cobbler (sage-infused Hendrick's Gin, green apple and cucumber purée, homemade ginger syrup and lemon juice) and The Millionaire (Duke bourbon whiskey, Cointreau, lemon juice, homemade grenadine and egg white).