Players Changed its Name and More.
I guess this place used to be called Players.
If your looking for a hidden gem this is the place!
From the outside its a bit plain but once inside its clean and comfortable with friendly staff and good food at great prices. The pizza is all hand made the old way and the best I have had in a long time. They also have a full menu that ranges from Pizza (duh) to steaks, sandwiches, salads and the usual bar munchies. My friend had something the waiter called westside ribs that were Fantastic. They have nightly specials Monday Spaghetti Night $4.95, Endless Happy Hour on Tuesday, Live stand up comedy on Wednesday (thats when we went), Karaoke on Thursday and the coolest Sunday Brunch ever (wear your pajamas and get 25% off your food)
There is also live music on different nights. good bands
Good pizza but bad atmosphere.
I went to Players this weekend and shared a pizza with my boyfriend. We checked it out because we had a coupon (from the Orange County Entertainment Book) and it proved to be a great deal. The pizza tasted good but I didn't like the atmosphere.
First, when I approached the place I got a huge whiff of cigarette smoke as I walked in. I was glad that people weren't smoking inside the bar (as that is illegal here in California) but right outside can be almost as gross. Then, when I walked in I felt like people were looking at me like I didn't belong, like I had just walked into a biker bar or something. Clearly, Players isn't that type of bar but it did strike me as odd that everyone in there looked at me when I walked in, like I was infringing on their turf of something. We couldn't find a spot in the whole place that wasn't extremely loud so we just settled on a place to sit. We sat near a group of men that had clearly drank to excess and were overly intoxicated. They spoke really loudly and were cussing, one man even had his hands on the waitresses lower back and the establishment didn't seem to do anything to curb this type of behavior.
So, all in all, the food is good and a good deal, but definitely not the kind of place to go for a relaxed evening out or a date. Not a great environment for women. Oh, and the food is served on paper plates. I don't have a huge problem with that, just don't expect a fancy, sit down experience.
Great crust, nice staff.
We ordered a large pineapple/pepperoni pizza and the crust was great. The pineapples were sweet and fresh. On a whole, good pizza- not mind blowing like some expensive gourmet places. Their ad in the Orange County entertainment book noted they deliver, but they don't. Beers were 5 a pint on tap. With a coupon, the 18 dollar pizza was a great deal for 9- we enjoyed it.
We went on a Saturday night around 8pm and the place was 1/4 full- mostly men older than 40 interested in drinking at the bar. With only a small amount of people, the place was pretty loud- music was up and the customers were speaking loudly over the music. When we left at 9pm, the place seemed almost full, as a live band was about to start. This wasn't a quiet little pizza joint- this is a bar with pretty good food. Obviously, the music is a great pull
There was an outside smoking area. Our nice server Tim explained the owner was working to change the name to something other than "Players".
If you need some Pizza and you are in Costa Mesa, this is a good choice; just as long as you don't want a quiet dinner.
Players is one of my favorite bars. After you've gone a few times you get to know the regular crowd. It's a laid back place. The best nights to go are Monday and Thursday when Kevin hosts karaoke. The atmosphere is not bar-like, you feel more like you're haning out at a buddy's house. Jim, Bill, Kevin, and Fabi are great and the pizza's not bad either. This place is the BEST kept secret in Costa Mesa.
But if you're looking for 'bros' or the typical Orange County blondes, this is not the place for you.
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