Whatever the occasion, sometimes the night is packed with many friends and family. Most bars aren’t built for your opulence, but a few places in Orange County want everyone to have a great time. From huge serving areas to large dance floors, some of these places are better when you have company. Do not try and gather a dozen people in the local hole in the wall when something built for your group is right around the corner.
91 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
One of the biggest joys of bringing a whole group out to a bar or club is getting some interactivity between the staff and your party. The dueling pianos on the big stage at Sgt. Peppers are built for live entertainment, and if there is any particular reason for such a large group, be it a birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party, you can be sure that whichever star piano players on call that night will pump it up. The dueling musicians take audience suggestions, especially with a few dollars attached to them, and a large group can get nearly half of the building to themselves if they call ahead in time. The food is good and the drinks are fine, but the group dynamic is one of a kind.
Don’t let the lack of permanent address or phone number throw you off: this is an Orange County hidden gem. You head to Hidden Dinner’s website, sign up for the mailing list and when the next dinner is announced, you have the ability to buy tickets. Then a secret location is revealed and you and your group will be fed handcrafted food from an ever-changing menu of ridiculously wonderful delights. The setting can be anywhere from an apartment to an art studio, or something even larger, as up to 50 people can get in on the culinary magic. Sign up, cross your fingers and bring as many people as you can for this truly unique dining experience.
2831 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Costa Mesa has a touch of the Italy with Onotria and its spacious wine cellar. Large groups can expect to be waited on by a great group of staff members that aim to bring a Tuscan flair to the Orange County food scene. Tables are arranged to accommodate any gathering and the menu is built for the extensive wine list. The bill will be high no matter what you purchase, but be sure to know that you and your party will have great service, fantastic meals catered to your liking and a classy night unlike any other in Costa Mesa.
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Heroes Bar & Grill
125 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Heroes Bar & Grill does one thing right for your large group: supersized portions. Nobody is going to leave there hungry or thirsty, as the plethora of beers on tap and outdoor seating area will let you and your party worry about nothing but conversation. This place gets packed during both happy hour and after 10 p.m. or so, when the nightlife comes crawling in for the tasty treats and fantastic alcohol. The multitude of televisions and sports bar atmosphere is perfect for a guy’s night out or playoff-fueled get-together.
9872 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
If your group is looking for something a little different than the typical American bar or restaurant, give Jang Toh a try in Garden Grove. The appetizers are built for large groups and the large booth seats allow for lots of people to enjoy the family-style comfort food straight from Korea. A dozen people or more will be accommodated by the helpful wait staff that are always willing to give you a heads up on what the best choice for food is on that night. The collection of authentic beer and soju is worth the price alone, but add in a large dinging area and a friendly owner and you have one excellent group locale.
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