Lakers Bar Review: Campus Billiards & Sports in Cypress, CA

Raining3s.com will provide reviews of bars and restaurants in and around the Los Angeles and Orange County area with an emphasis on its Lakers game viewing experience. We won’t make a recommendation or provide an overall evaluation of the place. We’ll just provide you with our assessment of what we believe makes a great Lakers experience at a bar when watching a Lakers game and let you make that determination yourself.

The ratings are from 1/2 to 4 Chicky Babys, with 4 being top notch.

Today’s review is for Campus Billiards and Sports in Cypress, California.

Game viewing experience:

  4 Chicky Babys:

 Absolutely awesome! What will immediately stand as you walk into Campus is right in the middle of the place is a huge double sided screen that can either show 4 games at one time or dedicate the entire ‘220 inch screen for one game. On the east side of the screen it is surrounded by bar height tables and countertops and on west side of the screen are coaches, standard height tables and booths.

With 2 other slightly smaller big screen projectors and flat screens throughout Campus you’ll be able to find a spot with a good view of the game pretty much anywhere.

If you like to hear the sound of games then this is a place to consider as the sound is on for all Lakers games.

Campus has a momentary advantage in the area as it does carry both Time Warner Cable Sportsnet for all Lakers games and the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Service:

1 Chicky Baby

It is really difficult to make an assessment of what service is usually like at an establishment on just a few visits, let alone one. But, on the night I was there the place was moderately busy, I’d say about 30 patrons, and there was a long wait time to get your drink order.

I’d like to use the term “staff” but on the night I was there, the staff was 1 guy behind the bar. To his credit he tried to acknowledge everybody and it worked hard to get everybody’s order, but it was just too much for just one person. Albeit, the one person there was very pleasant.

I don’t know if this was an anomaly or if Campus has some staffing concerns. On a night where you are one of the few places in town showing the Lakers you’d figure that you’d want to have a little more than one person working that night.

Food and drinks:

2 Chicky Babys

The menu is primarily beers and wine; however, they do have a small cocktail menu. They have a nice selection of 16 beers on tap, including Guinness, Shock Top, Heineken and Sierra Nevada to name a few. They do serve pitchers at this location which is nice if you come with a large group.

Those that like a nice, sweet mixed drink might not be partial to this place as the selection of cocktails is sparse.

Campus list a few of your typical sports fan diet of wings, dogs and pizza, but not much else. In fact, the pizza they “serve” is from the Papa Johns in the strip mall. If you’re hungry it would probably be best to pick up something to eat before heading to Campus for the game.

Atmosphere:

3 Chicky Babys

Clean place, good young college type crowd and great spacing between tables and chairs to avoid bumping into people. This is a place people come for billiards and darts so there will be noise from people probably not there for the Lakers game. However, during Lakers games they crank the volume up pretty high so it will drown out the ambient non Lakers related noise.

Location:

3 Chicky Babys

Campus is situated in a strip mall and across the street from CypressCommunity College. It’s about 3 miles from the 605 and a little less than 2 miles from the 91 freeway. Campus is very easy to find as it sits near the corner of 2 major streets, Valley View and Lincoln Avenue.

I am personally very familiar with the city of Cypress and it is a very safe community, so feel confident in walking the streets and parking your car when visiting. 

Value :

3 Chicky Babys

The prices for beer and cocktails are moderate. If you are pretty simple to please and like to drink some American beer you’ll find value here as a 16 ounce glass will run you $4 and can get a whole pitch for $10. You need a little more scratch if you want to go import; $5 for 16 ounce glass and $17 for pitchers. They also have bottle beers that run from $3.25 to $4.00.

 Overall Campus would be affordable to most.

 Campus Billiards and Sports Information:

Campus Billiards & Sports Bar
9111 Valley View St., Suite 107
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 952-5800
Campus Billiards’ Website Link
 
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”