The 10 Best Sports Bars In LA To Catch The Big Game
Whether you’re a local looking to catch the Lakers game or an out-of-towner hoping to support your favorite sports team from afar, Los Angeles has some of the best and most unique sports bars to provide you with the best time. From beachside bars to iconic hotspots that are known for getting rather rowdy, there really is a place for every sports lover in LA.
While some bars are better known for being more popular than others for certain sports, baseball, basketball, football, and soccer fanatics will find no shortage of fun in the City of Angels. If you’re searching for a new sports hub to call home, check out our list of the 10 best sports bars in LA.
1. Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co
Having only been open for just over a year, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. has certainly made quite the name for itself as one of the best places to watch a Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Located in Boyle Heights, this community pizzeria has managed to fit right in and become a local favorite in a matter of months.
In addition to having some of the tastiest pizza pies in the area, they also feature some impressive craft cocktails that add a unique twist to some classic flavors. If you’re unsure of what to order, go with the Evergreen Negroni and the cherry bomb pizza. For those who really want to branch out, give their one-of-a-kind mole pizza a go!
2. Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe
Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe is an iconic and classic sports bar located right next to the Santa Monica Pier. One of the most interesting things about Big Dean’s is the fact that it is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, proving that setting up a sports bar on the beach is always a good idea.
Literally steps from the sand, Big Dean’s allows you to catch the ocean breeze while catching the game. Whether you’re looking to sit on their large outdoor patio or you’d rather stay huddled inside at a hightop, Big Dean’s offers plenty of options when it comes to bar food. From fried seafood to a wide array of sandwiches, Big Dean’s seriously has it all.
3. Brennan’s Pub
Whether you’re looking to keep up a regular sports game or you’re interested in checking out their legendary turtle race, Brennan’s Pub is an old school bar located right off of Lincoln Boulevard in Marina Del Rey. This happening pub has a great indoor bar area for those looking to grab a bar stool and watch whatever sports event is playing on the television.
However, if you’d rather enjoy the mild California climate, pick a spot on their fun patio and enjoy one of their local IPA’s and some classic chicken wings. In addition to hosting the official watch parties for Florida and Ohio State, Brennan’s also has a great Taco Tuesday where you can get $3 tacos and $5 Mexican lagers.
4. Brewco Manhattan Beach
Just steps from the beach, Brewco Manhattan Beach has provided great fun and great food for every major sporting event since 1991. With over 45 unique rotating beers on tap, this is the perfect spot to get together with the boys to watch the game on one of their 10 large flat screen televisions. Best of all, once the game is over head over to the beach and end the evening with your toes in the sand. For food, their giant German soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce are an absolute must. If you’re extra hungry, get your hands on one of their Howlin’ Dave’s red hot chicken sandwiches.
5. The Parlor
Situated right on Melrose Avenue, The Parlor is definitely one of the most popular and well-known sports bars in the Hollywood area. Between game night and weekend brunch, there are plenty of reasons to pay a visit to The Parlor. However, when it comes to being a sports lover, it’s pretty hard to beat the fact that they have over 50 different televisions, both inside and outside, for your game-viewing pleasure.
Though it can get pretty rowdy, The Parlor always manages to curate a fun and exciting atmosphere, plus, they have some quality food to match. From more upscale options like their Hamachi sashimi to their traditional Parlor burger or buffalo wings, you’ll surely find some tasty bites to tide you over while you keep up with the score.
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6. Sonny McLean’s
Boasting 23 HDTVs throughout the pub, Sonny McLean is a Santa Monica sports favorite due to its amazing staff, an impressive array of beers, and traditional Irish decor and fayre. While they do have some more American classics like pizza and jalapeno poppers, a visit at Sonny McLean’s implores you to branch out and order an authentic Irish meal.
Dig in on their corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie while you sip on a local IPA and watch your favorite team (hopefully) demolish their opposition. Also, while it might not seem totally standard to order dessert at a sports bar, Sonny McLean’s chocolate brownie with vanilla bean gelato is well worth the risk.
7. Barney’s Beanery
While they do have other locations throughout Los Angeles, you’ll want to make sure you visit the original Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood. This iconic spot truly makes for a good time, whether you’re hoping to post up at the bar and watch the big game or snag a pool table and play some billiards while you check in on the score every once in a while.
Having been around since 1920, Barney’s Beanery has mastered being a great sports bar and that is why it has created such a loyal and beloved fan base. Keep in mind that Barney’s Beanery tends to get pretty wild and rowdy, so be ready to let loose and don’t expect to be able to hear the sports commentators over the crowd.
8. Trophy Wife Bar
From $2 tacos on Taco Tuesday to bottomless mimosas at brunch, Trophy Wife Bar offers great deals in a lively environment. Neon signs and vintage photos create a total vibe at this eastside bar in Silver Lake. While it may look like a super cool and contemporary sports bar, customers are often surprised to find a more eclectic and unique food menu at Trophy Wife.
From charcuterie boards to risotto balls, those who aren’t really into American bar food will be much happier with this slightly more upscale selection. When it comes to cocktails, Trophy Wife Bar has pretty much every margarita flavor imaginable, though we recommend ordering the Francesca cocktail with mezcal, Aperol, yellow chartreuse, and lime.
9. Busby’s West
Said to be the biggest sports bar in West LA, Busby’s West has become an iconic hotspot for UCLA students and Westwood residents. With games galore and televisions pretty much everywhere you look, there is lots of ground that is available to explore and cover at Busby’s. Unlike most sports bars, Busby’s also places a huge emphasis on using the best possible ingredients in their food, and they even have some great vegan and vegetarian options available.
If you can, catch their happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm and enjoy $5 well drinks and $2 off all draft beers. For food, you can’t go wrong with the smash burger or pork belly mac-n-cheese.
10. Britannia Pub
Located right in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, The Britannia Pub is a local favorite that seriously makes you feel like you’re hanging out at a bar in London. If you’re a soccer fan, then this is the spot for you. Sit back on the patio with a pint and catch some great people watching or get cozy inside at the bar and immerse yourself in the game.
Either way, you’re sure to leave The Britannia Pub with every intention to come back. If you get hungry, there are plenty of bar food options to choose from. For those looking to really feel like they’re in the UK, order some fish & chips or bangers & mash and enjoy!
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