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LA's Best Bars for Watching NFL & College Football

Where to watch NFL and college football games around Los Angeles, with a special focus on team-oriented bars.

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2008_10_hasmapsla.jpgNow that the Fantasy Draft parties have died down and the NFL season is fully underway, the next step is finding your home bar for your favorite NFL team. LA is home to transplants from all over the U.S., and given the fact that it still lacks a professional football team, finding uniform allegiances can be tricky. So whether you've adopted the New England Patriots as your favorite team or you're a die-hard Iggles fan by birthright, there's a bar for that in Los Angeles. Find out where it's safe to sport that Tony Romo jersey with this list of 27 Bars to Catch Your Favorite NFL Team in LA. —Euno Lee

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The Bar-B-Que Bar

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Chiefs fans can take in the game and pray for Jamaal Charles’ health, and everyone else can enjoy some burnt ends, sliced brisket and cold beer by the pitcher at this Kansas City picnic-themed bar replete with plaid tablecloths.

Philly West

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Eagles fans can commiserate with the fact that they’ve won zero Super Bowls while scarfing down some solid cheesesteaks and a cold glass of Anchorage Ale at this Philly-themed sports bar.

Barney's Beanery

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Disappointed groans and thunderous cheers emanate from Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica, where Dallas Cowboys fans pack it in to imbibe on pints of beer and nibble on something other than their fingernails while they wonder which Tony Romo is going to show up on Sunday.

Sonny McLean's

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If Boston sports and the New England Patriots are your thing, Sonny McLean’s might be perfect for you (OK, well, almost perfect). This Beantown-themed bar serves a killer fish and chips in addition to solid pizzas and yes, a lobstah roll.

Melody Bar and Grill

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Raider fans will appreciate the camaraderie, and Westside snobs will appreciate that the Raider fans are sequestered south of Marina Del Rey, but everyone can appreciate Melody Bar’s Gilroy Fries (mints not included) and pretzel bun burgers.

Tompkins Square Bar and Grill

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Tompkins Square is owned by a Chargers fan, so Bolts fans can feel free to bring their imaginary girlfriends and watch Antonio Gates snag some impossible touchdowns. Fans can tuck in to burgers fit for an NFL tight end, including the one-pound “Monster Burger” that’s practically tall enough to dunk a football through the goalpost.

Outpost

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Broncos fans pack the Outpost on Sunday, where they can get pulled pork tacos and cocktails in fancy mason jars with handles. After Week 3, they can take solace in the fact that they won’t see Richard Sherman for the rest of the season.

Saint Felix

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This swanky bar is home to Cleveland sports fans, where Sangria is doled out in Mason Jars and tacos come with Cuban braised pork. You don’t need to be Johnny Football doing the money sign to eat here during happy hour, with pitchers half off and small bites priced under $10.

Joxer Daly's

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Washington D.C. football fans catch their offensively named team play on one of five flat screens at the bar. Robert Griffin III (and soon to be Kirk Cousins) jerseys line the bar and have a pint of Guinness to go with their order of fish and chips at this Irish pub.

Casey's Irish Pub

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Though students might prefer Traditions or the 901 Bar & Grill, USC grads, alums and supporters pack into Casey’s Irish Pub on Saturdays to catch the Trojans while they’re away. Diners can dig in to a famous Cole’s French Dip sandwich or a shepherd’s pie to go with a cold pint as they watch quarterback Cody Kessler continue his dark horse Heisman campaign.

Busby's West

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Swanky sports bar Busby’s West is popular with UCLA fans regardless of whether or not it’s game day, but expect some spirited eight claps when the Bruins take the field and Brett Hundley bails out UCLA’s defense.

Backstage Bar & Grill

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The reigning Super Bowl champs and the 12th man contingent in Los Angeles prefer to stick it out at Backstage, Culver City’s self-proclaimed “Best Dive Bar in the World.” Drinks are cheap and stiffer than the Legion of Boom, so expect it to be crowded with a great atmosphere, regardless of team allegiances.

San Francisco Saloon

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This 49ers bar supports San Francisco sports teams and both local colleges, serving up a variety of standard pub dishes named after various Bay Area neighborhoods. Order up a burger or create one of your own while you cheer on the 49ers and hope that they show up for all four quarters this time.

O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant

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This Irish Pub actually serves up a solid chicken Caesar salad wrap in case you want to balance out the pints of beer you’ll be drinking — or if you need a silver lining in Eli Manning being your quarterback.

Q's Billiard Club

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Q’s Billiard Club is the perfect bar for New York Jets fans, who might prefer shooting pool to watching football if the past few seasons have been any indication. The patty melt and sliders are popular choices.

Five0Four

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Frozen Red Bull and Vodka? 7-Eleven Slurpee-style dispensers for Daiquiris? If you’re not a Saints fan, Five0Four Hollywood just might make you one with solid Creole food options and the aforementioned Daiquiri Dispensers might make everyone forget that the Saints’ defense is awful this year.

Blue Palms Brewhouse

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There’s no shortage of Steelers bars (or fans) in Los Angeles, but Blue Palms ups the ante with a rotating list of draft beers and a solid lineup of appetizers and sandwiches. The simple-yet-delicious Brew Burger is made with wagyu beef and half price during Happy Hour.

Mom's Bar & Lounge

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Mom’s Bar is straight drinks, and the drinks here are cheap and stiff for the West Side. Located in Sawtelle, it’s also home to the Green Bay Packers fans on Sundays.

The Happy Ending Bar & Restaurant

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Happy Ending was recently featured on the local news for being the home of what’s probably the most cleverly named fan club in LA: the Baltimore Ravens’ “The West Wing” fan club. Wings are on the menu at Happy Ending, but opt for the Dizzy Chick, a plate of rotisserie chicken served with rice, beans and fried plantains.

Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill

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Fried pickles and steamed artichokes? Yes, please. Tinhorn Flats is a great stop for Chicago Bears fans, and the menu just might make Brandon Marshall kiss the chef on his head.

Busby's East

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There aren’t too many striking differences between Busby’s West and Busby’s East, but the raucous crowds on Sundays you hear might be Minnesota transplants cheering on their beloved Vikings and the continuous evolution of Teddy Bridgewater.

State Social House

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State Social House might be new to the game, but it blew up in popularity during this summer’s World Cup, where diners downed their favorite pint of import beer with a side of chorizo-stuffed potato skins and grilled sausages. State Social House will open at 9:30 a.m., so that fans of East Coast teams don’t have to miss their games.

Bludso's Bar & Que

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Bludso’s Bar and Cue serves up the famous Compton outpost’s Texas-style barbecue with a variety of inventive cocktails in hip picnic-style digs. A plethora of flat screen TV’s play the games and it’s a great atmosphere to take up a table with your team of allegiance and get your hands messy with some of the city’s best barbecue.

Tam O'Shanter

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The Lawry’s-owned pub is famous for its prime rib sandwiches and beer flights, but if you’re feeling peckish you can opt for a full prime rib dinner so you can eat like a football player while leaving all the dirty work to the guys duking it out on the screen.

Biergarten

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This Korean fusion gastropub in the heart of Koreatown is a hit with Laker fans, but can also be a great place to catch Sunday and Monday Night Football games. Opt for the drunken chicken and kimchi short rib fried rice.

Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub

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This Irish Pub in WeHo is mostly Seahawks territory, but you don't have to know who Shaun Alexander is to enjoy its pub fare, which includes corned beef sliders and massive plates of Irish Nachos. The latter is a glorious mess of peppered bacon, corn salsa, melted Irish cheddar and a choice of shrimp or chicken atop a bed of homemade kettle chips.

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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This is the one place where Cleveland Browns can celebrate in their teams sad history and hopefully, just maybe, get more wins than losses this year. Either way, the strong craft beer list and solid selection of bar bites makes this one of the best places to catch an NFL or College Football game in town.

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The Bar-B-Que Bar

Chiefs fans can take in the game and pray for Jamaal Charles’ health, and everyone else can enjoy some burnt ends, sliced brisket and cold beer by the pitcher at this Kansas City picnic-themed bar replete with plaid tablecloths.

Philly West

Eagles fans can commiserate with the fact that they’ve won zero Super Bowls while scarfing down some solid cheesesteaks and a cold glass of Anchorage Ale at this Philly-themed sports bar.

Barney's Beanery

Disappointed groans and thunderous cheers emanate from Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica, where Dallas Cowboys fans pack it in to imbibe on pints of beer and nibble on something other than their fingernails while they wonder which Tony Romo is going to show up on Sunday.

Sonny McLean's

If Boston sports and the New England Patriots are your thing, Sonny McLean’s might be perfect for you (OK, well, almost perfect). This Beantown-themed bar serves a killer fish and chips in addition to solid pizzas and yes, a lobstah roll.

Melody Bar and Grill

Raider fans will appreciate the camaraderie, and Westside snobs will appreciate that the Raider fans are sequestered south of Marina Del Rey, but everyone can appreciate Melody Bar’s Gilroy Fries (mints not included) and pretzel bun burgers.

Tompkins Square Bar and Grill

Tompkins Square is owned by a Chargers fan, so Bolts fans can feel free to bring their imaginary girlfriends and watch Antonio Gates snag some impossible touchdowns. Fans can tuck in to burgers fit for an NFL tight end, including the one-pound “Monster Burger” that’s practically tall enough to dunk a football through the goalpost.

Outpost

Broncos fans pack the Outpost on Sunday, where they can get pulled pork tacos and cocktails in fancy mason jars with handles. After Week 3, they can take solace in the fact that they won’t see Richard Sherman for the rest of the season.

Saint Felix

This swanky bar is home to Cleveland sports fans, where Sangria is doled out in Mason Jars and tacos come with Cuban braised pork. You don’t need to be Johnny Football doing the money sign to eat here during happy hour, with pitchers half off and small bites priced under $10.

Joxer Daly's

Washington D.C. football fans catch their offensively named team play on one of five flat screens at the bar. Robert Griffin III (and soon to be Kirk Cousins) jerseys line the bar and have a pint of Guinness to go with their order of fish and chips at this Irish pub.

Casey's Irish Pub

Though students might prefer Traditions or the 901 Bar & Grill, USC grads, alums and supporters pack into Casey’s Irish Pub on Saturdays to catch the Trojans while they’re away. Diners can dig in to a famous Cole’s French Dip sandwich or a shepherd’s pie to go with a cold pint as they watch quarterback Cody Kessler continue his dark horse Heisman campaign.