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Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Los Angeles

In case you're on Team "No Cleaning the Place after a Super Bowl Party"

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The Super Bowl is coming, and you're not going to believe this, but the Rams aren't in it. But is that what the Super Bowl is really about? Let's be honest — Los Angeles hasn't hosted a Super Bowl in 24 years. An L.A. team hasn't played in a Super Bowl in 33 years.

So what's the Super Bowl actually about in LA? Unless you're the type to enjoy watching reruns of Tom Brady and his tremendous jawline trying to win a Super Bowl or admire Julio Jones's obscene ability to win on every single route he runs, the NFL's last game of the season is just an excuse to eat fried food, down a bunch of brews, and watch commercials.

Whether it's greasy, comforting bar food or just a cold beer or five that your heart desires, there's no limit to the carnage you can wreak on your diet this Sunday. So put on some pads, don the eyeblack, dip a shoulder, and prepare to deliver the hit of your life to that New Year's Resolution.

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Sonny McLean's

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Patriots fans, the bar that's known colloquially by your kind as the "Boston Embassy" of the West Coast is Sonny McLean's in Santa Monica. Gush over Tom Brady's ageless arm and Chris Hogan's improbable rise to prominence with your fellow Pats fans while downing some fried clams and brews.

On The Thirty

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The Atlanta Falcons Fans of Los Angeles are hosting a party at On the Thirty in Sherman Oaks, so those of you who want to Rise Up (and drive up) to the Valley to join your Dirty Bird brethren will be in good hands at this ritzy Sherman Oaks purveyor of popular pizzas, cheese plates, and oysters.

The Nickel Mine

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With board games, a pool table, a solid cocktail program, and interesting bites (not to mention a four-panel flat screen TV), The Nickel Mine is the Westside's premiere sports bar. It's pretty much a given that the local favorite will be packed on Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to call ahead for details.

Bludso's Bar & Que

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There's only one place to get Kevin Bludso's melty, smokey Texas-style brisket right now, and it's at the La Brea outpost with the stiff drinks and multiple TV's. Though there's definitely a way to order take-out (provided they're not already completely slammed with orders), there might not be a better combination of 'cue, TV's and drinks for the Super Bowl in L.A.

Arts District Brewing

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Arts District Brewing has pretty much everything you'd need if you're dragging out a friend who doesn't care about football to a Super Bowl viewing party: Excellent tap selection, skee-ball, a ping pong table, and for this year's Super Bowl, they're filling out a squares board for the game with prizes at the end of every quarter. Also: Dat Fritzi burger doe.

Ayara Luk Pop-Up

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The Ayara Luk pop-up has been in operation for a hot minute, and they've been experimenting the application of Thai flavors to some of LA's favorite dishes (Ceviche Tailandia, anyone?). They're also hosting a viewing party, and it sounds low-key glorious. Fans of the Muay Thai Wings can pony up $60 for a presale ticket to watch the big game on a 100" screen. The ticket includes all-you-can-eat Spicy Thai Lobster Rolls, Muay Thai Wings and flatbread, among other dishes. It also includes... oh, dear... all-you-can-safely drink Singha beer. Tickets at the door will be $75 — if they're not sold out by then.

Beelman's Pub

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Having the best food of Downtown LA's myriad of pubs is kind of like being the smartest Kardashian, but Kris Jenner is nothing if not a marketing genius and the food at Beelman's is pretty damned good. The pub knows how to work those hefty dishes, including a steak fries that are topped with either gravy (good) and sloppy joe chili (great). If you're watching your carbs, the bacon-smothered wedge salad is at least spiritually aligned with that New Years Resolution you currently have on life support.

Horse Thief

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If you're thinking of "food for a football game," one's attention defaults to barbecue, and if you're in Downtown, Horse Thief's patio/beer garden is hosting a viewing party. The specials include $8 Santa Maria-style tri-tip sandwiches and the debut of a new Queso Dip. The party starts at 10 a.m., and you know how the saying goes — you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

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Dog Haus Biergarten Old Pasadena

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Pasadena's Dog Haus Biergarten is a favorite of locals to catch sports in general, and conventional wisdom says the gourmet hot-dog-and-burger purveyor with the monster taplist is going to be quite lit on Super Bowl Sunday — due in no small part to their proliferation of big-screen TV's and choice grub.

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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Though it's definitely more famous for being a Dodgers bar, it's practically a foregone conclusion now that Greyhound has some of the best wings in Los Angeles, and great wings are thankfully sport agnostic. When you're allowed to sell them by a vague unit like "by the pound" because, well, it's Greyhound and you're going to have to deal with it, it means the wings are pretty awesome. Don't discount the great drinks, either.

The Bar-B-Que Bar

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This usual Kansas City Chiefs haunt serves — you guessed it — Kansas City-style 'cue in picnic-y digs. Cozy up to a plate of burnt ends while catching the year's biggest football game at their bar.

Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub

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It's probably going to be hard to grab a seat at Rock & Reilly's so you can get your hands on some of those great Irish nachos (what a cheese sauce!), but if you're here to grab a drink and celebrate America's unofficial holiday you probably already know Rock & Reilly's is a good place to do that.

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2nd Half

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As sports bars in the South Bay go, 2nd Half is as full of things to do as you could possibly ask for. Pool tables, air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, and TV's galore guarantee that you're never really out of things to do if you don't want to be reminded that your team isn't in the Super Bowl.

Schoonerville Sports Bar & Grill

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If you're out in Canoga Park, this cozy sports bar not only stocks some local Valley brews, it's got some tacos to go with your usual chicken wings and 12 flat screen TV's.

33 Taps

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33 Taps is always an excellent choice for catching the game; those comfortable bucket seats are great for long-term seating and the burger and waffle fries are as solid a pairing for that huge tap list as you'll find. Tables of eight or more can call ahead to reserve VIP seating arrangements.

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Biergarten

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Koreatown's favorite gastropub will be poppin' this year, with their always-stellar tap selection and, of course, the short rib poutine. Be sure to call ahead to find out if there's still room.

HACHÉ LA

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Haché LA has always had a solid burger, but for Super Bowl Sunday it's also doing a couple riffs on their fantastic triple-fried french fries in the form of "Super Bowl Secret Fries": the Patriots fries are made with gruyere, caramelized onions, mustard and mayonnaise in case you're into the whole o.g. Belgian frites thing, and the Falcon Fries come with 4-chile mix, garlic mayo and queso fresco.

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Venice Whaler Bar & Grill

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If you get to the Venice Whaler early, you'll have the chance to tuck into brunch before the big game. There's also going to be cheeseburger spring rolls, a pig roast, a Bloody Mary Bar, and $6 shots of Patron to keep the party rolling right past the final down and into the wee hours.

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Bouchon

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For the ritziest Super Bowl viewing party you'll go to outside of someone's house, Bouchon is offering up that famous Ad Hoc fried chicken to-go and hosting a game viewing at the 2nd floor bar during Happy Hour.

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Boneyard Bistro

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The Sherman Oaks institution is putting out a special game-day menu of potato skins stuffed with sausage and peppers (!!!), a French Onion burger and wings by the pound alongside their sizable selection of craft beers on tap (and by the bottle). If you're out in the Valley, well, you probably already know this is going to be a prime venue for a watch party.

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Sonny McLean's

Patriots fans, the bar that's known colloquially by your kind as the "Boston Embassy" of the West Coast is Sonny McLean's in Santa Monica. Gush over Tom Brady's ageless arm and Chris Hogan's improbable rise to prominence with your fellow Pats fans while downing some fried clams and brews.

On The Thirty

The Atlanta Falcons Fans of Los Angeles are hosting a party at On the Thirty in Sherman Oaks, so those of you who want to Rise Up (and drive up) to the Valley to join your Dirty Bird brethren will be in good hands at this ritzy Sherman Oaks purveyor of popular pizzas, cheese plates, and oysters.

The Nickel Mine

With board games, a pool table, a solid cocktail program, and interesting bites (not to mention a four-panel flat screen TV), The Nickel Mine is the Westside's premiere sports bar. It's pretty much a given that the local favorite will be packed on Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to call ahead for details.

Bludso's Bar & Que

There's only one place to get Kevin Bludso's melty, smokey Texas-style brisket right now, and it's at the La Brea outpost with the stiff drinks and multiple TV's. Though there's definitely a way to order take-out (provided they're not already completely slammed with orders), there might not be a better combination of 'cue, TV's and drinks for the Super Bowl in L.A.

Arts District Brewing

Arts District Brewing has pretty much everything you'd need if you're dragging out a friend who doesn't care about football to a Super Bowl viewing party: Excellent tap selection, skee-ball, a ping pong table, and for this year's Super Bowl, they're filling out a squares board for the game with prizes at the end of every quarter. Also: Dat Fritzi burger doe.

Ayara Luk Pop-Up

The Ayara Luk pop-up has been in operation for a hot minute, and they've been experimenting the application of Thai flavors to some of LA's favorite dishes (Ceviche Tailandia, anyone?). They're also hosting a viewing party, and it sounds low-key glorious. Fans of the Muay Thai Wings can pony up $60 for a presale ticket to watch the big game on a 100" screen. The ticket includes all-you-can-eat Spicy Thai Lobster Rolls, Muay Thai Wings and flatbread, among other dishes. It also includes... oh, dear... all-you-can-safely drink Singha beer. Tickets at the door will be $75 — if they're not sold out by then.

Beelman's Pub

Having the best food of Downtown LA's myriad of pubs is kind of like being the smartest Kardashian, but Kris Jenner is nothing if not a marketing genius and the food at Beelman's is pretty damned good. The pub knows how to work those hefty dishes, including a steak fries that are topped with either gravy (good) and sloppy joe chili (great). If you're watching your carbs, the bacon-smothered wedge salad is at least spiritually aligned with that New Years Resolution you currently have on life support.

Horse Thief

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If you're thinking of "food for a football game," one's attention defaults to barbecue, and if you're in Downtown, Horse Thief's patio/beer garden is hosting a viewing party. The specials include $8 Santa Maria-style tri-tip sandwiches and the debut of a new Queso Dip. The party starts at 10 a.m., and you know how the saying goes — you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

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Dog Haus Biergarten Old Pasadena

Pasadena's Dog Haus Biergarten is a favorite of locals to catch sports in general, and conventional wisdom says the gourmet hot-dog-and-burger purveyor with the monster taplist is going to be quite lit on Super Bowl Sunday — due in no small part to their proliferation of big-screen TV's and choice grub.

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

Though it's definitely more famous for being a Dodgers bar, it's practically a foregone conclusion now that Greyhound has some of the best wings in Los Angeles, and great wings are thankfully sport agnostic. When you're allowed to sell them by a vague unit like "by the pound" because, well, it's Greyhound and you're going to have to deal with it, it means the wings are pretty awesome. Don't discount the great drinks, either.

The Bar-B-Que Bar

This usual Kansas City Chiefs haunt serves — you guessed it — Kansas City-style 'cue in picnic-y digs. Cozy up to a plate of burnt ends while catching the year's biggest football game at their bar.

Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub

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It's probably going to be hard to grab a seat at Rock & Reilly's so you can get your hands on some of those great Irish nachos (what a cheese sauce!), but if you're here to grab a drink and celebrate America's unofficial holiday you probably already know Rock & Reilly's is a good place to do that.

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2nd Half

As sports bars in the South Bay go, 2nd Half is as full of things to do as you could possibly ask for. Pool tables, air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, and TV's galore guarantee that you're never really out of things to do if you don't want to be reminded that your team isn't in the Super Bowl.