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The Best Places to Watch Sports in LA, Fall 2013

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgL.A. has always been a great sports city, ever since the Dodgers and Lakers came to town (oh right, the Clippers too). Right now, there's local UCLA and USC college football, and on Sundays, almost twelve hours of the National Football League. Yes, L.A. doesn't have its own pro football squad, but that means transplants all across town can find a sports bar featuring their hometown team. And of course, the L.A. Kings, for the legions of hockey fans out there. There are plenty of neighborhood sports bars around town, but collected here is a list of the best places, either regular bars, restaurants, or eateries, that are ideal for watching sports in Los Angeles.


11/13: Added: Rick's Tavern on Main, 33 Taps, Village Tavern, XLanes LA, Bunker Hill Bar & Grill

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Library Alehouse

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2911 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4855
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This Main Street craft beer bar is a swell place to catch any game, especially football all day on Sundays. There's enough taps to session the whole day, along with a pretty stellar burger.

2. Biergarten

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206 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 466-4860
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A spacious, fun place to watch any game, and especially MMA, Biergarten has a solid selection of craft beers and other brews by the pitcher, plus a steady menu of Korean bites and burgers to munch on while viewing.

3. Beer Belly

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532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-2337
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With slightly smaller confines than the average sports bar, Beer Belly makes up with fantastic craft brews that are hard to get elsewhere, plus a gluttonous menu of mostly fried bits that are a hit with any sports fan.

4. Casey's Irish Pub

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613 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 629-2353

This classic Irish pub in Downtown is always a convivial atmosphere to down some times and catch a game, especially football and baseball. You'll feel transported to the East Coast real quick.

5. Joxer Daly's

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11168 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-3745
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For some reason the Brits love to congregate here to watch the English Premier League and anything else relating to sports popular in the Commonwealth. And this, despite being a sort of Irish bar.

6. Tony's Darts Away

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1710 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 253-1710
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This terrific craft beer bar has more than enough TVs to catch a sports event from any angle. So pair that playoff baseball or Sunday football with a pint of IPA. There's board games too for non-sports fans.

7. SmithHouse Tap & Grill

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10351 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 432-4360
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There might be more taps here than the garden variety Yardhouse at this Century City restaurant, but there's probably only the same number of TV screens (still impressive). The burgers and other small bites make for easy sharing with big groups.

8. Goal

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8334 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5955
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This diminutive sports bar packs in fans willing to watch just about anything, from football to UFC. There's a swell happy hour will make it easier to share things like nachos or mini corn dogs with your fellow fans or maybe even rivals.

9. The Garage

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3387 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 559-3400

This rather expansive room in Palms is the new casual hang in the neighborhood, with plenty of televisions, a respectable group of craft beers, and even a ping pong table outside for daytime games. The happy hour specials are pretty great too.

10. San Francisco Saloon

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11501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 478-0152

Seemingly straight out of SF's North Beach, this casual saloon in West LA is a good find for those aching for Bay Area sports. That means Giants, 49ers, Warriors, Raiders, and more.

11. Freddy Smalls

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11520 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3000
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Though the TVs get put away once major sports games are done, this is a great place to catch a nighttime Laker game or Dodgers game, paired with chef Charlie Parker's fantastic steak sandwich, brussels sprouts, and other bites. Oh, and of course pretty good cocktails like the Paddy's Girl, made with whiskey, maraschino, and blanc vermouth.

12. 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill

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100 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-2038
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This casual bar & grill in Alhambra has one of the most extensive beer lists in San Gabriel Valley. It's hard to deny the appeal of sliders and a pint to go with the second half of a football game.

13. The Doughroom

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3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(424) 258-6194
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This New American restaurant has a friendly marble countertop bar with two widescreens for catching any game. Sundays feature brunch and football, while weeknight might mean playoff baseball and the start of basketball season. It's all good with a pint of Beechwood BBQ beer and a bowl of pasta or a creative pizza. A great happy hour means catching the early Lakers (or Clippers) games is ideal here as well.

14. Spitz

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371 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0101
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Still one of the most popular locals spots in Little Tokyo, there's plenty of beer and TVs to fuel hours-long sports viewing at Spitz. Throw in some of those filling doner kebab sandwiches and call it a day.

15. Bludso's Bar & Que

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609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-2583
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This Mid-City barbecue not only has some of the best brisket and ribs in town, it has expansive TVs for watching sports. It opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays, meaning plenty of time to catch NFL games throughout the day.

16. Barney's Beanery

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1351 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 656-5777
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This divey spot on 3rd Street Promenade has all the traditional sports bar items - TVs galore, plenty of open seating, and enough beer to keep a crowd well entertained. Maybe the best place to catch a game seven or tight playoff game.

17. Cinco

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7241 W. Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 910-0895
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This Mexican restaurant in Westchester has sling some of the best Oaxacan food on the Westside, along with a slew of TVs for optimal TV viewing. Throw in a swell craft beer list and you have the makings of a great sports-viewing experience.

18. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub

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8911 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-1400
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This rowdy pub on Sunset Strip is always a great place to catch a game. And the attractive crowd doesn't hurt the vibe either. The extensive menu is pretty heavy on the burgers, though there are some shareable bites like Bingo wings.

19. Rush Street

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9546 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546
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Sunday brunch here, with bottomless drinks, works really well with Sunday football at this spacious eatery in Culver City. The sliders and burgers are solid, as are the steak & eggs. And since this is a Chicago-inspired place, the Chicago Bears get heavy viewing.

20. 33 Taps

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6263 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-1400
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This Hollywood bar might have the highest density of TVs in L.A., with a television at nearly every angle playing every possible game airing on the waves at that moment. The bar food's no slouch either, mostly comfort dishes, and a mean set of sliders.

21. Village Tavern

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3218 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

This cozy neighborhood watering hole has been a instant hit with the locals. A decent menu of burritos, tacos, and other Mexican-inspired fare get coupled with a pretty great list of local draft beers, as well as a full liquor selection for something a bit stronger.

22. Rick's Tavern On Main

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2907 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-2772
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This local sports bars has plenty of fans that prefer it to the local Library Alehouse. Upgraded sliders, as well as a spruced-up new room make this a great place to take down a dozen chicken wings and a few pints of cold draft.

23. The Bunker Hill Bar & Grill

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601 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

This casual eatery in the heart of Downtown's Bunker Hill has solid, unpretentious food in a setting that's perfect for office denizens just getting off work. Think of it as a non-chain version of Yardhouse, but in a good way.

24. XLanes L.A.

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333 S Alameda St #300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 229-8910
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This new bowling alley takes the concept and modernizes it with a darker, sexier vibe (sort of like Lucky Strikes). When LED-lit bowling alleys, TVs galore, and a standard list of beers on tap, it's a good place to catch a game with a big group.

25. Rivalry Sports Bar

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6311 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

A fairly basic sports bar in a part of town that doesn't necessarily have much in the way of eating and drinking, Rivalry serves the area well, with plenty of TVs around the space, and a solid 16-tap craft beer selection that makes it easy to cheer for any side.

26. The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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5570 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Newly minted in an historic building in the heart of Highland Park's Figueroa stretch, The Greyhound is a bar that does all the simple things well, from fried chicken wings to craft beer to small-producer wines and spirits. The pretension is nowhere to be found, just comfy seats, a cheerful, and a couple of nice TVs to catch the game.

27. Tom Bergin's

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840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-7151
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The Berg is back with a vengeance, the classic Irish pub that almost left the hearts of Mid-City dwellers forever. Now the decades old bar is back to serving stiff drinks and brews, though with a bit more focus on quality on the drink department. The menu, however, has been pulled back to a little more approachable level, leaving all the charm that made its reputation.

28. Hyperion Public

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2538 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 761-6440

This gastropub has managed to endure despite a sometimes picky Silver Lake crowd. The burger is an easy thing to order, as well as the seared crab cakes and truffled mac and cheese, imbued with deep black truffle flavor and stringy smoked gouda. Get a pint of craft beer and enjoy the touchdowns as they come.

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1. The Library Alehouse

2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

This Main Street craft beer bar is a swell place to catch any game, especially football all day on Sundays. There's enough taps to session the whole day, along with a pretty stellar burger.

2911 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

2. Biergarten

206 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

A spacious, fun place to watch any game, and especially MMA, Biergarten has a solid selection of craft beers and other brews by the pitcher, plus a steady menu of Korean bites and burgers to munch on while viewing.

206 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

3. Beer Belly

532 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

With slightly smaller confines than the average sports bar, Beer Belly makes up with fantastic craft brews that are hard to get elsewhere, plus a gluttonous menu of mostly fried bits that are a hit with any sports fan.

532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. Casey's Irish Pub

613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This classic Irish pub in Downtown is always a convivial atmosphere to down some times and catch a game, especially football and baseball. You'll feel transported to the East Coast real quick.

613 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5. Joxer Daly's

11168 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

For some reason the Brits love to congregate here to watch the English Premier League and anything else relating to sports popular in the Commonwealth. And this, despite being a sort of Irish bar.

11168 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

6. Tony's Darts Away

1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

This terrific craft beer bar has more than enough TVs to catch a sports event from any angle. So pair that playoff baseball or Sunday football with a pint of IPA. There's board games too for non-sports fans.

1710 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506

7. SmithHouse Tap & Grill

10351 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

There might be more taps here than the garden variety Yardhouse at this Century City restaurant, but there's probably only the same number of TV screens (still impressive). The burgers and other small bites make for easy sharing with big groups.

10351 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

8. Goal

8334 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This diminutive sports bar packs in fans willing to watch just about anything, from football to UFC. There's a swell happy hour will make it easier to share things like nachos or mini corn dogs with your fellow fans or maybe even rivals.

8334 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. The Garage

3387 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This rather expansive room in Palms is the new casual hang in the neighborhood, with plenty of televisions, a respectable group of craft beers, and even a ping pong table outside for daytime games. The happy hour specials are pretty great too.

3387 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

10. San Francisco Saloon

11501 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Seemingly straight out of SF's North Beach, this casual saloon in West LA is a good find for those aching for Bay Area sports. That means Giants, 49ers, Warriors, Raiders, and more.

11501 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

11. Freddy Smalls

11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Though the TVs get put away once major sports games are done, this is a great place to catch a nighttime Laker game or Dodgers game, paired with chef Charlie Parker's fantastic steak sandwich, brussels sprouts, and other bites. Oh, and of course pretty good cocktails like the Paddy's Girl, made with whiskey, maraschino, and blanc vermouth.

11520 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

12. 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill

100 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

This casual bar & grill in Alhambra has one of the most extensive beer lists in San Gabriel Valley. It's hard to deny the appeal of sliders and a pint to go with the second half of a football game.

100 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

13. The Doughroom

3409 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

This New American restaurant has a friendly marble countertop bar with two widescreens for catching any game. Sundays feature brunch and football, while weeknight might mean playoff baseball and the start of basketball season. It's all good with a pint of Beechwood BBQ beer and a bowl of pasta or a creative pizza. A great happy hour means catching the early Lakers (or Clippers) games is ideal here as well.

3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

14. Spitz

371 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Still one of the most popular locals spots in Little Tokyo, there's plenty of beer and TVs to fuel hours-long sports viewing at Spitz. Throw in some of those filling doner kebab sandwiches and call it a day.

371 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Bludso's Bar & Que

609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This Mid-City barbecue not only has some of the best brisket and ribs in town, it has expansive TVs for watching sports. It opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays, meaning plenty of time to catch NFL games throughout the day.

609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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16. Barney's Beanery

1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This divey spot on 3rd Street Promenade has all the traditional sports bar items - TVs galore, plenty of open seating, and enough beer to keep a crowd well entertained. Maybe the best place to catch a game seven or tight playoff game.

1351 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

17. Cinco

7241 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045