bar Best Sports Bars to Watch LA TeamsAh, Fall… the wonderful time of year when sports are being played a-plenty. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have tickets to all the big games. But if you’re a sports fan like me, you won’t let that dissuade you from watching. And if you want to watch in a “team-friendly” environment, you can – at any number of L.A. sports bars.
sharkeez Best Sports Bars to Watch LA Teams


3801 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, Calif., 90266
(310) 545-6563
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Called by many the “best sports bar in Manhattan Beach,” Sharkeez offers flat screen TVs everywhere in a Tiki-esque environment appropriate for a beach establishment. And the USC crowd is there in full force on game day. Sharkeez offers a variety of beer specials – draft beers, pitchers and buckets of bottles – as well as cocktails. And the menu doesn’t disappoint, featuring tacos, burritos, fajitas, burgers and more – perfect accompaniments for suds and football.

901 Best Sports Bars to Watch LA Teams

901 Bar & Grill

2902 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 745-7900
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Known as the “must-go” place for USC students, this place is described as both a “hole in the wall” and “USC trophy chest.” While it has great drink specials (Happy Hour is 4-9 daily), decent bar food and nine 50” flat screen TVs, its appeal for USC games is that USC fans will be sure to find fellow fans rooting for the “right” home team there. Look out, though – if you’re not a USC student, you’re sure to feel out of place after 10 p.m., when the college crowd tends to pack the place in. Also, parking can be difficult, so give yourself some time.

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O’Brien’s/ AKA Maloney’s

1000 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, Calif., 90024
(310) 208-1942

Not far from the UCLA campus in Westwood, this bar is the ultimate Bruins fan spot. The bar changed its name from Maloney’s years ago but the change hasn’t taken in some circles, so it’s common to hear it referred to as both. With flat-screen TVs positioned strategically around the bar, O’Brien’s offers many vantage points from which to watch the game with a Bruin-friendly crowd. The drinks are “a little pricey but strong” and the food is typical sports bar fare. As is the case with the 901, this place becomes a UCLA student hangout after 10 p.m.

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Westwood Brewing Co.

1097 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, Calif., 90024
(310) 824-0820
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Affectionately referred to as “Brewco,” this college sports bar/hangout features a number of American craft beers ranging from wheat to dark – and everything in between. Not far from the UCLA campus, this bar is frequented by students and alum alike. It boasts an outdoor patio, perfect for smokers or those just wanting to get outside, plus a number of rooms (used for alternate sports games, karaoke and more). Not known for its food (average bar fare), Brewco is great if you’re looking for inexpensive drinks in a Bruin-friendly environment.

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The Draft Bar & Grill

2430 Riverside Dr.
Studio City, Calif., 91607
(818) 508-8652
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I must confess that this is hands down my favorite San Fernando Valley sports bar. Flat-screen TVS are placed strategically throughout the bar, and are clearly viewable from every booth and table in the place. A big screen TV is placed at the front of the bar for the “featured” game of the moment (this is the game whose sound is piped throughout the bar). And if you’re lucky enough you can set up in a recliner in one of two “living room-esque” areas. An outdoor patio area also features TVs, which means you won’t miss the game if you’re a smoker. The staff is friendly, the bar food is good and the drinks and beers are priced reasonably. Bonus: free wireless that you don’t have to jump through hoops to access.

 Best Sports Bars to Watch LA Teams


1011 S Figueroa St
Ste B101
Los Angeles, Calif., 90016
(213) 765-7070
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Located in LA Live near the Staples Center (home of the Lakers and the Clippers), this is the place to be if you want to feel the energy of the fans. With TVs a-plenty, ESPN Zone guarantees you won’t miss a single minute of game time. With a full bar and a menu by Wolfgang Puck that goes far beyond bar fare (and even includes a kid’s menu), ESPN Zone is a sports bar on steroids. This bar has a retail store packed with ESPN apparel, and also offers free wireless – as every good sports bar should – you just need to ask for the passcode.

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The Village Idiot

7383 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, Calif., 90189
(323) 655-3331
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Boasting an “old English feel,” this West Hollywood favorite is described as a refreshing change from the typical “Hollywood” bar. Importantly, it’s equipped with the right TV sports packages to guarantee a good experience for football fans . (Hey, when in Rome!) The menu includes delectable British pub food, including soups, salads, “pies,” and much more. Never mind the wide variety of local and international Suds, mixed suds, ciders, cocktails and more.

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Capitol City

1615 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-1750
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Yep, leave it to Hollywood to create this: great food (and we’re not talking just bar food ) in a modern environment with your own personal “stadium” of sorts. That’s right, folks. You can get your hard-to-find game on your own screen at your table with your own personal speaker system. So you MLS and NHL fans? Just make a reservation in advance and enjoy your game – regardless of what else is playing. As if that’s not enough, Capitol City’s “gastropub fare” – by Executive Chef Shad Davis (formerly of the Belmont, Stone Fire Pizza, the Wood and more) includes interesting appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and more. And the drinks menu includes more beers than I could count, as well as specialty cocktails and wine. Now I know where to go the next time I can’t find my Miami Hurricanes on TV.

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Big Wangs

1562 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-2449

5300 Lankershim Blvd
Ste 130
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-2449

801 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Neighborhood: Downtown
(213) 629-2449
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I know you’re going to be shocked by this statement: this sports bar is known for its buffalo wings (and other food, too). Also, its cold beer and really friendly service. This bar is quite the institution with a pretty loyal following, and claims to have “more HD TVs and projection screens than anyone in L.A.” One thing’s for sure: they can cater to more than one audience at once. Big Wang’s has two sound systems to they can offer two games – with full sound – at once. (Hear that, MLS and NHL fans?).Even the most avid sports fan might be overcome by what I call “Sports ADD here” – the stadium seating facing seven (or more?) big screens will ensure you can watch as many games as you want – at the same time – here. Just beware if you’re a “Hollywood Hottie” – they don’t like to “feed the chicks” here.

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The Shack

2518 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, Calif., 90403
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
(310) 449-1171
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I heard a rumor that Philadelphia Eagles fans hang out here – and I think I may know why. This place is called out regularly for having the best Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. Well, that and the owner – Pat Good – is from Philly himself. “Huge on Sundays,” this sports bar offers indoor and outdoor seating, pool, darts and video games. Its full menu is heavy on the burgers (which “made it famous”) Cheesesteaks and wings, but also includes other items like soup, salads and pasta (who needs them?). Not to mention a decent selection of draught and bottled beer. Oh, and did I mention it gets loud in there during NFL season? This is the place to go if you’re an NFL fan of any variety. Unless you’re a fan of the NY Giants.

Jennifer Vides is ridiculously obsessed with college football – and is a fan of sports in general. She writes at


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