The 12 Best Sports Bars In Los Angeles
From the Dodgers to the Rams, Los Angeles is a city filled with diversity, incredible food, and loyal sports fans. That said, finding a solid sports bar that serves craft beer and pub fare isn’t difficult. In addition to the more classic spots that specialize in juicy burgers and greasy nachos, LA also has some more unique sports bars that offer everything from turtle racing to a contemporary twist on Indian-fusion fare.
When it comes to setting, large-screen TVs are a must, but the decor and vibe can be very distinct, ranging from old-school Irish pubs to massive bars with indoor and outdoor spaces right across from the beach. Whether you’re looking to make plans for some delicious Super Bowl snacks or you prefer beers and Major League Baseball, LA has plenty of options for every kind of fan. That said, we’ve rounded up some of the best sports bars in Los Angeles so that you can get in the game-day spirit!
Pijja Palace has quickly become one of the most sought-after, new "bar-meets-restaurant" mashups in Los Angeles since its opening last year. This stylish Silver Lake spot boasts a one-of-a-kind Indian bar food menu that has garnered attention from food critics and locals alike. Check out favorite signature bites, such as the Aloo Tikki sliders served with Amul cheese, laccha onion salad, and hot spread, or the creamy Malai rigatoni served with tomato masala, cream, and coriander.
Pijja Palace has become one of the hardest reservations to secure in Los Angeles, so be sure to hop on at midnight, exactly a week before your desired reservation date. These reservations are designed to be long enough to allow diners to stay for the duration of a whole game, so while the reservations may be hard to get, the visit is well worth the wait.
Another Silverlake favorite, 33 Taps is a locally-owned and operated sports bar meets full-service restaurant that offers fresh ground burgers, salads, and sandwiches with house-made dressings, wings, nachos, vegan options, and most importantly, a variety of local craft beers. Check out the Bahn Mi fries that are topped with beyond chicken, sweet Thai sauce, pickled vegetables, cilantro, spicy aioli, radishes, and microgreens. A plant-based meal while catching the big game is a good call. If you’re looking for something crisp to wash it down, pair it with a 33 Taps signature brew like the hoppy IPA or the smooth blonde.
In addition to an impressive array of 65-inch high-definition TVs mounted across all sides of the bar, 33 Taps also hosts a 130-inch TV wall that looks straight out of tech heaven, making it a great place to gather with friends, family, or other excited bar guests.
Looking for a casual Westside spot to catch the game? Busby’s West in Santa Monica offers everything you could look for in an exciting neighborhood sports bar. An impressive number of TVs are located throughout every area of this spacious bar. From the bar top to the high-top tables to the room next door with booths and funky chairs amidst a plaid wall, there are plenty of places to post up at Busby’s. There’s even a huge back patio where patrons can congregate to grab a bite to eat or a drink and enjoy the game with friends.
Head to the back of the bar to enjoy an arcade-style room with games galore, including motorcycle rides and an air hockey table. If you come in on the weekends, you’ll also enjoy the live DJs and some dancing.
90 West Lounge
Another Westside favorite, 90 West Lounge, is everything a good dive bar should be. With an interior designed to resemble the stateroom above an ocean liner, the space boasts wall-to-wall cherry-stained hardwood, giving the inside a dark and almost mysterious energy ideal for a low-key spot. 90 West Lounge also offers a spacious and dog-friendly back patio to enjoy a drink in the fresh air with your furry friends.
While 90s West Lounge does not offer food, ordering in from any local establishment is allowed, and 90 West Lounge even offers discounts for local eateries that operate in the same building. The establishment does offer a full bar with wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails to sip on as you catch a game broadcasted on one of the seven high-quality TVs visible from pretty much anywhere in the space.
Sonny Mclean’s is one of Santa Monica’s most beloved local spots. One of the best Irish pub slash sports bar concepts, it offers a unique combination of deliciously elevated food, a full bar, a large back patio with six screens, and a charming interior bar with 23 televisions with access to almost every imaginable sports channel. The full bar specializes in whiskeys and draft beers, offering an impressive collection of whiskey and 40 beers on tap.
Do not miss out on an opportunity to check out the food at Sonny Mclean’s while you are there. From the unbelievably tender IPA-braised beef shoulder served with mashed potatoes, veggies, a fried egg, and luxurious au jus to a buttery roll made with Maine lobster, aioli, and celery, every bite is so balanced that it tastes as like the food was coming out of a high-quality restaurant rather than a local sports bar.
LAces Bar is a special spot for any basketball fan, let alone Lakers fanatics. Since its opening in 2020, this Koreatown spot radiates cool, displaying not only an entryway art piece made entirely of shoelaces but also jerseys, hats, sneakers, and other streetwear elements throughout the space. With two full bars, high-definition TVs visible throughout the space, and a solid array of craft cuisine, beer, and cocktails, LAces Bar is an exciting new addition to the LA scene.
Check out LAces Bar’s version of the hand-made pizza roll, which is stuffed with pepperoni, mozzarella, pickled jalapeño, a roasted tomato sauce, and dill ranch — it’s a pillowy and savory bar bite. Pair with a selection from the extensive craft cocktail list, like the LAces signature drink made with lime, agave, cranberry, Espolon, and spirit. Or, sample the Mamba Forever, a touching tribute to Kobe Bryant.
Located on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles, Thunderbird is a stylish sports bar perfect for watching a game or swinging by to enjoy a happy hour bite with friends. The interior features exposed wood beams, retro-style booths, and touches of chic Western decor to mirror the Tex-Mex-style menu. With skee ball machines in the back, TVs beaming from on high, and a wide array of seating options in booths, communal tables, or classic bar tops, Thunderbird is the perfect mix of elevated style and classic sports bar.
Come in during happy hour or catch the game to sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious bite or craft cocktail. On Friday and Saturday, however, come prepared to join in on the dance floor as the main space transforms into a lively hotspot for music and shaking with friends.
The Garage on Motor
Since its opening over 10 years ago, The Garage on Motor has become a local favorite in the Palms/Culver City neighborhood. This auto shop-themed joint has over 30 televisions across the bar room and out on the back patio, ensuring guests can view almost any game with ease. The Garage also shows most MMA fights, offering an exciting community-oriented way to enjoy a fight. Alternatively, head to the Garage on Motor for one of the best trivia games in town every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
The Garage boasts a full bar with over 20 beers on tap and a menu featuring an array of classic bar bites. Head over to the connected Motor Club for a more relaxed atmosphere and an array of delicious New York-style pizza by the slice served late at night.
The Greyhound Bar and Grill
The Greyhound is a casual and laid-back neighborhood bar with two locations: Glendale and Highland Park. This bar is a magnet for sports fanatics looking to indulge in solid bar fare while catching the latest game. In addition to the TVs along the bar, there are also large screens scattered throughout so that those sitting in the wooden booths with larger groups can also catch a view.
Regarding food, The Greyhound specializes in serving up crispy chicken wings ranging from boneless to bone-in. There is also a veggie wing option for those that follow a plant-based diet, along with 14 different signature wing sauces. Other popular menu items include pub fries with house-made beer cheese, cornbread with rich honey butter, and Captain Jimmy’s fish and chips.
Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe
Among the slew of overpriced tourist traps along the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe stands out as a true local favorite, offering a classic sports bar experience with tasty bar bites, a hefty selection of drink options, and fair prices. Located just steps from the beach on the Santa Monica boardwalk, Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating and 23 televisions perfect for watching a game as you enjoy a brewski.
The outdoor patio seating is family-friendly, while the inside bar top offers all the best energy of any classic sports bar. Between the sun, the fresh ocean air, the lively clientele, the classic bites, and the impressive beer selection, Big Dean’s is the place to be for a game on the Westside.
If you’re looking to enjoy some classic German food while catching a game in LA, Wirsthaus is here to bring you the best of both worlds. Though Wirsthaus is most popular for soccer, the establishment also puts on any major sporting event for guests to enjoy. In addition to having more than 35 German beers on the menu, there are also tons of unique German and Austrian wines to choose from.
In regards to the food, chow down on everything from schnitzel to sausage. Other hit items include the potato pancakes and the hot pretzels that can be dipped in either mustard or beer cheese. If you’re looking to live it up during halftime, hit up the ping pong tables and enjoy some friendly competition.
Located on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, Brennan’s has been a longstanding hotspot for locals since 1972. That said, it is most widely known for its bi-monthly back patio turtle races. While the turtle racing is certainly Brennan’s most unique attraction, this classic sports bar also offers karaoke night, trivia nights, college football Saturdays, and NFL Sundays, plus a live DJ and a lit dance floor on Fridays.
Brennan’s is also a proud official sports bar for the LA Rams, Ohio State University, The Broncos, The Raiders, and the Los Angeles Football Club, making it a great place to find like-minded sports fans to watch the game with. The cocktails, beer, and wine are affordable, the menu offers just the ideal amount of bar food grease, and the crowd is full of a lively and eclectic mix of locals.
Looking for a classier Venice spot to catch the game? Since 1952, The Brig has been serving craft cocktails, draft beers, and other innovative libations in a spacious and distinctly stylish spot on Abbot Kinney. The interior offers a long, sleek bar top with leather bar seats facing large-screen TVs, as well as long horizontal mirrors to add to the modern interior. Leather couches and a raised pool table round out the space, which tends to be a relatively chill, relaxed hang during the week before becoming a lively nightlife spot on the weekends.
The Brig also boasts one of the largest and most comfortable patio seating areas in Los Angeles. Spacious tables with benches, an outdoor bar with shot and beer specials, and DJs and live music makes the Brig one of the most popular sports bars in West LA.
Ye Rustic Inn Bar
Located in the funky Los Feliz neighborhood, Ye Rustic Inn Bar has become a local favorite for a tavern-style experience over its 50-year run. The dimly lit interior, old-school jukebox, cozy decor, and friendly service allow customers to feel like they are coming home to visit an old friend every time they walk through the front door. Ye Rustic Inn has a full bar and a complete menu serving delicious traditional saloon food favorites (including the "best Buffalo chicken wings on the West Coast" and eight TVs throughout the space for easy game-watching visibility.
Ye Rustic Inn also offers daily deals in specials, ranging from discounted drinks and wings to karaoke, bingo, team trivia, and even a Bloody Mary Breakfast Special, where guests can indulge in a full breakfast and a drink for only $8.
Founders Ale House
Founders Ale House is a modern sports spot with a full bar and a delicious scratch kitchen menu in the bustling mid-city Pico Robertson neighborhood. In addition to an IPA-forward (yet still diverse) draft beer list, Founders Ale House also serves specialty cocktails, wine, and other inventive libations upon request. Come in from open until 7 p.m. daily to enjoy the happy hour menu featuring $7 drinks of all kinds and markedly discounted bites from the kitchen like a jackfruit taco, fried chicken slider, nachos, and more.
Check out the full menu to enjoy the genuinely delicious dishes, including an array of vegetarian and vegan options that taste just as rich and satisfying as any traditional from-scratch bar food. Standouts include the Hot Chicken Sandwich with hand batter fried chicken topped with provolone, black pepper aioli, buffalo sauce, pickles, and a jalapeño pickle slaw on a brioche bun, as well as the vegan BBQ burger made with impossible beef, vegan cheese, onion strings, and zesty BBQ sauce.
3rd Base LA
3rd Base LA delivers a prime, upscale bar experience to the heart of Hollywood. With a menu boasting refined and elevated versions of classic American dishes and bar snacks alongside hand-crafted cocktails — all made with freshly sourced ingredients — the food and beverage definitely serve as the team’s all-star showing.
Start off with hand-crafted versions of shareable bar bites like the 3rd Base LA mozzarella sticks, which are made with hand-cut mozzarella and coated in Panko bread crumbs and served with a side of house-made marinara sauce for a rich and gooey cheese pull. 3rd Base also offers full entrees to enjoy while you watch the game, such as the 24-hour brined, herb-roasted half chicken with a lemon and caper white wine sauce, served with a side of crispy fried Brussels sprouts.
Situated in the middle of La Brea’s restaurant row district, Berkshire House is a one-stop shop for all things sports, libation, and delicious pizza! The brightly colored walls are adorned with funky artwork and lined with leather booths and communal tables, creating a festive and welcoming environment for guests to enjoy.
Come in from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy the $4 happy hour, or enjoy one of the signature cocktails or selections from the impressive list of draft beers at any time. Pair one of the signature cocktails like the crowd favorite Peach Smash with authentic New York City-style pizza by the slice, or snack on classic bar bites like the crispy beer battered onion rings or hand-cut calamari with marinara and lemon.
The Douglas is an Echo Park neighborhood favorite best known for its delicious food, cheap and tasty drinks, and high-quality hospitality that makes every guest feel like family. The Douglas is owned and operated by two Echo Park locals with a passion for creating a community-oriented dive bar perfect for grabbing a beverage, watching a game, or enjoying a bite with friends, family, or strangers! The Douglas gets especially lively during Dodger season, so come in ready to cheer for your local LA teams and celebrate with the entire bar.
Pair one of the many beer selections with the delicious homemade falafel pita wrap served with lettuce, avocado puree, house-made ranch, and pickles, and be sure to add on a side dish crisp tater tots!
The Morrison is an elevated pub-style sports bar located in Atwater Village and Burbank. With its warm lighting, contemporary decor, and relaxing ambiance, The Morrison is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or to catch up with friends over drinks at the bar top.
The bar offers an extensive selection of premium beers, wines, signature cocktails, and a variety of light bites and pub favorites. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch the game, listen to live music, or relax with a drink, this local spot has something for everyone. Its commitment to providing great drinks and good times, The Morrison is the ultimate destination for a bite and a libation day or night.
Jameson’s Irish Pub
Jameson’s Irish Pub is located in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica. Although it is known for getting pretty rowdy throughout the week, Jameson’s also has a decent food menu featuring pub favorites like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. One of the best things about this sports pub is that every opportunity to celebrate is taken. From Mardis Gras to International Women’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day, Jameson’s Irish Pub goes all out for any and every holiday.
On top of that, this beach town bar also has more than 28 large-screen TVs, making it a go-to destination for sports fans. Try one of the signature whiskey-based cocktails when you’re visiting to watch the Super Bowl or enjoy some Wednesday night karaoke. No matter what you’re going for, be prepared to party.