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The Best Sports Bars in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is home to the Lakers, Kings, Dodgers, Galaxy, Clippers, Trojans, and Bruins, as well as fans of sports from all around the globe. And all those fans need fantastic watering holes where they can hang out and root, root, root for their favorite team. Here are a few of L.A.'s best bars for game-watching, where the food and drink often manage to score, too.
Inside Goal (Photo via Goal on Facebook)
European expats and other "footy" enthusiasts will find a sweet haven at Lucky Baldwin's, particularly the flagship Old Pasadena location of the British pub, where there are 63 beers on tap. Don't worry, they open early for those important matches airing in the wee hours here.
Lucky Baldwin's is located at 17 South Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena, (626) 795-0652. They also have a second Pasadena location, as well as one in Sierra Madre.
Culver City's Rush Street aims to bring a bit of Chicago to Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean you have to bet on the Bears. Enjoy games on their plentiful televisions, grab some drinks, and stick around for some good eats. Weekend day games are the perfect excuse to have bottomless Bloody Marys and some brunch, too.
Rush Street is located at 9546 West Washington Boulevard in Culver City, (310) 837-9546
Finally, a sports bar where the food is really good. Goal wins for great eats, in what one might be bold enough to call an "upscale" setting. The chef at Goal is Jonah Johnson, and he just happens to be a personal chef to the stars, including Leonardo di Caprio. Screens aplenty are at Goal, so you can catch the big fight or some NCAA play.
Goal is located at 8334 W 3rd Street in Mid-City West, (323) 655-5955
Barney's Beanery, Burbank (Photo by Photomoto330 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
When it comes to watching sports, it's pretty hard to beat good ol' Barney's Beanery. With locations in West Hollywood, Pasadena, Burbank, Santa Monica and Westwood, sports lovers all over the city can check out their 60' HD TVs, 200+ beers, and 700+ menu items. Barney's Beanery has five locations in the L.A. area: Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Westwood, with a sixth opening soon in Redondo Beach.
BLUDSO'S BAR & QUE
Good morning, football fans! How about some breakfast tacos to go with your NFL game? Killer Texas 'cue is served up here at this fancier outpost of the Compton original. You'll find a great beer and cocktail list, including a mint julep on tap. This isn't a sports bar, but, shhh...you won't object to watching the game while you're eating and drinking at Bludso's.
Bludso's Bar & Que is located at 609 N La Brea Avenue, (323) 931-2583
YE RUSTIC INN
Of course we need a divey pick to round things out, and this one is among the city's best. If you are brave enough, order up some Suicide Wings. You can always mask your cries of pain as cheers when your favorite team scores.
Ye Rustic Inn is located at 1831 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz, (323) 662-5757
Photo courtesy of 33 Taps
This newcomer on the Hollywood bar and bites scene boasts 205-seats and 40 HD TV’s broadcasting all professional and collegiate sporting events. In addition to the variety of domestic and international brews on tap $4 to $6, they'll pour a $3 option daily. Plus, beer cocktails and beer-and-shot combos are on the menu to go with their pub grub (think wings, flatbreads, mac and cheese).
33 Taps is located at 6263 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, (323) 962-1400
Westsiders dig Busby's for the big (and little) games thanks to their TV's tuned in to every sports package cable offers. Plus, if you are feeling more like playing than watching, the bar is stocked like the rec room of your dreams, with billiards, ping pong, arcade games, video games, darts, shuffleboard, foosball, and, for the intellectual sort, board games.
Busby's West is located at 3110 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, (310) 828-4567
Thanks to LAist Sports Editor Jimmy Bramlett and LAist Food Editor Krista Simmons for assistance compiling our selections.