Super Bowl 6-Pack: 6 (Mostly Westside) Bars to Get Your Game On
By Lindsay Armstrong/Special to LAist
In less than a week, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers duke it out for the Lombardi trophy: the franchise whose coach the trophy is named after versus the team with the most Super Bowl wins.
Local bars and pubs are also squaring off to entice fans with raffles, game-day food specials, drink deals, costumes and more. After all, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for restaurants and bars, with most expecting to be at capacity with raucous football fans.
Assuming you're not having your own Super Bowl party, where should you go to watch the game? There are plenty of choices, but here's a six-pack of local pubs striving to make Super Bowl Sunday one of the best parties of the year.
During the NFL season, Mo's Place transforms from a laid-back Playa del Rey beach bar to a haven for football fanatics. The biggest fan of them all? The bar's owner for 16 years, Mo Krant.
“It's the best party of the year. And I throw a lot of great parties,” Mo explains. He usually dresses in crazy costumes for the games, but this Sunday, “it's going to be something really crazy.”
Mo is organizing a free Super Bowl pool. The first 100 people get a Super Bowl square and have a chance to win TVs, stereos and an array of other prizes. Sports bars aren't typically known for their food, but Mo's isn't a typical sports bar. From premium-cut filet mignon to thick Buffalo wing drumettes to jalapeño burgers, Mo's makes everything fresh each day.
On game day, Mo's will feature a special Super Bowl menu and offer a variety of drink specials, including $3 shots of Jagermeister (Mo's sells more Jager than any other bar in Southern California), $3 pints of Miller, and $3 bottles of Harvest Moon. Reservations preferred, or if you don't reserve ahead of time, plan to get there early to stake a claim.
With three locations in LA (Downtown, Hollywood, and North Hollywood) Big Wangs has everything you need on the big day: killer specials, wall-to-wall high-definition screens, and hordes of fellow fans to high five (or antagonize). Big Wangs is known for its wings and aggressive drink specials.
The Downtown location will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on Super Bowl Sunday, so expect a Super Bowl party layered on top of an anniversary party. If you want to rub it in as you call and text your fellow fans in wintery Pittsburgh or Green Bay to let them know that you're watching the game on Big Wangs' revamped heated patio area, where you can enjoy excellent SoCal weather and the big game.
Big Wangs' Super Bowl deals include the “Tailgate Special,” featuring 2 Pitchers of Bud Light, 50 wings, chips and salsa and a rack of ribs, all for $100. Also check out the draft and well Stein specials. They start at $6 for “cheap beer” 34-ounce steins on up to $15 for a stein of your favorite mixed cocktail. If you aren't able to make a reservation (seats are going fast), party wing platters are also available for pick-up. Reservations required.
The Daily Pint
Known for their extensive draft beer and whiskey selection (30+ beers on-tap and numerous whiskeys), the Daily Pint is rolling out a complimentary full barbeque for hungry fans. “We're making everything from pulled pork sandwiches to carne asada tacos,” says manager Llan Brake.
Besides free barbeque, fans will get $1 off of draft beers. The Daily Pint recently upgraded to HD TVs throughout the bar, which includes a gigantic 15-foot HD screen at the back of the bar. The party starts around 1:00 p.m. No reservations required.
Cock 'n Bull
The Cock 'n Bull is the place for diehard Steelers fans. The bar has been a proud part of the Steelers nation for 15 years and counting, and when the Steelers aren't playing, it's home to a large contingent of fans of the other football, the English Premier League.
What do soccer hooligans and Steelers fans have in common? Well, we'll let you figure that out for yourself. Even on Steelers game day, though, the food tends towards the Isles, including British favorites like fish and chips and bangers and mash. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Cock 'n Bull will also roll out some specials, including fresh-baked mince-and-onion, curried chicken, and beef and mushroom pies.
Not to be outdone in the HD department, the Cock 'n Bull has an HD projection screen (135-inches), seven HD panels, and they even go so far as to black out their windows for better viewing quality. Owner Tony Moogan notes that the state-of-the art sound system is so good, “you can hear a pin drop,” or on Sunday, I suppose, you'll hear the bones crunch after James Harrison hits.
The party starts around noon and the bar will be packed. No reservations accepted. True fans know enough to get there early.
Roger's Exciting Tattle Tale Room
Quickly gaining notoriety as the home away from home for Packers fans in LA, the Tattle Tale Room promises to throw one hell of a party next Sunday. Fans have been gathering from all over LA (and some from further) and the bar runs in-house promotions each week. Dubbed by many as “the best dive bar in LA,” the Tattle Tale has plenty of screens and cheap drinks. If you bleed green and gold, this is the place to watch the Super Bowl. No reservations.
Gabe's Bar & Grill
Gabe's is another haven for Steelers' fans on the Westside. No frills, no pretentions, just plenty of loyal fans and cold bottles of beer. The bar is hosting an open potluck - just bring food to share and get ready to cheer, loudly. Think of it as an indoor tailgate. It'll be just like being back in the 'Burgh and partying in the parking lots outside of Heinz Field - only warmer and, well, indoors. Cash only. No reservations.