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Looking for a great bar to watch a Dodgers or Angels game? Look no further!
The Los Angeles Dodgers
The Park Bar and Grill
2007 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
Want a Dodger Dog but don’t want to pay stadium prices? This is the place to be during Dodgers games. Known for its friendly atmosphere, good bar food and “cute bartenders,” The Park Bar & Grill is a great spot “over the hill” to watch the Dodgers play. (It’s also a Packers bar during football season, which is OK since we have no NFL team.)
The Short Stop
455 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Calif., 90026
This L.A. favorite is not far from Dodger stadium. And I confess that more than once I’ve pulled over here to watch the end of the Dodgers game after – thanks to radio broadcasts – I realize that I made a premature departure from the stadium. And I’m usually greeted warmly by the fans and bartenders who’ve been bellied up to the bar watching the game from the first inning. You’ll find drink prices (though the drinks are already inexpensive). And after the game, the jukebox is pretty solid. This is a great sort-of-divey place to wear Dodger Blue.
3110 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
This Santa Monica sports bar has been ranked high in regional and national media sports bar roundups. But the important thing is what the fans say… and they like it. The Dodgers fans converge there to watch games together. The food menu is diverse and includes bar fare alongside their Filet Mignon, salads and sandwiches. And for the tag-alongs who don’t want to watch the entire game, Busby’s offer a wide range of free games including billiards, ping pong, video games and more.
8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
This is the oldest location of the Barney’s Beanery chain of sports bars and is hands down the local favorite. This 90-year-old bar has seen its share of celebrities – including Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin (if you’re old enough to remember them). But it’s not a Hollywood elite kind of place. This is where all types of L.A. folks converge for a really good time. If you like a packed, fan-filled atmosphere to watch the big game, this is the place for you. Never mind an amazing selection of beers, and a huge food menu that includes Mexican breakfast items, burgers, chili, salads and more.
1410 3rd St Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
On the Santa Monica promenade, this place is great for Dodgers fans who obligingly accompany their significant others to an afternoon of shopping. Call it the escape route, so you can catch the game while she feels your “support” of her shopping endeavors while you “wait patiently” nearby. (For the record, I’d be the one at the sports bar.). It has big-screens a-plenty in a seriously large space (2 levels). The menu is wide-ranging and even includes a kids’ menu (so it’s pretty family friendly for the daytime sports fans). And it also offers pool tables and arcade games.
The Draft Bar & Grill
2430 Riverside Dr.
Studio City, Calif., 91607
I must confess that this is hands down my favorite San Fernando Valley sports bar generally – and you can find Dodgers fans a-plenty here. 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.
Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
Throwbacks Sports Bar
1759 S Claudina Way
Anaheim, Calif., 92805
Angels fans that make Dodgers fans uncomfortable? Check. Free bus to Angels games? Check. Drink and food specials? Check. No tickets? No problem. The Angels energy in this Orange County sports bar is infectious. And rumor has it that the bar’s owner is a huge Orange County Angels radio talk show host. Regardless of your allegiance to the Angels, this bar offers plenty of TVs, beer and bar food to keep you happy.
1545 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, Calif., 92802
Situated in Downtown Disneyland in Anaheim, this is the place to go if you want to catch the game during a family vacation. Big screen TVs and sports fans are everywhere. And the experience is complemented by a menu that goes far beyond bar food to include typical bar appetizers, salads, and a wide range of entrees – never mind the beer menu which doesn’t disappoint. Angels fans unite: this is a great place to be.
2438 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
Say what you want but Hooters is all about sports and chicken wings. This one is very close to Angel Stadium so the team energy permeates if the team is playing at home or away. In addition to the wings, they offer burgers, sandwiches, salads and more (I always order the wings). And they have a wide variety of beers in bottles and on tap, as well. While it does get packed during special days, you can usually find a spot at a table or the bar.
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar
10624 Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804
The reviews on this place are varied. It’s a dive bar with a small-town feel. But it’s in Angel territory and if you want to have an inexpensively-priced beer and watch the game, this is a good place to go. It’s small and dimly-lit with pool tables and a dance floor, and has a variety of live entertainment.
2100 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
This is a more high-brow place where Angels fans converge, due in large part to its proximity to the stadium. It’s a favorite for a nice dinner before a night game – the menu is expansive and includes sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood and more. (The huge burgers are a favorite). The bar area is open and spacious, the servers and bartenders are friendly, and the atmosphere is festive but not terribly loud.
The Corner Office
580 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
With more than 20 screens of varying sizes, 14 beers on draft, 18 bottled beers and seating for more than 125, this is a mega sports bar. Add to that a pretty comprehensive menu of food that’s equal parts bar food and casual restaurant fare, and you have the perfect place to catch a game – Angels or otherwise. The staff is friendly, prices reasonable and the atmosphere is welcoming of sports fans. Get there, sit back and enjoy the game!
Jennifer Vides is an avid sports fan, mom, and writer. She blogs about social media marketing at JenniferVides.com.