Although the City of Los Angeles has been without an NFL football franchise since the Raiders returned to Oakland back in 1995, Angelenos have certainly not lost their fondness for beer, brats and gridiron entertainment. The City of Angels boasts some of the best sports bars in the Golden State, and with Super Bowl XLVII fast approaching, these are L.A.’s best places to kick off the Super Bowl in style.
1011 S. Figueroa St. Suite B-101
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Super Bowl fans can head to one of two ESPN Zone venues in either downtown Los Angeles or Anaheim. The L.A. venue — in a prime location next to the Staples Center — provides an array of big-screen TVs and $7 lunch specials as well as its signature Zone burger. The location, good eats and free WiFi make this a popular destination for sports fans. Drop in for happy hour for $3 pints, $5 vino and $6 sliders.
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Pockets Sports Bar
516 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
An old-time sports bar that’s been a fixture of the Los Angeles South Bay since 1967, Pockets is a guaranteed favorite. If you’re looking to play a little pool, air hockey or foosball, or simply want to take in the game, you’ll love this venue. Home to booster clubs and area alumni, the atmosphere here during game time is simply electric. With more than 50 screens at this venue, you’ll never miss a touchdown or a turnover.
1410 Third St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Don’t miss out on this large bi-level sports bar on Santa Monica’s renowned Third Street Promenade that offers a great selection of finger food, entrees and alcoholic beverages, including a gargantuan 34-ounce monster margarita. Catch football on one of the many widescreen TVs, and if the game starts to head south, there is plenty of indoor entertainment including pool, darts and arcade games.
Famous for its chicken wings with attitude, Big Wangs offers three venues in Los Angeles, two in Hollywood and one in downtown L.A. Enjoy a large selection of wings buttressed by an exceptional happy hour menu and — with plenty of TVs scattered throughout. It’s a good, all-around sports bar, making it ideal for kicking back with your buds on game night. Be sure to start with a Samplah Plattahh.
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Underground Pub & Grill
1334 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach CA 90254
The Underground Pub & Grill — once known as Besties due to its association with Manchester United’s Northern Ireland soccer star George Best — is certainly a sports bar with a difference. The pub retains a strong Brit identity in terms of the menu (fish and chips, bangers and mash, etc.) as well as the game-viewing lineup, but its extended happy hours, weekly lunch specials, free WiFi and proximity to the Hermosa Beach Strand makes this an ideal venue for a Super Bowl party.
Julian Gothard is an internationally published freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. You can check out his popular RVing and travel column at Examiner.com.