Best Bars To Watch Basketball In OC

January 15, 2015 5:00 AM

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From upscale sports bars to acclaimed local dives, these Orange County favorites are the best places to catch hoops action this season. Dozens of TVs, food and drink specials and friendly atmospheres keep sports fans happy and coming back for more. Each of these sports bars has its own unique style and personality, and one of them is likely to become your new favorite place to watch basketball with friends or coworkers.
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House of Brews
16903 Algonquin St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 377-3893
www.houseofbrewsoc.com

Conveniently located in the Huntington Harbor Mall Shopping Center, House of Brews offers a more upscale sports bar environment. This local favorite is perfect for getting a group of friends together to watch hoops and shoot some pool, and House of Brews can even accommodate parties of up to 300. While watching the game, guests can enjoy a full menu of appetizers, exciting entrees and specialty dishes paired with a carefully selected assortment of premium beers. Walking distance from the beach and a daily happy hour help make House of Brews one of Orange County’s coolest places to watch basketball.  

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Skosh Monahan’s
2000 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-0099
www.skoshmonahans.com

Skosh Monahan’s is simply one of the best all around sports bars in Orange County. Dozens of beers, unique cocktails and mouth-watering steaks are only the beginning. Boasting “every game, every day,” this pub has 24 hi-def TVs, including booths with personal screens, so catching your favorite NBA or college basketball team has never been easier or more fun. The friendly Irish pub atmosphere at Skosh’s makes newcomers feel at home, and is likely to have you coming back week after week. If you know which game you want to watch, reserving a booth online makes planning a game-day get-together with friends totally stress-free. 

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Mulleady’s Sports Pub And Grill
27695 Santa Margarita Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 380-3752
www.mymulleadys.com

Mulleady’s is a family-owned and family-friendly sports bar that has been serving up delicious food, quality beers and all your favorite sports since 2001. A full menu, including a kids menu and a special section for Irish fare, will satisfy any craving as you catch all the hoops action on multiple flat-screen TVs. Mulleady’s is the perfect place to grab dinner and a drink while watching your favorite teams after work, and for early weekend games, Mulleady’s is also open for breakfast. Family owned and operated for over a decade, Mulleady’s has gained a reputation for excellent customer service that keeps sports fans coming back for more.

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The Classic Q
4251 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 261-9458
www.theclassicq.com

With 50 hi-def TVs and all the major sports packages, the Classic Q is one of the best places in Orange County to catch a hoops game. Located just a few blocks from the Orange County airport, the “Q” is easy to get to from several major freeways, making it a great place to meet up with friends to watch your favorite basketball teams play. In addition to a delicious menu, beers and cocktails, and a weekday happy hour, there are pool tables, dart boards and music to offer additional entertainment during the game. The “Q” is one of the top go-to sports bars in Orange County, and a slam dunk for basketball season.

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O’Connell’s Sports Pub And Grille
19047 Bushard St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 964-6741
www.hboconnells.com

A local OC favorite with over two dozen HD TVs showing both NBA and college games, O’Connell’s in Huntington Beach is the perfect place to watch basketball this season. Featuring a huge menu, daily food specials and dozens of beers and wine, you can be sured you’ll be kept fueled up as you cheer on your favorite teams here. O’Connell’s serves breakfast on weekends for those early games, and it also offers a Saturday Sports Special that includes a huge burger and domestic beer discounts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. O’Connell’s prides itself in cleanliness and friendliness, making it one of OC’s best places to catch all the hoops action.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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