Best Bars To Watch Hockey In OC

June 4, 2014 6:00 AM

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Hockey will probably never be as popular here in Southern California as it is in places like Minneapolis and Detroit. However, there are a lot of hockey fans in Orange County that take their sport very seriously. Visit any of these bars if you’re looking to watch a hockey game with other knowledgeable fans but can’t make it to a game.
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JT Schmid’s
2610 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 634-9200
www.jtschmidsrestaurants.com

It makes sense that JT Schimd’s is a great place to watch a hockey game considering it is right across the street from the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks play. Fans here are enthusiastic about the hometown team, but they are also sophisticated enough that they won’t start any trouble if a fan from an opposing team is here. Games are always prominently displayed. Plus, you can enjoy JT Schmid’s own handcrafted beers on tap, and nothing goes with hockey quite like good, cold beer.

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OC Sports Grill
450 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92868
(714) 935-0300
www.ocsportsgrill.com

Not far from the Honda Center is a place that can be your home base for watching any sporting event. In addition to HDTVs all over the place, the OC Sports Grill also boasts three 13-foot projection screens that make you feel like you’re sitting in the arena instead of at a bar and grill. The OC Sports Grill also has 18 beers on tap that are kept cold with the Blizzard system. Once you come here, you may not want to watch sports anywhere else.

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(credit: Joe B./Yelp)


Danny K’s
1096 N. Main St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 771-9706
www.dannyks.com

Danny K’s is a great place to watch just about any sport, especially if you want to feel like you’re at the venue watching the event. Danny K’s has eight 14-foot screens that will make you feel like you’re right there watching some poor sap get checked into the boards. This place has an impressive selection of beers on tap and in the bottle that you can enjoy while you watch the game. Best of all, this place is open until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, so you don’t have to worry about missing the end of one of those marathon playoff games.

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(credit: Loan D./Yelp)

(credit: Loan D./Yelp)

(credit: Loan D./Yelp)


Michael’s Sports Pub and Grill
15192 Goldenwest St.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 373-5665
www.michaelssportspubandgrill.com

One of the things that makes a bar great for watching sports is the number of televisions. There should be enough screens that no matter where you sit, you have a good view of the game. Michael’s has 37 screens, so you’ll be in a good position to catch all of the action. This place also boasts more than pints of beer. Here you can get a pint, a 20-ounce beer or a 34-ounce mini pitcher. Also, during intermission or after the game, you can keep the hockey frame of mind with some air hockey.

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(credit: The Surfin Cowboy / Frank G.)


The Surfin’ Cowboy
34235 Doheny Park Road
Dana Point, CA 92624
(949) 272-5957
www.thesurfincowboy.com

If you’re one of those provincial south Orange County types that loves hockey but hates the idea of going to Anaheim to watch a game, The Surfin’ Cowboy is a great option. This place has televisions all over the walls, plus it has a good selection of beers and some of the best food you’ll find anywhere in the county. And you can experience all of this without getting on any of the freeways you dread so much.

Related:Best Sports Bars In Orange County

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

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