Looking for places to watch a game with like-minded people without leaving the rest of your family to fend for themselves? No problem. Take everyone along with you. From the heart of Hollywood to the friendly streets of Little Tokyo and beyond, great venues serve everyone in your tribe with something special when athletic events are the order of the day. With that said, the following are five places to go at that time in which you’ll be ensured that all of your clan will have a lot of fun in the process, even if the team of your choice ultimately doesn’t win — at least not this time.
Barney’s Beanery Pasadena
99 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 90024
No matter what your age or what your likes and dislikes when it comes to sporting events, Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena delivers with so many options for a wild and crazy time. Beyond the requisite huge TV screens, this saucy outlet offers opportunities to also play your own interactive games, be that pool, foosball or a host of other options. Not only that, but the price is right with lunch specials being given a $6.95 price tag and with Taco Tuesdays serving up chicken and beef versions of the Mexican cuisine treat, each costing only a single buck. In all, the Barney’s Beanery experience is one that not only entertains a family, but causes that family to bond while enjoying every minute of it.
7383 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA , 90046
If your kids like fish and chips, crave a really good burger or are willing to try Scotch eggs, then you’re all set at the Village Idiot. The laid-back venue thriving on Melrose Avenue lets you watch the game on a myriad of big screens and lets your children get to know all about pub fare and pub interaction. If some members of the clan get bored, this outlet offers a number of neighboring shops to explore that will entertain as well. All in all, an experience at the Village Idiot is a win-win situation all the way around.
8334 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
This is not a wild and crazy sports bar where expletives are plentiful and the crowds are hard to bear. It’s quite the opposite. Located at the Grove, this venue and its neighboring venues have something for everyone. Inside Goal, you’ll experience big screen TVs surrounding the seating areas as well as a menu to make any member of your cheering squad happy and satiated for the duration of the game and then some.
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Nirvana Sports Bar & Grill
314 E 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This Little Tokyo haunt has all kinds of televisions all over the place, making watching the game easy from any seat in the house. In fact, if there are two games playing at the same time, then one will be on some screens and one will be on the others. As for the kids in your clan, they will get a lesson in Japanese cuisine while spending time at the downtown hot spot where this kind of Asian fare is on offer for inexpensive prices, some bites at $2 a plate at happy hour. Beer is also $2 a pint during happy hour. When games are not in action, karaoke often is so even if you or your family members can’t croak out a tune, you all can watch and listen to those who think they can.
Jameson’s Irish Pub
6681 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you and your tribe happen to be in the heart of Hollywood at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when a game is scheduled, slip into Jameson’s Irish Pub to enjoy the sporting event shown on 28 giant high-definition televisions, some of which measure up to 51 inches. Beyond the technical, this outlet is a great place to watch and fill up on pub grub that won’t break the bank but will refuel every member of your family for less than $10. Friday through Sunday, this family-friendly place serves a mean brunch, too.