Nothing enhances the sports experience like good food, cold brews and close friends (who can sometimes be bitter rivals as soon as the game starts). We have all of that and more, with a combination of atmosphere and dining only possibilities in Orange County. Whether you head to an established place like ESPN Zone near the Magic Kingdom or a hole-in-the-wall in Garden Grove, expect a bunch of excellent meals to enjoy while your team of choice prevails against whatever cross-town, cross-state or cross-country rival they happen to be playing.
19461 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Being the official pizza place of the Anaheim Ducks is a great way to show how dedicated this Orange County sports bar is to its local team and their fans. Filled with seasonal food and beers and just as many big screens, Oggi’s offers a great location for any overtime or all-day sporting event. Their home brew beers such as “California Gold” are on high demand all day and night long; especially after a signature pizza has left the oven. Since “oggi” means “today” in Italian, there’s no better time to head here than right now.
13132 Garden Grove Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92843
With $1 dollar hot dogs and cheap beer, this dive bar fills all the requirements for a fantastic sports bar. Up-to-date jukeboxes keep the commercials quiet, the pool tables give you something to do during halftime, and high-quality food and drink should keep you happy even if your team is letting you down. As the cheapest option on the list, Club 22 will keep your bar tab from getting higher than a home run.
Campus Billiards & Sports Bar
9111 Valley View Street, Suite 107
Cypress, CA 90630-5800
You haven’t been to a sports bar until you’ve watched up to four games on a single 220-inch screen. Don’t even try and break that down into feet, just sit down, order up, and watch anything from playoff basketball to live UFC events. Over a dozen drinks on tap mixed with an online calendar to help you plan your game nights makes for a unique dining and watching experience in Orange County.
1875 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Yard House features one of the more involved happy hours around, offering dozens of choices at a low price along with some of the best service in the area. Sports fans will dig the multitude of TVs and selection, but will mostly enjoy the crowd and general vibe of the laid-back, but professional restaurant and brewery. Nothing rowdy or rude is bound to happen here, as everyone will be too full from the excellent food to cause a ruckus.
1545 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
You can’t spell sports without ESPN, and the worldwide leader in such athletic affairs has built a monument to sports, food and drink right in Downtown Disney. The ESPN Zone is a guaranteed sports watching destination for those wanting to watch anything from football to futbol. This bar has some of the biggest flat screens in the land, and often has something extra special for Angels fans in the area. If you’re looking to play instead of watch, ESPN Zone has you covered there, too. Find interactive football games, golfing, driving races for NASCAR fans, target tossing with bags or lawn darts and more.
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