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Watch Sports For Free: Top 5 Sports Bars In Los Angeles

January 13, 2014 3:00 AM

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Los Angeles indeed has its fair share of sports bars, but a select few are by far better than most. As home to the Lakers, the Kings, the Dodgers and the Galaxy, there’s definitely no shortage of sports bars in Los Angeles. While some cater exclusively to non-LA teams like the San Francisco Saloon for Bay Area sports fans and Sonny McLeans for Boston sports fans, Los Angeles has a few great gems for watching all of your favorite sports all in the same place at the same time.

Barney’s Beanery
1037 Broxton Ave.
Westwood, CA 90024
(310) 443-7777
www.barneysbeanery.com

Barney’s Beanery is an all-around cool place to hang out and a great place to watch your favorite sports teams. There are high-definition TVs everywhere fully loaded with every sports package you could want and plenty of seats to go around. Barney’s Beanery is like paradise for sports lovers with its selection of more than 200 beers and 700 menu items. Given its location near UCLA, expect a young crowd of the college variety. The food is pretty good here but the daily drink specials are even better.

Busby’s West
3110 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-4567
www.busbysla.com

MSN ranks Busby’s West as the number one sports bar in Santa Monica and the third best sports bar in the entire nation. Whether you like basketball, football, baseball, hockey, mixed martial arts or golf, Busby’s West has every sports package available to satiate your sports needs. All of the TVs are also equipped with surround sound so it feels like you’re actually at the game rooting for your team along with the crowd. There are so many TVs with so many different sporting events going on, you may lose track of what screen you’re supposed to be looking at as your eyes hop from one TV screen to the next.

SmithHouse Tap & Grill
10351 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 432-4360
www.smithhousela.com

SmithHouse is another good sports bar featuring at least 120 beers on tap and award-winning BBQ dishes brought in by its new chef, Efrain Cuevas, who won a bronze medal in an international BBQ competition. Fear not if you can’t eat BBQ because what makes SmithHouse one of the best sports bars are its vegetarian and gluten-free options, including gluten-free beer, which you don’t find at most other bars. Like any good sports bar, there are tons of TVs and ample seating as well, but be sure to get there before any big games start because there only five booths with a built-in tap system for you to pour your own beer if the novelty excites you.

The Tavern on Main
123 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 322-3645
www.thetavernonmain.com

This divey sports bar is a neighborhood gem with 17 television screens, one of which is bound to be playing your favorite sports team. The staff is friendly and said to be so attentive that you may never find the bottom of your glass before the game is over. This place definitely has a hometown feel to it, especially when you’re looking at it from the outside. The Tavern sports a diverse crowd, but a mellow one nonetheless.

Underground Pub & Grill
1334 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-3818
www.undergroundpubandgrill.com

The Underground is a very chill environment with a few big -screen TVs right in the middle of the bar so you can play some pool, shoot darts or converse with friends without missing a beat. It’s definitely one of the best sports bars in South Bay despite the fact that it doesn’t have as many TVs as your typical sports bar, but there are definitely enough. There’s even a designated seating area exclusively for those who want to watch the game front and center. Underground televises almost all of the major sporting events.

Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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