Looking to entertain a crowd but not at your house or apartment. Maybe one TV is not enough or cooking for 20 people is not something you would want to do. Then look no further than this list of sports bars in Los Angeles to take that crowd of friends and family and make this a Super Bowl to remember.
The Varsity LA is the west coast version of Cheers and the #1 bar to be at for the Super Bowl. The owner, Mike Gray, likes to call the place a “hybrid sports bar” that’s “just plain friendly.” The fantastic locale offers its patrons posh lounge style comfort and a five-star quality menu at reasonable prices (with a daily happy hour). With dozens of huge high-definition flat screen TVs, surround sound and two high-definition 120” projectors at the north and south ends of the lounge, there is not a bad seat to have in the whole place.
Hours: Sun – Sat- 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Basement Tavern is a vintage speak easy located in the basement of a grand 19th century home. The Victorian house is now a wedding/event venue on the corner of Ocean and Main is offering $3 beers, $5 wells and $5 whiskey shots all day long. Plus, just like in years past, in honor of the big game, the Victorian will be serving free barbeque style fare and even deserts on their lawn.
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sharkeez has more than 60 high-definition TVs with surround sound, a sweet set-up for any super-fan. Now add in the $20 open bar held from 12 p.m. until the start of the game, with reservation, and one might call this sports heaven. Once the game is underway, Sharkeez is offering drink specials, including specialty shots and drinks from $2.50 – $3.50, beer buckets for $12 – $14 and 60-oz beer pitchers from $11.50 – $13.50. Finally, the clincher that seals the deal, a few added incentives of raffles and contests. So even if your team loses, you can still go home a winner.
Hours: Sun 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri1 1 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Gladstones is found in a the quaint little corner of paradise, situated where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway. Join for their annual pre-game party from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with $5 shots and $10 pitchers. During game time, buckets of Blackstar Lager and Miller Lite Pitchers are only $15 and a special football menu will be available.
Hours: Tues – Thurs 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Enjoy some of First & Hope’s handcrafted classic cocktails and draft beer selection while you watch the game on their hi-definition big screen TV with surround sound. Downtown’s legendary ‘First & 10′ Super Bowl Party made famous by its $10 blanket-wrapped pig, burger baskets, cheesehead chili, Hope Wings, nickleback nachos and running back ribs. If you’ve never been to this chic bistro, you’ll want to make sure to go in a group and split one of the usually delectable “Blue Plate Specials” like shrimp and grits to get a feel for what makes this Bunker Hill gem so special. Come hungry and bring your friends for an unforgettable Super Bowl feast and fabulous party.
Hours: Sun 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Lucky Strike’s free Superbowl party at LA LIVE boasts 14 big screen TVs, live DJ sets and a variety of half-time games and contests from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Drink specials include $3 Heineken Drafts, $10 Heineken pitchers and $12 – $14 for all other beer pitchers. Located next to the Staples Center, this popular bowling alley is the perfect location to catch the game with other sports enthusiasts.
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