Finger-licking good food, beer that keeps flowing and a comfortable place to watch basketball with a group of friends — these are the qualities of a well-trafficked sports bar. The best bars to watch basketball in Los Angeles are atypical places that stand out all on their own. Whether you’re in the mood for Asian bar food or colorful environments, these are the places worth venturing to watch basketball in LA.
206 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
If you’ve never been to Biergarten, you’d think it was a German pub by the name alone. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that this Asian gastropub is not your stereotypical sports bar. As the first craft beer bar in Koreatown, Biergarten offers the most extensive beer selection around. With at least a dozen TVs that hang from the walls, there’s no reason for you to miss the game of your choice. Take advantage of food and drink specials whenever the Lakers or the Clippers are playing.
Jimmy’s Bar & Grill
2701 190th St.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Down in the South Bay of Los Angeles, Jimmy’s Bar & Grill offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for grabbing a brewski and getting lost in the game. Jimmy’s is fairly spacious with TVs all over the place, so you’ll have a good view no matter where you’re sitting. The food here is great too, especially the mouth-watering Boom Boom Shrimp entree. The best part about Jimmy’s is the daily happy hour pricing and friendly staff.
Barney’s Beanery has a really fun and unique atmosphere, making it perfect for catching a basketball game with friends. It’s hard not to make yourself right at home with TVs at every turn, ample food, beer and seating, and every sports package you could ever want or need. You can find a Barney’s Beanery at its original location in West Hollywood or its newest location in Redondo Beach. You can also find one in Pasadena, Burbank and Westwood. Choose the one closest to you to watch your favorite basketball games.
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9546 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Rush Street combines the best of three worlds as a restaurant, sports bar and club lounge all rolled into one. With the exception of the nighttime club scene on the weekends, Rush Street gives off a relaxing vibe in a hip environment with two bars, 15 widescreen TVs and even a rooftop patio. Some might say it’s too nice of a venue to be called a sports bar, but game days create a whole new atmosphere when every TV screen is tuned into all the major games. The place gets packed when big games are playing so you may want to arrive early or call ahead to reserve a table if your posse rolls deep.
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Ranked as the third best sports bar in the entire nation, Busby’s could not be left out on this list. The sports vibe here is uber contagious as the crowd cheers almost in unison for its favorite teams. The best part about Busby’s is the free billiards, arcade games, board games and more. It’s the ultimate friend fun center with free parking behind the building Sunday through Thursday and every available TV sports package, including the NBA.
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