When it comes to football, some folks are strictly pro football fans while others are strictly college football fans. With all of the transplants from other parts of the country and two local college football teams, the college game is pretty popular here in southern California. If you’re a fan of college football – and great food and beverages – try rooting on your team at these places.
1096 N Main St.
Orange, CA 92867
Danny K’s is a great place to watch football simply because of the options it provides. The bar has 41 televisions and eight HD screens so no matter what game you want to watch, you should be able to get it on one of the TVs here. Danny K’s also has a great beer menu and a full food menu with burgers, sandwiches, steaks and pizza, among other things. In other words, you can arrive here for the first kickoff and stay quite comfortably all day to watch all of the games.
Patsy’s Irish Pub
28971 Golden Lantern St., #108
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Patsy’s always gets a great football crowd and it’s easy to see why. This great little neighborhood bar has more than enough televisions so you can watch any game you want – particularly if you want to watch something other than the local teams. In addition, you’ll find more than 20 taps, so finding something you want to drink won’t be a problem. Patsy’s has a full menu as well, so whether you want appetizers or a full meal (or a couple of meals if you plan to watch all of the games of the day), this place has you covered.
The Salty Dawg
1214 N Parker St.
Orange, CA 92867
Nothing goes better with football than cold beer, and The Salty Dawg has the coldest beer you can find. You’ll also find a menu that offers fairly traditional bar food – but with a twist. One example is a sandwich or burger with ghost-chili cheese. Plenty of televisions line the walls to ensure you’ll have a good view of the game. This place has a tendency to get crowded, so it may be best to arrive early and beat the crowd.
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Players Sports Grill
24401 Ridge Rt Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Laguna Hills’ Player’s Sports Grill was opened in 1995 and has since become a great place for locals to enjoy upscale food, great service and more in a sports bar atmosphere. Root for your favorite team and see other games too on over 40 Hi-Def flat screen TV’s which are always playing the best games. While you’re enjoying the game, know you’ll be in good hands with a full bar with anything you can imagine ordering and over 20 beers on tap too. The bar is home to certain fan clubs too. So, if you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan or root for the Indiana Hoosiers, you’re in luck. For days and nights where the weather is great, you’ll also get to enjoy full-service on their great outdoor patio.
2369 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
If one of your criteria for watching football is to be as comfortable as you would be at home, then San Clemente’s OC Tavern is the place to be. In fact, any time is a great time to stop by, grab a bite, and a drink and be entertained by everything going on here. They have multiple TVs so you can catch all the action of the games, and they also offer a bevy of monthly events to keep you even more entertained!
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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.