Baseball season may be over, but the excitement has just begun! Playoffs have started and have already proven to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and egos, with the Dodgers again in the midst of the battle to be the next World Series champions. Nothing beats catching the action (and the drama) live and in person, but that’s not always a possibility. Many bars around Los Angeles are well-suited for catching the game on TV and sometimes can be even more fun. Good food and drinks without the hassle of stadium parking and steep prices. If you can’t make it to Dodger Stadium, these five Los Angeles bars are pretty great runner ups.
776 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
One of the best sports bars in Hollywood isn’t actually a sports bar at all. It only has a couple of flatscreens, but they are strategically placed to be viewed from every direction. The picnic table-style seating makes it great for groups of friends to sit together, and the food is some of the best in town. The beer specials are good and the burger of the month is worth checking out, whether it’s game day or not. However, lines to order your playoff fare can get long, just like at the stadium, so you can still have some of that “being there” feel to the game.
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Blue Dog Beer Tavern
4524 Saugus Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
If you live in the valley and can’t make it to the stadium, you don’t have to trek over the hill to catch it at a sports bar either. Blue Dog Beer Tavern in Sherman Oaks is sports hub for miles around. Between the beer flights, the bottle caps (fried jalapeno slices) and the Black ‘n’ Bleu burger, this place is great for any game day. The beer menu is a “must have” list in addition to more than 1,000 artisan and craft beers in bottles, cans and on tap. If your team has a game during happy hour just hope they’re as lucky as you are, because the deals are a grand slam.
11301 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Walking into Butcher’s Dog to watch a game is sort of like hitting the motherload. A British sports bar and gastropub with tons of great ale, food and flat screen TVs for you to root on your team is everything you want and more. From small to big bites and everything in between (salads, flatbreads, burgers) without a bad seat in the house, the Butcher’s Dog is the perfect place for game day. And yes, they do have Time Warner.
6263 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you’re a beer and pizza kind of MLB playoffs fan then 33 Taps is your place. Flat screens in all directions make viewing the game a breeze no matter where to sit. There are 33 craft, domestic and imported beers on taps and a menu that has something for everyone, regardless if you have two or twenty people in your party. The double $3 happy hour (3-6, 10-1) includes food and beer so you can get full and watch the game at the same time without emptying your wallet.
Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill
6311 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
At Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill you won’t miss a second of the action with more than a dozen TV’s around the room and over the bar. The pub fare is a little pricy but you get your money’s worth. The selection of food items on the menu may be small, but the portions are big. Two handed burgers, half rack of baby back ribs and a big pile of nachos are just a few of a game day fare. There’s also margarita Mondays, taco Tuesdays, wing Wednesdays and Fries-day. There’s a decent beer list to choose from to wash it all down.
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