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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


With the football season well underway, Thursday night football brings onsheer excitement, and fans are out and about cheering on their favorite NFL teams. With work and family schedules and Los Angeles traffic often getting in the way of showtime, gastropubs and restaurants around town are making it easier and more convenient for football fans to catch the weeknight game. Here are five top bar and restaurant picks from the San Fernando valley to Downtown L.A. for Thursday night football viewing.
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Justice Urban Tavern
120 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 253-9235
www.justicela.com

A great after-work hangout, Justice Urban Tavern will be showing NFL games Thursday nights on several TVs throughout the restaurant. The bar/restaurant offers Pigs and Pigskins specials for the season, which includes one of three gastropub food selections (pigskin poutine, house-made sausage and fennel flatbread and BBQ shortrib sliders) and a local craft beer for $15. This new downtown L.A. bar is located on the edge of Little Tokyo and is under the culinary direction of Chef Francis Dimitrius who offers classic dishes with a modern twist. Local craft beers and wines are served as well.

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Tuning Fork
12051 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-0734
www.tuningforkgastropub.com

Convenient for studio and production execs of nearby studios to watch the game, this neighborhood gastropub has an intimate vibe dictated by seasonal comfort food, a small family-produced wine menu and California craft brewed ales. London native chef Jay Bedassie’s menu at Tuning Fork promises to keep the palate interested with fun game bar munchies including truffle fries, red lentil hummus served with wheat pita chips, citrus jalapeno maple wings and smokestack BBQ pork or salmon cake sliders.

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Goal Sports Cafe
8334 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5955
www.goalsportscafe.com

Self-described as the best place in Los Angeles to watch sports, Goal Sports Cafe makes Thursday night a comfortable and easy-going hangout for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football. When you can’t get to the game, you and friends are invited here to watch the game of the night and grab a drink and some grub. In addition to several TV’s to catch the action, Goal’s menu has seasonal items that are both healthy and a little bit naughty.

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(credit: Violet K./Yelp)


The Rack
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 716-0123
www.therack.us
The Rack is a lively sports bar welcoming football fans Thursday through Monday with 31 large HDTV screens. For starters, Executive Chef Elon Kviatkovsky prepares signature jumbo wings – original spicy served with bleu cheese dressing, BBQ style with ranch dressing and Asian style served with a sweet chili sauce, potato skins served with all of the traditional fixings and loaded cheese fries topped with bacon, grilled onions and roasted jalapenos drizzled with thousand island dressing. Fans can also choose salads, wraps, burgers and pizzas. Order from the happy hour menu from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.