Even amidst the pandemic, finding a place to watch sports isn’t too hard - especially when you’ve got this guide. But places where they’ve got patio seating, outdoor TVs, and food you’ll actually be excited about eating? They’re as tough to find as a late-round running back sleeper in your fantasy league. So, like, really hard. Here are eight spots that have it all - including great food.
40 Love is an upscale sports bar (not an oxymoron!) on La Cienega with tons of outdoor seating and more than 25 flatscreens. But if you’re less interested in whatever sport is happening, and more into what’s on your table, you’re in luck. Their menu has a wide range of snacks like General Tso’s cauliflower, Kobe beef sliders, and spicy fusilli. Their $12 cocktails are also particularly solid for a sports bar, and if you’re with a group, the $35 88-ounce beer tower is a fun option.
The iconic Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood made a big change earlier this year: They built a huge new patio, making it an ideal destination for pandemic sports-viewing. One thing they didn’t change, though, is the tremendous bar food, with options like cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burgers, fried pickles, and some of the best (and messiest) plates of nachos around. Bonus points for having all-day breakfast, and a huge tap list full of craft beers.
As the name suggests, Biergarten is a German-style pub on Western in Koreatown. And their menu is a fantastic mishmash of German and Korean food, like military stew with kielbasa, or pork schnitzel with katsu sauce. But the best thing here is a different kind of mash-up: The Chosun Burger, topped with American cheese, grilled Spam, kimchi, and pickled daikon. It’s as good as it sounds - just be prepared to have some leftovers. They’ve got parking lot seating set up, and show soccer matches most nights.
One of two iconic beachside burger shacks on this guide, Big Dean’s is a Santa Monica boardwalk staple, and a great place to watch a game - and not just because the ocean air takes some of the sting out of yet another fourth-quarter collapse by your team. Their multiple patios are full of TVs, and they have one of our favorite burgers in town - it includes two greasy patties, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Get some onion rings, too.
A Sherman Oaks burger-and-beer spot, Blue Dog Beer Tavern serves excellent hand-ground burgers, BBQ brisket sandwiches, and chili cheese fries. Their beer list is probably the best on this guide, with a wide array of local, hard-to-find craft options. If you’re in The Valley, consider yourself lucky, but if you’re not, this is the kind of sports bar you should actually get in the car and drive to.
Prince O’Whales is a Playa del Rey beach dive that’s a perfect place to spend a Saturday drinking copious amounts of light beer and watching all the college football you can handle. Their famous burger is good, but we usually go for the patty melt instead. Make sure you get some grilled chicken wings, too - they’re the ideal thing to snack on through an entire afternoon of games.
The long-running Red Lion Tavern is like a German oasis in the heart of the Silver Lake Hills. The upstairs biergarten is bright and airy, and they’ve recently added a whole bunch of seating - and televisions - in their adjacent parking lot. They’ve got some of the best drinking snacks in the city, from sausage platters and schnitzel to a giant pretzel with beer cheese you’re going to be licking out of its plastic container.
The Wood Urban Kitchen BBQ
If you’re looking for something more substantial than bar snacks today, Inglewood BBQ spot The Wood is an ideal place to catch a game. They’ve got enough brisket, spare ribs, and rib tips to get you through lunch, a post-lunch snack, and dinner when you’re hanging out all day watching games. They’ve cordoned off the sidewalk in front of their restaurant for outdoor dining, and have a big projector that’ll be showing the World Series and all the football games you could ask for.