Located on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA, The Nickel Mine became the go-to sports bar in the neighborhood the minute it opened. Yes, it provided a place to watch sports in an area that has very little of them, but the space is also nice and big, the food is solid, and there are plenty of drink specials and even a private event area if you’re rolling deep for the game. Stick to any of their pizzas.
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