Six busy bars with massive menus and serious football crowds
Sports fan or not, everyone knows Barney’s, which launched nearly a century ago with its original WeHo location. Since then, the historic hangout -- now plastered with screens of all sizes, Technicolor knick-knacks, and old license plates -- has opened five more spots sprinkled around the city that always draw an especially, er, enthusiastic crowd come football season. The menu is huge (with 45 types of chili, for better or worse), breakfast is served all day, and booths come with their very own individual TVs.
Specials: They vary by location, but usually include Mimosa, Bloody Mary, draft beer, pitcher, and shot specials on Sundays. Happy hour runs weekdays from 3pm to 7pm at the Pasadena location and 4pm to 7pm everywhere else, and includes discounted drafts, well drinks, and some half-price appetizers
Game-heavy, multi-bar venue with lots of UCLA peeps
After 15 years, the Santa Monica location is still rocking that OG frat house atmosphere with its heavy UCLA crowd (there’s even free limo service to and from campus certain nights of the week), games galore, beer pong tournaments, and a burger-and-pizza-heavy menu. With 50 TVs, all the sports packages, and three bars, it’s also a no-brainer for watching football day or night on the Westside.
Specials: Happy hour every night from 4-8pm, and Tuesday through Thursday 10pm to close with $2 off drafts, $5 wine and well drinks, and plenty of menu items priced at $5, $6, and $7
North Hollywood, Downtown
Duo of sports bars known for a wide variety of wings and cheap drinks
With a serious number of screens, plentiful plates of wings, and affordable drinks, both of these bars have become go-to favorites for watching live games. Note the DTLA location recently changed its name to Wangs Tavern, perhaps to clear up any confusion when someone says, “See you at Big Wangs.”
Specials: Get a second drink or a double for $2 more all the time
Marina Del Rey
Recently renovated Westside pub with a lineup of activities
The 45-year-old former dive bar may be best known for its legendary turtle races (which now take place the first and third Thursdays of each month), but since a major overhaul last year, the pub has unveiled a new interior; a dog-friendly outdoor space with games; an updated menu of pizzas, vegetarian options, and weekend brunch fare; and an impressive lineup of weekly activities ranging from yoga to bootcamp to live music. On weekends and Monday nights, NFL Sunday Ticket takes over the bar’s multiple screens along with food and drink specials.
Specials: $15 pitchers, $5 house beer, $7 cocktails, and $5 Jamesons during Monday Night Football; you can also get those same specials, along with $15 mimosa pitchers, on Sundays (when they also offer yoga with your dog outside at 10am for $15, including a drink)
Auto-body-shop-turned-bar with solid menu, beer, and bourbon selection
This industrial-ish spot inside an old auto body shop shows games on 28 TVs, which you can watch while indulging in a surprisingly impressive menu of gastropub fare like short rib sliders, quinoa-kale salad, and mushroom-and-burrata pizza. There's also an excellent selection of beers, bourbons, and whiskeys, on the off chance you feel like drinking during the game. Come fall, it attracts a big contingent of local Eagles fans, who -- legend has it -- get Yuengling lager brought in special for games.
Specials: Weekday happy hour from 4-7pm with $3 select drafts, $10 select pitchers, $4 house wine and well drinks, and many $6 menu items