If you believe the stereotypes (and Curb Your Enthusiasm), we Angelenos are chai latte-drinking, avocado toast-eating, Prius-driving peeps -- we’re not football fans. But this year’s different: Our very own team, the LA Rams (which returned to our fine city in 2016 after more than 20 years in St. Louis), has made it all the way to Super Bowl LIII. So, if there was ever a year to proudly party on game day in Los Angeles, this is it.
Rather than invite everyone you know to your place to gorge on whatever mediocre stuff you bought at Ralph’s, get out there and join your fellow city folk as we watch our team take on a little-known outfit from the East Coast. Here are 15 Super Bowl viewing spots around Los Angeles -- from sports bars to BBQ joints to breweries -- offering specials, deals, parties, and more in honor of the championship showdown.
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Manhattan Beach If you want the special kind of Super Bowl Sunday only the South Bay can provide, head to this reliable sports bar in Manhattan Beach that’s sure to get, well, lively. A $40 cover will get you inside, and provides access to an all-night open bar. In addition to its 50+ LCD TVs with surround sound, there will be food specials and a raffle -- no word on the prizes, but does it really matter? Buy a spot ahead of time.
Downtown 213 Hospitality’s newest endeavor -- an impressive brewery, bar, and restaurant inside a massive art deco space in Union Station -- will offer $10 pitchers on select beer. And every pre-game pitcher purchase comes with a raffle ticket that’ll put you in the running for crowlers being given away after each touchdown.
Hollywood The sophisticated sports bars with tons of screens and a patio is keeping things nonpartisan with food and drink specials for fans on both sides of the aisle, including a bacon-wrapped hot dog paired with a pint of Angeleno IPA ($18) for Rams fans, and New England clam chowder with a Sam Adams pint ($16) for the other people. There’s no cover here, and you can expect lots of drinks with cheeky, team-themed names like the Irish whiskey-based Pot O’ Goffee, a Cosmo-esque Gurley Drink.
Marina del Rey The turtles will be resting during the game at this longstanding Lincoln Boulevard bar that got a serious makeover by Artisanal Brewers Collective more than year ago, but you won’t be. Watch all the action on the venue’s 17 screens, including a big-screen projector outside on the patio and get in on $15 pitchers of “house beer” and $5 Jameson shots during the game.
Exposition Park The shiny new food hall adjacent to LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium (and a football’s throw from the Rams’ current home field at The Coliseum) will be screening the Super Bowl on 23 TVs scattered throughout its two levels and outdoor patio. In addition to the usual menu offerings from vendors like Coni’ Seafood and Barbara Jean Soul Food, you can grab $1 wings and $4 draft beers all day. The same beer special will be available upstairs at Tim Hollingsworth’s casual, game-centric bar and eatery Free Play, along with free arcade games and PlayStation Madden 2019 on a big screen.
Downtown The Arts District taproom and brewery filled with communal seating and games is hosting a no-cover “Not Your Uncle’s Super Bowl Party.” You’ll be able to watch the game on a projection screen in the taproom and take advantage of discounts on pretty much every craft brew on the tap list. Food vendors including Republic Craft BBQ and S’moreology will also be on hand all day. Actually, this is exactly how all our uncles spend Super Bowl so not sure what they’re talking about.
North Hollywood and Downtown These stalwart sports bars offer hundreds of screens, plentiful plates of wings, and affordable drinks, making them go-tos for your Super Bowl viewing pleasure. Plus, the NoHo location is actually an official Rams bar, according to official Rams bar record-keeping. Expect both spots to be doing their usual tough-to-refuse promo of a second drink or a double for $2 more.
Studio City If the game is really important to you and you’re a stress eater, then get yourself to this Valley BBQ joint where a $78 entry fee will get you access to a bananas BBQ buffet in the upstairs bar that’ll include a pig roast, Frito Pie bar, wings, brisket, sides, salad, hoe cake, and more, as well as unlimited draft beer. Buy your tickets here. The downstairs main dining room will also be showing the game sans a cover with a la carte food and drink offerings, but it might be hard to concentrate knowing people are enjoying a Frito Pie bar upstairs without you.
Downtown Fun abounds at this spot near the Staples Center that touts itself as LA’s first walk-up bar -- and indeed, you can just pull up a stool at the street-facing outdoor bar without having to go inside. Expect party games, a Wheel of Fun, which will decide the cocktail specials during commercial breaks, and chef Ricardo Sanchez’s “front porch” BBQ menu rolling out at 3pm. If you can find time to watch the game, it’ll be shown on a 7-foot projector screen.
Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks This group of gastropubs will be doing happy hour all day with $5 pints and $5 wines by the glass, and a bunch of bar food options for under $10. You’ll also get a chance to win a game day swag bag and 50 percent off your whole tab if you enter some kind of coin flip contest at the beginning of the game, so go big just in case.
Hermosa Beach This Hermosa hangout promises specials, football-themed platters, giveaways, beer and cocktail specials, and promo girls (though what exactly said girls will be promo-ing is TBD). It sounds like typical Super Bowl Sunday stuff, but the unique part is that the bar will be raising money for a good cause -- children’s charity The Help Group -- and raffling off a Golden Road longboard and a flat screen TV, which means there will be plenty of winners beyond just the Patriots... wait, sorry, the Rams.
Downtown This industrial-feeling sports bar will be selling tables that can seat two to seven people, and come with wing and Heineken pitcher packages for $75 to $150 depending on your group size. If the game on TV’s a blowout, you can always hit the bar’s game room for Ms. Pac-Man, pingpong, and shuffleboard to entertain yourself.
Santa Monica Hey New Englanders, holed up in some stuffy bar while it’s 24 degrees outside: You could be here, by the beach, at a rooftop pool bar party with cabana rentals and bottle service. Do they even have cabanas in Massachusetts? No way to know. A $55 cover will get you entry, viewing on a big screen, and a burger-wings-fries BBQ combo platter that comes with two free beers. Other food is available for purchase and buckets of four beers will go for $20.
Downtown Chili at a bar on Super Bowl Sunday isn’t often an option for vegans, but this plant-based DTLA pub changes game for game day with a special “Super Sloppy Snacks” menu of veggie dogs, Impossible burgers, tater tots, and steak fries, all topped with vegan chili. Chef Caroline Concha’s usual menu of vegan-ified bar food offerings like smoked tofu wontons, tater-tot nachos, and veggie tacos will also be available, in addition to $4 wines, mimosas, draft cocktails, and draft beer all day.
Santa Monica Rams fans will want to stay far, far away from this Westside Irish pub and New England team headquarters that’s sure to be a Tom Brady love fest full of jersey-wearing die-hards. There is no cover, but there are also no specials as the place expects to be packed starting from the moment it opens at the aggressive hour of 8am. You know how this ends.
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Lizbeth Scordo is a food and lifestyle writer who recently learned LA has another NFL team that isn’t the Rams. She plans to get to the bottom of this eventually. Follow her frequent sports confusion on Instagram @modlizbeth and Twitter @lalizbeth.