LA's not a sports-bar town, so if you want to catch a game outside of your apartment you're generally stuck watching with pledge-paddling undergrads or musty-smelling old-timers. For a spot that surpasses the standard, grease-slicked crap, hit Trifecta.
Just opened downtown, Trifecta could easily be the best sports bar this side of Todd Marinovich's perma-parked El Camino. Leather couches reign throughout, and a movie-theater-sized projection screen covers one wall -- the rest are tiled with HD-flatscreens, ensuring you're so infused with sports, you'll pee Gatorade "Fierce". The food surpasses typical bar fare (e.g., a Brie-and-Apple quesadilla slathered w/ caramel sauce), and private rooms are also available. Equipped with XBox 360s, these are ideal for VIP Madden tourneys, or mowing unobserved through a fudge-covered Rice Crispie Treat Tower -- so immense, it'll break your heart before stopping it completely.
To keep the action lubricated, the bar's tended by mixologist Jason Ellis, a man whose bottle-flipping is only surpassed by a young Brian Flanagan. Tell him Thrillist sent you, and he'll make you something that'll please your t-buds even as it rips your face off -- until, like a musty oldster, you really can't be sure who's playing on any of the 15 plasma TVs.