The leaves may not turn, the air may not crisp, but fall football fever comes to LA just the same. With the start of another sports season comes the need to find bars worthy of watching the big game. Check out these 10 sports bars, from Hollywood to Long Beach, that do game day right, offering up everything from discount drinks to home team snacks and sports memorabilia-cluttered walls.
When the Saints play, the doors of this New Orleans-themed bar in Hollywood open early. Order up a crawfish roll, pate a choux beignets, or a muffaletta for a taste of home and to soak up a few of those drink specials you’re sure to down in the name of letting the good times roll: $5 Abita beers, $6 well drinks, and $7 frozen daiquiris are all game-day specials.
FiveoFour, 6541 Hollywood Boulevard #102, Los Angeles, five0fourhollywood.com
A sports-obsessed gastropub in Koreatown? That’s what you’ll find every day at this craft beer bar, but on Sunday there’s a bonus of bottomless mimosas, brunch, and NFL Sunday ticket. With 11 televisions, you won’t miss a play, but it’s the unique mashup of Korean and German biergarten fare (try the kalbi poutine and the schnitzel katsu burger) in combination with sports that’ll hook you for the season.
Biergarten LA, 206 N Western Avenue, Los Angeles www.biergartenla.com
Come to this Santa Monica Irish pub for NFL Sunday ticket — arrive early to choose the games that play and stay late to get your fill of brunch standards. Alongside food items such as build-your-own omelette and brioche French toast, you can create your own bloody Mary with a choice of hot sauces and myriad garnishes. As befits an Irish bar, the whiskey list is extensive and the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition is a given for patrons. Normally open at noon on Sunday, the bar opens as early as 10 a.m. once football season heats up.
2702 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA, finnmccoolsirishpub.com
Celebrate a Chicago team (or any team) with Windy City wings at this Culver City bar — plus a red-eye brunch that perks up the game with $20 bottomless bloody Marys and endless mimosas from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. There are 15 widescreen TVs at this multilevel venue that’s inspired by Chicago’s famous strip. Check the bar’s schedule as other big sports matchups often get celebrated throughout the week.
9546 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA, rushstreetculvercity.com
Legends Sports Bar
Former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Dennis Harrah and local businessman John Morris opened this spot in 1979. They filled its walls with memorabilia from NFL pro teams, of course, but also autographed baseballs, hockey jerseys, and even an Indy car driven by Bobby Rahal. The local “Wall of Fame” pays tribute to Long Beach athletes in a nod to its roots. Expect to watch with a crowd on big game days — though with plenty of TVs, including a large projection screen, you’ll never have to strain to watch an instant replay.
5236 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA; legendssportsbar.com
This Santa Monica bar doesn’t discriminate when it comes to Boston sports teams, celebrating the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins in equal measure with TVs at every turn. The whiskey list is lengthy, your favorite Irish stout is on tap alongside Jameson Caskmates Stout edition, and you can indulge your cravings for New England-famous dishes by ordering up fried clams, New England clam chowder, and a New England-style lobster roll.
2615 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA; www.sonnymcleans.com
901 Bar & Grill
USC students have gathered to root for their home team at this University Park bar for generations, and that means a packed house on game days as the bar is within walking distance of both the Galen Center and LA Memorial Coliseum. USC jerseys and other memorabilia showcase the bar’s Trojan spirit, but even better, USC students and faculty get 25 percent off food and drink when dining in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2902 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 901bar.com/history
A laundry list of alums and fans of schools from Penn State to Purdue gather at this Hollywood bar to watch their teams and enjoy game-day specials. The Fighting Irish get discounted pints and Jameson, while blue and yellow shots are served up for Michigan games and pepperoni breadsticks make University of Indiana alums feel at home. Large watch parties on NFL Sundays for teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Chicago Bears are par for the course.
7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, theparlorca.com
Freddie’s 35er Bar
This family-owned and operated Old Town Pasadena bar has been around since 1963, and it’s a favorite for sports of all stripes. The Clippers get wall time, with framed jerseys by the door, but it’s also big for Sunday football, UFC, and Dodgers games. Wings, french fries, and tater tots round out the food menu, but both the tap and bottled beer list is long, and there’s a decent pick of spirits and select Irish whiskeys too — not bad for a dive bar.
12 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, http://www.35erbar.com