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Sports Bar near Beverly/Fairfax?

poppasmiths Oct 1, 2007 02:13 PM

Does anyone know of a sports bar with good food where I can watch football games? I used to live in Santa Monica and would rather find places near my new home by the Grove. I went to Busby's down on Wilshire, but the menu and seating options leave something to be desired. Thank you!

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    TinyNancer Oct 3, 2007 11:13 AM

    El Toro Cantina right next door to Busby's on Wilshire is a spacious restaurant/bar that has about seven/eight gorgeous big screens. If you know what specific game you want to watch, then you can even make reservations so you can guarantee yourself a seat. The food is not bad, it's obviously no gourmet sports bar, but it's definitely a step up from the frozen-reheated crap of Barney's Beanery.


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      Dave and Stuff Oct 2, 2007 12:09 PM

      I'm NOT a huge fan of packed sports bars, but if you want one, then El Guapo on Melrose has tons of TVs (multiple for every game on Saturdays and Sundays), smoking hot waitresses, and passable food.

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      1. re: Dave and Stuff
        kellydeez Oct 3, 2007 11:09 AM

        I have been a longtime fan of the Hollywood Billiards for Football Sundays. While the food has been in decline, you cannot beat the coverage for the games. You can watch every game in it's own isolated area, usually in HD and they have a full bar.

        Recently, because of problems with their kitchen, they have started charging a $20 entry fee. I hear they give you food with this, but I find it offensive and appalling after all the money I have spent there, that they are charging such a hefty door fee. And their food is hardly a consolation for this. The staff is very upset about this as well and I hear they are working to change it back. All I know is that I will be boycotting Hollywood Billiards until then. Why should we suffer for their lack of organization in the kitchen?? It is their problem and they need to find a way to work it out without penalizing the patrons.

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          goodhealthgourmet Oct 3, 2007 11:14 AM

          go to big wangs instead. good food, tons of tvs.

          Big Wangs
          1562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      2. SauceSupreme Oct 1, 2007 11:24 PM

        When I was living near 3rd and Fairfax, I went to either Tom Bergin's or Barney's Beanery. Also, in a real pinch, in the Farmer's Market itself were a few TVs that I could watch, but obviously they weren't really a sports bar.

        You could extend your boundaries a bit and join us all at Big Wangs on Cahuenga and Selma.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme
          goodhealthgourmet Oct 1, 2007 11:27 PM

          i agree with sauce...

          head a little farther east and hit big wangs.

          Big Wangs
          1562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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          Renault78law Oct 1, 2007 04:10 PM

          Not crazy about the food here, but great atmosphere:

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            writerinla Oct 1, 2007 03:12 PM

            The Little Bar on La Brea at 8th Street is a sports bar that shows football games. However it is kind of Boston-centric, so there's a lot of Patriots fans there, but they show other games as well.

            1. wutzizname Oct 1, 2007 02:50 PM

              I'd say Tom Bergin's is your best bet.

              Snake Pit on Melrose is another option.

              1. DanaB Oct 1, 2007 02:31 PM

                They have a t.v. at St. Nick's pub on Third just east of La Cienega. They also have televisions at Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica just east of La Cienega. Tom Bergin's, on Fairfax south of Wilshire also has several t.v.s showing sporting events.

                The best sports bar in the area, although it's a little farther afield, is Hollywood Billiards, on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Wiltern.

                All of these places have varying degrees of bar/pub grub -- I don't really know of any sports bars that are noted for their superior food (other than Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz, which has amazing chicken wings).




                St Nick's, 8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
                (323) 655-6917
                8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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