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LA sports bars with GOOD food and drinks?

peppermonkey May 4, 2009 01:11 PM

So this is a common problem I have being a food snob. I want to watch the game but also want to have a good food AND good beers/drinks. Usually I'll get 1/3 or 2/3. I want it to be around downtownish or east but am willing to go more west if it's worth it. The bar at Rivera has great food and drinks but the tv's usually off and seems like they don't encourage watching the game. Lucky baldwin's has a couple of TV's and great beers but the food isn't that good. Yardhouse is the closest I guess with plenty of TV's and a big enough selection of beers to be able to find something I like. But the food is just ok and the wait sucks. Any suggestions?

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    Fraz2002 RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 01:30 PM

    Yardhouse - but you dont get the sound. The Palm - but you don't get the atm. isn't there. Wokano - but well it's Wokano.

    My suggestion go out west to The Parlor

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      mollyomormon RE: Fraz2002 May 4, 2009 01:46 PM

      If you're going that far west, I'd say SF Saloon instead. I think the food is better (and more reasonably priced) than the Parlor and the douche quotient is significantly lower at SF Saloon.

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        peppermonkey RE: mollyomormon May 4, 2009 02:16 PM

        the douche quotient is important...i should add that to make it out of 4: TV, good, alcohol, douche. BTW. Does SF Saloon have good beers? I should qualify that I'm a beer snob as well and prefer belgiums and certain American beers usually northwest and stone from down here.

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          mollyomormon RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 02:35 PM

          No, if good beer is important, head to the Daily Pint. They have a a big screen and a bunch of smaller screens and always have a great beer selection. The only problem is, no food. Last time we just brought in sandwiches from the Daily Pint and it doesn't appear that they care whether you bring in food from elsewhere as I've done it at other times. Also, have you checked out Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood? Definitely solid food (I think better than the yardhouse) and a great beer selection. The only problem is that while they have a big screen, I think it shows the stage at the next door Henry Fonda on nights when there are shows there, so make sure you check ahead.

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            peppermonkey RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 03:43 PM

            this place definitely seems like it has what I'm looking for...how crowded does it get?

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              mollyomormon RE: peppermonkey May 5, 2009 11:14 AM

              I've never seen it crowded, even on concert nights.

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              mollyomormon RE: peppermonkey May 5, 2009 11:27 AM

              another thought, I was at the Golden State last night and they have a flat screen on which they were showing the Laker's Game. The food is great and the beer selection is incredible (and I don't mean vast, just that they have excellent beer that's difficult to find elsewhere). It's definitely not a sports bar, but might work...

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                peppermonkey RE: mollyomormon May 5, 2009 01:44 PM

                love the rasputin on tap there...especially with a scoop of brown bread...didn't notice a TV there last time...good to know

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          Jaytizzle RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 03:13 PM

          I love going to Barney's Beanery in Old Town Pasadena. But they also have locations in LA and Santa Monica. Lots of TV's, Good Food and good beers on tap.

          Barney's Beanery
          8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          Barney's Beanery
          99 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

          Barney's Beanery
          1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            tastycakes RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 03:17 PM

            i wouldnt call it a sportsbar, but blue palms brewhouse has great food, an incredible craft beer selection, and several big screens.

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              Obessed RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 04:59 PM

              I am constantly faced with the same dilema since my fiance is a huge sports fan. Recently we went to 8 Oz Burger during March Madness and it was perfect. They have a bunch of TV's and the food is great. I love the wings at Big Wangs, but it's definitely sports bar food.

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                peppermonkey RE: Obessed May 5, 2009 08:56 AM

                8oz sounds perfect...big wangs looks like hooters...good place to watch the game with the guys

              2. kellydeez RE: peppermonkey May 4, 2009 05:00 PM

                I second the Blue Palms. And in my experience the management will turn on the game for you with sound if you request it. They have at least 2 big flat screens. The beer selection as mentioned is incredible, maybe the best in the city. And the food is solid bar food. Check it out...

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                  Ogawak RE: peppermonkey May 5, 2009 01:53 PM

                  I found a place that has all three, plus a fourth is great looking waitresses. Thompkin's Square in Westchester has great burgers to go with a great selection of draft beers. And the place is wall to wall TV's. Also Outlaws has good food with some televisions.

                  1. peppermonkey RE: peppermonkey May 6, 2009 10:20 AM

                    anything downtown area..doesn't have to be a sports bar just a place with a TV or 2. good food and drink

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                      jillso RE: peppermonkey May 6, 2009 11:26 AM

                      When it was Rudolpho's, the now "HOME RESTAURANT SILVERLAKE" had a great bar and tvs. Not sure how it is now that is has changed hands.

                      Or , how about the Weiland Brewery places?

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                        jillso RE: jillso May 7, 2009 03:23 PM


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                      JeetJet RE: peppermonkey May 6, 2009 10:48 AM

                      Nice bar, good ice cold beer, good food, good crowd, flat screen TVs

                      The Boat

                      Gus’s BBQ

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                        yogachik RE: peppermonkey May 6, 2009 12:16 PM

                        The Arsenal. It's not an official sports bar, but they do have a number of tv's (huge one in main bar room) and the food is fantastic, drinks are reasonable, great happy hour.

                        Arsenal Bar
                        12008 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                          Cinnamon RE: peppermonkey May 7, 2009 05:44 PM

                          I like Sharkeez in Manhattan Beach for fried and steamed seafood, like Sundays midday when it's not badly crowded.

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