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Good place to watch the Laker playoff in the Santa Monica/Venice area?

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I'm just wondering if there's a good restaurant or bar in that area where one could enjoy the game. It doesn't necessarily have to be a sports bar, just somewhere with a good central television where you could stay for about 2 hours. Or either two places, a restaurant and bar where one could easily travel from one to the other during halftime. Thanks!

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    1. re: Servorg

      Servorg, that thread is severely outdated. The Del closed long ago, alas...along with other outdated reviews. South has changed since, etc.

      I think the Arsenal on Pico is a great spot, because the food is better than any sports bar, and their tv's are easy to watch from just about anywhere, and their drinks are super reasonable.

      1. re: yogachik

        Is South no longer showing the game in the bar?

    2. Unfortunately, the only good place to watch last night's game was in Houston.

      1. It's not a sports bar (tho' it has a great bar with a tv) Hal's in Venice has good cocktails and food, great crowd and no attitude. Love that place