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Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

I'm in need of a recommendation...where should I go to watch the Super Bowl this coming Sunday?

* I'd like to sit at the bar so I can talk to the bartender and other bar rats.

* Cocktail or beer it probably doesn't matter, just probably won't drink wine

* Good TV viewing, preferably with the sound on and at a volume that can be heard

* Actually interested in watching the game and not in getting drunk

* Decent food, bar snacks or nibbles.

* And, lets say within a 20 mile radius of SDSU

And while I have no dog in this fight and like both teams, a bar that, perhaps, leans a little more orange and blue would be nice ;-)

When I lived in the Bay Area I used to go to to the Lagunitas Brewery in Larkspur to watch the game and always had a great time. I don't want to stay home and watch it alone this year, nor do I want to make my own Super Bowls treats.

Thinking about BLAH or West Coast BBQ...hit me with some other ideas

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      The Local will be great, but I wouldn't count on being able to hold a conversation during the game.

    2. Since you are in the area I would say just go to West Coast. I tend to order their sides, wings and soups which works well for an extended viewing period and since they offer the 5 and 10 oz pours, you can continue to order from their excellent beer selection and not get sloshed.

      Sleeper pick might be Phil's BBQ in Santee - Onion Rings there are great for bar food noshing and they have a pretty credible beer selection. Tons of TVs in the bar.

      I keep meaning to go there, but Bridges on El Cajon (near where Lisko used to be) positions itself as a more upscale sports bar.

      BLAH is great, but I would confirm that game will be on w/ sound.

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      1. re: JRSD

        I think West Coast is probably going to get my business on Sunday. $.50 wings beginning at 3 pm, $10 craft beer pitchers (not that I could drink anywhere near to a whole pitcher) and pulled pork nachos for $5.

        Jamacha Junction and Longhorns were a close second, but - theorectically - I could walk home from West Coast, not that I'd want to because it's a LONG walk to the lake, but I'm not up from traipsing half way across the county just to watch a football game ;-)

        1. re: DiningDiva

          Oh well yeah...stumbling distance ftw.

      2. Longhorn's on Mission Gorge, for a slightly dive-ish edge.

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        1. re: Dagney

          2nd that, like the divey character and a pretty good burger. Also, Miller's Field sports bar in PB, lots of flat screen monitors all over the place, food is passable, fair beer selection and it'll be loud.

          1. re: cstr

            Any of you who used to frequent World Famous - old and new version - will recognize the owner of The Longhorn as Tobi Taki, aka, "The Tobinator".

          1. BLAH is probably easily ruled out as they only have 5 or 6 bar seats and they're pretty uncomfortable. Not a great TV behind the bar either.