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Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

DiningDiva Jan 27, 2014 06:19 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: DiningDiva Jan 27, 2014 06:36 PM

    Local

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      wanker RE: ipsedixit Jan 27, 2014 07:38 PM

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

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      JRSD RE: DiningDiva Jan 27, 2014 07:04 PM

      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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        DiningDiva RE: JRSD Jan 31, 2014 10:24 AM

        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 ;-)

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          Dagney RE: DiningDiva Jan 31, 2014 07:18 PM

          Oh well yeah...stumbling distance ftw.

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            cstr RE: Dagney Feb 1, 2014 04:58 AM

            or crawling distance!

      2. Dagney RE: DiningDiva Jan 27, 2014 09:34 PM

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

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          cstr RE: Dagney Jan 30, 2014 06:09 AM

          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.

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            deckape RE: cstr Jan 30, 2014 02:30 PM

            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".

        2. Dagney RE: DiningDiva Jan 27, 2014 09:37 PM

          Or the Alpine Pub.

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            steveprez RE: DiningDiva Jan 28, 2014 04:47 AM

            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.

            1. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Jan 28, 2014 05:13 AM

              Oggi's in Santee
              Bully's East
              Gordon Biersch
              Jamacha Junction
              Waterfront

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                Cathy RE: Beach Chick Jan 28, 2014 05:47 AM

                +1 on Junction. (They changed the name). Owned by same owner as Harvest Ranch Market next door - the food is quality.

                (Same owners of the other Harvest Ranch, Charcoal House and Jonathan's Market).

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                  Beach Chick RE: Cathy Jan 28, 2014 07:11 AM

                  It's been our go to place for many years after playing 18 at Singing Hills and love the 70's vibe bar and the food is quite good too.
                  I forget that they changed the name to the Junction.
                  Didn't know they own the Charcoal House..solid.

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                    Cathy RE: Beach Chick Jan 28, 2014 07:50 AM

                    When Charcoal House re-opened under new ownership: http://lamesa.patch.com/groups/busine...

                    Story mentions he owns Junction, Harvest Ranch, Jonathan's and the Foodland Mercado IGAs.

              2. Gypsy Jan RE: DiningDiva Jan 28, 2014 11:40 AM

                Just being funny. because of the drive (and the border, the border).

                But Splash! Restaurant and Sports Bar in Rosarito, next to CRREAD.is a great place to watch the game.

                Last time I counted, they have about four flat screens, large and small and, yes, they will be celebrating the event.

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                  ipsedixit RE: Gypsy Jan Jan 28, 2014 12:42 PM

                  Will the play-by-play be in Spanish? With English subtitles. That would be so cool.

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                    Gypsy Jan RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2014 12:48 PM

                    Without being able to say definitively, I think that they can switch back and forth according to customer preference.

                    They are always big on the soccer games televised in Spanish.

                    I only pay attention to the fried oysters and clams casino.

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                    DiningDiva RE: Gypsy Jan Jan 28, 2014 01:18 PM

                    I do have SENTRI...

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                      Cathy RE: DiningDiva Jan 28, 2014 01:19 PM

                      Do it!

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                        DiningDiva RE: Cathy Jan 28, 2014 03:13 PM

                        Yeah, the only problem is that kickoff is 3:25 PST and halftime is scheduled for 5:15 pm PST, which means the game probably won't be over until 7:30ish, then half an hour at least back to the border, and even SENTRI on a Sunday night is busy :-(

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                    DoctorChow RE: DiningDiva Jan 30, 2014 09:37 AM

                    Don't know if you'd make it to the bar, which will be packed, but Slater's 50/50 is where I'd go if I were going out to watch the game. There must be 25 TVs in there, so no problem seeing no matter where you sit. And they have decent burgers.

                    1. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Jan 30, 2014 10:08 AM

                      Brigantine La Mesa might be a good call..
                      Fish tacos, marg's and hot guys..well, two out of three..

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                        DoctorChow RE: Beach Chick Jan 30, 2014 10:14 AM

                        Ha! BC-type priorities! :)

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                          Dagney RE: Beach Chick Jan 30, 2014 06:59 PM

                          hmmmm..left field...yeah the Brig could be cool. Serving up 1980's realness a'la Bully's.

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                            DiningDiva RE: Dagney Jan 30, 2014 07:36 PM

                            I'd got to Bully's over The Brig

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                              cstr RE: DiningDiva Jan 31, 2014 05:55 AM

                              Bully's might be a bit too 'seniorly' for a Super Bowl stint. Though you'll get a good pour there.

                        2. Tripeler RE: DiningDiva Feb 1, 2014 04:51 PM

                          Did Lagunitas ever have a brewery in Larkspur? Maybe you are thinking of Marin Brewing?

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                            DiningDiva RE: Tripeler Feb 1, 2014 07:28 PM

                            You're right!! I knew when I wrote that Lagunitas wasn't right. That's what I was drinking. Marin Brewing was it. Thank you for the correction.

                          2. El Chevere RE: DiningDiva Feb 2, 2014 09:51 AM

                            Got my 4 seats reserved at the bar at Leroy's Coronado directly in front of the TV's.

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                              Beach Chick RE: El Chevere Feb 2, 2014 10:12 AM

                              Are you taking the water taxi over from the Gaslamp so you can party like a rock star?
                              ; )

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                                El Chevere RE: Beach Chick Feb 2, 2014 12:46 PM

                                nah, driving and avoiding Orange Ave. on way home....2 craft beers--that's it, and a good cigar at halftime....I have zero interest (actually less than zero) in seeing Bruno Mars...still scratching my head and other areas over how the hell this guy was selected (could care less if he can play the clarinet with his feet and sing soprano at the same time).

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                                  Dagney RE: El Chevere Feb 2, 2014 07:30 PM

                                  Bruno Mars is tone deaf. ugh..wish they would stick with people who truly sing, not studio-manufactured cutesy characters.

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                                    El Chevere RE: Dagney Feb 2, 2014 07:34 PM

                                    terrible....Red Hot Chili Peppers were brought in to save his tail....actually, Leroys was a dud (like the game and the commericals)--can you imagine a bar with TV's that did not have any volume during the Super Bow--and intentionally sol??....luckily, I asked if there was going to be any sound right when I sat down. When I was told no, my friends and I quickly bolted and headed over to the nearby Tavern instead (yes, volume was on there).

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