Skip the Dip and Head to These L.A. Bars for the Super Bowl Instead

Let the football players "take it to the house" while you take it to the bar.

Photo courtesy of Founders Ale House/Facebook

Viewing parties here aren’t limited to just TV and film… we also make a big day out of the big game in L.A. We’ve pulled together the best in where to watch the Super Bowl so you don’t have to anxiously calculate how much of the guacamole you can eat all by yourself at someone’s house before you start to feel self-conscious.

You’ll have to arrive quite early at these places to secure a spot, sure, but start a debate about what really wins championships—staunch defense or explosive offense—and the pregame hours will fly by. So head to one of these fine establishments, skip the house party hassle, and settle in for the commercials! Er, game!

Barney’s Beanery – Pasadena
On February 3rd, Patriots fans in L.A. will wake up to a very hostile city. Unless, of course, they find an official Pats watching party like the one at Barney’s in Pasadena. The New Englanders will officially take over the bar’s basement, while the upper two floors will have a general watching party with specials, raffles, prizes, and more. Reserve online to guarantee a good spot. 99 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Open 9 a.m.

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Photo courtesy of Barney’s Beanery via Yelp

Big Wangs – NoHo
Big Wangs’ North Hollywood location is officially sanctioned as a fan headquarters by the Los Angeles Rams organization itself, so expect some serious blue and gold representation here. All drinks are buy one, get one for $2. 5300 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Open 11 a.m.

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The Daily Pint
It’s about the whiskey here, so dive into the finer stuff and let the Bud Light commercial worry about the culture war that will ensue. There will be drink specials on the big day. 2310 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Open noon 

Founders Ale House
As a bastion of bar food amongst a neighborhood of mostly delis, Founders should be packed with locals catching the game on its numerous TVs and big projector screen. 8771 W. Pico Blvd.; Open 10 a.m.

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Goal Sports Café
Looking to recapture that pregame buzz of a stadium parking lot? Goal is hosting an indoor “tailgating” party, where a $20 cover will get you entry and some free food and drink of the grill-and-cooler sort, like beer, burgers, and hot dogs. The full menu of drinks and elevated bar bites will be available for purchase, of course. Tables are booked up, but there will be bar seats and a standing room. 8334 W. 3rd St.; Open 11:30 a.m.

Golden Road Brewing – Atwater Village
Kick back with one of Golden Road’s acclaimed IPAs or fruit-infused ales straight from the source as you catch the game on a big screen on the side patio. (They’re showing it inside, too, for you indoor cats.) Food and drink specials TBD. 5410 W. San Fernando Rd.; Open 10 a.m.

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The Los Angeles Biergarten
This cavernous DTLA beer hall features 100 draft beers, a huge bar stretching about as long as Greg Zuerlein’s field goal range, and plenty of space to put some distance between you and the other team’s fans. Their Super Bowl plans haven’t totally firmed up, but expect specials, raffles, and more. Reservations recommended. 750 S. Broadway; Open noon;

The Nickel Mine
This west side sports bar straddles the line between upscale and rowdy, like a defensive end lined up six inches across the line of scrimmage. They’ll have specials on the big day, but no reservations. 11363 Santa Monica Blvd.; Open 11 a.m.

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OB’s Pub & Grill
As a team-sanctioned viewing location for the NFC Championship last week, OB’s saw a surprise visit from L.A. Rams cheerleaders to get fans psyched. OB’s says that there are no plans for a repeat of that on Super Bowl Sunday—at least not yet— but there’s always a chance. Even without any big surprises, OB’s will have happy hour deals all day in its classic, beachy sports bar environs. 3610 N. Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach; Open 9 a.m.

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Sonny McLean’s
Unlike the basement-only party at Barney’s, Sonny McLean’s is a Patriots bar through and through, making it a top choice for celebrating Gronkowski spikes with like-minded fans this Sunday. A line will form before the doors even open and they expect to be full by 9 or 10 a.m., so set your alarm early. 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; Opens 8:30 a.m.

The Stalking Horse
The Stalking Horse is really a neighborhood British pub, but with the NFL playing games in London every year, who says they can’t get in the spirit? There will be happy hour deals all day, a special burger/beer combo, and, for those underwhelmed by the official halftime entertainment, a halftime viewing of the Puppy Bowl instead. Make a reservation to get seats close to the big screen. 10543 Pico Blvd.; Open 10 a.m.

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Photo courtesy The Stalking Horse/Facebook

Honorable Mentions
These spots may not be doing anything special for the big day, but they’re always good bets for grabbing some grog, grub, and game: 

40 Love
Open 9 a.m.; 829 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Open noon; 206 N. Western Ave.

The Morrison
Open 10 a.m.; 3179 Los Feliz Blvd.

Yard House – LA Live
Open 10:30 a.m.; 800 W Olympic Blvd. A-115