Santa Monica is loaded with great sports bars that make all types of fans feel welcome. So even if you root for the Galaxy, you can be sure you'll have a friendly atmosphere to watch the game. Here is your guide to the best sports bars in Santa Monica.
South: If you've never watched a basketball game in 3D, then you'll definitely want to head over to South. Not only is it L.A.'s first 3D sports bar, meaning you can watch all the action on over thirty-three VIZIO Theater 3D TV's ranging in from 42" to 65" in size, but their menu features traditional southern-style food you won't find anywhere else. We're talking gator wings, fried pickles, and chicken n' waffle sliders. Is that southern enough for you?
3001 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-828-9988
Yankee Doodles: Whether you're a Clippers fan or bleed purple and gold through and through, basketball is best watched in front of a massive TV. With just about every sports ticket imaginable, Yankee Doodles is a full service sports bar with an arcade, over two dozen pool tables, and flat screen TVs at every corner. So now you'll never have to miss another one of Blake Griffin's high-flying dunks again.
1410 3rd St. Promenade, 90401
O'Brien's Pub: With a rustic setting and plenty of TVs to watch all types of sporting events (especially soccer), O'Brien's is one of the premier Irish pubs in the city. It also boasts an excellent menu of traditional Irish favorites, like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Wide selections of Irish beers are also on tap, including Guinness and Bass, as well as bottles of Harp.
2226 Wilshire Blvd., 310-829-5303
Busby's West: Shuffleboard, basketball, darts, pool, ping-pong, bumper pool and foosball – Busby's West has it all! And if you're a sports fan, you're in luck because this may be the only place in Santa Monica that has every (you heard right!) sports package available. From the NBA to the NFL, not to mention soccer, golf, even tennis. When you stop into Busby's you can guarantee they'll be playing your game. Heck, the even have the rugby package! Now that's dedication.
3110 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-828-4567
Sonny McLean's: If you're a Bostonian living in Santa Monica, Sonny McLean's is definitely the bar for you. Not only do they broadcast all the Red Sox games throughout the season, but if there's any other team from New England on the tube, you can bet Sonny McLean's will be playing it. L.A. sports fans shouldn't feel unwelcome though. People from Boston may love their sports, but they're also willing to share their bar with Lakers fans – just as long as they're not playing the Celtics.
2615 Wilshire Blvd., 310-449-1811
Barney's Beanery: How does the Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica differ from the original West Hollywood location? Well for one, you're a short walk away from the ocean, which will surely come in handy on a steamy July day. And two… well why would you need any other reason? By now, the Barney's name is a trusted brand for most of L.A.'s sports watching public. So why go anywhere else to watch the Dodgers, Lakers or Clippers? The Santa Monica location has tons of TVs, the food is decent, and you'll be surrounded by dozens of like-minded fan-atics. Oh and you're really close to the beach too. Just thought I should mention that… again!
1351 3rd St. Promenade, 90401; 310-656-5777
Earth Wind & Flour: If you live in Santa Monica, you've undoubtedly passed by this place at least once. In its nearly 30 years of existence, Earth Wind & Flour has been a lot of different things to a lot of different people It's a cute little Italian bistro serving pizza, fresh pasta and salad; a comedy and magic club, featuring world class magicians on Tuesday and Sunday nights; and a Cheers-like neighborhood tavern with a friendly owner, small tables, and lots of sawdust on the floor (sandal wearers be warned!). But when it comes to the Lakers, Dodgers and USC, Earth Wind & Flour is first and foremost a sports bar. Of course it helps that they extend happy hour during games. Maybe just a little.
222 Wilshire Blvd., 90403; 310-829-7829
The Galley: What's a happy hour list without mentioning Santa Monica's oldest restaurant and bar? Since 1934, The Galley has been treating its customers with first class friendly service, and some mighty stiff drinks. Happy hour is everyday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the patio, and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. It includes specials on select appetizers like lobster tacos, filet mignon chili, gourmet onion rings, and fried calamari. As for drinks, happy hour includes half off select bar menu items, with a beverage minimum of $4. To learn more about happy hour at The Galley, visit www.thegalleyrestaurant.net.
2442 Main St., 90405; 310-452-1934