I know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes! They may not look like it, but hipsters do watch football games, along with baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball. They just choose to wear yellow Chuck Taylors, rather than the traditional Kobe Bryant jersey, to show their support for the Lakers. So if you're ever in Silver Lake when the game's on, here are a few bars you'll want to check out.
Good Microbrew & Grill: If you love microbrews (and who in Silver Lake doesn't?), then you'll love Good even more. Their beer menu boasts over 100 different specialty brews from places as far away as Kenya. That being said, you can probably spend over a week sampling every one of their beers, and still not even make it halfway through the menu. Of course you might need someone to carry you out right after. As far as sports watching goes, there are several TVs tuned to ESPN inside. They also have an outdoor patio – just in case you feel like working on your tan.
3725 W. Sunset Blvd., 90026; 323-660-3645
Red Lion Tavern: L.A. is full of theme bars, but only the Red Lion Tavern makes you feel like you just traveled back in time to a turn of the century (20th, that is) Bavarian pub. That's not only because the walls are lined with all types of cool-looking German memorabilia. In fact, the Red Lion Tavern is one of the few places in the city where you can chow down on some traditional German food (we're talking schnitzel all day!) and beer.
2366 Glendale Blvd., 90039; 323-662-5337
Barbarella: You won't find your typical sports bar crowd here, but you will find TVs tuned to the game, as well as gourmet burgers for $12, pizzas for under $10, and a full alcohol menu that includes craft brews and wine. Barbarella tends to get kind of crowded on the weekends, so if you're just looking for a quiet place to watch the game then you're better off coming on a weekday.
2609 N. Hyperion Ave., 90027; 323-644-8000
Gold Room: If a sports bar got together with a low-key dive and had a child, the result would be the Gold Room. Not only is this place crowded with TVs tuned to sports, but the drinks are strong, the beer is cheap, and the peanuts are free. Regulars love this place for its $4 special, which includes a PBR, a shot of tequila, and your choice of either tacos or quesadillas – both of which are free upon request. Talk about a gold standard for sports bars (no pun intended).
1558 W. Sunset Blvd., 90026; 213-482-5259
El Compadre: One of the first things you see when you walk into El Compadre is a giant Dodgers banner on the wall. So if you're a baseball fan, you can rest assured that the game will always be on at the bar. But aside from its outstanding Mexican food, which includes an endless basket of homemade chips and salsa, El Compadre is also known for its flaming margarita. For some reason margaritas taste so much better after they've been lit on fire.
1449 W. Sunset Blvd., 90026; 213-250-4505