Burbank has plenty of great sports bars. But with football season right around the corner, how do you know which one is best for you? Well, you've come to the right place. Here is your guide to sports bars in Burbank.
The Hollywood Way: Chew on this for a moment. Have you ever sat down to watch a football game with friends, without some type of char-grilled burgers, hot dogs or ribs? That's what I thought. So it makes perfect sense that The Hollywood Way would merge the best of both worlds to form a barbeque sports bar and grill. From their smokehouse BBQ burger, to the tri-tip and baby back combo, just about everything on the menu is good. And since they have a whole slew of flat screen TVs plastered to the wall, you can rest assured you won't miss any of the football action. For sports fans, it just doesn't get much better than this.
1333 N. Hollywood Way, 91505; 818-845-4400
Fantasia Billiards: I already know what you're thinking. With a name like Fantasia Billiards it's got to be some type of pool hall with a Mickey Mouse theme. Well that may be true (minus the stuff about Mickey), but with 12 big screen TVs, a state of the art sound system, foosball, darts, and an arcade, Fantasia Billiards is more than just a place to shoot pool! Beer and well drinks are cheap, and if there's a game, you can expect them to be playing it. As an added bonus, the bar opens at 9:30 a.m. during football season.
131 N. San Fernando Blvd., 91502; 818-848-6718
Champs Sports Pub: Champs Sports Pub is more than just a place to watch a baseball game. With dartboards, two pool tables, a shuffleboard, and free peanuts and popcorn during happy hour, it's more like a fun place to drink a beer with friends. Champs is also
4103 W. Burbank Blvd., 91505; 818-840-9493
Timmy Nolan's Tavern: Since it has that quiet, neighborhood pub type feel to it, Timmy Nolan's Tavern is one of the few sports bars where you can actually sit down and watch the game with other people who are interested in watching the game. There's no music blasting out of a jukebox, no loud non-sports fans to shout over, and for the most part, everyone's eyes are glued to the same game, especially if the New York Jets are playing. Timmy Nolan's isn't officially a Jets bar, but don't be surprised if half the people are wearing Tim Tebow jerseys on gameday.
10111 Riverside Dr., 91602; 818-985-3359
The Park Bar and Grill: Sure it could easily pass as one of those divey joints that only the locals know about. But on Sundays, The Park becomes Burbank's official bar for Green Bay Packer fans. That shouldn't deter anyone from stopping in on Sunday, though. The Park may be a favorite stop for cheeseheads, but with14 high definition TVs and the NFL ticket, you won't have to worry about missing any of the other games. But don't be surprised if the Packers game is playing on two of them.
2007 W. Burbank Blvd., 91506; 818-557-6561
Caminiti's: Burbank isn't exactly known for it's Italian cuisine, which is why Caminiti's is one of the only places where you can get homemade meatballs, a thin crust pizza, or an Italian sausage grinder (smothered in mozzarella), and not feel like it was prepackaged and reheated (ahem, Olive Garden!). And if there's a football game on, you can bet Caminiti's will be playing it on any one of their flat screen TVs. Pizza and football – does life get any better?
1220 W Burbank Blvd., 91506; 818-556-6550
Barney's Beanery: The great thing about Barney's Beanery is it's located right in the heart of Downtown, Burbank, meaning you're within walking distance from dozens of great restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges. Then again, why would you want to leave – it's Barney's after all! The Burbank Barney's is not unlike the Santa Monica location, or the original in West Hollywood. The menu is large, the drinks are relatively cheap, and just about every game – especially during football season – is being played on any one of their TVs. The Burbank location also has a giant flat screen with stadium style seating. It's so real you'll think you're at the game – except for the fact that no ushers are around. Bonus?
250 N. 1st St., 91502; 818-524-2912
The Office: The Office has everything you could ever want from a sports bar – flat screen TVs at every angle, cold Guinness on tap, and a $5 daily menu that includes hot wings, chili, tacos, and grilled ham and cheese. They also broadcast all UFC fights without charging a cover, and even have a special UFC menu that includes deals on appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers. And if you’re a fan of singing in front of a bunch of strangers, then you’ll want to stop in on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. for free karaoke. You can learn more about The Office’s upcoming events by checking out www.theofficeburbank.com.
9300 Venice Blvd., 90232; 310-558-9302