With football season already upon us, and basketball just beginning, you're bound to need a good watering hole to watch the game. With that in mind, check out any of these great sports bars in Marina del Rey.
Sports Harbour: It may be the South Bay's official bar for Philadelphia Eagles fans. But don't let that deter you from stopping in on a Sunday. Whether you're a Bears fan, or root for the Vikings of Minnesota, Sports Harbour is an all-inclusive spot for football, baseball, basketball, even hockey fans to unite. And just in case your team happens to be losing, there are all types of distractions – like shuffleboard, a foosball table, and air hockey – to keep you occupied. On a side note, you may not hail from Philly but their fans are some of the most animated in sports.
13484 Washington Blvd., 90292; 310-823-0933
Tony P's Dockside Grill: Since it's already been voted the Number 1 Sports Tavern on the Westside, that should be reason enough to watch a game here. But when you take into account its eight 65” high-definition TVs, the more than 100 beers it serves from all corners of the Earth, not to mention one of the best views of the Marina, well then, I guess Tony P's has a lot more to offer than just sports. But just in case you're wondering, Tony P's does show every game, every day. Now that we got that out of the way, Tony P's is also known for having some of the best clam chowder in town – or as they say in Boston, chowda.
4445 Admiralty Way, 90292; 310-823-4534
Prince O' Whales: Built during an era when children watched Howdy Doody and teenagers danced to Elvis, Prince O' Whales has the rare distinction of being the oldest sports bar in Los Angeles. Good thing the owners kept up with the times by adding 17 HDTVs to the mix. Now, every Lakers, Kings, USC and Dodgers game is broadcast in crystal clarity, unlike earlier days when the bartender had to mess around with a primitive set of rabbit ears just to get a decent signal. How far we've come. Not in the mood for watching sports? Prince O' Whales also has ping-pong, karaoke, and live comedy performances most nights of the week. Check their events page for upcoming shows.
335 Culver Blvd., 90293; 310-823-9826
Venice Whaler Bar & Grill: Its name may say Venice but The Whaler, as it's commonly called, is technically located in Marina del Rey. Now that we got that cleared up, The Whaler has a very dive-y atmosphere, meaning bathrooms that could use a good cleaning and a regular clientele that can best be described as “quirky.” When pitchers of beer are $14, however, not much else really matters. The Whaler also has plenty of flat screen TVs that are always playing sports. So is The Whaler a dive bar? Sure. But on gameday, you'd be hard-pressed to find more jerseys in one place.
10 Washington Blvd., 90292; 310-821-8737