The N.B.A. season may be kaput (for now), but at least we still got baseball! So if you're looking for a good watering hole to watch the Dodgers but don't know where to go, then fear not because LA.com's got you covered. Here is your guide to the best sports bars in Downtown.
ESPN Zone: Since it's located directly across from the Staples Center, you can feel like you're right in midst of all the sports action at ESPN Zone at L.A. Live. And with over 150 HD TVs broadcasting every single sport being played, you can be sure you won't miss a single moment of any game. Unless of course you slip out to the bathroom – but even those have TVs.
1011 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Live; 213-765-7070
The Short Stop: If a dive bar full of sports fans is what you're after, then look no further than The Short Stop. Not only is it walking distance to Dodger stadium, but The Short Stop also boasts $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons every day, along with other beer and drink specials. Just be sure to have cash on you. This is one place that doesn't accept credit cards.
1455 W. Sunset Blvd., 213-482-4942
The Down and Out: Not only does The Down and Out have pool tables, a jukebox, and old school arcade games like pinball, but walk in and you'll also notice dozens of vintage celebrity mug shots hanging on the wall (hence the name). So if the Kings just happen to be losing, at least you'll have something interesting to do or talk about. Plus, beers are cheap, expect to pay $15 for a domestic pitcher, and well drinks, which usually go for around $6, are always strong.
501 S. Spring St., 213-489-7800
Big Wangs: The beer is cheap, the Dodger game is always on, and the menu boasts an item called heart-a-tots, which is basically tater tots covered in alfredo sauce and bacon bits. Yep, Big Wangs is definitely one sports bar where any diehard L.A. sports fan will feel right at home (even those that root for UCLA football). Not to mention they're known for having some of the best, and meatiest, chicken wings in town. We're talking all drummies, all day!
801 S. Grand Ave., 213-629-2449
Yard House: Can't afford tickets to the Laker game but still want to be close to all the action? Well look no further than the Yard House at L.A. Live. It's a sports bar – with dozens of HD flat screen TVs that are always tuned to ESPN; an award-winning restaurant – specializing in American fusion cuisine; and a
1445 4th St., 90401; 310-451-1655
Hooters: It may be known for its wings (and a few other things), but whether it's football, baseball, basketball or hockey, Hooters is still one of the best places to watch the game. The environment is always fan-friendly, the hot wings are always spicy, and the waitresses… well, you get the point. But on Sundays during football season, you may think twice about wearing a Raiders jersey. This is one L.A. sports bar that Chicago Bear fans love to call their own.
1248 S. Figueroa, Suite 100, 90015; 213-222-9464
Los Angeles Brewing Company: When the Kings made their historic run for the Stanley Cup, Los Angeles Brewing Company quickly established itself as one of the top sports bars in Downtown. Since it's located a few short blocks away from the Staples Center, pretty much every night the Kings were playing this place was packed with dozens of screaming fans. And it's no wonder, with enormous flat screen TVs that are practically built into the walls, a menu that boasts some of the best garlic fries in town, and a bar that has 100 different beers on tap, it probably comes closest to being a sports fans' paradise.
750 S. Broadway, 90014; 213-622-0500
Lucky Strike: Some games are either really good – like when the Yankees play the Red Sox – or just complete and total blowouts, as is usually the case for the team that has the luxury of playing the Chicago Cubs. So why not have several bowling lanes at your disposable, just in case things get really ugly? At L.A. Live's Lucky Strike you can eat, drink and bowl, as you follow the game from any one of their flat screen TVs. Bowling, however, is one sport that will not be televised. That would just be weird.
800 W. Olympic Blvd., 213-542-4880
Casey's Irish Pub: This may be Los Angeles, but you'd be hard pressed not to find at least two Kevin Garnett jerseys in Casey's when the Celtics are in town. The same could be said of Tom Brady, but that's a little bit different considering L.A. hasn't had an NFL team since Clinton was President. Sure, Casey's Irish Pub may slightly favor New England sports franchises (just a little). But when the Lakers or Dodgers are on the tube, you can bet they'll take precedent. Aside from being a great atmosphere to watch sports, Casey's is also known for having live bands bumping out tunes most nights of the week, meaning you can expect to hear plenty of requests for Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline.” Wicked awesome!
613 S. Grand Ave., 90017; 213-629-2353