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Although the World Cup 2014 fever is in the sports history books forever, L.A. is still singing the fight song for many teams and enjoying sports of all kinds. Sports bring people together; and why not hang out in some of the best sports bars in L.A. for "the big game?" Whether you have a team or not, these five local sports bars and restaurants are worth the night out. Taking into consideration the atmosphere, the menu, the TVs (of course) and the overall vibe, these sports bars are where you want to be for your favorite pastime.
Goal Sports Cafe
8334 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Open all season long for all sports, Goal Sports Café gives customers up to 80 out-of-market games a week, including the local L.A. teams. Subscribers of Fox Soccer Plus (which broadcasts the best international and club soccer matches), Major League Baseball, NHL Center Ice, NBA League Pass, MLS Direct Kick, NFL Sunday Ticket, UFC pay per view and so many more, Goal serves an extensive food menu (even breakfast for those early morning games), created by Executive Chef Jonah Johnson. Sample a main entree like the crunchy turkey tacos, The End Zone Caribbean marinated chicken or shrimp dish or the pineapple brown sugar ham sandwich. Beer and cocktails are also offered including The Free Agent, which is bourbon, crème de cacao and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the Goal Margarita made with Silver Tequila, Cointreau, lemon and lime juice with a hit of orange juice.
7250 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
In the Melrose district area is The Parlor, a staple destination for sports and hanging out. Fifty HD TVs and a state-of-the-art AV system give sports fans an easy way to catch any major sporting event. The great selection of draft beers and bottled beers pair nicely with any of The Parlor's pizzas or artisan sandwiches and burgers. The Parlor is also a perfect place to visit even when your team isn't playing, as there is comedy on Mondays, karaoke on Wednesdays, live music Thursdays and Fridays and bottomless mimosas on Sundays.
8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Barney's Beanery is a local hangout that just can't be missed. For more than 90 years, along the iconic Route 66 in West Hollywood, Barney's Beanery is a casual and comfortable joint for sports viewing and the bar's classic all-beef chili. Guests are always impressed with Barney's 60 TVs and dig the free WIFI. Additional locations include Pasadena, Santa Monica and Redondo Beach.
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7302 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For a great meal and a cool vibey spot to catch the game of the day, Dark Room is the answer for you. Flat-screens abound for easy and clear viewing. Dark Room's menu is a huge draw featuring classic American fare including tomato bisque and grilled cheese, burgers and pizzas and macaroni and cheese bites. Bar beverages include draft beers, wines and bombers. The cool and hip crowd hang here, and you may even spot a celeb or two.
Q's Billiard Club
11835 Wilshire Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Q's Billiard Club is a neighborhood hangout on the west side of town. More than 30 TVs keep the attention of any sports fan. A great bar to meet up with friends, Q's is a staple for playing pool (12 pool tables), happy hour, trivia nights and beer pong. Open until 2 a.m., Q's is very much a Southern California-style location - offering three outdoor patios. Check out the bar menu which offers such fare as the signature house salad with fried onions, a buffalo chicken wrap, melt sandwiches and sweet potato or garlic fries.
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