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Get Your Game On: Where To Watch Sports Downtown

By David Markland
Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 09:51AM
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Fans watch NFL action on a Sunday at Big Wangs.

No matter which jersey you’re wearing, there are a number of Downtown sports bars to welcome you. Whether you’re looking for drink specials, appetizers, or maybe even wi-fi or bowling, here’s a quick survey of where you can go and root for your team.

While Disney shut down most of its ESPN Zone locations in June, Downtown is one of two spots to keep the sports mecca. The L.A. Live location offers free wi-fi so you can get some work done while keeping an eye on walls of screens showing every game imaginable. Individual TVs at some booths allow you focus on one particular game and control the audio, while recliners are available with primo viewing of the monitors on a first come, first serve basis. Call ahead to find out which games will be showing, and on arrival request to be seated near the screens that will be showing your preferred matchup. 213-765-7070 / 1011 S. Figueroa

Yard House offers a slightly more refined alternative to view the games while at L.A. Live with over 20 screens between the bar and patio seating areas. Happy hour specials with half-off appetizers, pizzas, and specially priced drinks are extended from 3pm to closing on Monday nights during the NFL season, normally 3pm to 6pm and 10pm to closing. 213-745-9273 / 800 W. Olympic

Lucky Strike doesn’t advertise itself as a sports bar, but its lineup of flat screens behind the bar remain a draw to catch games throughout the year. While a rotation of rock music usually drowns out the on screen action, TV volume is often turned up during playoff and championship games. And what better way to spend halftime than by bowling a game or two? 213-542-4880 / 800 W. Olympic

Big Wangs has become synonymous with sports bars Downtown, with dozens of HD TVs inside and outside showing games from DIRECTV’s NFL, NBA, and NHL packages, and even a fire pit for a romantic evening watching basketball and enjoying their trademark chicken wings. Football fans will appreciate Monday’s $1 specials for Pabst Blue Ribbon beginning at 9pm, while Sundays feature $5 margaritas. 213-629-2449 / 801 S. Grand

Casey’s Irish Bar has widescreen TVs scattered throughout the basement level bar, allowing for individual games to be played loudly in its different rooms from a full DIRECTV sports package including soccer and other Eurosports. The Irish pub features a menu with fish and chips and the like, along with a full bar. Open Saturdays year round at 11:30am, and on Sundays as early as 9:30am (3pm normally). 213-629-2353 / 613 S. Grand

Spitz only has a handful of screens, but caters to sports crowds with “All Day Not Unhappy Hours” of $4 beer and sangria and $1 pita strips, running Saturdays for USC and UCLA football, Monday nights from 3pm-10pm, and also on Sundays during the NFL season when they open early at 10am. 213-613-0101 / 371 E. 2nd

Weiland Brewery doesn’t open til 5pm on Sundays, but still attracts a decent crowd for Saturday college football and evening games throughout the week. The three televisions at the bar to watch the action are made up for with happy hour specials between 3pm and 7pm, and again from 10pm til close with half-off appetizers. 213-680-2881 / 501 W. Olympic

Green Bamboo is a Chinese restaurant and a “Lakers fan base” according to management. Their happy hours run 4pm to 7pm with $5 beers. As they cater to the business crowd, this may be a good place to catch a weekend game if you’re looking to seat a number of friends. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer 34oz beer for $7, 16oz beer for $3.50. 213-625-2228 / 136 S. Central

Where's your favorite spot to watch a game Downtown?

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