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San Diego’s Best Sports Bars

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San Diego has an interesting relationship with sports. With no championships to speak of and years of mismanagement by home-town teams, it’s no wonder San Diego fans need a drink to get through the season. That, combined with the fact that San Diego has a big military community, tons of colleges with out-of-town students and a huge tourism industry, it can be an interesting dilemma to find a spot to watch a game.

The good news is that a few things can bring us all together. Even if you’re rooting for different teams, we all like to come together over a friendly rivalry, delicious food, and an ice cold drink. Just in time for the weekend, we’ve put together our top list of sports bars to catch a game. With college football and NFL games on the roster for the weekend, these bars provide a wide variety of options for sports fanatics and casual observers. Do you prefer to watch the NBA, NHL, UFC, soccer, or any other sporting event? Don’t worry. These bars will surely cover anything that’s on TV.

Pacific Beach Sports Bars

Backyard Kitchen & Tap
832 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

This laid back bar and restaurant is perfectly “PB”. With a coastal American menu and a ton of TVs, it’s a great spot to watch sports. Sunday brunch, DJs, and good food make it a good spot for any night of the week.

Dirty Birds
4656 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Located on the northern end of Pacific Beach, Dirty Bird’s is a smaller sports bar known for great wings (there are over 37 flavors of wings). With Saturday and Sunday specials including $3 mimosas, $5 Man Mosas, $17 domestic beer buckets, $12 bottles of champagne, $14 Newcastle pitchers, and $4 Newcastle pints, why not check out Dirty Birds?

Tap room PB
1269 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Tap Room is one of the best spots in Pacific Beach to find a huge selection of craft beer on tap. With a selection of TVs to choose from, it’s a good spot to check out a game.

Mission Beach

Miller’s Field
4465 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Miller’s Field claims to have the largest number of TVs in Pacific Beach (44 TVs on two levels according to Facebook). They cover everything from UFC to Sunday Football. While often crowded on game-days (especially when the Chargers hit the field), it’s a great social spot to check out a game. The food is standard, but good. An added bonus is that the bar has its own dedicated parking.

Bayfront/Mission Hills

Shakespeare’s
3701 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

This English pub in Mission Hills is the hot spot to watch football of the international variety (aka soccer). Their website says, “enjoy games from the Champions League, Barclays Premier League, and The FA Cup, as well as Rugby, NFL, MLB, NBA and more. Although Shakespeare Pub & Grille is best known for its live broadcasts of Football (Soccer) matches, we also proudly support The Padres, Chargers and other sports.” So there you have it.

North Park

True North Tavern
3815 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

True North, located on 30th Street in the heart of North Park, this bar is big. With a ton of TVs in the main area with more outside, plus some patio seating out front with great views of the TVs, it’s a hot spot on Football Sundays. Food is good and beer is great. They have some cocktail options and carafes that are pricey, but delicious. The crowd can get pretty big, but as mentioned, there’s lots of space to accommodate.

End Zone Sports Bar & Grill
2859 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

After changing ownership recently, this lesser-known sports bar in North Park stands up against the competition. With good beer (as you’d expect in North Park), great service, and a wide variety of games, this place is a great place to be. This smaller-scale bar may get crowded on game nights, but check it out now before it gets noticed by too many folks around town.

Ocean Beach

Wonderland Ocean Pub
5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Located in the heart of OB, this ocean view sports bar is the perfect mix of So Cal vibes and sports fandom. They’ve got a decent beer list, solid food, and a view that can’t be beat. With $15 Buckets of Beer, $4 Select Drafts and $5 Black Magic Spiced Rum, you’ll be lubed up and ready for the game.

Gaslamp/Downtown

Barleymash
600 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Great food, tons of local beer on tap, and a jumbo-tron? This upscale but casual sports bar brings the best of all worlds. Located in the heart of downtown, you won’t be disappointed.

Bub’s at the Ballpark
715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Located right next to the ballpark, it’s a hot spot before baseball games. Football fans flock to the area as well. With lots of space, a wide selection of beer, and TVs spread around the bar, you’ll be able to check any game you want.

The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole
1065 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

From NFL and college football to UFC, they’ve got a great selection of games to catch. Food is great and beer list is impressive. They often have specials, such as this Sunday (12/11/2016) at 10:00 AM they’ll be pouring $15 endless champagne until 2pm with $4 shot specials, $4 20oz mugs of Dos XX, and $5 mugs of Coors Light.

Bay Park

High Dive Bar & Grill
1801 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

The call themselves “San Diego’s Original High Class Dive Bar.” With traditional home-style cooking, craft beer (or the regulars), and even pinball machines, it’s a great spot for a good time. With Sunday Funday $10 bottles of bubbly, the whole crew will have a good time. They don’t have a ton of TVs, but the vibe makes up for the lack of large screens lining every wall.

Sports Arena

Kristy’s MVP Sports Bar
3225 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110

Kristy’s is great for hockey, football, baseball and more. The friendly service and fun vibes are touted by many on Yelp. One reviewer says, “the atmosphere on game day is unmatched.” This place is divey in the best way. While you’re there, be sure to say high to Kristy. She’s the friendly Korean woman in platform disco shoes and wig carrying a big wooden paddle. She may even give you a smack if you ask nicely.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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