Game Day In LA

What to Eat, Drink + Watch: Our Top Picks

It’s officially February and that means football season is coming to a close, culminating in the game of the season: SUPER BOWL! Whether you watch the game to cheer for your team, scope out Lady Gaga’s wild outfits at halftime, or just for the creative commercials, we’ve got something for everyone. It’s the one Sunday of the year when even those who are not normally sports fans, become spectators for the sake of a good celebration.

Is your favorite team playing? Surround yourself with compadres at their West Coast headquarters to watch the broadcast:

PATRIOTS

Sonny Mclean’s in Santa Monica

FALCONS

City Tavern in Culver City

Eater LA compiled a list of local spots to watch the game and we’ve selected a few of our favorites. You can take a look at the full list here.

Venice Whaler Bar & Grill in Venice

“If you get to the Venice Whaler early, you’ll have the chance to tuck into brunch before the big game. There’s also going to be cheeseburger spring rolls, a pig roast, a Bloody Mary Bar, and $6 shots of Patron to keep the party rolling right past the final down and into the wee hours.”

The Nickel Mine in Sawtelle

“With board games, a pool table, a solid cocktail program, and interesting bites (not to mention a four-panel flat screen TV), The Nickel Mine is the Westside’s premiere sports bar. It’s pretty much a given that the local favorite will be packed on Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to call ahead for details.”

Ayara Luk Pop-Up in Westchester

“The Ayara Luk pop-up has been in operation for a hot minute, and they’ve been experimenting the application of Thai flavors to some of LA’s favorite dishes (Ceviche Tailandia, anyone?). They’re also hosting a viewing party, and it sounds low-key glorious. Fans of the Muay Thai Wings can pony up $60 for a presale ticket to watch the big game on a 100″ screen. The ticket includes all-you-can-eat Spicy Thai Lobster Rolls, Muay Thai Wings and flatbread, among other dishes. It also includes… oh, dear… all-you-can-safely drink Singha beer. Tickets at the door will be $75 — if they’re not sold out by then.”

2nd Half in Manhattan Beach

“As sports bars in the South Bay go, 2nd Half is as full of things to do as you could possibly ask for. Pool tables, air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, and TV’s galore guarantee that you’re never really out of things to do if you don’t want to be reminded that your team isn’t in the Super Bowl.”

Bludso’s Bar & Que in Hollywood

“There’s only one place to get Kevin Bludso’s melty, smokey Texas-style brisket right now, and it’s at the La Brea outpost with the stiff drinks and multiple TV’s. Though there’s definitely a way to order take-out (provided they’re not already completely slammed with orders), there might not be a better combination of ‘cue, TV’s and drinks for the Super Bowl in L.A.”

Arts District Brewing in Downtown

“Arts District Brewing has pretty much everything you’d need if you’re dragging out a friend who doesn’t care about football to a Super Bowl viewing party: Excellent tap selection, skee-ball, a ping pong table, and for this year’s Super Bowl, they’re filling out a squares board for the game with prizes at the end of every quarter. Also: Dat Fritzi burger doe.”


For the ones who like to host the most, we scoured Pinterest to find these mouthwatering and easy to do-it-yourself snack recipes.

Caesar Salad Wonton Cups

Baked Bloomin’ Onion

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Cheeseburger Tots

Bacon Beer Cheese Bread Bowl

Cookie Dough Footballs

And, of course, a Superbowl Snack Stadium

Enjoy your weekend and may the best team WIN!