March 01, 2018
There’s a saying about New Yorkers and their rabid loyalty to their sports teams: you can take the sports fan out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the sports fan. A Knicks fan will always be a Knicks fan and a Yankees fan will always be Yankees fan — no matter what coast they happen to call “home.” And New England Patriots fans? Well, they bleed red, white and blue.
In the case of the East Coast expatriates moving to the Marina del Rey and Silicon Beach areas of Los Angeles in the name of year-round sunny weather, you can bet that they won’t be rooting for the Lakers or the Dodgers any time soon. With that in mind we wanted to make them feel more at home; after all, we do have Marina del Rey apartment communities — Esprit, Marina Harbor and Mariners Village. So we decided to curate a list of the best local East Coast watering holes for watching a game. Here are eight cool Silicon Beach-area bars where they can join their fellow East Coast sports fans and not feel totally out of place donning their favorite jersey.
East Coast fans, and specifically New York Giants fans, will find an “Empire State of Mind” at O’Brien’s in Santa Monica — not far from Marina del Rey. The Irish pub became a full-time Giants bar in 2009 when Willy, the owner, and Steve, the head of the G-Men fan group, joined forces. Now, they draw 125 fans a game and often have to turn latecomers away. (Rumor has it that they blast “New York, New York” on the stereo after a win — how fun is that?) 2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-396-4725
Opening in 2013, The Yard House on Maxella Avenue in the Villa Marina Marketplace is always a happening place to watch a game. Boasting multiple TVs, a steller all-night happy hour, a great outdoor patio and a variety of new craft, local and imported beers (including the special Chalkboard Series), The Yard House often attracts a range of expat sports fans for games. Surely, you can find a New York game on the tube in this spacious bar, whether it’s Monday Night Football or a Saturday afternoon hockey game. 13455 W. Maxella Avenue, Marina del Rey, 310-822-7690.
If you fancy yourself a New York sports fan, then West 4th & Jane needs to be added to your must-go shortlist, stat. Located on Santa Monica’s Fourth Street, West 4th & Jane touts itself as “a New York City-style beach pub” and often has New York Mets, New York Rangers and New York Giants fans in the L.A. area gather together to watch their teams play on TV. Between the pub’s 24 rotating taps featuring local and international craft beers and upscale tavern-style tasty bites ranging from house tots and brunch sliders to salads, New York sports fans will feel right at home. Don’t forget to stop by for a happy hour pint and some Sriracha Ginger wings. 1432A 4th Street, Santa Monica, 310-395-6765.
Tony P’s is practically a Marina del Rey institution — voted the Westside’s no. 1 sports tavern. While it’s not associated with any one particular New York team, the restaurant has a lot going for it: an enviable position right on the water, more than 100 beers from all over the world, eight large HDTVs, some of the best clam chowder and fried calamari in town and super-close proximity to Esprit, Marina Harbor and Mariners Village. 445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-4534.
New York Yankee fans may have difficulty finding a safe haven in what is arguably a bleeding Dodger-blue town — but Barney’s Beanery on Third Street Promenade may feel a little more welcoming than most bars. While you may run into some Dodger fans, you’ll still have a good time watching your favorite Bronx Bombers crush home runs and strike out their opponents, while having your choice of air hockey, pool tables, foosball, arcade games, karaoke (on Wednesdays) and shuffleboard. 1351 3rd St, Santa Monica, 310-656-5777.
If you are missing your around-the-corner neighborhood dive bar, then look no further than Sports Harbour. The diviest of Marina del Rey dive bars, the Sports Harbour is like “a rec center with a liquor license” according to LA Weekly with air hockey, foosball, pool tables, pinball machines and plenty of TVs to make it “the best place to watch Sunday Football” as claimed by one Yelper. 13484 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, 310-823-0933.
New Yorkers may feel right at home at Prince O’Whales, L.A.’s oldest sports bar. Granted — it’s no Pete’s Tavern in terms of age — but this beachy dive bar has been an institution for over 60 years. Plus, it’s just a hop and a skip from Marina del Rey. Expect stiff drinks, classic bar food, darts, ping-pong and 17 HDTVs and flat screens for plenty of game watching. 335 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, 310-823-9826.
Not to forget our East Coast brothers and sisters in Boston, Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica is one of the best transplant bars on the Westside. Whether you want to watch the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics or Boston Bruins, Sonny McLean’s is East Coast all the way. The owners have been known to fly in Ipswich full-belly clams from Massachusetts, and former Red Sox outfielder and 2004 World Series hero Dave Roberts reportedly once stopped by with the World Series trophy. Some regulars even claim to have seen notorious Irish gangster Whitey Bulger watching games at the bar before he was arrested. 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310- 449-1811.