Best Sports Bars
Wall after wall of flat-screen TVs—check. Tasty bar food—check. Multiple brews on tap—check. A rowdy crowd for cheering on the home team—check. San Diego’s best sports bars offer these game-day amenities and more.
Junior Seau made a name for himself as a linebacker with the Chargers, and since 1996 he’s lent his name to a restaurant and sports bar that’s a favorite gathering place for Charger fans. With two floors and 60 televisions plus rooms for events, the atmosphere is perfect for diehard fans. Extra incentive to go: Seau’s tempura roll, deep-fried and topped with tangy eel sauce. 1640 Camino del Rio North, No. 1376, Mission Valley, 619-291-SEAU; seau.com.
Players Sports Bar
A quiet sports joint this is not. Kearny Mesa’s Players is known for being a sports home-away-from-home for diehard college football fans from out of state. More than 600 square feet of screens, pool tables, some 20 beers on tap and moderate prices. Extra incentive to go: One of the 70 beers offered. 7061 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, 858-277-7060, playerssportsbar.com.
Point Loma Sports Bar & Grill
This newish sports bar in Liberty Station has a wide selection of beer and wine, many large televisions, an outside patio and private rooms for rent, plus great food at reasonable prices and a comfortable atmosphere. Extra incentive to go: Six wings for $2 on Wednesday; biscuits and gravy for breakfast on the weekends. 2750 Dewey Road, 619-523-1940, pointlomasports.com.
Just a block from the beach, as well as all the nightlife and eateries Pacific Beach is known for, Miller’s Field is a fun place to kick back with friends and cheer on the Chargers. The atmosphere is cheerful, especially for Monday Night Football, when Happy Hour lasts from 3 p.m. until closing. Extra incentive to go: The combo barbecue platter gets you a little bit of everything. 4465 Mission Boulevard, 858-483-4143, millersfield.com.
Fox Sports Grill
The network that brings you the games also brings you a cool venue in which to watch them. Views of the harbor, a full bar and a menu of all-American food go great with the plethora of big-screen televisions in this stylish establishment at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Extra incentive to go: Blue-cheese chips, tossed in blue-cheese dressing and topped with bacon. 1 Park Boulevard, downtown, 619-231-9000, foxsportsgrill.com.
Chief’s Burgers & Brew
A very homey atmosphere and cheap food and drinks make this a great place to go with the whole family. But beware: Chief’s is known as the headquarters for Denver Broncos fans. (You’d think Kansas City, wouldn’t you?) Extra incentive to go: The Super Chief burger, with two half-pound patties, double cheese and thousand island dressing. 124 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858-755-2599, chiefsburgersandbrew.com.
Joe’s claims it has the county’s largest number of high-definition and plasma TV screens. Outside, there’s a “beach” bar with a casual atmosphere of palm trees, a shack-like roof and sand. Inside, the sophistication is high, with a classy interior and room for 600. No wonder it tends to be a favorite hangout for Chargers players to watch Monday Night Football. Extra incentive to go: Turkey torta and the $12 bucket of five beers. 379 Fourth Avenue, downtown, 619-230-1968; also in La Mesa, 8076 La Mesa Boulevard, 619-466-2591, joltnjoes.com.
Great sports bar? Definitely. Your new favorite pub? That too. You can entertain yourself on the side with pool, darts and shuffleboard. McGregor’s serves breakfast on weekends and bargain tacos and beer on Saturdays and Mondays, perfect for game days. Extra incentive to go: Baja-style, beer-battered fish tacos. 10475 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley, 619-282-9797, mcgregors.signonsandiego.com.