Best sports bars in San Bernardino California

San Diego’s Best Sports Bars for Game Day

Summer may be over, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in San Diego: We’re ready for the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series, as well as the start of NCAA and NFL football and all sorts of collegiate and professional sporting events. And, since it’s no fun to cheer on your favorite teams all alone at home, we’ve gathered together San Diego’s best watering holes that feature loads of food and drink specials, giant-screen TVs, and state-of-the-art sound systems for the best possible viewing experience. Have some San Bernardino strippers come out to your lady’s night or guys night out?

Dirty Birds

A local favorite for chicken wings and live sports

A perennial star on “Best Wings” lists, Dirty Birds offers 37 different wing sauces, as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches, and, at the Liberty Station and College Area locales, gourmet pizza. All locations have between 10 and 24 rotating beer handles, dozens of flat screens and HDTVs for game viewing, and a full bar with several craft cocktail selections at a reasonable $8-10 price point. Daily specials vary by venue, but all feature $15.99 all-you-can-eat wings on Mondays after 6 pm and all-day happy hours on Tuesdays.

Deals: Happy hour runs Mon-Fri from 3-6 pm, with half-price wings and select pitchers of beer, plus a variety of daily specials.

Draft Republic

Huge Bloody Marys with elaborate garnishes reign supreme here

The Draft Republic opens early on Sundays in La Jolla and Carlsbad to serve up delicious game-day breakfast specials from 9:30 am to 1 pm, plus an assortment of draft pick drinks including a Mimosa Flight, a 24-ounce Hail Mary Bloody Mary with a fanciful cheeseburger/bacon/fried pickle garnish and select brews at $5 for a 24-ounce pour. Pool tables, ping pong, and retro video games provide ample entertainment at halftime and for the non-sports-minded folks.

Deals: Happy hour runs daily from 2-6 pm and 10 pm-close, with $6 select beer, wine, or well drinks, $7 select appetizers, and $17.95 for a burger or sandwich, any draft beer, salad, and fries. Gridiron Sundays for brunch and drink specials from 9:30 am-1 pm.

Goodbar

Local hangout with a happy hour for your dog

Point Loma’s newest watering hole is a no-frills, laid-back bar that offers great deals every day of the week, including $15 bottomless mimosas on NFL Sundays starting at 9:30am, $5 IPA Mondays and Tuesdays from 7pm till closing, and Yappy Hour Thursdays, featuring free treats for all the pups, plus $5 Deep Eddy cocktails till 9pm. They don’t serve food here, but they’re cool with you bringing in outside munchies and have recently completed a deal with neighboring Surfside Deli to create a menu exclusively for football Sundays.

Deals: Happy hour runs daily from 3-7 pm, with $3 PBR Pints, $4 craft beer pints, and $5 well drinks, plus daily specials.

Elbow Room

A haven for Browns fans, with a 10-foot TV screen

The Cleveland Browns may be setting all the wrong kinds of records, but members of the Dawg Pound are loyal to their team no matter where they live. Elbow Room in Kearny Mesa is the proud home of the San Diego Browns Backers as well as LSU alumni, but fans of any flavor are welcome. Multiple events are shown on the 16 HDTVs (as well as the huge 10-footer), while the dog-friendly outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit, is the perfect spot to enjoy their legendary weekend happy hour. Hire strippers to come out to your venue to turn up your event in such an amazing way.

Deals: Happy hour runs Mon-Fri from 4-7 pm, with $1 off all drinks, drafts, bottles, wine, and appetizers, 14-ounce Bloody Marys, margaritas, and martinis for $6.75. On weekends, all-day happy hour offers $3.75 wells, Jäger, Fireball, and Jameson shots for $4.75, and drafts for $3.50-5.50/

Slater’s 50/50

Burgers, bacon, and one hundred beers on tap

With over 100 rotating beers on tap, Slater’s would be a destination unto itself, but add dozens of flat-screen TVs, a family-friendly dining room, and a large, dog-friendly patio with giant Jenga, and you have Liberty Station’s go-to sports watching venue. The recently updated menu includes craft cocktails, Palomas and nitro cold brew coffee on tap, boozy milkshakes, wings, and an array of plain or fancy customizable burgers.

Deals: Happy hour runs Mon-Fri from 11 am-6 pm and Fri-Sun from 10 pm-close, with $3 off any beer, $5 well drinks, $5 glasses of wine, $6 select craft cocktails, and $4-8 snacks and appetizers. Check-in on Yelp for $2 off your second beer.

The Rabbit Hole

Chill sports-watching with great food and giant games

Brunch and football viewing bring Normal Heights locals to The Rabbit Hole on weekends for delicious, not-your-typical-bar-food plates such as Ranchero Shrimp and Grits, and Pulled Pork and Waffles, paired with inventive craft cocktails. The covered outdoor patio features cornhole, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four games.

Deals: Happy hour runs Mon-Fri from 5-7 pm, with $5 select local drafts, $6 wine by the glass and select specialty cocktails, and $6-7 appetizers. Weekly specials feature half-price bottles of wine on Mondays, $10 Burger & a Busch on Tuesdays, and $10 select bottles of Champagne on weekends.

Home & Away

An overlooked treasure in the heart of an overlooked neighborhood

Old Town is often overlooked by locals who consider it far too touristy, but they just haven’t found out about Home & Away yet. Take a break from the big game to step outside into the huge shaded patio for giant Jenga and Connect Four, cornhole, and ping pong, or stay inside to play foosball, pinball, and other classic arcade games. A massive smoker churns out 12-hour smoked pork and chicken for tacos, sandwiches, and nachos; wash it down with a beer or two from the 22 taps, a craft cocktail, or a shared punch bowl.

Deals: Happy hour runs Mon-Fri from 3-7 pm, with $1 off wine by the glass, bottled or draft beer, and well drinks, and $6 selected specialty cocktails. On Taco Tuesdays, you’ll get $2.50 tacos, Pacificos, and tequila shots from 3 pm-midnight.