2015 Superbowl Specials

You already know we love the Seahawks. We’ve had Pete as our coach for 12 straight years now, from SC to Seattle, and every year our love for his bouncing along the sidelines, chawing his gum, and scrooge-mcducking, only grows stronger. So to say we are excited for this year’s #RePETE SuperBowl is a serious understatement.

Even more wonderful: this year’s Superbowl coincides with the end of Dry January!

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A plethora of options for your SuperBowl watching + boozing needs:

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Yes, I Am Ready for Some Football.

UPDATED FOR 2014/2015 Football Season!

photo via thrillest.com

photo via thrillest.com

For those interested in the inane details of my life:

My perfect fall Sunday would involve waking up at 9:45am to update my fantasy team, the SheHawks. I then move from bed, to the kitchen to open a breakfast beer, dial up Tomato Pie, and plant my tukus on the couch. My laptop, iPad, and cell are all open to my fantasy apps + scores + research. I do not move for the next 10+ hours.

However, on really special occasions (i.e. a Hawks game that isn’t airing on local stations) and for Thursday, Saturday & Monday night football, I will leave the routine to take advantage of  multiple screens, $2 beers, the company of friends, and greasy delicious bar food.

So, whether you’re like me and want to stay in Sundays, or head out all football weekend long, there are a great number of bars with drink & food deals (plus giant flat screen TVs + the NFL package). Even better, most of these are not your typical ‘Sports Bars’ so they are less likely to be completely packed with rowdy stupid Raider fans (go Seahawks!)

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ALL GAMES

Big Wangs (Downtown, Hollywood, N. Hollywood, Valencia): $4 Heineken Pints + $6 Jack&Colas During ALL Football Games (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Brennan’s (Marina Del Rey): Drink Specials for Bronco’s Games Only. Deals Vary by Week & Are Posted Online. Example: $3.50 Bud Lights or $5 Blue Moons.

McCabe’s (Santa Monica): $1-OFF All Drinks during NFL and NCAA Football Games + Raffles for Great Prizes.

The Oinkster (Hollywood): House Beer Buckets (5) $18; Food Specials: Game Day Fries: Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese, Pulled Pork & Onions Cheeseburger & Fries. Available anytime an NFL game is on.

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THURSDAYS

Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood): .35cent Wing Night (5-11pm)

Nikki’s (Venice): Half-Off Apps (Available on Monday’s too!)

The Original Pizza Cookery (Woodland Hills): $3 Domestic Bottles, $3.25 Drafts, $3.50 Imported Bottles + Discounted Apps (Available Thurs & Monday – During Game-Time Only)

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SATURDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $3 Beers, Wells & Wines + $5 Specialty Drinks + 25% Apps During College Games

GYM Sports Bar (West Hollywood): $3 Beers, $11 Pitchers, $8 Captain Black+Stormies (12pm – 9pm, Available Sunday’s too!)

Happy Endings (Hollywood): $6 Wells, $1-Off All Pints, $14 Bud-Light Pitchers, 2-for-1 Breakfast Cocktails (Avail Sat & Sun During All Games)

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SUNDAYS

Barella Bar (Silver Lake): 2-for-1 Cocktails, Beers, and Wines

Casey’s Irish Pub (Downtown): All Day Happy Hour! (on Monday’s too!)

Park Bar & Grill (Burbank): $2 Jello Shots, $10 Pitchers of Beer (Note: GreenBay Packers Bar)

Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village): Bottomless Draft Beers + $5 Bites During the Games (and $12 Burger+Beer Combos on Mondays!)

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MONDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $2 Bud-Lights, $5 Personal Pizzas.

Baleen (Marina del Rey): All Night Happy Hour on Mondays

Patrick Molloy’s (Hermosa): .25cent Wings, $3 Domestics, $4 Imports, $10 Select Pitchers, 1/2 Off All Other Drinks

R.E.D. Bar & Grill (Long Beach): $4 Draft Beers + Apps Until End of MNF Game

Short Order (Fairfax / Mid City): 64oz Craft-Beer Growlers, Wings & Chili Cheese Fries Served During Every MNF Game.

Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks): $3 Drafts During MNF Games

The Yard House (Downtown): Happy hour pricing from kick off to the end of the game.

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Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Rock & Reilly’s

Update for 2014: Brunch is now $25 and includes bottomless breakfast food options + mimosas, bloody marys, and Bud Light drafts.

Now that football has started, Sunday brunch has taken a back seat to 10 straight hours of NFL football + fantasy match ups.

A typical football Sunday starts with waking up around 9:55am (just in time to get last minute roster changes in to the fantasy team). Then its time to post up in front of the TV with beer in hand and pizza on the way.

However, we think things are going to change this year, as we just learned our two Sunday favorites have united: bottomless mimosas + NFL Football. Hooray!

Look at all those glorious TVs…

The Spot: Rock & Reilly’s, West Hollywood

Boozy Brunching Hours: Sat & Sun, 11:30am – 3:00pm (But the bar opens early at 9am to start serving breakfast & show the games)

Bottomless Deal: $12 Bottomless Mimosas & Bloody Marys

Menu Highlights: Well, aside from our favorite menu item – NFL on 17 flat screen TVs, there will also be a bunch of specialty football plates on the menu this season, including a Player’s Platter (beef sliders, corned beef sliders, wings, and ribs – $22), a Cheerleader Platter (veggie sliders, chicken skewers, & wings), and a Sky Box Menu Platter (the fancy stuff: lobster rolls, crab cake sliders, ahi tuna tartare and truffle mac n cheese – $45.) And for those that crave standard breakfast fare, that will be available too from 9am – noon.

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Rock & Reilly’s / 8911 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood / 310.360.1400 / http://www.rnrpub.com

Happy Hour at Coney Dog LA

There are two places where hot dogs are the most appropriate: 1. Sports Games, 2. late night after an evening of heavy drinking.

At games, the dogs are absurdely expensive and the beers are even pricier. Post bar dogs don’t include the option to buy more beer, and usually leave you locked to the toilet the next day.In both situations you wait in line, and then stand, while you shove that smooth oblong packaged meat in your mouth.

We’re well versed in both scenarios, but when it comes down to it, we prefer to sit and eat our meals, wash them down with some suds, and not ravage our intestinal tract. And if they are cheap? Even better.

ConeyDogs in West Hollywood has this desire covered: they are open for your late night binges til 3am Thu-Sat (12am otherwise), offer $3 standard hot dogs, have tons of seating & TVs to watch the game of the moment, and showcase assortment of beers on tap with lots of food+drink specials offered throughout the week. The best of these deals is happy hour, where Mon-Fri from 3-7pm, Coney Dog offers 2-for-1 dogs + $3.50 for a 16oz craft beer. That buzzed+fat for under $10 with tip. That is amazing.

And if you’re a facebook follower, you can check out their incredibly active Facebook page of deals & freebies available throught the week, most of which coincide with a sports game of some sort (beware: this is a Detroit bar.)

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Coney Dog – Detroit Dogs in Los Angeles / 8873 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood / 310.854.1172/ http://www.coneydogla.com/

Backstage Happy Hour

In honor of my Seahawks not only making the playoffs, but also beating the defending super bowl champ Saints last weekend, I figured it only appropriate to do today’s happy hour post on LA’s Seahawks bar: Backstage.

The Hawks Nest

This is where I spent last Saturday, donning my Lofa Tatupu jersey, screaming at the top of my lungs, and downing $15 pitchers of Newcastle. This is where I will spend this Sunday morning watching the Seahawks (hopefully) destroy the Bears (hey we’ve done it before, we can do it again, right?)

On top of being the LA home of the 12th man, Backstage also has a rad happy hour:

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BACKSTAGE HAPPY HOUR

Daily, 4pm – 8pm

$2 Domestic Beers, $3 Cocktails, 1/2 Priced Apps

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Doesn’t get much better than $2 beers for four straight hours. Plus the food, as I drunkely recall, is pretty decent (they claim on their website to not use freezers or microwaves.) Just your typical bar food menu (nachos, burgers, fries) but done better than you’d expect from this dive bar…. And I say dive with the utmost affection.

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Now if only they could extend happy hour to 9am Sunday morning for when I arrive to watch the game. It seems almost sadistic not to…

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Backstage Culver City

10400 Culver Blvd

310.839.3892


PS Don’t forget about their awesome karaoke nights!
Backstage Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Bottomless Mimosa Guide: Varsity

TGIF! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away and this weekend I intend to finally begin some of my holiday shopping. What better way to ease into the madness that is is holiday shopping (packed parking structures, long lines at registers, circling the mall aimlessly to find that *perfect* present) than with a boozy brunch before hitting the Beverly Center?

Enter Varsity, the new spot in the former Life space, on Wilshire. Varsity has everything you need for your sports-watching needs – HD plasmas, projection screens, ample seating, bar food and beer.  I’ve been waiting for ages for the Life space to be revitalized and can’t wait to check Varsity out, especially since they have the one feature nearest and dearest to our hearts: bottomless mimosas.

Bottomless mimosa brunch at Varsity is every Sunday from 10am-1pm.  The menu is super limited, but hey, this is a sports bar – eggs, pancakes, breakfast burrito, and breakfast sliders.  Bottomless mimosas OR bloody marys are just  $10.   Although the bottomless booze is only offered on Sundays, during Saturdays’ breakfast hours, you can enjoy all of Varsity’s usual happy hour pricing on drinks ($4 beer, $6 wine).

So head there this weekend to get your booze on before tackling the Bev Center or enjoy a boozy breakfast there on Sunday and stay all day to watch football on one of their monster screens!  You can check their website for more info on the games they will be showing.

Varsity. 6311 Wilshire.  (323) 651.5433. www.thevarsityla.com

Balls & Beers – Miracle Mile Happy Hour

I like Busbys East.

I like that they have a live 80s cover band (Fast Times) who plays every Friday. I like that they have a large dance floor, video games to keep the guys entertained (specifically Big Buck Hunter), TVs for sports, patios for those who enjoy cancer sticks, and lots of spots to sit. I like that we can usually get a big group of predominately male people in on any given night and not have to worry about a line.

But in the end I have always considered it a good NIGHT spot. Not a good dinner and not a good happy hour spot.

So needless to say, being a self proclaimed ‘expert’ in happy hours and dining deals (i.e. total snob who refuses to be wrong) – I was not so happy when told the group was happy houring at Busbys.

To their credit the guys had an excuse: the Lakers were playing and Busbys has tons of TVs for the game. But I don’t really care about the Lakers (gasp! shock! V loves the Lakers but I don’t even like basketball unless its march madness… im a football girl) I just wanted something good to eat & a nice glass of wine. To be honest I wasn’t even sure if Busbys had a happy hour (and the thought of no happy hour made me cranky).

Well Busby’s does have a happy hour:

M-F, 4pm – 7pm

$4 Beers, $5 Wine & Well Drinks, 1/2 off Apps

I got the wine (of course) and it was fine – but I can get cheaper, $4 wine, at nicer spots. The beers were beers and a decent deal. The apps were typical bar food but nothing to write home about and certainly not as good as the uber greasy and extra delicious bar food at Backstage. I will give credit to their curly fries though – they were delicious & I was craving more of them all night.

However despite my bitching and moaning the guys were happy. They got to play that stupid Big Buck Hunter game that they love so much and they got to watch the game amongst fellow fans. They even had mass amounts of beer and food without spending a fortune.

I’m not sure this place will be on the top of my Happy Hour radar in the future but it’s definitely worth trying out next time the Lakers/Dodgers/Trojans are on TV. Plus it’ll definitely get you points with the guys if you can hold your own shootin endangered animals in a video game while knocking back brewskies.

Drink Up!

Busby's (East) on Urbanspoon

Let’s Go Lakers!

UPDATE:

Just some deal updates for tonight’s (6/3/10) game:

1. Lola’s on Fairfax (WeHo): offering specialty $5 Lakers Cocktails

2. Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena):  featuring 1/2 off the bar menu, drink specials and $5 beers all game long.

3. Wilshire Restaurant (SaMo): Happy Hour all game long

4. J Lounge (Downtown): Happy Hour all game long

5. The Penthouse (SaMo): Happy Hour all game long

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

In retrospect, we probably should written up this post last round of finals but it’s ok, we still have 2 more Western Conference games before we sweep the Suns and then 4 games to sweep the Celtics (or hopefully Orlando will pull through because I hate the Celtics, as I’m sure you do too). If you’re like some people I know – my dad – you have to sit on the couch in the same spot in the same room because you know that this alone will result in a Lakers win; but if you’re like most other people I know (my alchie friends), then game time involves drinking heavily at a bar that has TVs.  For the latter crew, here are our picks on sports bars in each area to where you can watch the game and catch some great happy hour/drink specials at the same time (this isn’t a comprehensive list, if you want a crowded sports bar you can always head to Busby’s East, The Parlor, Barney’s and the like…these are just some of our picks):

Downtown:

-Big Wangs: Not too far a walk from Staples Center if your ticket scalping efforts fall though, the Big Wangs in Downtown a maybe bigger but definitely better version of it’s Hollywood counterpart.  They have happy hour twice daily, from 3-7p and again from 10p-close.  The HH from features 50% off wings and appetizers, $3 beer, $4 well drinks and $ wine. Other weekly deals – on Mondays purchase a pitcher of Busch and get a free 1-topping pizza, and on Tuesdays from 4p-close they have $1 tacos and $4 margs.

-Weiland Brewery: Great sports bar near Little Tokyo (not really Downtown proper), with lots of plasmas to catch the game. They also have double the happy hour fun, one from 3-7p and another one perfect for after the game from 10p-closing.  Happy hour food deals are super cheap (everything under $5!):  grilled chicken quesadilla for $3.95,  crab cakes for $4.95, onion rings for $2.95 and much more.   Plus during happy hour all Weiland beers are only $2.50!  If the game happens to fall on a Wednesday night (like last night), you can also take advantage of their Wine Wednesdays – 30% off all bottles.

West Hollywood:

3rd Stop: One of our old haunts and my favorite low-key spot to watch games.  Happy hour is M-F 4:30-7p and on Saturday and Sunday lasts all night! Perfect for the next Lakers/Suns match up this Sunday.  House red and white wine for $6, happy hour sangria for $6 and a choice of 3 beers for $4.  Food deals: beef filet tacos for $5, sliders for $7, margherita and pepperoni pizzas for $7.

-The Snake Pit: Super cheap happy hour deals on Melrose, small space so won’t get too over-crowded during game time.  During the week happy hour is 3-7p featuring $3 domestic beers and $3.50 well drinks; during the weekends, even better deal, all bar food for $5 (the pizzas here are pretty good).  Another side deal on Thursdays: $4 pint night from their selection of 20 draft beers on tap.

Hollywood:

-Capitol City: Probably the only sports bar worth going to in Hollyweird, unless you are a fan of Happy Endings (in which case you are probably not my friend).  Happy hour 4-7p: $4 draft beer, $5 well drinks and $5 apps (hot wings, sliders, calamari and mac n cheese).

Feel free to add your favorite sports bars in the comments below! Next Lakers game: Sun May 23 @ 6:30. I ❤ Pau!

VandK’s Sausage-Fest Adventure at Big Wangs

Somehow, and I still don’t know how, we got conned into going to the new BigWangs downtown on Saturday night. While others were enjoying the delicious foods (and long lines) of LAFoodFest, we were enjoying beer and mediocre bar food with our usual crowd. This ‘usual crowd’ tends to consist of V, about 12 dudes, and me… i.e. a sausage fest.

The beers were good (and in some cases gigantic). The chicken-wrap-thing I ordered was a 4/10. The sampler platter was typical bar food so I’ll give it a 7/10. The wings, however, were a big hit with the guys (see a trend here with these guys?) The Rochester sauce, and the fact that the wings were actually boneless (and thus less wings than they were balls of chicken meat), was a crowd pleaser that night.

Note: Keeping our guys happy is important, as it means we have leverage the next time we want to try out a ‘less than manly’ new establishment in the future.

However I wasn’t totally sold on Big Wangs until I ventured into the bathroom. There upon the wall, framed above the sink, was a sign showing the happy hour specials… And they are great:

Oh how easily we are swayed by Happy Hour deals….

Plus, because of the crowd we roll with, I’m pretty sure we will have no choice but to return here in the future. At least now we’ll know what times to go so we can save some moolah!


Big Wangs on Urbanspoon

Not classy – But It’ll Get Ya Fat

St. Nicks is a dive bar. Its grungy and informal and the crowd… well there usually isn’t a crowd. But the drinks are huge (full 12 oz glass when you order a mixed drink) and the burger… oh god that burger is artery clogging good.

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Don’t bother with the rest of the menu – save for the French fries the rest is pretty unpalatable. The thought of their club sandwich makes my stomach turn. But the burger is worth the visit.
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AND If you’ve been drinking – the burger is even better.
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It’s incredibly greasy and there isn’t anything gourmet about it – no arugula, no caramelized onions. Just the standard patty + cheese + lettuce + tomato. But the meat must be of the least healthy variety because it tastes amazing.
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I’d recommend dropping by this weekend, grabbing a burger and a beer, and then head to your next drinking destination. Or come here after you’re nice and toasted for fourth meal (call ahead to see what time the kitchen closes though so you arn’t terribly disappointed when you arrive at 2am and you can’t order your burger… and forced to go to Taco Bell…)

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St. Nick’s Pub
8450 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-655-6917

 

St. Nick's Pub on Urbanspoon