Photography By: Josie Gonzales
Photography By: Josie Gonzales

12 Patios and Sports Bars in San Diego to Watch Football at This Fall

Nothing Says Fall Like Beer and Football

Written By: Carmen Varner Watch Football San Diego

It’s the time of year when leaves start to fall and you bust out your favorite team’s jersey from the back of your closet. Things, however, are different this football season. The stadiums are closed and social distancing is in full effect, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some strategic fun. We’ve tackled 11 of San Diego’s top patios and bars to watch football this season because you don’t want to be left scrambling! Bring your mask, and be sure to follow safety protocols at each restaurant to stay safe!


1 | Hail Bloody Mary Watch Football San Diego

Must-Order: Avocado Toast and a Bloody Mary

Some places are born for football. Draft Republic is ahead of the curve with an entire Sunday Blitz menu dedicated to food and drink for football fans. Don’t miss the breakfast specials and draft pick drinks. They’re opening their doors early from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for their Breakfast Blitz Specials.

Native Knowledge: Don’t miss the $5 bloody Mary with housemade bloody Mary mix and a Tajin rim.

Draft Republic
4282 Esplanade Ct
San Diego, CA 92122


2 | TV Screen Heaven Watch Football San Diego

Must Order: Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Savor the indoor and outdoor dining availability at Mavericks Beach Club, or order your eats to go. Get ready for $4 Budweisers, Bud Lights and Bud Light Seltzers. They also have $5 Stella Artois and $20 Bud Coolers until 5 p.m. Come for the raffles, but stay for the 43 television screens. 

Mavericks Beach Club
860 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109


3 | Craft Beer and Creative Cocktails

Must-Order: Herb Your Enthusiasm craft cocktail

Located in Petco Park, Social Tap San Diego offers a relaxed atmosphere for East Village and Downtown San Diego locals. They cherish craft beer and creative cocktails along with an incredible menu geared toward the highest-quality sandwiches, tacos and more. They recently added a patio with views of Petco Park on the second floor balcony.

Native Knowledge: They have 27 TVs, including 90- and 110-inch screens.

Social Tap San Diego
815 J St, Ste 101
San Diego, CA 92101

4 | Home Sweet Home Watch Football San Diego

Must-Order: Hot Wings

Home & Away may be a Kansas City Chiefs bar, but everyone is welcome to come in and order tacos, smoked meats, cold beer and cocktails on game days. “We have a giant patio and huge outdoor LED TV to watch all the action. There is plenty of space for people to spread out,” says Jonathan Frank, co-owner of Home & Away. There’s plenty of screens to go around.

Native Knowledge: The grilled cheese is out-of-this-world!

Home & Away
2222 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110


5 | The Eagles Nest

Must-Order: The $2 Tastykake 

At The Rabbit Hole, dine-in, takeout and delivery options are available seven days a week. They also have a rocking draft list with on cask, on nitr, and growler fills. “We have a front and a back patio with TVs everywhere to watch the games,” says James Gomez, general manager of The Rabbit Hole. Philadelphia Eagles fans seek refuge—The Rabbit Hole is your home now. They have a dedicated Eagles menu with special food and drink for fans.

The Rabbit Hole
3377 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116


6 | Let’s Taco Bout It Watch Football San Diego

Must-Order: Literally any taco!

Casero Taqueria‘s housemade corn and flour tortillas offer a taste of homemade, authentic Baja flavors right here in Carlsbad. They have an airy and spacious patio and an extensive menu with starters, salads, soups, tacos, tortas and food for the kiddos. In San Diego, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday—every night is taco night!

Native Knowledge: Casero Taqueria has a special taco of the month that rotates.

Casero Taqueria
2674 Gateway Rd, Ste 195
Carlsbad, CA 92009


7 | Coconuts and Kombucha

Must-Order: Lechon Asado Hash or Veggie Hash

Miss B’s Coconut Club has food, cocktails and an ambiance that’ll knock your socks off. They have 20 local and microbrew tap handles as well as kombucha and housemade cold brew on nitro. Watch football on Miss B’s Coconut Club’s slew of TVs. This lively, colorful and alluring hangout in Mission Beach is the perfect seaside spot for fall football.

Native Knowledge: Their frozen cocktails are beautifully crafted and picture-perfect.

Miss B’s Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd, Ste 7154
San Diego, CA 92109


8 | Fun Lives Here

Must-Order: Tri-Tip Tacos

Head to Park 101 in Carlsbad for their rotating food specials, including hot-ticket items like BBQ brisket fries and Tri-Tip tacos. This place is massive; it’s an 8,000-square-foot, multi-level complex. “In addition to our game-day specials, we are also adding Taco and Trivia Tuesdays and Movie Night back into our rotation!” says Beverage Director Rob McShea. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead—and don’t forget to ask about the $5 seasonal beer specials!

Park 101 Carlsbad
3040 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008


9 | By the Sea Shore

Must-Order: The Cali-Burrito Omelette

Searching for a beach bar? PB Shore Club is just steps from Pacific Beach, giving this local spot a casual atmosphere mixed with a dash of salty ocean air. Order $5 pints or $7 schooners to go with the Cali-Burrito Omelette—eggs, carne asada, cheese, fries, pico de gallo, sour cream and guac. Don’t worry, they have drink specials all day long. 

PB Shore Club
4343 Ocean Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109


10 | Take Me out to the (Foot)Ball Game

Must-Order: Tater Tots

Bub’s @ the Ballpark has football specials Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. until close. They’re not only your football headquarters but they also have access to MLB, NHL, NBA, college football and more—basically a sports bar nirvana. It’s not just about the food and drinks; it’s about the experience, the show and the celebration at Bub’s. 

Native Knowledge: Space is limited due to COVID-19 county mandates, so get there early to claim your spot.

Bub’s @ the Ballpark
715 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

11 | Play with the Big Dogs

Must-Order: Lobster Roll

You won’t really have to elbow your way for a good spot at the TV because Backyard Kitchen & Tap has screens in every corner. Enjoy cozy, welcoming outdoor dining in the Sideyard and the incredible draft beer and canned beer selection. Both ale appreciators and IPA admirers alike can find something they love at Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

Native Knowledge: They’re dog-friendly and have a doggie menu, so bring your fluffy friend.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap
832 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109


12 | The Duck Dive

Must-Order: Duck Fat Fries or Shrimp Ceviche

Enjoy American cuisine, craft beers and cocktails at Duck Dive’s indoor lounge with TVs or on their airy patio. This Pacific Beach restaurant and bar is the perfect place to sport your team’s jersey and get a full dose of Sunday football. Gather your quaran-team and cheers to a day well spent!

The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

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