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14 Sports Bars in San Diego to Watch Football at This Fall

Nothing Says Fall Like Beer, Touchdowns and Tasty Pub Grub

Football szn is officially here, which means it’s time to throw on your jersey and head to the nearest pub! We’ve been waiting months for a reason to drink beer, and now we’ve got one. But before you turn on the tube and spend your Sundays on the couch, we’d like to introduce our favorite sports bars and restaurants to catch a game in San Diego. With beer on draft, tasty fare and plenty of flat screens for optimal viewing, you’ll quickly realize why these 14 hotspots are total touchdowns. Here’s to big punts and even bigger pints! Watch Football San Diego


PB Shore Club

Must-Order: Red Bull Vodka Slushy and Cali Fries

This buzzy upstairs bungalow may be renowned for its beach views and fish tacos, but its sports bar atmosphere is certainly something to write home about too. PB Shore Club is equipped with several flat-screen TVs both indoors and on the patio, so you won’t miss a single touchdown or end zone dance this football season. Throw on your jersey and prepare to chow down on a selection of tasty pub-grub fare! On Mondays, PB Shore Club offers a $10 burger and beer combo, 52% off industry drink tabs and $5 select beverages. And on Thursdays, you can enjoy $5 U Call Its and slushies and $3 and $4 taco specials! However, if you’re bellying up to the bar on Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss out on the $6 beers and drinks during the NCAA and NFL games.

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Local Insight: To see PB Shore Club’s full food and drink menu, click here!

Location: Pacific Beach

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Must-Order: Pistachio Crusted Salmon Sandwich

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Get your game face on and head to Draft in Mission Beach’s bustling Belmont Park! With a selection of 70+ beers on tap and a menu of tasty American fare, watching football here is a no-brainer. Snag a seat on the extended outdoor patio for ocean views that stretch all the way from Bird Rock to Sunset Cliffs. Kick start game day by ordering an on-draft beer or one of their signature cocktails like the spicy Midway Margarita or Belmont Park Mule. Then, snack on shareables like the Cubano fries, buffalo wings, cerveza battered fish and chips or Draft’s delicious jackfruit grilled cheese. Mark our words: this is the ultimate Sunday football viewing spot.


Miss B’s Coconut Club

Must-Order: Lechon Asado Hash or Veggie Hash

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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.

Location: Mission Beach

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Park 101 Carlsbad

Must-Order: Tri-Tip Tacos


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Head to Park 101 in Carlsbad for their rotating food specials, including hot-ticket items like surf n turf fries and tri-tip tacos. This place is massive; it’s an 8,000-square-foot, multi-level complex with a giant LED screen. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead—and don’t forget to try one of their frozen watermelon mimosas!

Local Insight: ​​Park 101 offers happy hour from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, so you can catch a Monday night game and enjoy discounted drinks!

Location: Carlsbad



Gaslamp Tavern

Must-Order: Brisket Tots

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Located in the historic Gaslamp District, this hip sports bar has the laid-back neighborly vibe we all crave on game day. Plus, Gaslamp Tavern’s jumbo baked Bavarian pretzels, loaded tots, wings and brisket sandos will have you making up your own endzone dance. Pair your pub grub with one of their signature cocktails like the Monkey Boogie, made with Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whiskey and Aperol, and cheers to a Sunday well-spent! Pro tip: On Mondays, Gaslamp Tavern offers $2 off all draft beers and sandos.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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The Duck Dive

Must-Order: Duck Fat Fries or Shrimp Ceviche

Enjoy American cuisine, craft beers and cocktails at The Duck Dive’s indoor lounge with TVs or on their breezy 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. They also offer a killer weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—try one of their boozy breakfast shots!

Location: Pacific Beach



Mavericks Beach Club

Must Order: Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

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Mavericks Beach Club is the ultimate party destination for sports fans. Get ready for $4 cans of Truly hard seltzers during Thursday night games and other drink specials on Sundays. They also have boozy otter pops for $6 and $25 bubble slushie buckets! Come for the deals, but stay for the 43 television screens. 

Location: Pacific Beach

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Home & Away

Must-Order: Hot Wings

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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,” says Jonathan Frank, co-owner of Home & Away. You’ll want to snag a spot at this chic, surf-inspired bar for a cocktail and a bite. The menu is full of crafty libations like the Kentucky River—made with bourbon, creme de cacao and peach bitters. And when your crew gets hungry, you’ll love H&A’s spicy surf-and-turf burrito, blackened shrimp tacos and chicken sando.

Locations: Encinitas, Old Town

Social Tap San Diego

Must-Order: So Fly Mai Tai

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

Local Insight: They have 27 TVs, including 90- and 110-inch screens.

Location: East Village

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The Rabbit Hole

Must-Order: Buffalo Hummus Stack

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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 nitro 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 away from home.

Local Insight: The Rabbit Hole has specials on food and drinks every day of the week! Check out what’s discounted here.

Location: Normal Heights


Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Must-Order: Lobster Quesadilla

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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 an incredible draft and canned beer selection. Both ale appreciators and IPA admirers alike can find something to love at Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

Location: Pacific Beach

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Must-Order: Spicy California Breakfast Burrito

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Sun, sand and sports collide at Sandbar in Mission Beach! This bi-level, waterfront hotspot is the perfect place to catch a game this fall. The downstairs space features dozens of flat-screen TVs and huge roll-up doors that let in a sea breeze. If you head upstairs to the skydeck, you can relish views of the ocean and Belmont Park’s neighboring roller coaster. In terms of food, you can’t go wrong with one of their breakfast burritos or “Big Ass Bloody Marys,” and the customizable taco plates are also delish.

Location: Mission Beach


The Deck at Moonshine Flats

Must-Order: Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

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With its festive, lively atmosphere and selection of mouthwatering BBQ bites, The Deck at Moonshine Flats remains a staple on this list. Grab one of their 32oz “big red cups” to sip on as you play backyard-style games like corn hole, shuffleboard and ping pong. And when the game kicks off, snag a seat at one of the many picnic tables and enjoy all the action on their state-of-the-art big screens.

Location: East Village

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Must-Order: Cilantro Pesto Flatbread

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There’s no bad seat when it comes to watching a game at barleymash. Situated in the heart of San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter, this high-energy downtown restaurant and bar is all about beer, bourbon and touchdowns. The industrial-style space features a slew of TVs, while the menu is chock-full of tasty flatbreads, different types of fries and mac and cheese and a hearty selection of sandwiches and burgers. Be sure to pair your pick with one of their signature cocktails, like The Ron Burgundy made with Old Forester bourbon.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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Carmen Varner is a North County San Diego-based writer and social media manager. She writes about food, beverage, lifestyle, and travel. You can find her tending to her patio garden, sipping on Earl Grey tea, or looking up a fun place to visit.
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