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Best Places in Orange County to Watch Football

Written By: Ryan Whitehead Orange County Places to Watch Football

The 2017 football season has arrived and fans are eager to throw on their favorite jerseys and cheer on their team. Many restaurants and bars in Orange County open their doors every weekend with various food and drink specials. However, which bars have the best deals? The most elaborate TVs? The best food and drinks? Here are the top 9 spots in OC that offer not only a great experience, but also great fare to satisfy any sports fan’s palate.

Orange County Places to Watch Football

Laguna Beach Beer Company

This establishment may be the new kid on the block, as their second location in Laguna Beach opened this past spring, but this brewery makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the game. With delicious beer, artisanal flatbreads and several TVs, you’ll have the ultimate game day. Plus, it’s location happens to be in one of the most beautiful cities in the country!

Native Knowledge: Laguna Beer Company holds game nights for events like bunco and trivia night!

29851 Aventura, Ste D
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Orange County Places to Watch Football

Legends Sports Bar

Dubbed as “The First Modern Sports Bar in America,” Legends Sports Bar looks to cement its status in Surf City, their second location after the famous original spot on 2nd Street in Belmont Shores. With plenty of TVs and an extensive menu, both college and pro fans will enjoy the ultimate game day experience.

Native Knowledge: For Monday Night Football attendees, don’t miss out on the two for one burger madness offered from 6-9 p.m. throughout October.

301 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Orange County Places to Watch Football

H.H. Cotton’s

Named after the two founders of San Clemente, H.H. Cotton’s provides that local, neighborhood feel for football fans. With a quieter and more private feel, this is a great spot for fans to enjoy a game without the hassle and chaos of a packed sports bar. H.H. Cotton’s offers up the usual bar food with the a few twists like the Colorado Lamb Lollipops—grilled lamb chops with a smoked tomato ketchup, sweet potato crisps and a curry marmalade. Yum!

Native Knowledge: If your team plays either Monday or Thursday night, get there early for happy hour from 3-6 p.m. All selected items are $6 including sliders, baked pretzels and street tacos. Well drinks are $1 off and all craft beers and wines are $2 off.

201 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Orange County Places to Watch Football


If Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, ESPN Zone is the happiest place for football fans. The building itself has sports written all over it, starting with the screening room, featuring a 16’ HD screen that houses 13 monitors broadcasting different games. Fans can up their football experience by nabbing one of plush leather reclining chairs.

Native Knowledge: ESPN Zone is great spot for large group viewing parties and allows parties as large as 1,200 people.

Downtown Disney
1545 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802


Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill

Sports rivalries play a huge part in football, but what happens when two football rivals partner up  to open a restaurant? You get Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill. Located on the Balboa Peninsula with a second location in Huntington Beach, Cruisers features 30 big screen HDTVs as well as the largest 4k projector in OC. Cruisers comes complete with Chicago cuisine staples like deep-dish pizza.

Native Knowledge: Cruisers has four different viewing areas in the restaurant, and the patio allow patrons to enjoy other activities like beer pong and cornhole.

801 E Balboa Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92261


Old Crow Smokehouse

If you’re going to Pacific City to watch the game, Old Crow Smokehouse is the place to be! With an open feel and its close proximity to the ocean, this spot is great for watching the game. Plus, its six 55” big screens can play 20 football games at once. Anywhere in the bar, including the open patio, patrons can watch their favorite team in action.

Native Knowledge: Love country music? Stay for an awesome set from a live country band!

21022 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Board & Brew

Most football fans will assume a franchise sandwich joint is the last place they would catch a game. But, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, as Board & Brew is much more than a standard joint for picking up a turkey on wheat. Board & Brew’s collection of craft beers, mostly from local breweries, allow patrons to still enjoy watching a game, but with a unique spin. The taps always change which keeps beer fans curious, but can attract football fans that are into the craft beer scene.

Native Knowledge: Board & Brew does have the NFL package and provides six big screen TV’s. Staff is outgoing and friendly and will cheer along with you on that next touchdown.

27000 Alicia Pkwy, Ste B
Aliso Niguel, Ca 92667


Rudys Pub & Grill

Most football fans know that the Peninsula provides plenty of bars and spots to watch their team play, however, what other bar takes pride in handcrafted food and puts the sports fan first on their list? Rudy’s Pub & Grill offers so many choices that would make a football fan’s head spin. Catering to fans of both college and NFL football, Rudy’s offers specials on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can enjoy a $3 happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. with drafts from $3 to $4.

Native Knowledge: A prominent special is the steak dinner deal provided for Monday night football patrons that costs only $24, as well as a Saturday college football deal for a $15 bucket of five 16 ounce Bud Lights and $5 Salty Dogs and Screwdrivers.

3110 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


Mutt Lynch’s

Mutt Lynch’s has established its status along the Newport Beach boardwalk as a top bar to watch football. Arrive early for a spot at this bar, as space does fill up quickly. The bar opens at 7 a.m. daily, which sets it apart from all of its fellow Newport counterparts. With countless TVs spread all throughout the bar, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Plus, the “good ole bar” feel and it’s close proximity to the ocean enhances your Sunday Funday experience.

Native Knowledge: Despite their overwhelming menu, the best way to enjoy a day at Mutt’s is to get one of their famous schooner beer glasses or their pint sized mimosas.

2300 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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