11 Patios and Sports Bars in Orange County to Watch Football at This Fall

Nothing Says Fall Like Beer and Football…

Written By: Raphael Madrid Watch Football Orange County

Football is back! While we aren’t allowed back into the stadiums just yet due to the pandemic, that doesn’t mean we can’t rock our jerseys and don the facepaint to cheer on our favorite gridiron gladiators this season. If the couch and limited menu at home just isn’t cutting it, there are plenty of places in Orange County offering sweet (and savory) relief with a bit of open air. Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a bite and a brew this football season.


1 | Rock n’ Brews Watch Football Orange County

Must-Order: Spicy Maui Wowie Pizza and an Over the Pils and Far Away Pint

With over 60 beers on tap, Rock n’ Brews is definitely a top contender as one of the best places to watch football this season. Now pair that with a shaded, roomy patio and access to every football game being televised, and we don’t think you’ll be staying to have “just one.”  

[column size=one_half position=first ]Rock n’ Brews Buena Park
7777 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620

[column size=one_half position=last ]Rock n’ Brews Tustin
1222 Irvine Blvd
Tustin, CA 92780


2 | SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar

Must-Order: Shisho Boujee Cocktail

SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar just reopened their Costa Mesa doors in time for kickoff with an extended patio space. Their weekend brunch specials and refreshing cocktails (at both OC locations) might just be the best thing to help get you through a tough day with your favorite team. Dig into a Nashville hot chicken sandwich—we promise, you won’t regret it.

[column size=one_half position=first ]SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

[column size=one_half position=last ]SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar
21214 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


3 | Helmsman Ale House Watch Football Orange County

Must-Order: Helmsman Hazy IPA

I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as too many TVs in one place, but the 23 screens within Newport’s Helmsman Ale House will likely have you covered. I’m sure they are especially useful when your team isn’t doing so well and you just want to turn your attention elsewhere…

Helmsman Ale House
2920 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


4 | Landers Liquor Bar

Must-Order: Beef Dip Sammy and Whiskey Fields Cocktail

Quite possibly one of the more unique places in Costa Mesa to grub and gulp the afternoon away, this new kid on the block is shaped by the California desert and a rugged lifestyle. Landers Liquor Bar serves up a dangerously inviting atmosphere to go with whatever you order.  

Landers Liquor Bar
2101 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


5 | Laguna Beach Beer Co.

Must-Order: Helles Yeah! Lager and a Warm Pretzel

Laguna Beach Beer Co.’s latest tasting room addition is planted north of its inaugural location, now at the Bella Terra plaza. This new weekend hotspot features a simple menu with excellent crafts, a shaded patio extension in the quieter section of the center and all the hottest games of the day at your fingertips.

Laguna Beach Beer Co.
7631 Edinger Ave, Ste 1512
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


6 | Malarky’s Watch Football Orange County

Must-Order: Irish Omelette

The best thing about Malarky’s? They don’t seem to close. They’re open early for breakfast and still serve during lunch; they’re open before the game, after the game…and after your spouse tells you to come home. You can’t forget about their daily specials available every weekday! 

3011 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


7 | Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

Must-Order: Town Mary

The sweet smell of ocean air and quiet views of Newport Harbor are what sets Tavern House apart from the rest—after the food of course. Their menu is elevated, reflecting their iterations of coastal cuisine from Southern California, Hawaii and Mexico. Pull up a chair and cheer on your team at this classic Newport Beach dining destination.

Tavern House Kitchen + Bar
333 Bayside Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660


8 | Craft House Watch Football Orange County

Must-Order: Seared Ahi Salad

Craft House has been one of the fortunate ones able to smoothly navigate the outdoor transitions that the pandemic has forced us through. Along with the rare selection of whiskey that Craft House is known for, their spaced out parking lot-turned-patio features a projector, perfect to track those weekly fantasy matchups! 

Craft House
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629


9 | Bar Louie at The District at Tustin Legacy

Must-Order: Flash-Fried Calamari

The thing about Bar Louie is that they do everything really well—from the classic bar-food menu and refreshing cocktails to the ambient atmosphere,  it’s hard to be disappointed here. This location has plenty of TVs around the center high-top bar seating area, so you can watch multiple games at a time.    

Bar Louie at The District at Tustin Legacy
2467 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782


10 | Old Crow Smokehouse at Pacific City

Must-Order: BBQ Flatbread

Old Crow Smokehouse brings the country to the coast, serving up some of the best barbecue this side of Texas. This place is just begging you to bring your whole cheering section out because they’ve got the room, the TV screens and the meats to leave you absolutely stuffed in the end zone.  

Old Crow Smokehouse 
21022 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


11 | OC Tavern Watch Football Orange County

Must-Order: Casa-Made Stuffed Jalapeños

If you’re looking for the quintessential sports bar to cheer on your team, there’s nowhere better than OC Tavern. Even while physically distanced, it’s hard to stay away from the energy here. If the game doesn’t entertain you, there’s always the live music and lawn games!  

OC Tavern
2369 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

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