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

Nothing Says Fall Like Beer and Football…

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 in OC. With beer on draft, tasty fare and plenty of flat screens for optimal viewing, you’ll quickly realize why these 6 pubs are total touchdowns. Here’s to big punts and even bigger pints!  Watch Football Orange County


Rock & Brews

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

Football on over 20 big screens, a beer and burger in hand and an undeniable rock ‘n’ roll vibe—what’s more American than that?! This sports-lovers’ destination will be your new favorite spot to cheer on your team with family and friends. With a spacious and bustling atmosphere that’s paired with finger-lickin’ good food, don’t think twice about where you’ll be on game day. Rock & Brews has recently teamed up with rock legend Alice Cooper for a thrilling, one-of-a-kind burger—The Poison Burger. Featuring Alice Cooper’s Poison Reaper hot sauce and jalapenos, dare to take part in the #poisonchallenge and devour this spicy burger.

Locations: Buena Park, Corona, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Tustin

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The District Lounge

This recently renovated Orange bar might just be the best spot in Old Town to catch a big game. With over 20 plasma screen TVs, 10 beers on tap and delicious loaded sammies, what more could you need? Come for the big game and stay for weekly DJ sets to keep the good times rolling all night long.

Location: Orange

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Helmsman Ale House

Must-Order: Helmsman Hazy IPA

Grab a stool at the bar for a front-row seat to the game! This Newport Beach microbrewery and restaurant serves artfully crafted brews like the Hazy IPA, Newport Blonde and Lil’ Habner. Order the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, crispy chicken wings and Helmsman burger to grub while you root for another touchdown. 

Location: Newport Beach

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Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

Must-Order: Town Mary

Photography Provided By: Tavern House

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.

Location: Newport Beach


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.  

Location: Costa Mesa


Laguna Beach Beer Co.

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

Photo by Marina Zaharkina on Unsplash

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.

Location: Huntington Beach

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! 

Location: Newport Beach


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! 

Location: Dana Point


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.    

Location: Tustin


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.  

Location: Huntington Beach

 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!  

Location: San Clemente 


Mutt Lynch’s

Newport Beach locals know this is the spot to watch a football game. After a nice bike ride along the boardwalk, stopping at Mutts to watch the game is a must. Schooners of ice cold beer, spicy chicken wings and that good ‘ol feels like college again vibe we all hate to admit we love, yeah—we’ll see you at Mutts.  

Location: Newport Beach


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.

Location: Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach

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About the author

Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!


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