Sports Bars in Long Beach
It’s the best time of year for sports fans with the NBA and NHL having recently started their seasons, the NFL and college football midway through their schedules and major league baseball now knee deep into its playoffs. And no matter what games or teams you follow, the experience is enhanced by the fun and increasingly delicious environs of a sports bar, and Long Beach has plenty: ones with great food, ones with great games to play and one that can actually lay claim to having invented the whole concept. Here's some of the city’s most popular places for congregating while spectating.
DAVE & BUSTERS
Recently opened at the Long Beach Towne Center (7575 Carson St.), this 41,000-square-foot space features all that you’ve come to expect from Dave & Busters, i.e. lots of fun. There are 180 games of all descriptions and tech levels, everything from old school skeeball to virtual reality versions of “Transformers” and “Top Gun.” There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to food and drink and plenty to choose from when it comes to what to watch since it features a 40-foot-wide, ultra-high-definition LED screen showing multiple channels, meaning you can sit in one place and pretty much see every game being played at the moment.
For more than 20 years, this Bixby Knolls location has presented a relaxed atmosphere for diners and sports fans alike. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it offers nearly 30 draft beers, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail list. Especially fun is its craft cocktail on Monday nights, making it the perfect accompaniment for Monday Night Footbal. EJ’s (4306 Atlantic Ave), has more than 20 TVs and is known for its fish and chips as well as wings, burgers and daily specials, especially during its happy hour which generously stretches from 3 to 7 p.m.
RILEY’S ON 2ND STREET
A cozy spot that has built a loyal clientele by offering a comfortable atmosphere to watch the games, including a front patio that melds sports bar with sidewalk cafe vibes. The cafe vibes extend to Riley’s (5331 Second St.) inventive menu which includes the likes of strawberry and goat cheese salads, fig and pig pizzas as well as recent additions like a double smash burger with bacon jam and grilled onions and, just for the baseball playoffs, a bacon-wrapped Wagyu hotdog that’s pretty much a home run.