The end of summer means football season is officially upon us. As we reach into the back of our closets to reunite with our favorite jersey, many local watering holes are getting into the spirit with some awesome food and drink specials to support our local teams. Whether you're looking to cheer on the Aztecs or bolt up with fellow Chargers fans, here are 25 great options for Where to Watch NFL & College Football in San Diego.Read More
Where to Watch NFL & College Football in San Diego
1. Rocky's Crown Pub
San Diego, CA 92109
Lighting is low and barstools are limited in this tiny and dark wood paneled haunt, but the locals love it. Plan on getting here early on game days if you want a seat, but the burger, heralded by in-the-know San Diegans as the best in town, makes it totally worth it
2. High Dive Bar & Grill
The crowd is affable, the food is better than most sports bars, and the TVs abound, making this one of the more popular spots to catch the game. The staff wears Chargers gear, so you know where their loyalty lies.
3. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
It’s hard to tell whether its the long happy hour (3-7 pm, and 9pm-close, daily) or the skimpily clad, kilt-wearing waitresses that keep this Celtic-themed joint so packed all the time, but one thing is for sure; if you’re cheering for the Bolts you’ll be in good company here.
4. Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen
The Little Italy location of the fan-favorite Ballast Point brewery is an ideal spot to catch a football game. If you can’t choose just one from their two dozen tap beers, try the flight; 3 4oz. tasters for $5. Pair with truffle fries and--touchdown!
5. Bub's at the Ballpark
While they have killer drink specials for almost every NFL and college football game, this place identifies itself as a Chargers bar and, as such, it is a great place to knock back a few pints of beer amongst fellow fans.
6. McGregor's Grill & Ale House
This spot is so close to Qualcomm Stadium that it's as near as you'll get to the Chargers without having to purchase a ticket. Voted San Diego’s #1 Best Sports Bar, you know this is the real deal--and also a great place to find Aztec fans on Saturdays as well.
7. Players Sports Bar
San Diego, CA 92111
This bar also earned itself a spot on San Diego’s list of top sports bars, and with the return of football season they are also offering an all-you-can-eat buffet for $14.95, so if you want to get your grub on while you get your game on, this is the place to wear your gold and blue!
8. Bullpen Bar & Grill
What solidifies a bar’s fandom more than having Charger girls visiting it during game time? Not much. But The Bullpen takes it one step further anyways with Monday Night Football specials like $3 well drinks and Fireballl shots, and $5 Wings and Double Cheeseburger with fries.
9. Miller's Field
What more do you need for a beautiful day of Sunday football than dozens of TVs, chicken fried steak, tater tots, "manmosas", and endless beer? The list goes on; check back weekly for new specials on game days.
10. Kristy's MVP Sports Bar
When a bar pairs Monday Night Football with $10 steak night, everyone becomes a winner no matter who you’re rooting for. While not specifically a San Diego team bar, the 30 HD TVs ensure that your game will be on at least one screen, so it’s just a matter of finding a seat next to someone with the right jersey!
11. The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole
Watch your favorite college team battle it out over your Champagne brunch with $10 champs bottles or don your blue and gold and feel the Charge on Sunday with similar drink specials. On Mondays, don’t miss the $10 burger and a beer deal.
Also Featured in:
12. Tavern At The Beach
Head here Saturday to recover from your wild night with brunch (starting 10 am), $5 ideologies (12-6pm) and college football all day; get in the zone Sunday with $50 Grey Goose bottle service and a $14 mimosa bar; or indulge in Monday Night Football with Monday Bunday $12 build-your-own-burger.
13. Sandbar Sports Grill
If you prefer your sporting events with a view, this bi-level oceanside spot in Mission Beach is where you want to be. You’ll find your fellow Charger fans here on Sundays enjoying the weekend drink specials like the $12 Big Ass Bloody, $6 Watermelon Mimosas, and $15 champagne bottles.
Also Featured in:
14. Effins Pub & Grill
The convenient location around the corner from the SDSU campus probably has a lot to do with why it’s rated the #1 bar in the College area, but you’d be remiss to pass up their Saturday game day specials where Aztecs gather for $5 you-call-its, ½ price appetizers, and a killer $5 beer and pulled pork sandwich combo. With 21 beers on tap and 44 different types of bottled brews, there are enough options to distract you if your team isn’t doing so hot.
15. Bar 1502
San Diego, CA 92107
A noodle house might not be the first place you’d think to watch college football, but the new restaurant and bar is pushing hard to make itself an Aztec destination with awesome drink and food specials on Saturdays. The cool interior doesn’t make this a bad place to catch the game on one of their 12 60” screens and 8x8 projector screen.
16. Fox Sports Grill
San Diego, CA 92101
You already know what teams gets priority on the TV at the San Diego location of the Fox Sports Grill. Located in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, this is the ultimate sports restaurant with a view.
17. Hooley's Irish Pub
La Mesa, CA 91942
Often the pub of choice for officially designated watch parties as advertised on SDSU’s official athletics website, Hooley’s has tons of screens mounted around the walls of its roomy, woodsy interior so you’ve almost always got a good view of the action no matter where you’re seated. (Also popular with Chargers fans.) Guinness on tap and hearty Irish pub food round out the experience.
18. Lumberyard Tavern & Grill
If you can’t make it to the game, Lumberyard Tavern is where you want to watch if you’re in North County--their game day food and drink specials vary each week but they’re always a good deal. You can usually expect $3.50 Coors Light drafts, $5 PBR cans and a ton of wings--think 2 lbs. for $20!
19. Triple Crown Pub
The Saturday happy hour here should almost make this the default destination for anyone looking to grab a college football game on one of their 20 screens. From 12-7, take a seat at the bar or on the outdoor patio and enjoy $1 off all pints, $2 off all pitchers, $3 Busch and Millers, and $4.50 PBR tall cans.
20. La Jolla Brewing Company
For the beer connoisseur who wants to enjoy something a little finer than a Bud while they cheer on the Chargers, head to the recently opened La Jolla Brewing Company, a spacious and visually pleasing restaurant where you’ll find a well rounded selection of in-house brewed beers named after local landmarks. Don’t miss their bottomless mimosas on Sunday from 11-3pm.
21. Latitude 32
One of the few bars in PB where you don’t have to wait in line to get through the door, this place flies under the radar but delivers completely if you want the Chargers camaraderie without all the drunk college kids you’ll find down on Garnet. They offer a special football season breakfast menu from 9am to 1pm on weekends. Note: they only serve beer and wine.
22. The Waterfront Bar & Grill
At San Diego’s oldest tavern in Little Italy, you’ll find a dedicated football crowd that gathers religiously each week to watch their favorite team play and if you’re in the neighborhood during a touchdown you can usually hear the erupting cheers from a block away. These guys are all about keeping the drinks flowing and letting the good times roll--the gratis popcorn machine in the back is a major plus!
23. JT's Pub & Grill
Cheap drinks, easy parking and greasy food make this dive bar another popular watering hole for the college crowd and--though you wouldn’t guess it from the outside--this place gets rather lively during Aztec and Charger games. Be warned; if you find yourself there for a night game on Saturday you’ll run into the karaoke crowd.
24. Last Call
The location may be questionable, the happy hour a tad early (2:30-5:30 pm) and the interior divier than most, but if you’re looking for a bar with some Aztec fans, it doesn’t get more authentic than this local, SDSU graduate owned bar. With the owner an alumni, you can always guarantee the game will be playing and the house will be cheering for the right team.
25. The Shack Bar & Grill
La Jolla, CA 92037
Most Chargers fans from the surrounding neighborhood flock to this divey sports bar, not only because it’s the only kind of its type in the area, but because it is a devout Bolts bar, with blue and gold paraphernalia hanging from most surfaces and cheap drink specials on game days (and most days for the matter) like $10 domestic pitchers. Catch the game on indoor and outdoor TVs depending on the weather.