Sports Bars and Restaurants for March Madness and Beyond

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BY KAREN YOUNG

It’s Spring and that means March Madness — and in another blink — baseball.  In the spirit of the season, this is for the men who love sports, the women who love sports, and for those who don’t care for sports and just want to get their significant other away from the home television — this one is for you too.

Whatever the case may be, check out a few choice hot spot sports bar/restaurants in the San Fernando Valley that offer up food, happy hour drink deals, music, games and more.  From traditional testosterone infused bars to kid friendly zones and a gastro-pub, there’s something for every taste.

Barney's Beanery.

Barney’s Beanery — Burbank

The legend that started in West Hollywood in 1920 along Route 66, is now in the East San Fernando Valley, with indoor and outdoor seating, complete with flat screens, memorabilia and TVs at nearly every table so not a moment of game playing will be lost. The menu is enormous (they tout a 1000 choices) and covers all three meals and an array of cuisines. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 4-7. Frustrated with the ball game? Go play Wii, Xbox, Pool or Arcade games. Karaoke Tuesdays is at10pm,TRIVIA: Wednesdays @ 9pm $5.00 premium Drink of the Week, $3.75 Beer of the Month 250 N 1st St Burbank, CA 91502 (818) 524-2912 www.barneysbeanery.com

The Draft Bar and Grill

The Draft Bar and Grill— North Hollywood

Once the site of a Greek restaurant, The Draft has a Hollywood dive vibe without the huge crowds. Beer pong, flip cups, pool, karaoke, trivia night, deejay, a jukebox and flat screen TVs from every angle. The menu is typical bar food. Check the Calendar to see what’s scheduled as far as entertainment and the sports package. Call for reservations to reserve a table a booth for a larger party. 12430 Riverside Dr. (at Whitsett) Studio City, CA 91607 (818) 508-8652 Mon-Fri 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. www.thedraftbarandgrill.com

Townhouse Kitchen and Bar.

Townhouse Kitchen and Bar — Sherman Oaks

There’s a little bit of a Chicago feel happening at the Sherman Oaks Galleria’s Townhouse Kitchen and Bar which is really more restaurant than anything else. Decked-out with 14-flat screen TVs, Townhouse always features sports in the bar area, but special for college basketball fans is a special Triple-threat Burger ($13.99), along with 30 beers on tap, or a handcrafted signature cocktail throughout the month of March. The NCAA’s Semifinals and National Championship weekends in April will add additional specialty gourmet-game-day-bites, such as mini-shrimp dogs, chipolte chicken rolls and a white bean avocado salsa. For wine drinkers, there are select pairings for these dishes should beer not be your first choice.  Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. and Reverse Happy Hour 11 p.m.-closing. $5 appetizers, $5 any wine by the glass and $5 specialty martinis and drinks. Monday – Saturday: 11am – 2am  Sunday: 11am – 12midnight Townhouse Kitchen and Bar 15301 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 453.9900

Rocco's Tavern.

Rocco’s Tavern — Studio City

Rocco’s Tavern is a New York/Italian inspired sports bar with exposed brick walls and indoor /outdoor seating. Flat screens line every space of the interior walls, while a projector screens games on an outside wall. Happy Hour runs from 3- 7 daily with 2 for 1 drinks, but no discount on appetizers. It can get quite crowded considering the place in on the smaller side, so on a big game day, get ready for close talkers — or screamers — depending on the game. There’s no other way. The Italian bar menu features standards like pizza, calamari, hot wings, burgers and more. 12514 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 985-9876 www.roccostavernla.com

Henry's Hat.

Henry’s Hat – Studio City/Universal City

Henry’s Hat stands alone as a gastropub/sports bar that’s a good mix of estrogen and testosterone — and kids are okay too. Happy Hour includes bottled beer, microbrew beer, wine and cocktails from $2-$5. The Luna Park Mojito is not to be missed (named after the owners’ La Brea restaurant, Luna Park). Pizza, Mac n’ Cheese and Chili Con Queso are some of the items on the $5-$7 Happy Hour food list. Salads, sandwiches, Niman Ranch beef burgers, pizza and entrees like steak and haibut comprise the regular menu. Not to be forgotten — the Fish and Chips — is in a league of its own. Flat screens circle the restaurant on exposed red brick walls. A side den features comfy furniture and an array of games like Battleship, Scrabble and a slew of other Milton Bradley favorites. There’s even a screen for Nintendo Wii. Lunch and Dinner daily with brunch on the weekend.  3413 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City (323) 512-2500  www.henrys-hat.com

Yankee Doodles.

Yankee Doodles —West Hills

Just opened in January, Y.D.’s or Yankee Doodles, is back in the West Valley— sports bar and dance venue with 35 flat screens, basketball and darts games, full service dining and a full bar. Sports packages, including NASCAR, are available for viewing daily. The dance floor opens Thursday to Saturday with a DJ for the late night crowd from 10 pm-2 am. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7 pm. Late night happy hour is 10- midnight. The menu is bar themed with American, Mexican and Italian choices. And the sports? It just plays all day long. 6501 Fallbrook Avenue, West Hills, CA. Their phone number is (818) 704-6633. www.yankeedoodleswesthills.com

Soup's Grill and Sports Bar

Soup’s Grill and Sports Bar — Woodland Hills

Owned and operated by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and San Fernando Valley native Jeff Suppan and his wife, Dana, Soup’s is a place that’s okay for kids too. There’s state-of –the –art digital sound, Busch Stadium seats, huge baseball mitt chairs and memorabilia that fills the walls along with hi def flat screens. An extensive menu from bar food to full course entrees is available, including Top Sirloin and Chicken Marsala. Philly Cheesesteak and Pulled BBQ pork are big hits. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday, 3pm – 7pm, featuring $3 Budweiser Bottles and appetizer specials. Get Hot Wings on Wednesdays for .35 from 4pm to close. Monday-Thursday: 11AM – 10PM Friday: 11AM – Midnight Saturday: 11AM – Midnight Sunday: 9AM – 10PM (NFL Season) 21028 Ventura Blvd.
 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 
(818) 884-6005
 www.soupsgrill.com

Karen Young is the Publisher/Editor of MY DAILY FIND.  Contact her: karen@mydailyfind.com

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