It’s football season! Whether you prefer college or NFL, Pasadena is full of great places to catch your favorite game while enjoying great food and drinks. Here are some excellent places to check out on the next game day.
If you like to play games while you watch the game, Barney’s Beanery will have you scoring. This three-story sports bar has pool tables, foosball, air hockey, and darts, plus karaoke in the basement. Each table has their own designated TV so you’re guaranteed to watch your team, plus larger TVs located throughout the kitschy bar. If you’re hoping to watch some Saturday morning college football, order some bottomless mimosas to start your tailgating off right.
Freddie’s 35er is prepared for game day, with TVs galore showing whatever game you’re hoping to watch. Freddie’s creates a great game day experience, with tacos served up on the patio on weeknights, and a BBQ on Sundays for hot-off-the-grill burgers and dogs. They’re sure to play all the USC, UCLA, Stanford and Rams games, plus any others you’re rooting for. And did we mention complimentary popcorn?! What more could you ask for!
Sometimes, a plate of mediocre nachos just won’t do it on gameday. For a great meal while you watch the game, Slater’s has an incredible menu of gourmet burgers and more. Their specialty 50/50 patty is made of half ground beef, half bacon, and they’ve got all kinds of crazy options like “Peanut Butter & Jellousy” (yep, peanut butter & jelly burger) and a Pizza Burger. Add that to hundreds of beers on tap, and the holy-grail of football TV, NFL Sunday Ticket, and your game day is set.
Rocco’s departs from traditional sports bar fare, instead serving Italian comfort food like pasta and pizza. Their delicious menu is perfect for catering to other family members or friends who don’t care so much about football that you bring with you. They’ve also got happy hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-7pm with 2-for-1 drinks, making it the perfect place to find a deal while catching the game. They’ve got dozens of TVs, so you can rest assured you won’t miss a moment.
Dog Haus Biergarten
Ask local Pasadenans for their favorite low-key spot to watch sports, and they’ll say Dog Haus. They’ve got TVs indoors and outdoors, which is perfect for sunny Southern California fall. But the real kicker is happy hour all day Sunday, with great deals on drinks and food. They’ve even been giving away free tickets to UCLA games this season – keep an eye on their Facebook page to win big.
Are you looking for a place to watch the other kind of football? Catch some soccer at this English-Owned pub, with classic dishes like fish and chips and bangers and mash on the menu, plus British brews. The bar specialises in showing English Premiere games (they’ll open at 4:30am for those early matches), but will show all sports as well.
If watching on TV just isn’t enough, head to the Rose Bowl for UCLA games, or the Rose Bowl game held annually on New Year’s Day. Built in 1922, this historic stadium is one amazing place to catch a game. Get there early every other Saturday to cheer for the Bruins.