10 Best Sports Bars in San Diego for Beer, Eats and Fun

The truth is that even though San Diego can be a fairweather sports city, there are a number of fantastic spots bars around town to frequent on game day or just because.

Fans that need to escape from the distractions of home in order to focus on the game may want to head to Player's in Clairemont. This no-frills bar is known for TVs galore playing a wide range of even hard-to-find games.

Want one of San Diego's best burgers? If you're a Broncos fan, too, Chief's Burgers & Brews is the best place you could possibly be in town when Denver is playing.

Or, maybe you want more of an upscale-casual experience. Barleymash isn't often categorized as a sports bar but it's a local favorite for grabbing a nice bite to eat and a craft beer while watching the multiple TVs behind the bar.

One thing to note is that if the kids are in tow, it's wise to call the sports bar in advance to see if they are permitted as this information is not readily available online and may depend on whether or not it's game day.

Root on the Padres, Chargers or whoever your team of choice is at these best sports bars in San Die



The menu at barleymash is largely based on two distinctive ingredients: beer and bourbon. Try festive, progressive bar fare such as bourbon-brown sugar potatoes, pizza with a barley crust, beer-battered fish and chips, and more. Over 30 local...  Read More



Miller's Field claims to have the largest number of TVs in Pacific Beach. Another bonus is that the bar has its own dedicated parking. It doesn't seem like it, but the food is pretty good with offerings ranging from seared ahi sushi salad to...  Read More

Pacific Beach


Dirty Bird's is a small sports bar in Pacific Beach that's basically known for three things: wings, beer and sports. The wings can be ordered different ways and they're really good. Happy hour has a half-priced wing and pitcher of beer deal....  Read More

Shakespeare Pub & Grille


A true British pub in sunny southern California? Yes, indeed. Shakespeare's Pub and Grille looks like a pub you might find across the pond, with the drinks, food and festivities to match. Try a plate of bangers and mash, a ploughman's lunch,...  Read More



Gaslamp Tavern has a dedicated Charger and Padres fan base but they do have all the major sports packages and show a wide range of games. They have windows that open up to give the space an indoor/outdoor feel which is particularly nice in the...  Read More



In addition to watching sports on the vast array of plasma TVs, it's possible to shoot hoops in the in-house court at Bub's at the Ballpark, one of the city's best sports bars. It's also eco-friendly as it was constructed using various...  Read More



Jolt'n Joe's new Gaslamp location is huge and their motto is that they show all games all the time including college sports, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Boxing, UFC fights and more. The Gallery Room has flat screen TVs, pool, ping pong tables and a...  Read More



McGregor's is an awesome sports bar in Mission Valley that's been around since 1996. Some think it's the best in town. Go to watch your favorite team play, obviously, but there's also vintage shuffleboard, four pool tables and darts. The...  Read More



Chief's Burgers and Brew is known for their burgers but that doesn't mean one should gloss over the rest of the menu. Fans rave about the rotisserie chicken, which is only made better by pairing it with one of the 20 beers on tap. The owner is a...  Read More



This Player's location has over 70 TVs (there is a Player's in San Marcos, as well) which equals over has 600 feet of TVs. The no-frills bar is for sports fans who want cheap drinks and to focus on the game without distraction. They do have pool...  Read More


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