Whether your MVP pick is Ryan or Brady, you love all sports or you’re just in it for the killer wings, Super Bowl Sunday means time to party. We’re all about ways to watch where football fanatics, supportive spouses and kids can each find something to love. So throw on that jersey, grab the kiddos and get your game on.
Lazy Dog Café
This Thousand Oaks spot offers the perfect environment for all ages, and has stool seating around the bar area (where the TVs are), so the whole family can hang out. There’s even a dog-friendly patio dining area. There’s a doggie menu (yep, it’s called “Bone Appétit!”) and every dish comes with a complimentary bowl of water, so even the furriest members of your family will be right at home. The kids menu has interesting options like steamed edamame and zucchini fries, and the grown-ups will enjoy crispy wings and mahi mahi fish tacos while watching the game. Open Sunday from 9 a.m.–11p.m.
172 West Hillcrest Dr.
Golden Road Brewing Company
With ping-pong for kids and bored-by-football grownups, sports screens and 20 revolving taps featuring a variety of beers, this place has it all. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the huge Bavarian-style pretzels, and the whole family may want to taste the croissant bread pudding for dessert. There are numerous vegan options on the menu too (even vegan grilled cheese), so this Glendale/Atwater Village spot is perfect for the Super Bowl. Open Sundays from 10 a.m.-midnight.
5410 W San Fernando Rd.
photo: courtesy of Islands Restaurants
If you’re looking to score for your family while you watch the Super Bowl, Islands Restaurants is hosting an NFL Happy Hour all day long, so you can catch the game here, or swing by and fill up before or after you watch. Appetizers like loaded nachos, sliders, quesadillas and cheddar fries are all discounted, and while everyone eats their way to linebacker size, parents can relax with tropical cocktails, wine and IPAs for under $6. They’re also hosting more football fun, like bartender-call-it specials, games and trivia for a chance to win gift cards and swag. Plus, if you haven’t had these fries in a while, you’re due, and Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect excuse.
Islands has 20 locations in the greater Los Angeles area, which mean one has to be near you! Check the website for locations and directions.
Rock & Brews
Shout out to reader Francesca Q. who turned us onto this Bowl watching spot with the tip: “At Rock & Brews in El Segundo there is a rubber matted huge play area for kids. Open air play with tons on large TV Screens and good food for families. And the sports noise drowns out the kids noise!” So we investigated and it turns out she’s right! Plus, the menu has a range of options, from wings and ribs to kale salads and mac & cheese—something for everyone. Open Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
143 Main St.
photo: Bludsoe’s Bar and Que
Bludsoe’s Bar and Que
If it’s not a Super Bowl Sunday without BBQ, then you have to hit some of the best in town. You haven’t tasted barbecued brisket until you’ve sunk your teeth into Bludso’s tender, melt-in-your-mouth fabulous brisket. Your kiddos will devour their gooey mac-n-cheese while cheering on your team playing on one of the many TV’s and you can sit back and sip on a tasty cocktail or craft beer. Heck, they even have Champagne, so if your team wins, you’re all set. Open Sundays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
609 N LaBrea Ave.
photo: Michelle T. via Yelp
M Street Kitchen
Not in the mood for wings and fries? Here you can watch the game, get sushi or salad, sip a cocktail and relax. Kids are welcome and may want to munch the brunch options (like chocolate chip pancakes). There’s an entire gluten-free menu for those who need it (and for those who don’t, the house-made English muffins are fabulous). If your sweet tooth needs nurturing, stop by the bakery inside and pick up some die-and-gone-to-heaven cookies. Oh, and if you hanker for burger and fries, or nachos and chili, they’ve got that, too. Plus, if you’ve still got energy after the game, the beach is just a couple minutes away, so kids can practice their tackles in the soft sand. Open Sundays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
2000 Main St.
Original Farmers Market
Kids not yet skilled in the art of sitting still? This place offers ample room to roam. The TVs in the market will all be turned to the game, there’s every kind of food imaginable, and when the kids get antsy you can take them to the toy store, the fountains, American Girl or a tram ride. Once they’ve gotten their sillies out, return to grab a coffee or a cone and catch the rest of the game Open Sundays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
6333 W. 3rd St.
photo: Meghan Rose
These 4 fantastic spots all feature plenty o’ TVs, have super kid friendly food & atmospheres and have locations all over the city, so you don’t have to think hard or drive far on game day. Check websites for locations and hours.
photo: Richard T. via Yelp
For super fans, this is well worth the drive. There are over 120 HDTVs and you actually don’t have to worry about overcrowding because on Superbowl Sunday they serve a reservations only buffet from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. ($65/adult and $25/child, kids 3 & under are free) that keeps it from getting too packed. That’s not to say it’s sedate; this is definitely a rowdy place to see the game. With TVs in the bathrooms, you’ll never miss a minute of even the commercials and if kids get antsy, there’s the 10,000-square-foot sports arcade with 4-Way Air Hockey, Hoops Hysteria, Roller Ball and over 40 games and 80 stations. Call Disney Dine to make your reservations.
1545 Disneyland Dr.
photo: LeTania Kirkland Smith
Pigskin Fun Beyond the Bowl
Forecasting Football at the Zimmer
Perfect for kids who aren’t into football (yet?). Super Bowl Sunday is also National Weatherperson’s Day. Combine the two and make paper foam-finger weather pointers, pendants and tissue paper pom poms to cheer on your favorite weather and your favorite team. Super Bowl Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Event details.
Sea Star Bowl V at the Santa Monica Aquarium
Those who are more Jacques (Cousteau) than jock will love the annual Sea Star Bowl; an exciting 3 minute experience where you will actually cheer for a turnover. Watch as the armored sand star contenders go tube feet to tube feet. Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m. Event details.
Tour The Stadium
The Rams are back (sort of—what an abysmal first year!) at the LA Memorial Coliseum, and you can get a tour of the historic football stadium Wednesday-Sunday, including Super Bowl Sunday. If you can’t be at the big game, you can step into a real stadium and see where the big guys play and learn some history, while you’re at it.
Get the scoop on tours here.
Reserve tickets online: ticketmaster.com
photo: courtesy of Family Ever After
Hosting at Home
If you’re hosting a viewing party at home, we’ve got loads of fun football activities for kids here, and lots of great football themed food, from football Rice Crispy Treats to crazy dip.
Find fun kids activities for Super Bowl Sunday.
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Enjoy the Super Bowl, family style! Who are you rooting for? Let’s talk football in the comment section.
—Elena Wurlitzer & Meghan Rose