Best Game Day Destinations

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Start your week out right with Monday night games at Bootlegger San Diego. Happy Hour features $5 wells, draft specials, and small plates from 3pm to 7pm. From 8pm to close, they also offer half-off specialty cocktails and bottles. During Thursday night games you can build your own burger and get a draft domestic beer for $10. Bootleggers is also a loyal Alabama Crimson Tide and 49ers bar. They show those games on a giant 10 foot screen projector. Every Saturday for the University of Alabama games, they offer a special Bama Game Day menu that includes the Bama Rib Basket for $11 and Chicken and Waffles for $13. (Bootlegger San Diego, 804 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

Bootlegger (courtesy photo)

Rabbit Hole, located in the heart of Normal Heights on Adams Avenue, is a great spot to catch a game with its 28 televisions and outdoor deck. During Monday and Thursday night games, enjoy the “Hoppy Hour” menu from 5pm to 7pm, featuring drink specials and plates including Fire in the Hole wings tossed in ghost pepper-garlic butter and blue cheese dressing. For any Philadelphia Eagles fans, Rabbit Hole is the place to be. During Eagles games, they feature $5 Eagles shots for every touchdown and the back patio is reserved for Eagles fans. The Eagles Special Menu on game days includes the Fly, Eagles, Fly cocktail, Philly Cheesesteak, and Pretzel Sammie. Rabbit Hole also just released a signature t-shirts featuring an eagle made out of text that reads “Fly Eagles, Fly” on one side and “Rabbit Hole” on the other side. (Rabbit Hole San Diego, 3377 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116)

Second Chance Brewery Co. (courtesy photo)

With a Brewery in Carmel Mountain and a Beer Lounge in North Park, Second Chance Beer Co. is the perfect place for watching your favorite team and enjoying craft beer. Second Chance is offering $4 house beers during games including favorites such as the Mulligan Amber Ale and Seize the IPA. This special runs from 5pm to the end of the game on Monday and Thursday and is offered from 12pm to 8pm on Sundays. Second Chance will also be announcing a lineup of food trucks on site throughout games. During halftime, stay occupied with games including cornhole and darts at the 30-barrel brewhouse in Carmel Mountain. At the North Park location, stay comfortable with the lounge seating and feel free to bring your furry friend to enjoy the games, as dogs are welcome at the Beer Lounge location. (Second Chance Brewery Co., Carmel Mtn. Ranch & North Park)


A fun and high-energy destination is key to catch a game and barleymash, located in the Gaslamp District, is just that! The atmosphere is lively, the food is delicious, and the beers are ice cold. Go big with loaded mac and cheese dishes and wings, like barleymash’s Oven Roasted Beer-Brined Chicken Wings, which come covered in your choice of whiskey-buffalo, mango-mojito chili, bourbon-bbq or teriyaki sauce. If the game starts early, barleymash has got you! Breakfast shots are on point to wash down a barleyhash or half-pound beef B’Fast Burger, with aged cheddar, two fried eggs, applewood smoked bacon, ale aioli and bourbon brown-butter hollandaise sauce.

Along with great bites, Mavericks Beach Club, PB’s party destination, also suggests having an assortment of food for people with different dietary restrictions. The beach bar just added new menu items like a tasty Caesar Salad and butternut squash, for those who don’t eat meat. Mavericks understands the importance of providing guests good booze throughout football Sunday, which is why they have $20 bottles of champagne or rosé, along with a build-your-own mimosa bar from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After 1:00 p.m., fans can snag $25 Bud Light Mavericks Coolers, which will keep your brews cool until the fourth quarter.

Smoking Gun Ribs and Cornbread (courtesy photo)

You don’t have to be an Arizona Cardinals fan to enjoy Sundays at The Duck Dive, although it’s San Diego’s home for fans who bleed red. During Cardinal’s games, the premier beach lounge and eatery offers $6 snakebites, $5 Kilt Lifter pints and $4 Fireball shots every time Arizona scores. They also have $17.50 bottomless mimosas and juice bar until 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, along with $4 Bud Light, Stella and Shock Top all day long. If your team plays early, enjoy a fully loaded Breakfast Burrito with house-made chorizo, potatoes, poblanos, roasted corn, queso fresco, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and fresh cilantro. For an early lunch nosh on a burger, sandwich or Duck Dive’s oh-so-tasty Fish N Chips, served with fries and pickled veggies.

Who says you have to leave the house enjoy football Sunday? Invite your friends over and throw your own party at home! You can make your own delicious dishes, such as buffalo chicken dip or meatballs, or order favorite menu items from local restaurants. The Smoking Gun, in the Gaslamp District, is a great spot for smoked meats and tailgate-worthy side dishes. You can opt to pick the food up or have it delivered to make your game-day prep a little bit easier. For a couch watch party, Jell-O shots made to rep your team’s colors are always popular or fuel the competition by creating team-themed cocktails.

El Chingon: The “Bad Ass Mexican” restaurant and bar shows all of the games on high-definition TVs spanning the venue along with Raiders-themed brunch dishes on Sundays and, new this season, a Raiders-inspired cocktail – Reign in Hell. The cocktail is made with tequila, passionfruit, fresh lime juice, orange juice and R&D fire bitters. During Raiders games, El Chignon offers a ‘Bad Ass’ version of the cocktail served in a schooner glass with a popsicle and a Mexican candy straw; and guests who dine in their Raiders’ gear will receive 10 percent off their bill.