Oakland, California is home to the NBA’s best team and defending world champions, the Golden State Warriors. All season long, fans from all over the Bay Area and beyond have been clambering over one another to catch a glimpse at history being made. And now that the magic number of 73 has been obtained, it’s time to switch gears to the postseason and the ultimate prize: back-to-back championships.
If you were not lucky enough to score a playoff ticket or cash out on the ever climbing ticket prices (currently $250 just to get in the door at Oracle)…don’t worry, there are a few spots around Oakland to enjoy the game and be in close proximity to catch the mist coming off the nets from one of Steph Curry’s 30-footers.
One of the top spots to hang out and have a delicious burger and ice-cold beer is The Annex. The Annex provides top quality, locally sourced and organic products. They have great game specials that include juicy burgers and local craft beers to wet your whistle.
For a neighborhood bar-type atmosphere, George & Walt’s is where you need to be. With affordable drinks, friendly bartenders and delicious food, George & Walt’s is a local favorite.
Handpicked as one of the top three sports bars in Oakland, The GO Sports Bar has all of the makings of a great spot. Sports enthusiasts will be in awe of the flat screen covered walls and a menu of delectable chow and frothy brew.
In years past, this time of the year the city of Los Angeles would be prepping for another historical Laker championship run. Amidst the final games of one their greats and another disappointing year of missing the playoffs, LA still has something to cheer for; the former blind spot of the NBA, the Clippers. The Clippers, aka Lob City, has intrigued fans with their high-flying, exciting style of play and are among one of the few “must watch” teams in the league. Since it’s nearly impossible to join in on the excitement on the court, there are a few places in LA to slam a beer or two.
The Oinkster isn’t what one would consider a sports bar because, well, it isn’t. But how could you tell the difference with a cold beer, a plate of delicious Belgian-style fries and the game on a flat screen?
With a 90-year reputation of being one of Los Angeles’ favorite places to watch sports, Barney’s Beanery has everything a fan could want. They have over 60 HD TVs, over 200 beers and even more menu items.
If a place with loud, hysterical fans is not your cup of tea, Blue Dog is probably where you want to go. Recently voted one the “Best Sports Bars” in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly, the tavern covers the world of artisanal beers and a vast menu of great food.
Tell us about your favorite place to watch the NBA Playoffs in Oakland or Los Angeles. Follow the Golden State Warriors on their quest to repeat as world champions or follow the Los Angeles Clippers and their pursuit of their first ever NBA title.