Sports bars trace their origins back to the Colosseum in ancient Rome, where spectators ate grapes and drank wine as gladiators ran the I-formation offense against tigers. Keep tradition alive with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Southern fare and drinks at South in Santa Monica.
A finalist for ESPN's North America's Best Sports Bar in 2010, South balances its affection for athletics with a menu of authentic Southern fare. Tackle taste buds with the crawfish popcorn starter, with crawfish tails fried in a Cajun batter and sidekicked with tartar sauce ($10), or opt for a signature sandwich—pulled chicken, pork, and tri-tip topped with roast beef, ham, mozzarella cheese, and kettle chips smothered in gravy and served with regular or sweet-potato fries ($11).
Spiced-up Southern fare includes the Canal Street jambalaya ($16) and the Voodoo shrimp ($14), capable of turning humans into non-hungry humans. For the ultimate in comfort food, order the mac 'n' cheese dinner ($10). South's expansive dinner area, with tables and flat-screen TVs throughout, makes it an ideal outpost for team viewings of teams vying for a variety of goals, points, runs, baskets, and flugelhorns.
South in Santa Monica was a finalist for ESPN's North America's Best Sports Bar in 2010. Citysearchers give it a 3.5-star average, more than 220 Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and it has more than 900 Facebook fans.
- SOUTH is an 8,000 sq foot establishment in the heart of Santa Monica, CA. It was started by some guys who both are from the SOUTH and wanted to bring that feeling of southern hospitality to So Cal. It is a place where you walk in and feel welcome, unpretentious – Adam Milstein, ESPN
- I have been to a lot of bars in LA and this one is at the top of my list. I have been to this place at least 50 times. It is that good. – morgan101, Citysearch
3001 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90403Get Directions