Burbank >Bars & Clubs > Champs
4103 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150234.173378 -118.354754
A Real Champ – You've got the exposed wood beams, the knotty pine panneling and a decidely blue collar crowd--sort of a vision of what the Valley was like about 20 years ago. It's kind of a refreshing scene overall, sports fans here are much more down-to-earth here than typical LA fans. These folks hang in there, from tip-off to buzzer. None of that silly beat-the-traffic leaving five minutes before the game is over stuff.
Home – A place where once you've been everyone knows your name.. Also a free pool table with cheep beer
Burbank Champ-ions – Champs is the only sports bar in LA with a local feel. Nice pool tables, lots of tvs with good staff and service. The parking lot is small but lots of parking on the streets. Beer and wine only (although the staff once admitted to having some scotch) but who cares? Want anything but a cold frosty one when you're taking in the game?
Sport's Heaven – Be advised, they serve only beer and wine, no hard liqour. And they've been around forever, so if it hasn't happened yet, it's probably not ever going to.
My first impression of Champ's was that it was much bigger than I expected it to be. It really doesn't look like much from the street, but it is surprisingly large inside.
If you've never been in before and look under 30 prepare to be carded and regarded with more than a bit of skepticism. However, once you ease into the environs, the bartenders and patrons are all pretty friendly. Socialize over a game of pool or darts or that weird quasi-bowling game they have.
And yes, this is a great place to catch the "big game." Interestingly enough, I was there last during the Olympics. Strange to be in a sport's bar watching ice dancing.
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