Goal

Lounge / Sports Bar
Goal More sophisticated than the average sports bar, Goal attracts an upscale clientele that gets just as rowdy on game days as any self-respecting crowd of sports fans should. Los Angeles United States 34.0726905 -118.3712415
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Goal - Lounge | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review More sophisticated than the average sports bar, Goal attracts an upscale clientele that gets just as rowdy on game days as any self-respecting crowd of sports fans should. Tucked away on a stretch of road known primarily... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–midnight, Sa–Su 9am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Goal Review

The Scene

More sophisticated than the average sports bar, Goal attracts an upscale clientele that gets just as rowdy on game days as any self-respecting crowd of sports fans should.

More sophisticated than the average sports bar, Goal attracts an upscale clientele that gets just as rowdy on game days as any self-respecting crowd of sports fans should.

Tucked away on a stretch of road known primarily for its chic cafés and boutiques, the bar is an intimate space outfitted in elegant dark wood furnishings, comfy maroon leather booths on either side, and a line of tall tables with padded leather stools running down the middle.

A half-circle bar and standing area occupies the back of the space, while the front features a small outdoor patio.

The dim lighting and sleek décor might make Goal seem like just another lounge, but the row of vintage black-and-white sports action shots and the thirteen large flat-screen TVs – all tuned to sports, of course – call the place out for the sports bar it is.

Open every day, the bar is as popular for lunchtime escapes from work as it is for major sports events, when Goal gets so packed with fans that hopeful game-watchers have learned to call weeks in advance to reserve a table.

The somewhat exclusive vibe that Goal has created has become a major draw for an attractive and animated blend of clean-cut young professionals, the in-crowd, and the occasional celebrity, who prove that sports and style can make a winning combination.

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Tip from Lucas:

Big games draw big crowds – to get a table, you’ll have to call a week or two in advance to reserve. Otherwise, you can try arriving early and snagging one of the first-come, first-served seats at the bar.

  • Crowd

    Well-dressed young professionals, sports fans, and occasional celebrities, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Thirteen flat-screen TVs. Karaoke Wednesdays 9pm–close. Popular music from an iPod playlist between games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale bar food including ceviche and nachos with crema mexicana. Patrons should call the bar’s voicemail system for reservations; if there’s a table available, they’ll get a confirmation call.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6–$12, entrées $12–$20. Beer $7+, cocktails $8+. Table reservations up to 6 people minimum $100. Valet along Third Street $4.50 before 6pm and $7 after.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual but stylish. Dress code: no tank tops, sleeveless t-shirts, or sports jerseys allowed for men.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During a major televised sporting event. Usually most crowded on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Close By

    Since Goal shuts down at midnight, El Carmen (8138 West Third Street) is a great spot to get drinks after the game.

Goal User Reviews

Average rating:
Must go here!
Gor G. Jun 3, 2013
This place is a great place to hang out with friends and watch a game. It is more upscale than Barney's with lots of TV and comfortable seating. They accomodate big parties and welcome children too. This place has the best food you'll ever taste. it's nice to watch a game and stuff your face with quality food. The service is incredible, although sometimes the servers get too carried away with watching the game themselves. Just kidding. Seriously, check this place out if you're into sports. This may become your new favorite spot to hang out after work. It may get loud at times but that's the beauty of a sports bar
Sports bar brings in big names for big games
Cory A. Mar 24, 2013
An intimate atmosphere, friendly staff, great food and hip clientele make Goal sports bar the hidden gem of Third Street. Discretely located on Third between Sweetzer and Orlando, you'll know you're at Goal by the valet stand and line of Range Rovers, Bentleys, Audis, Ferraris and Maseratis. The small front door patio is great for taking a phone call or getting some fresh air, but the real action is inside the small lounge-type bar. Booths, high-tops and bar seating leave plenty of room to get a group of friends together, but make sure you reserve a table if you plan on visiting during a crowded night or weekend brunch. While the real crowds flock to Goal at night, the daytime patrons offer networking opportunities with day traders, agents, managers and celebrities. The menu includes staples like chicken wings, quesadillas, corn dogs, fries and more. Every dish is made fresh and sized to sample! Make sure you try Goal's signature Pirate Sauce on the chicken fingers or burgers. You won't be disappointed. If you are looking for healthier options, the salads are great (a rare find at a sports bar). The most popular choice is definitely The End Zone-grilled chicken on a bed of rice with avocado, cherry tomatoes and salsa. Desserts and drinks are great too, but the real treat for guests at Goal is the view. And no, I'm not just talking about watching any of the TVs lining the walls! On crowded nights, you will literally be rubbing elbows with celebrities like Kristin Cavallari, Brandy, Chase Crawford, the cast of Entourage and Leonardo DiCaprio. This bar is a slam dunk, a homerun, a touchdown, a perfect ten... a GOAL.
To be or not to be...a sports bar
Jarone A. Feb 2, 2013
With not many sports bars in the area, Goal is an ok place to go and grab a beer and catch a game. It gets really packed during big sporting events and there isn’t much place to sit, as tables are reserved and fill up pretty quickly. You become disoriented as the bar is pretty small and very narrow and has TV’s lined from wall to wall. I find Goal most fun either for smaller games or Tuesday trivia night. If you are looking for good sports’ bar style appetizers or starters, this is not your place. The food I tried wasn’t the best, although the presentation was pretty good. They do have a decent beer selection, although a tad pricey for a sports bar. But this place confuses me a bit as it doesn’t truly feel like a sports bar. Besides having a bunch of TV’s with sports on, there isn’t much else that suggests that this is your stereotypical loud, open, bright, and big sports bar. It feels more like a small, relaxed lounge you go to kickback and relax and the crowd is definitely more upscale. That said, the couple times I have been here I have had a pretty good time. The waitresses are nice and attractive and the atmosphere was pretty good.
It's easy to be a fan of anything in here.
Jason N. Aug 29, 2012
Goal's only fault is its gameday popularity. That's why I prefer this spot on off-nights. If you think there's nothing sporting happening, that's the perfect time to go: Goal's 10+ jumbo flatscreens will show you just how wrong you are. They get feeds from every corner of the world covering every possible event, and the crowd is talkative and enthusiastic no matter what game you're following. Instead of a sports bar, these low-key nights feel more like a moody, wood-clad dive bar where the conversation pieces are delivered via 7-foot LCD screens. Watch a few plays, talk 'em over with your neighbor, order another beer, and get ready for another quarter of whatever. To me, that's what a neighborhood sports bar is about. Sunday football? Stay home and save yourself from the standing-room-only mob. Those days, it's a little too much like being on the sidelines.
Solid sports bar...not perfect
Dan K. Aug 16, 2012
Weekday sporting events, and this is definitely your spot. HUGE booths to fit large groups of people, great food, solid beer selection, and more TV's than they have wall space to fit em. Sunday football can get tricky. You better get there early morning or you'll be stuck standing around. Not sure if they take Sunday reservations, but if they do that's the way to go!
Goaaaaallllllllll!
Paul F. Aug 2, 2012
This neighborhood badly needed a sports bar. It's not the biggest place in the world, and on big game days you need to call in advance to reserve a table, but their bar food is better than most and they have TVs everywhere! There's no special seat for viewing the TVs, but it's definitely better to get a booth than get stuck down the middle aisle. If you're in a small group of 2-3 people - sit at the bar, it's also a better option. Get their grilled cheese, it's awesome.
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