BEST HOCKEY BAR ACCORDING TO AN ACTUAL CANADIAN (2009)

Hollywood Billiards

Every winter some Northern-clime folks we know end up migrating, much like Canada geese, to L.A. to get away from the cruel Ottawa winters. Even though they're happy to leave the Arctic tundra-like conditions behind, they miss the almost-nightly hockey games. Here, there are very few bars willing to switch on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Hockey Night in Canada, featuring its obnoxious yet widely popular host Don Cherry (think of a white-haired Rush Limbaugh pimped out in colorful suits). Luckily, Hollywood Billiards has more than 50 (that's not a typo) high-definition TVs, so a little hockey in the back of the bar with a jug of Budweiser (one of Canada's most popular beers) won't bother the football and baseball fans. If only they could throw in a soundtrack by Anne Murray, add poutine (French fries with gravy and melted cheese curds) to the menu, and a Bloody Caesar (a Bloody Mary with Clamato juice), your typical Canadian might never leave. When the Ottawa Senators made it to the Stanley Cup finals against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2007, manager Dan graciously placed a sign outside that read: Go Ottawa! — potentially risking a puck to the face by Ducks fans. 5750 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. (323) 465-0115, hollywoodbilliards.com.

—Christine Pelisek

Location Details

5750 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90028
323-465-0115

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