If you're like me, you grew up watching the 49ers glory days thinking naively as a child that they would last forever.
If you're like me, you went to film school in San Francisco thinking naively as a student that you wouldn't have to move to Los Angeles to further your career.
Well after five years in the heart of the beast (Los Angeles), you learn to survive and adjust to another part of the state that's culturally and consciously another world away.
Part of that adjustment is finding out where to watch the 49ers on game day since our local broadcasts rarely feature the 49ers.
For years I went to Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. They have all the games on and it can be fun to see what's going on in the NFL. If you just want a place to focus on the 49ers game with a bevy of 49ers fans, then the place to go is The San Francisco Saloon on Pico, just West of the 405.
Their food is far better than most sports bars. There are a couple of Montana and Lott jersey-clad, helmet-wearing, drunk yet friendly cheerleading chanters who keep the vibe up, and dedicated fans of both sexes packing into the joint.
The manager plays doorman and makes sure it doesn't get too packed, which is always the problem I had with Barney's. Just make sure you get there early because people don't leave and the manager is strict about keeping to the fire code and capacity levels.
To find any place in LA that isn't over-crowded (thanks to the manager) and where you can watch the game with fellow fans in a friendly NorCal environment is an oasis.
That oasis is the San Francisco Saloon on Pico.
Where do you like to watch your games?