Los Angeles Rams fans are all over the world, but something is happening in the transplant city of Los Angeles — a battle is raging. Can’t hear it? It’s not incredibly loud, but the Rams are one of the handful of professional teams fighting for the hearts of LA sports fans.
A lot of this can be measured in the attendance of the training camp practices and especially during the joint practices between the Rams and the Chargers. And yes, fans can show their allegiance to the Rams at home games, like today’s preseasons matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. But what if you can’t make it to the game?
Well, get yourself to a bar. And that’s something Los Angeles has in spades. For decades, football fans in LA have filled bars like Big Wangs, Legends, and Busby’s, cheering for the Rams and let’s be honest, whatever city they moved away from (it’s a transplant city, what’re are you gonna do?)
And those bars are great, but only is the original Rams bar. And that distinction falls to:
Tom Bergin’s Irish Pub
840 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
What’s great about Tom Bergin’s is that it’s old, authentic, and still has its original personality. The bartenders are old guys with bar towels thrown over their shoulders, there’s plenty of TVs to watch the game, and when a game gets exciting, the pub is so small that it can get absolutely electric. And they have Guinness on tap.
Granted, there’s not a lot of seating, the parking outside can be a nightmare, and it’s also filled with regulars who probably aren’t there to watch the game. But, Tom Bergin’s has been a Rams bar since 1936, with old Rams memorabilia on the walls and on the rafters, mixed in with cardboard shamrocks to honor its faithful regulars.
If you can’t get to the game, but still want to watch the Rams at a true LA original, then I’ll see you Tom Bergin’s.