Get a front-row seat at one of these local watering holes. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)
Barney's Beanery Santa Monica. A newer outpost of an old L.A. standby that packs in a die-hard Lakers crowd at game time. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 656-5777.
Capitol City. A classed-up Hollywood take on your typical sports bar, with sleek design, an extensive beer list and an impossibly large projection screen. 1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 465-1750.
The Draft Bar & Grill. For Lakers fans in the Valley, the Draft is an oasis of big TVs, beer pong tables, pinball machines, draft beers and $1 Budweisers during the game. 12430 Riverside Drive, Studio City. (818) 508-8652.
ESPN Zone .You might not get into the exclusive Hyde Lounge inside Staples Center, but this place right next door at L.A. Live is the next best option for the courtside experience, with more HD TVs than you can count and an always energetic pro-Lakers crowd. 1011 S. Figueroa St., L.A. (213) 765-7070.
321 Lounge at Taix French Restaurant. This dark and classic French restaurant in Echo Park draws an eclectic mix of roundball stalwarts, young and old, enjoying the game and a house pale ale in the wood-paneled bar. 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. (213) 484-1265.