The American bar scene is as diverse as our country is, with bars catering to cider drinkers, country music fans, vintage video game lovers and more. But one type of bar is both ubiquitous from coast to coast while simultaneously being different depending on what town you’re in: sports bars. For sports aficionados, there’s something electric about watching the big game surrounded by fellow fans while enjoying an ice-cold drink and classic bar food.
There are plenty of breweries, bars and bottomless brunch spots that also happen to have TVs, but these are not those bars. These bars are all about sports from football to soccer to UFC fights. And along with stellar food, drinks, entertainment and staff, they have an atmosphere that ripples with energy on game day.
To find the best sports bar in every state, we looked at online reviews from locals and tourists as well as ratings from local and national publications like newspapers and magazines to determine the most beloved watering holes where sports fans of all stripes can gather.
508 Bar + Restaurant/Yelp
TimberWolves, Twins and Vikings fans love this sports bar that’s blocks from the Target Center in Minneapolis. It’s also the official Patriots bar of the Twin Cities, though Packer and Badger fans will also turn up and cheer on game day. 508 is ultimately a crowd-pleaser no matter your fandom. It attracts a hip, young crowd with over 20 beers on tap, daily happy hour and an elevated food menu.
The best sports bar in New Hampshire features wall-to-wall televisions, with more than 65 screens in all. On top of every game you could want and friendly service, Billy’s menu boasts lots of large, shareable snacks from nachos to quintessential game day dips.
Mainers might not have their own major professional sports team, but Maine sports fans still know how to celebrate. Binga’s Stadium in Portland, Maine, is a spacious watering hole with more than 50 screens and projectors for every popular matchup, including hockey and UFC fights. Private booths even have their own TVs. Binga’s is particularly lauded in the press for its chicken wings with homemade sauces.
This Hoboken hotspot draws in a steady stream of regulars, especially New York Giants and New York Jets fans during football season. Even during the regular season, a line can form outside the building before games. Along with a buzzing atmosphere, Black Bear has over 50 HDTVs and a 25-foot TV wall.
Blake Street Tavern/Yelp
Located in the Ballpark District near Coors Field, this massive spot actually has three bars spread across two levels as well as a patio that’s perfect during warmer weather. A sizable Colorado craft beer selection, award-winning nachos and chili, bar games, 65 HDTVs and separate sound for different Sunday NFL games are just some of the reasons why multiple alumni and fan groups call this Colorado bar home on game day.
Bleacher Bar is a must-visit for baseball fans. Located beneath the centerfield bleachers at Fenway Park, Bleacher Bar sits in an area formerly used for the visiting team’s batting cage. Even without a ticket to the game, patrons can watch the on-field action through a large garage door window or tune in to the game on one of many TVs around the bar. Because of the atmosphere and fantastic view, it’s still a great spot to watch sports even when the Red Sox aren’t playing.
Named one of the best bars in Park City by Salt Lake City Magazine, Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive has a classic sports bar atmosphere combined with upscale, innovative eats to please an apres-ski crowd. It has more than 100 draft and bottled beers, including local craft drafts, and 10 jumbo TV screens as well as wood-fired pizzas, wagyu beef sliders, ahi poke towers and more.
Boxcar Bar and Grill in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has just the right combination of eats, drinks and sports. This spot has the longest bar in the city, carries NFL Sunday Ticket and has numerous big TVs and 30 draft beer options with selections from local brewers. It serves brunch, lunch and dinner with Southwestern twists like Hatch green chile mac ‘n’ cheese as well as New Mexico’s most iconic pie: Frito pie.
Brewsky’s Food and Spirits/Yelp
Brewsky’s is a family-friendly Nebraska favorite that has expanded from its first location in 1990 to add more locations around Omaha and Lincoln. It’s sure to please crews of die-hard and laid-back sports fans alike with its extensive craft beer selection and a food menu that includes a variety of Buffalo wings, gourmet burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and more.
College towns often have some of the best sports bars in America, and Columbia, home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, is no exception. However, the British Bulldog Pub, named the best sports bar in town by The Post and Courier, is not quite the quintessential SEC football bar that you’d expect. Instead, it’s where soccer fans gather to watch everything from the World Cup to British owners Mark Bowyer and Bill Quirk’s beloved Liverpool FC. Even casual soccer fans will get caught up in the excitement of watching a match here.
Bru’s Room Sports Grill is a well-loved local chain with various locations around South Florida. Named for owner and former Dolphins linebacker Bob Brudzinski, Bru’s bleeds orange and teal and its locations are decked out with dozens of flat-screen TVs. Bru’s newest location in Miami has 34 beers on tap, a kids game room, pool table and foosball table perfect for an outing with the whole family.
The Camp in Natchez, Mississippi, is both a great sports bar and a great waterfront bar. Located on the banks of the Natchez River, The Camp is a relaxing place to spend a Sunday watching football with an ice-cold beer. This family-owned bar has 18 taps mostly dedicated to Southern beers, Southern specialties like pimento cheese sandwiches and bread pudding, and a dog-friendly patio and beer garden.
While some of the country’s best sports bars are big and modern, sometimes history trumps all the latest bells and whistles. Other bars might have memorabilia on the walls, but Chappell's in Kansas City is truly a museum with more than 10,000 pieces, including an autographed pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy and the Oakland A's 1974 World Series trophy. Jim Chappell sold the establishment in 2018, and the new owners have renovated without losing the spirit of this local favorite.
A Philadelphia institution, Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar has grown into a local chain with more than a dozen locations in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Chickie’s serves up inventive fresh, never-frozen seafood-focused bar grub including Old Bay-seasoned Crabfries, lobster pizza, mussels, clams and crab legs. Chickie’s also amps up the game day ambiance by playing sound effects and special music during broadcasts, such as playing the Eagles fight song after a touchdown.
As the home of the University of Texas, Austin is all about the burnt orange, but no matter your team allegiance, you’ll enjoy watching the game at local Texas chain Cover-3. Cover-3 has a spacious setup with a family-friendly atmosphere, plenty of big screens and a dozen beers on tap. On top of being one of the best sports bars in the country, Cover-3 has some of the best burgers in Texas, according to Texas Monthly magazine.
Crystal City Sports Pub/Yelp
According to Arlington Magazine, this pub is a go-to spot to watch NFL and college games with big groups of fellow fans. It hosts multiple alumni groups from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University to Oregon State and Baylor University. Televisions are spread out on every wall across three levels and the deck, and games are aired with volume on. Crystal City has an extensive food menu that includes its famous crabcakes, which it even sells online.
Named one of the best bars in Nashville by multiple publications, Double Dogs has amazing hot dogs, daily drink specials and enough TVs to keep up with every game and team. There are even screens in the bathroom so you won’t miss any of the action. This family-friendly joint also has a large projection wall and audio boxes in every booth that let you tune into whatever game you want.
You won’t miss a second of the Razorbacks action at Farrell’s Lounge, Bar and Grill, which has 20 HD monitors, more than 35 beers on tap and even a pool table and table shuffleboard to blow off some steam at halftime. The gastropub menu includes bar fare as well as more elevated options like surf and turf and steaks.
The Triangle area of North Carolina is all about basketball, and one of the most exciting places to watch a University of North Carolina game is at Four Corners in Chapel Hill. Named after legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith's four corners offense, Four Corners is decked out in Carolina blue and has 16 HDTVs spread across three levels.
The Garage is a local Oklahoma chain with locations in OKC as well as Norman, the home of the University of Oklahoma, and Stillwater, home to Oklahoma State University, meaning it’s a top spot to catch Sooners, Thunder and Cowboys games. The Garage is known for its gourmet burgers and fries, particularly its bison burger, which you can get with all sorts of fixin’s like Hatch green chilis, jalapeno relish and more. Each location also has an extensive craft beer list and plenty of TVs.
There’s no shortage of great sports bars across California, but one is a cut above the rest in the Golden State: The Greyhound Bar in Los Angeles. The Greyhound is a mecca for Dodgers fans who enjoy game day specials during the “Blue Hour” for the first hour of every Dodgers game. After a Dodgers win, the bar breaks out into a rendition of Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” It’s also a top spot to catch soccer or Sunday football with a ring of TVs, a massive pull-down projector screen and a 20-tap craft beer program.
Louisville is a big sports town, especially when it comes to University of Louisville Cardinals basketball. For die-hard Cardinals fans, it’s a no-brainer to watch big games at Griff’s, a downtown sports bar owned by former Louisville and NBA star Darrell Griffith. The laid-back, fun atmosphere can accommodate large parties. The quality classic bar grub has special touches like chicken wings with homemade praline sauce and burgers ground fresh in-house daily.
Hooligan’s Sports Bar/Yelp
Hooligan’s is an Irish pub that boasts the largest TV screen in Montana as well as more than 20 more HDTVs to watch every NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB game. The bar offers plenty of Irish fare, including breakfast on Saturday mornings as well as innovative items like Irish nachos made with potato chips.
Just a two-minute walk from the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, The Houndstooth is a Tuscaloosa staple named for the checked brown hat worn by famed coach Bear Bryant. Ranked among the top bars in the country by Sports Illustrated, the bar is dripping in 'Bama memorabilia as well as more than 40 flat-screen TVs, including a 130-inch projection screen. There are even two TVs in the bathrooms.
Sin City is all about opulence, with its decadent buffets and luxury hotels. For a truly Las Vegas sports bar experience, Lagasse's Stadium from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is the place to go. Watch the game from plush stadium-style seating on more than 100 HD TVs, including a 9-foot-by-16-foot main TV. There’s also a sportsbook on site if you care to do some gambling as well.
The best spot in Wyoming for catching a game is The Library in Laramie. This spacious spot has big-screen TVs spread throughout both the bar and restaurant sections, which serve up pub fare along with a rotating selection of house-brewed beers, including porters, stouts, IPAs and more.
Connecticut is home to some of the best pizzas in America, and sports fans can get a quality slice while cheering on their team at Matty’s Next Door Sports Bar. Matty’s is next door to the original family business, Jerry’s Pizza, which will gladly deliver a pie. Matty’s is known for its friendly atmosphere and was named the best game day bar by Connecticut Magazine.
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille/Yelp
According to the Baltimore Sun, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille “boasts a raucous experience like no other.” Ravens fans flock to this three-level Maryland bar near Camden Yards for its nearly two dozen beers on draft, drink specials, big-screen TVs and its lively tailgate on the Purple Patio during every Sunday home game.
Chicago’s Wrigley Field is one of the most historic sports stadiums in the country, and the best place to catch a Cubs game in all of Illinois just might be Murphy’s Bleachers. The Wrigleyville neighborhood is saturated with sports bars, but this one rises above the rest. Operating under different “bleachers” names since the 1930’s, Murphy’s Bleachers is a classic, spacious, energetic college-style sports bar.
For more than 50 years, family-owned Nemo’s Bar has been slinging drinks to Detroit Tigers fans, even after the baseball stadium moved downtown in 1999. With complimentary shuttle service to and from sporting events, it’s a lively, nostalgic spot for pre- or postgame drinks with plenty of game day specials and classic bar grub like juicy griddle cheeseburgers.
Not only is Nick’s English Hut one of the best sports bars in America, but it’s also one of the best bars in America period. A staple in Bloomington since 1927, Nick’s is an Indiana University bar that serves up exceptional burgers made from locally sourced meat as well as craft beers served in customized mason jars. Nick’s even has its own signature drinking game called Sink The Biz.
Peanut Farm in Anchorage claims to cover the most games of any sports bar in Alaska on its over 70 screens and high definition projectors. Peanut Farm has more than 30 beers on draft as well as a menu that has been acclaimed by Food Network. The bar also has a heated deck overlooking the nearby creek so you can enjoy seeing some of Alaska’s famous wildlife.
Penn Social is a hip place for big groups to gather with something for every kind of sports fan. For those just there for the food, you can split 10 pounds of buffalo wings for $50. For beer aficionados, there are more than 30 beers on draft, including selections from local craft brewers. For those who want to catch all the action, there are nine 10-foot screens and a 22-foot projector screen. And for those just there to socialize, there are plenty of games from ping pong to Skee-Ball to video games.
Fans of Seattle football, baseball and soccer alike flock to Quality Athletics, located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of the city near CenturyLink Field and T-Mobile Park. This place has 16 TVs as well as a modern, slick ambiance with an Astroturf back bar and outdoor seating next to cozy fire pits. On Sundays during Seahawks games, fans can grab brunch, including a dish called Breakfast of Champions.
Pizza might be a game day mainstay, but why just stick with pizza when you can have a full Italian selection at Rocco Italian Grill & Sports Bar. The best sports bar in Delaware, Rocco is a family-owned business located in the Little Italy area of Wilmington that serves stromboli and homemade pasta as well as pizza. The neighborhood feel, daily specials and TVs everywhere you turn make it a favorite among sports fans.
This prime Arizona game day spot boasts an epic “Wide Wall of Sports,” which has 60 of the venue’s 100 TVs, including 11 65-inch widescreens. The Italian fare includes garlic knots, Buffalo wings, New York-style pizza, calzones, baked ziti and more. Santisi Brothers also hosts UFC Fight watch parties and a free weekly fantasy football contest.
Honolulu’s Side Street Inn has Big Island hospitality and vibrant Hawaiian fare. The menu includes poke, Japanese hiyayakko and soba noodles, and Korean-style short ribs. The Food Network declared this bar’s fare some of America's best sports bar bites, and the bar’s food was also featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations.” On top of killer food, Side Street Inn starts the party early on football Sundays, opening at 8 a.m. to crowds hankering for a comfort food breakfast and bloody marys.
Spirit of 77/Yelp
Whether it’s March Madness or Portland Trail Blazers game day, Spirit of 77 will be abuzz with sports fans. This bar, named after the year the Trail Blazers last won the NBA Finals, has 12 beers on tap and plenty of in-house games to keep you occupied during TV timeouts, including Skee-Ball, foosball and Pop-A-Shot basketball hoops.
Though their state is not home to any major league professional sports teams, Rhode Islanders still love to root for their favorite teams. Snookers in Providence is a great place to gather with a big group as this sports bar is located in a spacious old warehouse. It has three full bars, five professional-quality pool tables, a seasonal beer garden, an outdoor patio and bar, and 60 HDTVs.
Wisconsin is famous for its beer and for its football, and these two state specialties combine at the quintessential Green Bay Packers bar Stadium View Bar & Grill. This place near Lambeau Field is one of the best sports bars in America because of the electric atmosphere here on game day, when the pregame tailgate party spills out onto five acres of parking lots. Stadium View has even attracted up to 10,000 fans decked out in green and gold on game days.
This New York City spot is small but mighty with a devoted following that loves packing in for games with the sound guaranteed to be on. With an authentic, friendly atmosphere, wall-to-wall sports decor — including two Shea Stadium seats — and a rotating draft list focusing on microbrews, Standings is the place to be in NYC.
According to Atlanta sports fans, local chain Taco Mac is the top sports bar destination in the Peach State. Taco Mac was founded in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood in 1979 by two natives of Buffalo, New York, who brought their city’s signature style of wings down south. Between the wings, a diverse selection of craft beers on draft, numerous TVs and Southern hospitality, Taco Mac’s is a no-brainer spot for game day.
Taphouse Pub & Eatery/Yelp
This Boise sports bar that’s well-loved by locals keeps things breezy thanks to its large garage doors that open up in nice weather. Taphouse lives up to its name with more than 40 beers on tap, including craft selections brewed in Idaho, as well as 15 TVs for catching the game.
TC’s Referee Sports Bar & Grill is a locally owned gem of a sports bar in Sioux Falls that has 24 beer taps and over 100 beer varieties. There are over 20 TVs throughout the restaurant as well as sports decor and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere for catching games.
Varsity Club in Columbus is located less than 500 yards from Ohio Stadium and draws massive game day crowds during Ohio State games. Along with putting on one of the largest tailgate parties in the city, this bar has 15 TVs inside as well as five on its patio and a jumbotron in the back parking lot.
Walk-On’s Bistreaux is all about cheering “geaux” for the LSU Tigers, Saints and more. This local Louisiana chain was founded by two LSU alumni who were walk-ons on the basketball team, and NFL quarterback Drew Brees later became a partner and co-owner of the business. Though it has spread out with locations in neighboring states, its location in Baton Rouge hosts one of the biggest game day parties near Tiger Stadium during college football season.
As the home of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is squarely Jayhawks territory. The Wagon Wheel is an institution in this college town where students and alumni alike gather to watch Jayhawks basketball. Named for the chandeliers made from real wagon wheels on the ceiling, The Wheel is famous for its Wang Burger.
Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop in Des Moines has the perfect large, outdoor patio for catching a game and enjoying the weather on a beautiful day. A local chain with two locations, Wellman’s has 24 beers on tap, including local selections, fun spins on bar food as well as brunch on Saturday and Sundays with all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys.
Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon/Yelp
If you’re looking to catch a game in Fargo, North Dakota, Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon has the right atmosphere and amenities. It has wall-to-wall HDTVs, a fireplace inside and a large patio lined with even more TVs that’s fully heated during the spring and fall so you can comfortably lounge outdoors even when there’s a chill in the air. Bar eats include juicy burgers, chicken wings with 22 different sauces and rubs and more of the most popular game day party foods.
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