8. Adams Ave., Detroit; +1 313 961 1700; www.chelischilibar.com
11. The British Bulldog Pub, Columbia
509 S. Now you get the name of the place.
73. Petersburg, Fla.; +1 727 822 4562; www.fergssportsbar.com
38. Gordon’s Bar, Buffalo
Jersey’s finest. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio; +1 614 299 6269; www.myvarsityclub.com
Are you ready for some gluten-free football?
TVs at the tables, TVs in the bathrooms, TVs outside, TVs on top of TVs. Central Expressway, Plano, Texas; +1 972 424 2300; www.theallenwickerspub.com
Looks like it was grown in a sports bar lab, but there’s no arguing with the sheer volume of televisions (76), games and corporate funding in this three-floor, 650-square-meter monolith.
Proximate to exactly zero major cities — let alone sports cities — this community wonder still manages to cram tons of sports into a pretty small bar. See web site for additional Nashville area locations.
Football — the American, not the world, kind — is king in the state of Texas. Tailgates Sports Bar and Grill, Newark
1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, Fla.; +1 305 672 3287; 900 S. The Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach
The regional chain’s South Philly location by the numbers: 2,200 square meters, 750 seats, 25 draft beers, three private suites, three 14-by-10-foot HD projection screens and Chickie’s deliciously misleading trademark Crabfries. It also offers fist-pumping patrons a food and beer selection that runs the gamut of sophistication, from filet mignon and microbrews to Sysco fries and St. Cooter Brown’s, New Orleans
The gang at Tuscaloosa’s Houndstooth bar celebrated the BCS National Championship game. Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Café, Austin
A truly great sports bar must be awash in TVs, offer an inordinate selection of beers and excel at frying chicken in some form or other.
I-17 and Bell Road, Phoenix; +1 602 789 7979; www.santisibrothers.com
Vermont microbrews and a commitment to turning up the TV volume for big games makes RJ’s a favorite, as do eight large TVs, satellite packages and “slammer baskets” (sliders presumably being on the wussy end of things here) with beer-battered fries.
With its more than 60 televisions, including five 100-plus-inch projection screens, be careful not to confuse this with the Brentwood Best Buy.
96. Other amenities include a patio, oodles of memorabilia and more TVs than South Korea.
2263 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.; +1 716 874 3020; www.gordonsondelaware.com
A thunderdome of televisions in varying configurations ensure that every geometric angle in the bar is within view of no fewer than five screens and, often as not, five different games.
12. And, while New England can get pretty sports provincial, Billy’s carries feeds from outside the greater Boston area.
36. Two branches.
While it’s steps away from cheesesteak cathedrals Pat’s and Geno’s, SPB&G offers its own worthy entrants in the debate.
95. The Irish Pub, Milwaukee
2255 Kuhio Ave., S9, Honolulu; +1 808 921 2255; www.shackwaikiki.com
The site of a former welding company, the space is massive, accommodating 40-plus large (if not strategically placed) televisions, 15 pool tables and nearly 90 beers.
The vibe here is so local that most of the bar’s 40 draft beers come from in-state. Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, Bend
166 Canal St., Boston; +1 617 720 4455; www.thefours.com
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The crowd at Hough’s called for a running play. So does much of the food, which also comes in massive portions, including the hangover tots, which are baked with pimiento cheese, bacon, chili, scallions and sour cream. The food is as homespun as the atmosphere.
31. Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill, San Leandro
It’s also got to make watching sports central to the experience; the kind of place that won’t stop until they find the game you’re looking for on satellite and, ideally, play the audio.
111 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla.; +1 904 482 1000; sneakerssportsgrille.com
Though a manly hunting/fishing theme prevails, Sportsman’s doesn’t let “regular” sports guys down, with NFL Sunday Ticket, a devotion to ESPN College Gameday and lots of local media “best sports bar” recognition.
20. The Globe Pub, Chicago
563 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburgh; +1 412 586 5944; closed any Sunday the Steelers aren’t playing; houghspgh.com
A consensus game day destination for fans in one of the most rabid sports towns in America, it’s also a regular winner of local “best sports bar in Philly” awards.
59. Hero’s Sports Grill & Entertainment Center, Bangor
Florida’s bar stool army often assembles for March Madness victories.22. The Spark Plug, for instance, is Absolut Raspberry, cranberry and lemonade served up with a Pop Rocks rim.
Murphy’s is a cozier foil to the Cubby Bear’s outsize bombast; the demographic skews older, and TVs number fewer.
1934 W. 29. Petersburg
97. haunt eminently more likable than any of the elected officials bloviating nearby.
Situated beneath the outfield seats of Fenway Park, the roll door backing this former batting practice room looks out directly onto the field, giving patrons a ticket-less view of the game — even the ones in the men’s bathroom, for whom a window above the best urinals location in America looks over everything.
85. Picasso’s Sports Cafe, Charlotte
18. And in a part of the planet dominated by nationwide chains, this indie stands tall, with plenty of space, TVs, dartboards, pool tables and exemplary bar food.
10 S. Just to ensure the peace is kept, Miami Mike himself is regularly in attendance.
But when you’re returning to the states from an extended tour overseas and you’ve seen all of the 10 total minutes of cricket you can suffer, chief among your priorities is likely going to be the gluttonous consumption of beer, buffalo wings and a ball game.
Beyond the aesthetic, STATS boasts a panoply of hyper-American comfort foods, three floors (including a roof deck), 70 HDTVs and tableside taps, which allow guests to pour their own beer.
5777 Smith Road, Brook Park, Ohio; +1 216 267 7777; goharpos.com
82A Lansdowne St., Boston; +1 617 262 2424; bleacherbarboston.com
“Dirty” is a distinction synonymous with many sports bars, but not this one. Run by University of Kansas grads who list hobbies like bowling and “every possible sporting event” on their web site bios.
46. Legends of Aurora, Aurora
72. Finally, we incorporated our own extensive experience.
TVs are a sickness in this honest-to-goodness, three-floor sports church, with more than 100 displays, including one 10-foot and two eight-foot projection screens. PGA match play? It’s on. But for Dallas area fans of soccer, this upscale oasis (couches, fireplace, real wood) is a solitary beacon. Check web site for multiple locations.
3001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif.; +1 310 828 9988; www.southsantamonica.com
Additional facets include a selection of beers that numbers in the hundreds and unique bayou delicacies like alligator sausage and shrimp po’ boys.
1235 E. Lumpy’s Downtown, Salt Lake City
47 E. West St., Indianapolis; +1 317 860 6500; www.highvelocityindy.com
77 Free St., Portland, Maine; +1 207 347 6072; www.bingasstadium.com
82. McGreevy’s 3rd Base Saloon, Boston
Each booth offers a dedicated television, with seating for everyone else determined by their game of choice in front of a host of flat screens.
42. 11th, Portland, Ore.; +1 503 236 3592; blitzbarpdx.webs.com
Despite the tastefully framed images of eponymous butt cracks (“moon shots”) hung throughout the place, the Half Moon manages to serve its grub without the customary grubbiness.
Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Coal Ave., Gallup, N.M.; +1 505 863 2220; rocknsammycs.com
40. A third location is located in Fredericksburg.
If it weren’t for this place, there might not be a Samsung. Sport Restaurant & Bar, Seattle
Far from the big-box, one-size-fits-all sports-drinking coliseum represented by many of the bars on this list, Heroes prides itself on its independence, with a large craft beer selection, outdoor seating and TVs wherever they can cram ’em.
3. Ruben James, Burlington
A triumph of authenticity in an area for which “international” is culinarily limited to pancake houses. Maine Black Bear games dominate the screens.
735-A Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, W. Rootie’s Sports Bar & Grille, Louisville
Inside, 36 TVs either ring the walls or drop down from the heavens.
91. Wayne and Larry’s Sports Bar & Grill, Lawrence
3227 McKinney Ave., Dallas; +1 214 999 8932; www.frankiesbar.com
The fan presence here is as much national as local — makes sense in one of the nation’s largest military towns — with the bar’s 70-plus TVs habitually tuned to the Universities of California, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and North Carolina for their attendant alumni and fans.
Sixteen TVs, 11 varieties of wings and three very important words: peanut butter burger. Check web site for other Dallas area locations.
501 W. The Shack Waikiki, Honolulu
Regarded municipally for wings that come in 13 different varieties, Picasso’s houses 15 sizable 50-inch HDTVs, as well as a 13-foot HD screen.
But which one? There are plenty of bars out there for sports fans, but very few run by sports fans.
45. Jackson’s All American Sports Grill, Cheyenne
With more than 50 carefully configured TVs and four outsized projection screens, this is where South Dakota keeps all of its televisions.
The scope is local, the food and beer cheap and the halls bulging with memorabilia. 60. 56th St., Lincoln, Neb.; +1 402 261 3859; www.pressboxlincoln.com
323 Armour Road, Kansas City, Mo.; +1 816 421 0002; www.chappellsrestaurant.com
109 North 28th St., Billings, Mont.; +1 406 294 3495; www.hooliganssportsbar.com
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. The Allen Wickers, Plano
83. The Peanut Farm Sports Bar & Grill, Anchorage. Addison St., Chicago; +1 773 327 1662; wrigleyville.cubbybear.com
Deceptively large, Sammy C’s is loaded with the sports (and music) memorabilia accumulated during the owner’s four decades in radio. Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille, Gallup
87. Miami Mikes Sports Zone, East Hanover
With exception of a showcase chronicling 100 years of Seattle’s contributions to sports, most of the memorabilia on display is for sale.
2430 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, Ala.; +1 334 239 7625; www.rockbottomamericanpub.com
Boasts the biggest tailgate party in the country, a claim supported by the dozens of port-a-potties trucked in on Saturdays during the college football season.
An adequate number of televisions are displaced by monster burgers (the biggest sells for $125) containing toppings like pork belly, homemade stuffing, foie gras and cranberry sauce. Some booths have their own monitors, with connections for other media devices and custom audio feeds.
5227 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage; +1 907 563 3283; www.wemustbenuts.com
The food is signature, too, with po dog gourmet hot dog toppings ranging from mac n’ cheese to sushi paper.
12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island, Fla.; +1 727 367 8951; gatorscafe.com
76. South Philly Bar & Grill, Philadelphia
8180 Maple Lawn Blvd., Baltimore; +1 301 617 3593; www.looneyspubmd.com
1400 South University Ave., Little Rock, Ark.; +1 501 664 6444; www.zacks-place.com
1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; +1 313 965 3180; cash only; www.nemosdetroit.com
25. Zack’s Place, Little Rock
Located in The Hub entertainment venue, which houses multiple bars and clubs that range from country to hip hop.
51-14 Shunpike Road, Cromwell, Conn.; +1 860 635 1860; rookiesct.com
1800 W. Two real Olympic torches. Stan’s Sports Bar, Bronx
14. AJ’s, Tallahassee
62. River Hill Sports Grille, Clarksville
34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, N.H.; +1 603 622 3644; www.billyssportsbar.com
Weekends mean a self-serve bloody Mary bar with an exhaustive assortment of fixins, while every day means one-dollar Miller High Lifes.
2. Binga’s Stadium Smokehouse & Sports Bar, Portland
107 W. Louis
You don’t win games by wearing a prettier uniform and you don’t win sports fans with cocktail umbrellas. Pinnacle Sports Grill, Boise
911 Boylston St., Boston; +1 617 262 0911; www.mcgreevysboston.com
13690 E. When will the coaching staff listen?77. Not many sports bars maintain web sites that tell you the name of the interior designer (“Shendell”) or list goat-cheese-stuffed lamb burgers on the menu.
Rock Bottom never takes its eye off the ball, with more than 30 HDTVs, three 110-foot screens, an outdoor patio, dozens of beers, a hefty burger for 15 bucks, darts, pool and “the tri-county’s only surround sound sports lounge.”
Pats, Sox, Celts, Bruins and, of course, U. Don’t stress, the scallions are fat free!
A local legend located a block from Oklahoma State University, EJ’s banks as much on souvenir T-shirts — yes, the logo is a grinning Eskimo and his trusty sled dog — as it does the food and drink on which it was founded.
Pinnacle features more than 40 beers and 13 high-def TVs, a quarter of which form the bar’s massive centerpiece TV cube. Harpo’s Sports Café, Brook Park
93. It’s lighter on TVs than most of the bars on this list, but heavy on ambience.
Fortunately, most nights at Stan’s end differently.66. State St., Wauwatosa, Wis.; +1 414 258 9886; www.leffs.com
There’s as much emphasis on “Aloha” spirit and live music at this chain as there is on sports, but this tiki tavern is a reliable place in Honolulu to catch NFL and college football action.
Located across the street from The Ohio State University campus, this brick-and-mortar monster scales back for regular game watching and pizza scarfing.
67. Blue Crew Sports Grill, Indianapolis
12205 Westport Road, Louisville, Ky.; +1 502 365 4681; www.rooties.com
This imaginatively titled tavern houses nearly 40 TVs, including a 130-inch screen and 13 more booth-side LCDs carrying all major satellite packages.
51. But not this list.1. The Royal Peasant, Athens
10. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia; +1 215 334 3300; www.southphillybar.com
Anyone familiar with the team’s fans will appreciate Ricky’s “No Knuckleheads Policy,” making it suitable for families and ensuring that un-punched faces remain that way.
58. Big Wangs, Los Angeles
26. Kezar Pub & Restaurant, San Francisco
See web site for four Portland area locations.
2525 Ninth Ave. 98. Nearly 50 beers at this English pub, with daily food specials like corned beef, shepherd’s pie and poutine.
At Cheli’s, you can eat wings while rooting for the Wings with a former Wing.
90. Wilson’s Bar & Grill, Madison
599 10th Ave., New York; +1 212 239 8020; lansdowneroadnyc.com
Regular patrons of this corner favorite root almost as vociferously for its beloved management as they do for the Bills and Sabres.
1220 Bower Parkway, Columbia, S.C.; +1 803 227 8918; www.thebritishbulldogpub.com
The rest of the world is great.
This Manhattan game watchery may come off pretentious to some, but so does New York. Iliff Ave., Aurora, Colo.; +1 303 671 0560; legendsofaurora.com
16. Va.; +1 304 598 9698; www.keglerssportsbar.com
37. The Fours, Boston
Recognition by media titans Maxim, MSNBC and … (Hence the name.)
Owned by a former Minnesota Viking, this branch of the four-location Twin Cities chain offers user-controlled table speakers, games and every sports programming package imaginable. Draft Carolina Burgers & Beers, Raleigh
3720 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa; +1 515 292 1167; www.wallabysbarandgrille.com
This sports temple exudes a populist appeal. The Bleacher Bar, Boston
Technically, you can mess with Texas.84. State Street Brats, Madison
300 Marietta St., Atlanta; +1 404 885 1472; www.statsatl.com
21. Black Bear Bar & Grill, Hoboken
This Hell’s Kitchen sports bar “distinguishes itself with a commitment to championship drinking,” according to its web site.
Part of a regional chain (four locations, one each in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming, see website), Jackson’s is a huge open space with dozens of mounted TVs, the usual satellite packages and a signature “El Grande” margarita to help you make sense of it all.
A plasplosion of flat-screen televisions forms this picture-perfect dream of a sports viewing configuration. Jonathan’s Grille, Franklin
5. Rock Bottom American Pub, Montgomery
65. individually stationed in booths … Springs Drive, Franklin, Tenn.; +1 615 771 0355; www.jonathansgrille.com
552 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta; +1 404 584 0335; www.themidwaypub.com
101. Irving Park Road, Chicago; +1 773 871 3757; www.theglobepub.com
35 Coon Rapids Blvd. Between the Buns, South Bend
114 South St., Danbury, Conn.; +1 203 790 9455; www.pippassportscafe.com
They’re not kidding with the name of this place, which is renowned for its world-class collection of memorabilia, if not food.
63. Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill, Dallas
1562 N. St. Big enough to have recently added a dozen new TVs like it ain’t nothing. S., Nashville, Tenn.; +1 615 383 3601; www.samssportsgrill.com
64. The TVs still run on 110-volt power, though.
1803 21st Ave. The bar is run by former Red Wing Chris Chelios.
Equal parts sports and oyster bar, there are lots of TVs, character and raw seafood for the iconoclast sports fan.
4126 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, Del.; +1 302 738 8009; www.tailgatessportsbarandgrill.com
57. The Midway Pub, Atlanta
278 W. Blvd. Rookies Sports Bar & Grille, Cromwell
If you’ve ever wondered how commercial art school grads might conceive a sports bar, here’s your answer.
Since 1946, Ricky’s has been accumulating memorabilia and televisions — more than 90 and counting — for fans of all sports, but especially football, and especially Raiders football.
100. 26th St., New York; +1 212 741 0645; www.ainsworthnyc.com
2239 S.E. Hough’s Bar & Restaurant, Pittsburgh
230 E. The largest waterfront bar in the world offers six separate bars, countless TVs and dock space for the USS Nimitz. Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book, Las Vegas
Boston’s sports bars are as great as its teams.43. Blue 32 Sports Grill, Scottsdale
You can’t order anything in this place without invoking an athlete, franchise or stadium, as the dishes are named for sports icons. Order a Larry Bird and you’ll get, what else, a big, juicy white meat chicken sandwich. Daily specials before Rays’ baseball games.
500 N.E. Wallaby’s Bar and Grille, Ames
1930 Blake St., Denver; +1 303 296 1930; www.denversportscolumn.com
Boasts the largest big screen in the state along with 20 new HDTVs. The Cubby Bear, Chicago
For slightly more college-bar idiocy than most others on this list, this fixture of the Florida State University community enhances its portfolio of 50 TVs — including five large projection screens — with Jell-O wrestling and bikini contests among one of the nation’s more cosmetically gifted sports bar populaces.
55. At least, not literally.
2301 N. The food is more creative, the beer more varied and the prices cheaper than expected.
32. The Stadium View Bar & Grille, Green Bay
One thousand football helmets. Well, in season.
Everyone is welcome at this melting pot of die-hard, hipster and yuppie sports fans. Miami Ave., Suite 130, Miami; +1 305 523 2244; www.bnbjoint.com
Arguably the best place to watch any sporting event in the world on TV, there’s nothing like the party ambience that roars through a Vegas sports book as bets some cashing in and crashing down at regular intervals.
15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro, Calif.; +1 510 317 0200; www.rickys.com
The bar’s “Euro” qualifier means exotic takes — at least by Texas standards — on everything from the sports (rugby, soccer) to the food (corned beef pizza, Shiner Bock queso) to the beer (Trumer Pils, Moose Drool Brown Ale).
For those who make gourmet game day food, this upscale Nashville area sports suppery has 40 flat screens and 28 beers on tap. tucked into seat cushions …
Just “1,200 steps from Fenway Park,” McGreevy’s is a perennial winner of best local sports bar awards.
35. Kegler’s Sports Bar & Lounge, Morgantown
The bar’s sleek interior looks like the sports-dining equivalent of an ESPN graphics package.
89. Not because they’re innovative or charming or even good, but because they’re experiences. The Ainsworth, New York
Plays all your favorite sports bar hits, with TVs gang-tackling the walls, more than 50 beers on rotating special and 100-percent padded seating to cradle your mania.
770 Stanyan St., San Francisco; +1 415 386 9292; www.thekezarpub.com
What you do get at this two-story bar is a high-ceilinged sports lounge marked by an 80-foot-long bar, 70 flat screens and projection TVs, major satellite packages and a promise to cover the most games of any bar in the state.
30. 1 sports bar in America earned that distinction over nearly 40 years, evidenced by walls papered in photos, jerseys and signed memorabilia of Boston sports greats, 42 televisions and competitive clam chowder, all across from TD Banknorth Garden, home of the Celtics and Bruins.
74. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.; +704 595 9553; www.picassossportscafe.com
41 Washington St., Bangor, Maine; +1 207 974 3033; herossportsgrill.com
7135 S. An authentic World Series trophy.
5601 S. The Press Box, Lincoln
The nation’s capital has a number of good sports bars, but its location near the White House, 100-inch high-definition projection TV, surround sound and 26 flat screen HDTV monitors make this D.C. Signature menu items include Black & Tan onion rings, Tongue Transplant wing sauce and the Elvis Impressedly burger, complete with fried egg and peanut butter.
Long, bench-style tables encourage sports chat with your new friends. It’s like a sports fan’s WalMart, only with fewer drunks.
7372 Manchester Road, St. “Cover 3″ here refers to the owners avowed passion for “outstanding food, service and sports.” Cowboys welcome.
There may not be much room left on the walls of this Iowa State University outpost, but there is room for every major sports package on the bar’s 34 televisions, including those at many of the tables. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, Fla.; +1 850 681 0731; ajstallahassee.com
159 Main St., Burlington, Vt.; +1 802 864 0744; rjsburlington.com
86. Plus, free popcorn all the time, specials, fish fries, pool tables and a diverse cross section of honest neighborhood folk raring to tear someone’s head off on game day.
See web site for four Oahu locations as well as outposts in Southern California and Colorado.
13. N.W., Coon Rapids, Minn.; +1 763 792 0800; www.wellsportstavern.com
This recent merger of a long-standing sports bar and chicken wing concessionaire is still growing into its jock, but its smoked barbecue, famous wings, 30-plus tap beers and TVs at each booth place its upside sky-high.
The layout, however, is unassailable, with plasmas framed for optimal viewing and game watching groups scheduled — and ushered out — with Germanic precision. Hooligan’s Sports Bar, Billings
Adheres to all of the standard sports bar criteria — countless monitors, rowdies and beers on tap — but the unique selling point here is the wangs — er, wings.
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With zero pro or Division I college teams, you don’t find the death-or-glory hometown boosterism in Alaska that you do elsewhere.
The statistics are kinda staggering at this sports bar in a Cleveland suburb: 18 varieties of Buffalo wings, 90 TVs, including eight 10-foot projection screens, and 119 beers.
In some parts of the country, “sportsmen” are still defined by how well they track deer or pull fish out of country streams.
15. The “next generation sports bar” includes a sleek bar, multiple lady lures (good selection of wine and colorful cocktails), lots of space for large parties and strives for “a high-energy game-watching experience.”
This converted auto shop trades skid plates for skeeball and CVs for TVs, with drinks that preserve the building’s history, in name, not ingredients. Portland, Ore.; +1 503 232 9977; www.spiritof77bar.com
You won’t find a watering hole more dedicated to a m888 team or city; its central bar owes its shape to the Indianapolis Colts’ emblematic horseshoe and the rest of the joint dresses accordingly.
1609 Powell St., San Francisco; +1 415 982 8898; www.boardroomsf.com
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #213, San Diego; +1 858 277 7060; sd.playerssportsbar.com
Seattle fans suffer like few others. sequentially lining walls … Heroes Sports Bar & Grille, Mobile
28. The Well Sports Tavern & Grill, Coon Rapids
Sure, it has “lounge” in the name, but don’t expect any couches at this West Virginia University staple. NW, Washington, D.C.; +1 202 393 4690; www.theexchangesaloon.com
130 Route 10 W., East Hanover, N.J.; +1 973 887 1300; www.miamimikes.com
All Ts have been crossed and Is dotted by the maniacally meticulous and eponymous owner, who invested a half-million dollars alone in the bar’s audio/visual system.
Come early for big games or be prepared to stand in the massive open space at Portland’s current favorite sports palace. Martin Luther King Jr. louis cardinals ” data-src=”http://i.cdn.travel.cnn.com/sites/default/files/styles/inline_image_400x267/public/2012/03/21/st.-louis-cardinals.jpg?itok=84GgA4CS” title=””/>Greatest sports bar in the world.54. Nashville Scene magazine applaud the wings, pizza, chili and chicken tenders of this local favorite. Other diversions abound, such as pool, darts, pinball, foosball and burping.
7208 W. Of course, they also offer a mammoth cheese steak made from purest rib-eye.
79. Undoubtedly, the flag of the apocalypse will be orange and blue.
This University of Wisconsin staple has the four Bs covered: brats, booze, Badgers and beards. What there is of the waitresses’ outfits is patterned after referee uniforms so you know it’s sporty, with a bowling alley, 70-inch HDTVs and cover-free UFC pay-per-view fights.
Don’t be misled by its morose facade — inside is a craft beertopia offering more than 300 brews, 360-degree views, darts, shuffleboard and bathrooms clean enough to eat a kielbasa sandwich off the floor.
For fans seeking a higher-minded approach to sports bar fare, the C3’s gourmet selections should leave a better taste in your mouth. Looney’s Pub South, Baltimore
145 Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City; +1 801 883 8714; www.lumpysdowntownslc.com
See web site for more than 10 Pennsylvania locations.
7293 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.; +1 480 284 5350; www.blue32sportsgrill.com
99. Sportsman’s Lodge, Jackson
The chicken wing is the official face-stuffing of sports bar-game watching and this is one of its oldest laboratories. Main St., Richmond, Va.; +1 804 254 7460; 11351 Nukols Road, Richmond, Va.; +1 804 967 9060; www.hometeamgrill.com
7035 E. Then we solicited recommendations from local correspondents, bloggers and sports fans. Blitz-Ladd, Portland
510 Glenwood Ave., Suite 10, Raleigh, N.C.; +1 919 834 2955; www.draftraleigh.com
Wrigley Field itself is barely larger than the 3,000-square-meter bar, kitty-corner to its historic facade. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans; +1 504 866 9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
This downtown bar doesn’t need any more lighting than its more than fifty 50-inch TVs and three 12-foot projection screens emit. Sam’s All American Sports Grill, Nashville
Cubs fans have their pick of Chicago sports bars. March Madness? Bet on it. Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, St. Reliably noisy crowds are kept happy with more than 25 big screen HDTVs, lots of good bar food, massive draft beer selection (“all craft, no crap”) and game audio.
140 4th Ave., Suite 130, Seattle; +1 206 404 7767; www.sportrestaurant.com
An oasis for Dolphins fans just down the street from the rival Jets’ practice facility, but there are 50 HDTVs to serve devotees of every team. Eskimo Joe’s, Stillwater
It ain’t much to look at, but if you want to watch English Premiere League football/soccer in this part of the world, this is the place to pull up a stool. That’s why their sports bars are so important.92. More than 30 TVs, cheap prices and, unexpectedly, a highly regarded breakfast menu make game watching here an all-day affair.
1526 Packer Ave., Philadelphia; +1 215 218 0500; www.chickiesandpetes.com
88. The Exchange Saloon, Washington, D.C
34. Then we adopted an “at least one bar from every state” rule to ensure regional variety (see Hawaii and Mississippi for examples). Playmakers Sports Bar, Fargo
The old Tiger Stadium is gone, but the bar built to serve it almost 50 years ago remains, flipping signature burgers and beers to patrons unswayed by the seductions of more contemporary establishments. S., Fargo, N.D.; +1 701 232 6767; thehubfargo.com
It’s a gamble, but what’s the chance this franchise would ever move?
75. Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum, Kansas City
1020 NW Wall St., Bend, Ore.; +1 541 385 8898; sidelines-bend.com
836 River Ave., Bronx, N.Y.; +1 718 993 5548; stanssportsbar.com
More sports than bar, this hometown hash house attracts an all-ages crowd (read: you can dispense with the prowling) that congregates in front of 28 televisions, including flat screens at each booth.
53. STATS, Atlanta
2144 Atwood Ave., Madison, Wis.; +1 608 241 2226; www.wilsonssportsbarandgrill.com
1320 Central Ave., St. Big enough to hang a full-size NASCAR racecar on the wall. In its 20th year, the family-owned bar has received plaudits from Esquire and Forbes magazines for its 15,000-attendee tailgates and behemoth drink containers.
56. W., Bloomington, Minn.; +1 952 835 1191; www.sensers.com
19. Louis Sports Zone, St. The fare here is naturally English, in both sports and cuisine, so expect a lot of bangers and confused American football fans.
This place is big. Auto Battery, Seattle
7. It’s a sports bar and a Detroit sports history lesson all in one.
1630 W. Following recent renovations, this former silent-movie theater now boasts a lively patio for the four hours a year when it’s warm enough in Wisconsin to drink outside.
1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, Wis.; +1 920 498 1989; www.thestadiumview.com
1675 Lumpkin St., Athens, Ga.; +1 706 549 7920; royalpeasant.com
Otherwise this article could have been over with a simple link to the “Locations” page on the Beef O’Brady’s web site.
Sports Illustrated’s No. Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington
Nebraskans are notoriously welcoming and this phalanx of televisions, games and old people (let’s be honest, if you’re in Nebraska, it’s probably to visit some old people, so take ’em here!) sticks to stereotype.
First, we surveyed local media “best of” praise. Joe Senser’s Sports Theater, Bloomington
4217 American Blvd. Regardless, TV manufacturer sponsorship means the place is chockablock with monitors, and its namesake means the menu is stocked with southern victuals.
27. S.; Las Vegas; +1 888 527 8342; www.caesarspalace.com
1059 W. S., Arlington, Va.; +1 703 521 8215; www.ccsportspub.com
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47. Eagle Road, Boise, Idaho; +1 208 884 4400; pinnaclesportsgrill.com
24. Lester’s, Ladue
Hey, it’s family-owned, so they care about the subtle nuances of their patrons’ gastro-intestinal systems. Sports Column, Denver
4651 Maryland Ave., Ladue, Mo.; +1 314 932 6040; www.lestersrestaurant.com
Delaware isn’t necessarily known for its profusion of championship sports bars, but Tailgates carries the squad with 22 TVs, various sports viewing packages including DirecTV Sunday Ticket for NFL games, the usual bar menu and regional specialties such as steamed shrimp and Maryland crab soup.
A mere Rawlings’ throw from Tropicana Field, this converted auto shop is less a sports bar than a sports hangar, the kind you typically find only in Florida. The Post Sports Bar & Grill, St. You like bone-crunching NFL games? Got it. The Boardroom, San Francisco
39. 96th St., Indianapolis; +1 317 841 3901; www.bluecrewsportsgrill.com
Unless your name is Jack Nicholson, the only way you’re gonna see Kobe this close-up is on TV. More than two-dozen screens spread across two floors play over artery-cementing cheese curds and bratwursts on the cheap.
The 100-plus beer menu is similarly all-inclusive, from Old Milwaukee Tall Boys to rare Belgian grogs served in snifters.
Like a millionaire who rides the subway, this unassuming Irish pub humbly hides pool tables, darts, video games, 26 draft beers, 20 TVs and wings that the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed the best in the city.
69. UEFA Champions? You’ll find it.
Even if you have no idea what “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” means or why it’s central to the Lawrence experience, you’ll find comfort amid this sporteria’s 12 HD TVs and 95-inch HD projection screen. 810 Zone, Kansas City
If you’ve got any time left after suggesting the mile-long name of this place to your buddies, bring ’em on down for all of the flat screens, free popcorn and florescent-lit sports drinking you can handle.
A sports bar for the tongue-ring set, the sports imagery on the walls tends to be more artistic and the tater tots tend to be more wrapped in bacon.
That means settling down for three or more hours at a local sports bar.
Free rounds pour depending on in-game action and 25-cent wings fly during Monday Night Football (or any other Monday). Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles; +1 323 469 2449; www.bigwangs.com
6. Sneakers Sports Grille, Jacksonville
1121 Old Town Lane, Cheyenne, Wyo.; +1 307 637 9101; www.jacksonsallamerican.com
113 Kenrick Plaza, St. Home Team Grill, Richmond
1803 South Bend Ave., South Bend, Ind.; +1 574 247 9293; www.betweenthebuns.com
9. Louis swill.
The dress code tends to be on the stricter side. Louis; +1 314 645 1109; www.thepostsportsbar.com
50. Murphy’s Bleachers, Chicago
61. Northside Drive, Suite 100, Jackson, Miss.; +1 601 366 5441; www.thesportsmanslodge.net
273 Dauphin St., Mobile, Ala.; +1 251 433 4376; www.heroessportsbar.com