- Sports bars are a mainstay of American culture, a place where fans can come together and watch the big game, while enjoying classic food and beers.
- We compiled a list of the best sports bars in every state with help from Yelp, based on customer reviews.
- The best bars included those with top-notch chicken wings, plenty of beer options, and flawless sports broadcasting.
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There are plenty of incredible bars all over the United States, and if you enjoy watching the game at a local spot with a casual atmosphere and great food choices, you’ll no doubt have an opinion on the best sports bar in your area.
With help from Yelp, we’ve rounded up the best sports bar in every state. To determine the final list, Yelp looked at establishments in its “sports bar” category and took those reviews and star ratings into account.
Keep scrolling to see the best spots for grabbing a beer and a burger while watching your favourite team.
Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an earlier version of this article.
ALABAMA: Hunt Club Burgers N Grill, Madison
“This place is absolutely phenomenal! Exotic meats made to order, paired with a rustic atmosphere is perfect for any date night or night out with friends!” wrote Yelp user Khristina H.
ALASKA: Lavelle’s Taphouse, Fairbanks
“I am personally not a fan of beer at all, but that night I tasted their Sour Berry beer – it was sweet and surprisingly fantastic. I had never enjoyed the taste of beer until that moment,” wrote Yelp user Alexia K.
ARIZONA: Fox Cigar Bar, Scottsdale
“This place rocks. Great cigars, full bar and solid soundtracks. Great for unwinding after a long day. Plenty on TV and a nice crowd. Super staff. All around fun,” wrote Yelp user Jim T.
ARKANSAS: The First Seat, Bentonville
“The fried pork tenderloin sandwich was amazing. I’ll be back for it many times. The French fries (potato planks) are flat and thin and everything you could ask for,” wrote Yelp user Alycia R.
CALIFORNIA: The Running Shop and Hops, Morgan Hill
“Great selection of about 100 beers on tap that are grouped by type, with beers by the can or bottle on the back wall. The game room has darts, foosball, tiki toss, jenga, shuffleboard, and board games,” wrote Yelp user Judy L.
COLORADO: The Colorado Room, Fort Collins
“The menu items are super creative, well developed and super tasty. They use a ton of locally sourced products and have something for everyone. The sammies are perfect for any level of hunger you might have and the sides (poutine with hand cut fries) are awesome,” wrote Yelp user Ashley C.
CONNECTICUT: O’Brien’s Sports Pub & Restaurant, Danbury
“Party of 50+ to watch Super Bowl and the staff were extremely accommodating. The food was delicious (nachos are a must) and fun was had by all. The servers provided outstanding service!!!” wrote Yelp user Kimberly G.
DELAWARE: Rocco Italian Grill & Sports Bar, Wilmington
“Best neighbourhood bar in town! Always a good time and awesome food. Addicted to the pizza, wings, burrata, crab diablo and so much more! If you go you can’t leave without trying the crab diablo soup!” wrote Yelp user Lucia Z.
FLORIDA: The Social Lounge, St. Augustine
“Such a great local bar. They have a few beers on tap and a cooler full of canned beers to chose from. They also have a table full of games in the back,” wrote Yelp user Brittany F.
GEORGIA: The Pirate’s Boil, Smyrna
“We sat at the bar and ordered fried rice, Cajun fried calamari, biscuits, no head shrimp with mild pirates boil special sauce and extra corn. The food was so amazing,” wrote Yelp user Quay F.
HAWAII: TJ’s Pau Hana Hale, Kailua-Kona
“Great drinks! We had the Moscow mule and old fashioned. Both really well done. Tater tot nachos were a delightful surprise. We’ll be back and will be ordering them again,” wrote Yelp user Robin C.
IDAHO: Scooter’s Chillin’-N-Grillin’, Twin Falls
“If you’re in Twin, and I mean holy moly garlic aioli, walk, run, skip, just go in and order the garlic fries as your side dish, or just your main dish,” wrote Yelp user Paul K.
ILLINOIS: City Tap & Grill, Norridge
“First thing I loved about this place was the atmosphere. There are strong lights all over the walls and the bar is super dim and relaxing. There are many TVs around, and with one larger TV on the back wall,” wrote Yelp user Jessica D.
INDIANA: Carriage On The Square Smokehouse, Greensburg
“Always wonderful food! Ribs Wobbling Carriage (baked potato covered with pulled pork, beans, cheese, sauce) and pulled pork burrito mac and cheese were all great!” wrote Yelp user Kennita M.
IOWA: Francies Bar and Grill, Des Moines
“The consistent quality of this establishment is what keeps me coming back again and again. I recommend the Shrooms and Swiss burger or the French Dip. Whoever owns this place has high standards and the staff delivers,” wrote Yelp user Lyle L.
KANSAS: Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que, Shawnee
“Went with a group of 7 for BBQ on a Saturday night and was able to get a table right away. I got the regular dinner with pulled pork and burnt ends. The meat was delicious,” wrote Yelp user Brittanie W.
KENTUCKY: Harry’s Hamburg, Lexington
“[Their] menu is perfect for the feel of a sports bar. They also have a sushi menu and you can even order from the Malone’s menu. They don’t discriminate so go ahead and get your filet on while watching your favourite sporting game,” wrote Yelp user Tammy Q.
LOUISIANA: Bullet’s Sports Bar, New Orleans
“Music was sensational, great vibe. I feel most at home in little juke joint dives and this is it,” wrote Yelp user Lisa R.
MAINE: Tap & Barrel, Bar Harbour
“Great place to come and have a cold craft beer and watch a soccer game on TV. Very nice service and the food was awesome. The lobster grilled cheese sandwich with onion rings was out of this world good,” wrote Yelp user Michelle F.
MARYLAND: The Hideaway, Odenton
“I usually like to eat my food with hot sauce but I didn’t even need it after tasting their Carolina sauce! It wasn’t spicy but it gave me that extra flavour I wanted!” wrote Yelp user Monik P.
MASSACHUSETTS: Parlor Sports, Somerville
“I wish there were a dozen Parlor Sports in Cambridge, this place is fantastic. It’s a cosy sports bar, so get there early to guarantee a seat before games!” wrote Yelp user Cyrus A.
MICHIGAN: Churchill’s Bistro, Birmingham
“One of the best places in the Detroit area. The food is superb, If you like cigars, the selection is fabulous, and the service is friendly and great,” wrote Yelp user Howard S.
MINNESOTA: Bar 209, Bemidji
“My boyfriend and I went to this cosy little bar. It was a great atmosphere with sports TVs and an open kitchen to watch the chefs,” wrote Yelp user Kaela F.
MISSISSIPPI: The Camp, Natchez
“The food and service were awesome! I got the southern melt, and the brisket was delicious. The restaurant itself is very welcoming and neat. Great stop after touring the historic homes of Natchez,” wrote Yelp user Aimee C.
MISSOURI: Crazy Craig’s Cheeky Monkey Bar, Branson
“The bartenders were fun and knowledgeable of the products. You could tell they actually care about having a good time and making everyone’s experiences amazing,” wrote Yelp user Eleni B.
MONTANA: The Stein Haus, Great Falls
“They had a pool table and [TVs] playing both sports and the debate. Awesome beer selection with lots of local selections,” wrote Yelp user Laura M.
NEBRASKA: Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille, Omaha
“I walked in and could not get over how big this place was. I asked if there was a chance the Panthers game could be put on a TV near me and the hostess said not to worry, every game will be on,” said Yelp user Nikki W.
NEVADA: Scenic Brewing Company, Las Vegas
“Now the beer was amazing, but there’s one item on the menu that my husband and I can’t stop talking about, which is their root beer. It had to be the most flavorful, delicious root beer I’ve ever had,” wrote Yelp user Kayla R.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: O’Brien’s Sports Bar, Nashua
“The food here is amazing for a bar of its size. The burgers, wings and fries are all must haves,” wrote Yelp user Jason L.
NEW JERSEY: Blue 42, Elmwood Park
“I don’t think I could say enough good things about Blue 42. I love them. I love the wings. I love the fries. I love the vibe of the bar. I love the staff,” wrote Yelp user Chyna M.
NEW MEXICO: Boxcar Bar and Grill, Santa Fe
“Two weekends in a row we hit this place. This is by far the greatest, most well managed, friendliest sports bar/restaurant I have ever been to. It feels very local but has tons of people from out of town,” wrote Yelp user Thomas L.
NEW YORK: Tap Haus 33, New York City
“I knew I liked the bar concept when I initially heard it (40 beers on self-serve tap), but I didn’t expect to love it this much,” wrote Yelp user Justin A.
NORTH CAROLINA: Foggy Rock, Blowing Rock
“This mountain town pub/restaurant serves up some top notch cooking in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar and you’ll be making new friends in no time,” wrote Yelp user Linda G.
NORTH DAKOTA: Blue 42 Sports Grille & Bar, Dickinson
“This establishment does it right. Excellent menu of appetizers and entrees, great bar, perfect ambiance, and extremely attentive staff,” wrote Yelp user Ken S.
OHIO: Higher Gravity, Cincinnati
“Love this place and the beer selection. It’s a great spot to have a couple drinks, try something new, and catch up with friends,” wrote Yelp user Angelina K.
OKLAHOMA: Kat’s Tavern, Oklahoma City
“There’s something about Kat’s that’s special – can’t put my finger on it, but it’s a fun hangout spot to catch the game – its a cosy spot – great winter bar. It’s dive bar meets Cheers kinda place. Everyone is welcome,” wrote Yelp user Mary Margaret M.
OREGON: Cully Central, Portland
“They serve local beers, ciders, wines, and all sorts of juices. They also have an in-house restaurant called Khao Niew that serves flavorful Lao street food along with wings, tots, and fries,” wrote Yelp user Paolo B.
PENNSYLVANIA: Bridgetown Taphouse, Ambridge
“We had the Cuban with tots & chicken bruschetta with fries. Both delicious. Service was excellent & friendly. They have lots of TVs,” wrote Yelp user Tamara G.
RHODE ISLAND: Ivy Tavern, Providence
“The food here is amazing – specifically, the wings and garlic fries. You really can’t go wrong with any of the wing flavours. They’re all delicious. The garlic fries taste like heaven,” wrote Yelp user Diandra Z.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Dagwood’s, Surfside Beach
“Discovered Dagwoods while looking for a local spot to watch football with good eats and have been coming ever since. Lots of TVs for any sporting events, trivia nights, awesome patio with porch swing booths, jukebox for late nights,” wrote Yelp user Mallory L.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Pounders Pub & Grub, Aberdeen
“Multiple beers on tap! If you’re looking for really good food and delicious drinks with a super home feeling then this is your place,” wrote Yelp user Meredith W.
TENNESSEE: Charcoal Cowboys BBQ, Nashville
“The service was excellent our waitress brought over all five of the sauces that they make in house, and she gave a very in depth description of all of the sauces,” wrote Yelp user Stewart O.
TEXAS: Underdogs Pub, Houston
“Stopped by here on a Sunday night to get some beers and watched football. This place is simply amazing because you can see the dogs running around. A total dog-lovers/dog-owners’ heaven,” wrote Yelp user Leslie C.
UTAH: Melvin’s Public House, Heber City
“Even the plain hamburger was perfect. Then to add to that I ordered pickle fries and was very impressed! Plan to come back over and over again,” wrote Yelp user Tracy T.
VERMONT: The Reservoir, Waterbury
“Our table shared the poutine, and I ordered the firehouse burger which I got with a side [Caesar] salad. All of the tastes that I had at this restaurant were unique and full of flavour,” wrote Yelp user Ryan S.
VIRGINIA: The Cue Club, Annandale
“Love this place to hang out and watch a game or shoot pool. I absolutely love the fact that the menu is small … which makes it about quality of each individual dish, making [for] some great bar food,” wrote Yelp user GraceMarie N.
WASHINGTON: Hellbent Brewing Company, Seattle
“Wow! Amazing beers and environment! They played really good music and had games like pool and arcade games. We have been to a lot of breweries and this one is #1 on our list when it comes to overall brewery vibe,” wrote Yelp user Trang T.
WEST VIRGINIA: Maloney’s, Summersville
“Such a wonderful atmosphere and awesome food! The cheese poppers were awesome and there were SO many of them. Awesome experience,” wrote Yelp user Shauna B.
WISCONSIN: Remi’s Thirsty Moose, Poynette
“Their bar has the largest and highest quality craft beer selection that I have ever seen! The bartender was extremely friendly and willing to help find a beer just for you, especially if you want to try something new!” wrote Yelp user Megan R.
WYOMING: Lincoln Highway Tavern, Evanston
“Great wings! My wife enjoyed a fantastic burger and I had a great brat with sauerkraut and brown mustard. Service was great. Good music. Good beer,” wrote Yelp user Rick E.