NFL Power Rankings: Best Bar to Watch the Home Team in All 31 NFL Cities
Having the best buffalo wings, cheapest beer and more HD televisions than one could ever dream are all nice, but the camaraderie felt at your favorite sports bar is even nicer. To walk into that bar where everyone knows your name and everyone is wearing your favorite player's jersey is a great feeling.
Of course, having everyone know your name at any other establishment would be considered creepy and awkward. However, when that happens at a bar, it either means you are a drunk or a beloved fan of your favorite NFL team. I am just going to assume for everyone that reads this article that it is the latter.
I'll admit that I have never been to most of these bars, but upon extensive research, I have come up with the best bar to watch the home team in every single NFL city.
If you are lucky enough to live by one of these great establishments, I envy you because the best sports bar I have to enjoy is Matt Stein's Bar and Grille, also known as my kitchen and couch.
Best bar: Famous Pub and Sports Palace
Total TVs: Over 50 LCD screens and six projection screens
Best looking item on menu: Buffalo Tater Tots
Famous Pub and Sports Palace opened in 1986, and it only took a few years for management to decide to become the ultimate viewing bar for any Falcons fan.
With over 50 TVs and six huge projection screens, it is easy to see why this place is so popular. It offers a wide variety of dishes, from your usual bar food to gourmet alfredo pasta.
Best bar: Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill
Total TVs: Over 100
Best looking item on menu: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
With the "Wide Wall of Sports," a wall that contains over 60 TVs including 11 65" TVs, Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill is a dream come true. I'm not sure if it is humanly possible to watch 60 different games at the same time, but I would sure like to try.
Famous for their authentic New York Pizza, Santisi Brothers also offers a wide variety of other famous Italian pizzeria dishes such as calzones and stromboli.
Best bar: Field House
Total TVs: 50 plasma screens
Best looking item on menu: Maryland Crabcake Sandwich
Any bar that allows the customers to be guest bartenders gets an A+ in my book. Not only is this place one of the most fun bars in Baltimore, with their Pajama Bingo Brunch and trivia nights, but the Field House is also a sports fan's dream.
Plenty of TVs and delicious appetizers while being located in the heart of Canton makes the Field House an easy choice for best bar.
Best bar: Tully's Good Times
Total TVs: More than 70 at each location
Best looking item on menu: Mile High Meatloaf
Tully's has numerous locations all across New York, but with over 70 TVs, it is easy to see why Tully's is so popular to Bills fans.
Tully's has been in business for 20 years and has been doing sports the right way during that time. They have everything a diehard fan could want, but also can cater to familes when the man of the house needs to make an excuse to watch football.
Best bar: FANZ Sports Grill
Total TVs: Over 40
Best looking item on menu: Barbalo Wings
Allen Smith, the founder of FANZ Sports Grill, has been a sports fan his entire life. Reading his story of why he opened the bar brings tears to your eyes as you remember your favorite childhood sports memory.
Not only does FANZ have a great selection of food and drink for everyday fans, they also feature the FANZ Club Room that includes TVs, Blu-Ray and Xbox for a huge Panthers party or a casual business lunch.
Best bar: Joe's Bar
Total TVs: Over 110 screens and numerous projection screens
Best looking item on menu: Italian Beef Sandwich
Located in a 20,000 square-foot warehouse-style venue, Joe's Bar on Weed St. is the most well-known bar in Chicago. With over 110 TVs, you could literally watch a minute of every Bear's game on a different screen.
Joe's Bar features all the local foods that Chicago is famous for, including hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. The greatest thing about Joe's Bar is that you can reserve a table to watch the Bears game.
Best bar: Willie's Sports Cafe
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: Heartstopper
With five locations, Willie's Sports Cafe has somewhat of a stranglehold on Bengals fans in Cincinnati. With free wi-fi, Willie's is the ultimate fantasy football fan's bar.
They consider themselves the premier sports bar in the Midwest, and although that is debatable, they are certainly the best in the Cincinnati area. Their website is fantastic, as they blog updated sports stories throughout the entire day.
Best bar: The Blind Pig
Total TVs: 22 huge HD screens
Best looking item on menu: Blind Pig Burger
The Blind Pig may be a lot of different things during the week, but come Sunday, it is all about Browns football. It is consistently voted as Cleveland's favorite sports bar and is located in the Warehouse District.
They have 86 different types of beer, and if you are a Cleveland Browns fan, it is possible to drink all 86 during a single season as you try to drink away the painful memories of another terrible season.
Best bar: Frankie's Sports Bar
Total TVs: More than 30 HD screens
Best looking item on menu: Spinach Artichoke Crawfish Dip
The Dallas Cowboys had a down season, but with a bar like Frankie's Sports Bar to watch Cowboys games at, there is no reason to hide your face. It has been recognized by numerous media outlets, including USA Today, as one of the best sports bars in the nation.
Frankie's can become so crowded by Cowboy fans, that it isn't rare to see the street outside Frankie's to be packed also. Texas does everything big and Frankie's Sports Bar is no exception to the rule.
Best bar: Chopper's Sports Grill
Total TVs: Over 50 HD screens
Best looking item on the menu: Mile High Super Deluxe Nachos
Voted by numerous media sites, including ESPN, as the best sports bar in Denver, Chopper's Sports Grill has been a home to many Broncos fans since it opened in 1996.
They have a great menu that strays away from the normal sports bar menu and plenty of local beers to help wash down the food. Their patio is legendary during the warmer months of the football season and has also been voted as the best patio in Denver.
Chopper's was named after Robert "Chopper" Traviglini, a former trainer for the Denver Nuggets.
Best Bar: Nemo's
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: Salmon Burger
You know your team is bad when your fans are rooting for a different team, but at least Detroit fans have Nemo's to hold onto. Voted the third best sports bar by Sports Illustrated, Nemo's is legendary in Detroit.
They offer shuttle services to Lions' home games and have been in business since 1965. Their website is so simple that it appears as if it hasn't been updated since 1965. I guess when you are as famous as Nemo's, there is no need for a flashy website.
Green Bay Packers
Best bar: The Stadium View Bar and Grille
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: White Cheese Curbs
The Stadium View Bar and Grille was voted the top sports bar by Forbes magazine. On Sundays when the Packers play, they claim to have up to 10,000 people come through their establishment.
They often get sports celebrities to visit including Terry Bradshaw, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bart Starr.
The Stadium View has a tailgate party like no other car in the country and can often have three live bands playing at the same time. It makes sense for the one of the greatest NFL franchises to have one of the greatest NFL bars.
Best bar: Christian's Tailgate Bar and Grill
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: Double Famous Burger
The Houston Texans are a young NFL franchise, but Christian's Tailgate Bar and Grill is extremely well known in the Houston area. They were voted by Playboy to have one of America's Top 10 Burgers.
They have all types of sports entertainment but have slowly become a top spot for Texans fans. In fact, people are so faithful to Christian's, that somebody actually blogged from the bar during Hurricane Ike.
Best bar: High Velocity
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: High Velocity Sampler Tower
High Velocity is a new-age sports bar in Indianapolis. They feature every Indiana team on a large HD screen and even have something called the "Media Wall."
They have a state-of-the-art sound system to make sure Colts fans can hear everything that is going on in the game. High Velocity isn't the oldest sports bar in Indianapolis, but they are quickly becoming the most popular.
Best bar: Sneaker's Sports Grille
Total TVs: Lots and lots with six full-story high TVs
Best looking item on menu: Banana Cheesecake Blitz
Sneaker's Sports Grille is often voted as the best sports grille in Jacksonville and has been recognized by MSN.com as one of the top-10 sports bars in the nation.
They have two locations in Jacksonville, and both locations are packed with Jaguars faithful on Sundays. The best part about Sneaker's might be their ocean view.
Kansas City Chiefs
Best bar: 810 Zone
Total TVs: HD TVs on every wall
Best looking item on menu: Bleu Balls
Named after a popular sports radio station in Kansas City, 810 Zone has three locations that cater to the Chiefs faithful. Each location has something that sets itself apart from the other bars, so neither bar looks or feels the same.
The location in Leawood is the most fan friendly with a patio filled with TVs and a fire pit. 810 Zone is quickly becoming a top bar in the country thanks to the contribution of their sports radio station.
Best bar: Shuckers Bar and Grill
Total TVs: 23 HD screens
Best looking item on menu: Dolphin Fingers
Shuckers Bar and Grill was voted by the Miami New Times as the best sports bar in Miami. They have an outstanding view of the ocean, which lets Dolphins fans calm down after a loss.
Their menu includes all types of fresh seafood and Dolphins fans can chow down while watching their team play. For over 20 years, Shuckers has been a hot spot for the Dolphins most loyal fans, and they recently made improvements to their restaurant to keep their customers happy.
Best bar: Hubert's Sports Bar and Grill
Total TVs: An insane amount
Best looking item on menu: Deep Fried Lucy
Hubert's Sports Bar and Grill opened with their first location right near the Metrodome in Minneapolis over 25 years ago. They have so many TVs that fans can still watch the Vikings game while going to the bathroom.
Hubert's is known by name only to every Vikings fan and their restaurant is packed every Sunday. Being only steps away from where the Vikings play their home games has certainly helped Hubert's be the best bar in Minnesota.
New England Patriots
Best bar: The Four's
Total TVs: 42
Best looking item on menu: Shrimp Diane
The Four's Restaurant and Sports Bar was voted the top sports bar by Sports Illustrated. They have been open since 1976 and feature every Boston sports team in their bar.
On Sundays, the only thing to be seen are the Patriots games and Patriots fans get rowdy while at The Four's. The Four's also has quite the collection of sports memorabilia, so sports fans from across the nation flock to their location.
New Orleans Saints
Best bar: Poppy's Time Out
Total TVs: 21 46" TVs
Best looking item on menu: Category Five Time Out Hurricane Drink
At Poppy's Time Out, if you aren't a Saints fan, it might be time to leave. When looking around the bar, you would be hard pressed to find someone not wearing a New Orleans jersey. The Saints are known to have extremely loyal fans and most of them watch their team play at Poppy's.
Located directly on the Mississippi River, Poppy's has great scenery and that famous New Orleans menu to please their customers.
New York Giants and Jets
Best bar: Manny's on Second
Total TVs: Over 40 HD screens
Best looking item on menu: Char-Grilled Manny Burger
Manny's on Second was recently voted as the best sports bar in New York City. Considering the size of New York City, that is quite a feat. Even though Manny's is generally packed with many different fans, Giants and Jets fans easily outnumber the rest.
They have 24 different beers on tap and have all types of other entertainment at their location. It was difficult finding a bar that accommodates both Giants and Jets fans, but Manny's does just that.
Best bar: Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill
Total TVs: Over 90 TVs
Best looking item on menu: Jim Otto Sandwich
Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill is ranked as the second best sports bar in the country. Not only do Raiders fans consistently show up there, but past and present Raider players have been known to frequent the bar.
Ricky's is one of the oldest sports bars in America, opening in 1946. A few weeks after the Super Bowl in 1977, current Raiders players came to Ricky's to watch tape of themselves during the game. They have an entire menu of sandwiches named after some of the Raider greats.
Best bar: Chickie's and Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar
Total TVs: Numerous 12' screens
Best looking item on menu: Lobster Cheese Steak
Chickie's and Pete's has 10 locations strung across Pennsylvania. Every location is filled with TVs and every location in Philadelphia is generally packed with Eagles fans. They were recently voted as the top sports bar on the east coast by ESPN.
They have won numerous awards from different media outlets as the best place to watch a game. The owner of Chickie's and Pete's just recently came out with a concept that will change sports bars forever called Play2. In Play2, the sports fans become the sport.
Best bar: Jerome Bettis' Grille 36
Total TVs: 50 state of the art HD screens
Best looking item on menu: 36 ounce New York Strip Steak
Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 is one of many similar sports bars across the nation that are owned by the same company. Since they opened, they have been voted as the best sports restaurant every year.
They are home to everything Steelers and are often filled with Steelers fans come game time. When you have a bar named after one of the best players in franchise history, it will probably be popular amongst fans.
San Diego Chargers
Best bar: The Bullpen Bar and Grill
Total TVs: Over 45 flat screens and one HD projection screen
Best looking item on menu: Giant Bull Pen Burger
The Bullpen Bar and Grill is the ultimate bar for any type of game fan. They always feature the Chargers game on their giant projection screen. They also have free games while you eat including Foosball, ping-pong, darts and the always popular beer pong.
So, not only can you watch the Chargers game, but you can also be the Chargers while playing Madden 2011 on an Xbox 360. It is the place to be come game time in San Diego, whether it is just you or your friends and family.
San Francisco 49ers
Best bar: The Royal Exchange
Total TVs: 17 TVs
Best looking item on the menu: Prawn Club Sandwich
The Royal Exchange might not be the best known bar in San Francisco, but it is easily one of the most popular come game time. They have been open since 1972, and it is common to see both San Francisco 49ers and Giants fans in there on game day.
They have 72 beers on tap with 32 different micro brews. There aren't many sports bars located in the San Francisco area, but The Royal Exchange is the best for 49ers fans.
Best bar: The Hawks Nest Bar and Grill
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: Peanut Butter Bacon Burgers
The Seattle Seahawks are known for their fans, so a place like The Hawks Nest Bar and Grill gets pretty exciting on Sundays. This bar is only for people over the age of 21 which means no families with young children will be there.
They are located right down the street from Qwest Field where the Seahawks play. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the stadium or Hawks is louder on game day. They call themselves "The Spot to be on Game Day."
St. Louis Rams
Best Bar: St. Louis Sports Zone
Total TVs: Over 60 screens and five 105" HD projection screens
Best looking item on the menu: 2 Lbs. of wings with a bucket of beer
With a whopping 22 items just on the appetizer menu, the St. Louis Sports Zone is one of the best eats in all of St. Louis. Throw in over 60 TV screens and gigantic projection screens and you have the recipe for the top sports bar in St. Louis.
They have been constantly voted the best sports bar in St. Louis year after year. The St. Louis Sports Zone has two fully stocked bars, which was necessary for Rams fans once Kurt Warner left.
During footballs offseason, the place is packed with Cardinals fans, but come NFL time, it is hard to find a jersey different than a Rams jersey in the bar.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Best bar: Walter's Press Box
Total TVs: 23 flat screens and five big screens
Best looking item on menu: Buffalo Chicken Melt
Officially known as Walter's Press Box Sports Emporium and Eatery, this place has been a staple in South Tampa for over 20 years. Not only is Walter's filled with Buccaneers fans on game day, but famous Tampa sports personalities can often be found there on game day.
They serve great food and beer, but they also give away prizes while you watch the game. Prizes plus football equals best Tampa bar.
Best bar: Sam's All American Sports Grill
Total TVs: Unknown
Best looking item on menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs
For the past seven years, Sam's All American Sports Grill has been voted the best sports bar in Nashville. When they opened their doors back in 2000, their sole purpose was to be a place where Titans fans could come and enjoy Titans' games.
They have certainly lived up to their own high expectations, and it is difficult to find a seat on Sunday afternoons. Tennessee has sold out every home game since they moved to Nashville, and those that can't find tickets often end up at Sam's All American Sports Grill.
Best bar: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille
Total TVs: Unknown, but a TV in every booth
Best looking item on menu: Pulled Pork Sliders
Having a personal TV in the booth while you eat is a very nice touch. It is that type of quality thinking that makes The Greene Turtle the place to be for Redskins fans.
It isn't uncommon for loud cheers to be heard if the Redskins score a touchdown or win the game there. The Greene Turtle is franchised across the East Coast, but their Washington, D.C. location is the most popular sports bar in the D.C. area.