What Makes A Great Sports Bar

We often talk about the best sports bars from a fans perspective and the attributes that make them great.  Great food, tons of TV’s, having the sound on of the big game, and a personable and attractive staff, to name a few.  We’re also very high on bar expert Jon Taffer (from Bar Rescue), who knows a thing or two about getting butts in seats when it comes to bars.  Here’s a little insight from Jon on why some sports bars float and some sink:

Where to Watch the Mayweather versus Guerrero Fight

Floyd Mayweather takes on Robert Guerrero Saturday May 4, 2013 (which also happens to be national Star Wars day–May the 4th be with you,” get it?).  Mayweather is trying to stay undefeated (43-0), while Guerrero (31-1-1) is looking to make a name for himself by being the only to beat the greatest fighter of our generation.

You can locate where to watch the fight in any city by going to the home page of WhereToWatch.com and searching “boxing” and “all major boxing events” then entering your zip code.  The event gets underway at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas at 9 PM ET on Showtime PPV, although they won’t likely step into the ring until 11:30 PM.

Some interesting facts about the fight:

  • Age: Mayweather 36, Guerrero 30
  • Weight: Mayweather 146, Guerrero 146
  • Height: Mayweather 5-8, Guerrero 5-9
  • Reach: Mayweather 72″, Guerrero 71 1/2″
  • Mayweather will earn a base purse of $32 million, equaling his own all-time record, set in his 2012 win over Miguel Cotto.
  • Guerrero will earn a career-high base purse of $3 million.

Sports Bars With NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Network

So it’s Sunday afternoon and all you want to do is watch your team.  You flip on the TV only to find that the local TV station is not showing your game. Really, they’re showing the Bills and the Chiefs? Riveting stuff. Well, if you’re a true fan, you’re going to have to take off those slippers, put on some pants, and get out there with the rest of society at a sports bar. Trust us, it’ll do you some good. 

NFL Sunday Ticket

Locate Sports Bars With NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Network easily on WhereToWatch.com.

So now, you’re going to want to locate the sports bars with NFL Sunday Ticket in your area so that you’re not just driving from bar to bar. Well, you’re search just got a lot easier. Just click on the link above to find sports bars with NFL Sunday ticket, which, if you didn’t know, show pretty much all of the NFL games.  Alternatively, just check out WhereToWatch.com and search for “NFL” and “Sunday Ticket” and… voila! We know, it’s like magic. 

Or maybe it’s Thursday and the NFL is showing the weekly game on its exclusive NFL Network. That’s no problem, just click here for a list of the sports bars with NFL Network in your area.  Clicking the links above will show the bars right in your area with NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Network, as our website picks up your location through your IP address.  Pretty fancy stuff, huh?  Well, if for some reason your IP address is wrong or you’re looking for bars in advance, just do a general search on our sports bar locator tool for NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Network.

If you want to take it a step further and see where fans of your team are meeting to watch the game, do a search for a specific team.  So, you’re a New York Giants fan living in Miami? No problem.  A Pittsburgh Steelers fan living in Los Angeles? We’ve got you covered.  Our sports bar locator is nationwide and with our ratings system, you can hear from other fans about how good (or bad) the team’s crowd is at the bar. 

Did we miss a sports bar with NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Network? Let us know about it by suggesting a bar here for sports fans, or here for sports bar owners and managers.  or email us at info@wheretowatch.com.  Happy football watching!

Best Sports Bars to Watch the New England Patriots Outside of Boston

With three Super Bowl titles in the last twelve years, you can guarantee that there are plenty of New England Patriots fans outside of Boston.  Today, we’ll be taking a look at the best and oldest Patriots watch party locations at sports bars across the nation.  Notably, these bars also double as a great place to watch the Red Sox. If your city is not mentioned on this list, you can still locate where to watch the Patriots with other fans in your area by using the search feature on WhereToWatch.com.  Here are five of our favorite Patriots watch party locations across the country:

5. B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – Austin, Texas

B.D. Riley’s in Austin is self described as a “home away from home” for Patriots fans in Texas.  Pats fans have been meeting here for twelve years, and they often have more than twenty-five New England fans for each game.  Not only does B.D. Riley’s guarantee that each and every Patriots game will be televised, they also have drink specials and often hold gameday give-aways.  There’s no doubt that these guys are serious about their Pats, they even have a newsletter and an entire page of their website dedicated to the Austin Patriots Fan Club!

4.  Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub – Santa Monica, California

Sonny McLean’s is a west coast bar with a New England vibe. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you’re actually in Boston. As they say here, “Who says you’re 3000 miles away?”

Are we in Foxborough? Nope, Sonny McLean’s is an Irish pub located in Santa Monica, California and owned by Jim and Fran Conners, two transplanted Bostonians.  Sonny Mc’s is always packed with Patriots fans and they serve clam chowder and lobster rolls during the games.  For the 1:00 PM (Eastern) games, you can find fans there as early as 9:30 (Central) in the morning!  So if the Pats have an early game, don’t worry about breakfast, just grab a pint and watch the game with a bunch of displaced New England fans.

3.  Toso’s Sports Bar & Grill – Phoenix, Arizona

The Patriots Fan Club of Arizona has been getting together for over 15 years and they do it at Toso’s in North Phoenix.  The Pats fans that gather here are loud, proud, and most importantly organized.  With a group that boasts over 700 members, they have weekly raffles and Pats gear giveaways for members.  According to their website, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his wife have even made it to one of their gatherings.  Talk about some true Patriots klout!

2. Professor Thom’s Bar & Restaurant – New York, NY

Professor Thom’s is a great Patriots bar in New York city.  It has a 41-foot bar, a large selection of draft beers, a second floor lounge with a private screening room, 17 flat-screen televisions, and a High-Definition Projector that only shows the Patriots during the games.  Professor Thom’s Boston affiliation is well known throughout New York and when the Pats are playing, this place packs out.  Just check out this video filmed at Thom’s about rooting for a team in enemy territory. Classic. As you can see, Professor Thom’s is also a great place in New York to watch Red Sox and Celtics games (as well as University of Michigan football).

1. Murphy’s Pub Alexandria – Alexandria, Virginia

Since the early 90′s, Patriots fans around the Washington D.C. area have been heading to Murphy’s to watch the Patriots play.  They describe the Patriots fans that frequent the bar as the “most die hard, energetic crew of fans that a football team could ever ask for.”

Just part of the fans that gather at Murphy’s in Alexandria, Virginia during Patriots games. (Photo via PatsFans4Ever.com)

Patriots watch parties are generally held on Murphy’s second floor, which features a large projector screen that everyone can see, even when it’s packed with Pats fans.  And you can guarantee that they’ll always have the sound of the game, even when the Redskins are playing.  They also have numerous food and drink specials for Pats fans while the games are on.  The good people at Murphy’s said to show up early on game day because Pats fans pack this place out quickly.  No matter what time the Patriots play, Murphy’s will be open one to two hours before game time to allow for a little “indoor tailgating.”

Honorable Mention: Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, California

Who would’ve ever thought that a bar named the “Yankee” would be a Patriots and Red Sox bar?  That’s exactly what we have in this divey-type bar located in San Francisco.  They even have menu items named after famous (or infamous) Sox, Celtics, and Patriots players, such as the Bill Buckner (roasted turkey) or the Bill Russell (a twist on the classic “hero” sandwich). I see what you did there.

By: Todd Davis
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Should your favorite sports bar be on this list? Know of an epic watch party for the Patriots or another team that’s worth talking about? Let us know about it! info@WhereToWatch.com. (Thanks to Mike Reiss for his original work on this topic.)

Top 10 Sports Bars in Houston

Along with being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is notorious for passionate fans, which makes it one of our nation’s top sports cities.  With the Texans playing well and the new additions to the Rockets, excitement is in the air for Houston sports.  If you want a great sports atmosphere along with great food, here are our top ten sports bars for the greater Houston area.
 
10. Sawyer Park

With one of the best rooftop decks in all of Houston, Sawyer Park offers a great sports themed atmosphere.  For private watch parties, their Clubhouse room offers a big screen projector along with multiple TVs to accommodate twenty seated guests and forty standing, not to mention its own private bar.  Happy hour is daily from 4pm-8pm with dollar off all drinks, $2.50 domestic drafts & $10.00 domestic pitchers.  A Houston themed sports bar along with dodgeball tournaments on various weekends makes Sawyer Park an all-around fun experience.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
9.  Home Plate Bar & Grill

Home Plate Bar & Grill is probably the best pre-game sports bar to check out before an Astros game because it’s located right across the street from Minute Maid Park.  A big University of Houston supporter, Home Plate is the spot to watch the Cougars in action. It’s game day menu is reasonably priced with burgers averaging around $5.25-$6.25 with all other entrees priced below $9.00.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
8.  The Mezzanine Lounge

With all the major sports packages along with having Michigan Wolverines and Houston professional teams watch parties, Mezzanine Lounge is a great sports bar in Houston.  With over thirty TV’s, twenty-four drafts and bottled beers to choose from, along with drink tickets available to purchase on party dates, game time is always fun at  the “Mez.” They also feature daily food and drink specials along with a kitchen that stays open til 2am.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Near Greenway/Upper Kirby
 
7.  Christian’s Tailgate (The Heights)

Considered by many to have the best burger in all of Houston, Christian’s Tailgate has great food, attractive servers, cold beer, and non-stop sports action to watch!  With thirty-four TVs to choose from, there’s always a game on at Christian’s Tailgate of The Heights (One of its three locations around Houston).  Often called “Hamburger Heaven,” Christian’s is home of the one pound burger, and also has my personal favorite, a steak-night special for “a $1 an oz” on Wednesdays.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights
 
6.  360 Sports Lounge

With an upscale layout and decor, 360 Sports Lounge offers sports fan in Houston a more sophisticated sports-watching experience.  The main are has 3 High Definition projector screens on the wall above the room-length bar, and has numerous TV’s “floating” around the rest of the dining area. If you’re looking to hold a party, 360 has a private room available with a 60″ flat screen behind the private bar, a separate sound system, custom pool table, and free wi-fi.  360 fills up early on big game days or PPV events, so arrive early if you want a seat.  Happy hour runs from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday with $2.00 domestic drafts and $4.00 appetizers.  Besides the hometown Houston teams, 360 Sports Lounge is a great place to watch UFC events and soccer.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
5.  Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille

Probably the overall best value for beer and food out of any sports bar in Houston is found at Saint Dane’s.  Wednesday’s special is $1.00 drafts from 4pm-12am along with half-off wraps.  Thursday’s are .35 cent wing day from 4pm-12am.  Like many of the bars in the Houston area, Friday is Crawfish happy hour (when in season) from 3pm-7pm at 5.95 a pound.  Whether it’s University of Texas, Houston or any of Houston’s pro teams or UFC events, Saint Dane’s has a great sports atmosphere!
 
Price:  $
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
4.  Coaches Pub Midtown

Coaches Pub Midtown has one of the best followings for watch parties in all of Houston.  With six NFL teams and ten college watch parties going on during the week, the atmosphere at Coaches Pub Midtown is second to none.  Having twenty HD TV’s all 42″ and larger–including a 120 inch HD projection screen–keeps the fans of all of the watch parties happy.  When it comes to drinks, Coaches probably has Houston’s longest happy hour, which runs from 11am-7pm.  Monday beer special is $7.00 domestic pitchers with all day .50 cent wings on Sunday and Thursday. Bring your friends, because parties of ten or more that book during happy hour can get fifty wings at $25.00.

Price:  $$
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
3.  Big Woodrow’s Bar & Grill

Located in Houston’s Beltway/Galleria area, Big Woodrow’s is home to watch parties for LSU, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and all Houston professional teams.  With seventeen beers on tap and thirty-seven to choose from in a bottle, beer-loving sports fans can kick back, relax and enjoy pretty much any cold beer they want.  “The Loft” is Woodrow’s private party room for fans inclined to start a watch party of their own.  Complete with its own bar, accommodations for more than 150, and over ten TVs, it’s the perfect place to watch your team taste victory–or watch your friends taste some fried alligator.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Beltway, The Galleria
 
2.  SRO Sports Bar & Café

With seventeen college watch parties, every Houston professional team & the Pittsburgh Steelers, get plenty of hype by on game days at SRO.  Counting the mini TVs at tables, SRO Sports Bar has over one-hundred TVs to watch your favorite team.  With twenty-four specialty beers and imports, fifteen beers on tap, and sixteen domestic bottles to choose from, there’s probably a beer for everyone at SRO.  Crawfish is an SRO favorite when in season, along with always fresh shrimp.  PPV events like UFC and boxing are also frequently shown at SRO, so stop on by if Pacquiao and Mayweather ever decide to fight.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Lazy Brook/Timbergrove
 
1.  Lucky’s Pub

This place is a sports-lovers dream.  Lucky’s has the largest HD screen in all of Houston at twenty-one feet long.  It also has fifty more flat screens to go along with it. Lucky’s Pub has watch parties for eight college teams, every Houston professional team, the New England Patriots & UFC events.  Lucky’s also has a unique calendar on their website that allows viewers to click on links that show which watch parties are occurring during each month.  Lucky’s also has a free shuttle bus that will take fans to and from Astro games and Toyota Center events.  With the most beers in all of Houston to choose from at over 250, Lucky’s Pub is the place to be if you love sports, beer, or both.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown

By: Craig Emmert