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. 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
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.”
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
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.)