Where do rabid sports fans go to cheer, jeer, drink beer, eat all-star bar food without fear and watch the biggest games of the year? To the best sports bars in America, of course!
- The Ainsworth | New York, NY
Inside The Ainsworth, rustic chandeliers hang over a full-service bar surrounded by large antique mirrors and dark chocolate accents. Sports fans can enjoy a drink while watching games with unobstructed views from any angle in the restaurant on multiple hi-definition TVs enhanced by a state-of-the-art sound system. The menu is classic American with an infusion of exotic spices, herbs and ingredients. One of the most popular dishes is the short rib grilled cheese with braised short ribs. This savory classic goes well with a pint glass of Jameson whiskey, ginger ale, freshly squeezed lemon and lime; garnished with lemon and lime wedges. Other standout menu items include tuna tacos and goat cheese stuffed lamb burgers.
- Santisi Brothers | Phoenix, AZ
Arizona’s Premier Pizzeria and Sports Grill is not a place for the casual fan—it’s for fanatics. Santisi Brothers have more than 100 screens strategically placed throughout the restaurant for maximum viewing enjoyment. There’s even a Wide Wall of Sports that features over 60 televisions, including 11 65-inch wide screens on one wall.Menu items include traditional game day favorites like New York-style pizza, buffalo wings, sub sandwiches, calzones and strombolis. You can also sink your teeth into thick pork chops, tender baby back ribs and juicy Black Angus burgers.
- The Cubby Bear | Chicago, IL
With a prime location across the street from Wrigley Field and honors from USA Today as a Top 10 Sports Bar, The Cubby Bear is a homerun before you even enter. Inside, you’ll find more than 75 plasma TVs and five projection-screen televisions spread across a 30,000 square-foot restaurant.Step up to the plate (or just take a seat) and order a pound of wings. These jumbo chicken wings are rubbed in Cajun spices then tossed in your choice of hot, buffalo, BBQ or spicy garlic sauce. Round the bases for Chicago Dogs topped with diced onions, tomatoes, relish, pickles, mustard and sport peppers or tackle a bratwurst slow cooked in beer then served with sauerkraut and mustard on a steamed poppy bun.
- The Fours | Boston, MA
Batting clean up on this list is The Fours, recognized by Sports Illustrated as the best sports bar in America. Here, fans are treated like MVPs—and surrounded by memorabilia that champions Boston sports. Though legends of the game and Hall of Famers are known to hang out, everyone gets to play and watch their favorite teams.Slide into a plate of chargrilled mini burgers topped with cheese and chipotle aioli. Or try a super bowl of homemade clam chowder. The Yaz, a hometown favorite, is made with a huge pile of extra-lean pastrami topped with melted Swiss cheese on a bulkie roll. If you like quarter-pound hot dogs, point to the Bambino—this one is a home run. Looking for menu items that are nothing but net? The Boston scrod and haddock Nantucket are fresh catches.
- Cooter Brown’s | New Orleans, LA
With 400 different kinds of beer to choose from, it’s no wonder Cooter Brown’s is known as the “Obeertuary and Barsoleum.” This incredible selection of beer includes 350 imports and 42 on draft—perfect for extra innings and overtime games. You’ll also see famous celebrities drinking beer in the form of caricatures adorning the walls. Alfred Hitchcock is depicted with a bird on his shoulder enjoying a bottle of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. John Wayne, decked out in a 10-gallon cowboy hat, downs a Lone Star. Appropriately, Judy Garland is swigging a Hexen Brau. Loose translation? Witch’s Brew, a nod to The Wizard of Oz.Be it baseball, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport being played on one of the 20 flat-screen TVs or nine panel video wall, Cooter Brown’s has tasty food to satisfy your hunger while you’re rooting for your favorite team. Dig into a muffaleta or Po-Boy sandwich—they’re both big time tastes of New Orleans. If your team is victorious, celebrate with a seafood platter. If your team loses, an order of Banana Foster Cheesecake Bites will definitely take away the bitter taste of defeat.