Sports bars open a little earlier, breakfast or brunch options often appear on menus and eager jersey-wearing fans slide into prime TV-viewing booths and barstools. Yup, it’s football season in the Valley.
Order up a pint of craft beer and a basket of hot wings and cheer for the home team—the Arizona Cardinals—at one of these lively locales like Zipps Sports Grill and Goldie’s Sports Cafe. Or find your hometown’s local fan base at sports bars like Harold’s (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Wasted Grain (Seattle Seahawks).
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Beer lovers come for the selection of 130-plus drafts, bottles and cans; hamburger lovers come for the 20 specialty burgers. Other menu items include three varieties of wings—called drumettes here—hot dogs and build-your-own Mmmac & Cheese. All to be enjoyed while viewing a game on one of 25 plasma TVs.
Monday Night Football specials: $11 build-your-own Mmmac & Cheese with unlimited toppings and $4 pints of Four Peaks Brewing Company beers; Thursday Night Football specials: $5 Jack Daniels and $3 pints of Dos Equis; Sunday game-day specials: mix-and-match beer buckets, build-your-own Bloody Marys and $1 Mimosa refills.
When the weather’s comfortable, this two-story patio is packed for weekend brunch and lunch—especially on game days. TVs are interspersed throughout the restaurant and items like the Sun-dried Scramble, Chambord French Toast and Bacon Brussels Burger are all indicators as to why RnR is such a popular spot.
Majerle’s Sports Grill
Owned by former NBA player Dan Majerle, this sports grill first opened in downtown Phoenix in 1992, and has since expanded to five locations around the Valley and one in Flagstaff. Families convene at Majerle’s for game day and order up dishes like The Rojo Diablo chicken sandwich or the Mama Majerle’s Burger.
Zipps Sports Grill
This neighborhood sports bar has a loyal following, especially on game days. The menu spans pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and focaccias. The wings are served mild, medium, hot or extra-hot in traditional or golden styles. During halftime, try your hand at shuffleboard or pool.
Goldies Sports Cafe
Zipp’s sister concept is a one-off neighborhood sports bar perfect for families of football fans. Beyond the sports grill grub—yes, the delicious golden-style wings are served here, too—choose from fresh pasta dishes and hearty entrées like filet, meatloaf and baby back ribs. Three massive TV screens line the dining room and games include shuffleboard, darts and pinball.
This family-friendly sports bar features plenty of flat screens on which to watch the game, and a Wii and Xbox gaming area to entertain non-football-fan tagalongs. The sports bar bleeds red and blue for the University of Arizona Wildcats on college football game days, but come NFL game days, the tavern hears cheers divided.
All American Sports Grill
Killer wings and Wisconsin cheese curds are joined by mussels and crab cakes on the eclectic, upscale sports grill menu. Thirty TVs are positioned around the two dining rooms, bar and outdoor patio and games are tuned into via the personal tabletop audio boxes.
K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill
Watch the game on one of more than 50 HDTVs, choose from 16 beers on tap and order the Chicken Fried Steak, a ’Murica Style Benedict or the Bananas Foster French Toast on Sunday mornings at this North Scottsdale sports bar.
The Tempe and Scottsdale locations serve up breakfast on Sundays during the NFL football season. Items like the Irish Whiskey French Toast and Huevos Rancheros are joined by Sunday drink specials: a $5 Bloody Mary or Mimosa and $4 Coors Light.
North Mountain Brewing
The microbrewery and gastropub caters to a loyal fan base of the home team Arizona Cardinals. Leading up to the next game day, don’t be surprised to see sayings on its website like: “Wear your Cardinals gear and get 10% off your tab. Wear your Patriots gear and drink deflated beer.” Choose from a lineup of a dozen North Mountain Brewing beers or sample a flight of six or eight. The “beer-centric” cuisine spans flatbread pizzas to burgers to fish and chips, and a brunch menu is available on Sundays. The open dining space with several TV screens creates an all-inclusive cheering zone.
Local brews are on draft here and menu highlights include the Calamari, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Southwest Chicken Salad and the Black and Blue 32 Burger. Dozens of TVs make any seat a game-viewing win.
Kilt-wearing female servers are not the only attractive factor at this Celtic pub and eatery. The TVs are always tuned into the games and the eclectic menu accommodates most cravings. There are more than 10 specialty burgers, a few Irish entrées, sandwiches and wraps and wings with sauces like Guinness BBQ and Kilt Burner.
No, the name Twin Peaks doesn’t just refer to the mountains. There’s plenty to set eyes on inside this sports “lodge,” including the many flat screen TVs, the Bacon Jam or Buttermilk Chicken Sliders, Venison Chili and the Avocado Smash Burger. The frosty mugs of beer are a perfect companion for a guys’ game-day viewing party.
This central Phoenix sports bar may be better known for its off-track betting, but it’s also a hub for the neighborhood’s NFL fans. The Dillo Wings are some of the best in the Valley (try them with the Armadillo Gold sauce), and other dishes include the Potato Skins, Louisiana Shrimp and Stout Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Santisi Brothers Pizzeria & Sports Grill
Find more than 100 TVs throughout the expansive sports grill—with 60 of them on the “Wide Wall of Sports,” giving fantasy football participants 60 reasons to flock to Santisi Brothers. The New York-style pizza is an obvious choice here as are the Buffalo wings, and a breakfast menu is available during Sunday morning games.
NFL games are shown throughout this cozy bar and dining room in North Scottsdale, and game-day specials include happy hour prices all day: $12 Bloody Marys with penny refills, $8 pitchers of draft beer and game-specific specials (like the Cuban sandwich and Carolina-style barbecue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers game on October 10). A brunch menu is also available on Sundays.
Find Your Hometown Team
Harold’s Corral: Pittsburgh Steelers
One of the largest Pittsburgh Steelers bars in the country is at the long-standing Harold’s Corral cowboy saloon and restaurant in Cave Creek. A co-owner and Pittsburgh native began the Steelers fan club here 21 years ago. Today, the crowds average 700 people for regular game days and attendance grows during the playoffs.
Skeptical Chymist: Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks fans’ mainstay is in North Scottsdale at Skeptical Chymist. The Irish pub keeps tradition with many of its dishes, imported beers, whiskey and scotch, but once game time begins, the mood shifts to Seattle or bust.
Wasted Grain: Seattle Seahawks
This popular Prohibition era-style bar and nightclub in Scottsdale is another home to Seattle Seahawks fans on game day and features mix-and-match beer buckets, build-your-own Bloody Marys and $1 Mimosa refills.
The District: Green Bay Packers
The stacked TVs around the bar often play more than one game, but Green Bay Packers fans own the majority ruling at The District Burger Bar & Nightclub in Scottsdale. Burgers are an obvious choice and the decadent fries come in three varieties.
Four Peaks Brewery: Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings fans unite at Four Peaks Brewery’s 8th Street Brewery location on game day. Grab a pint of the Hop Knot IPA or Kiltlifter and blend in with the sea of purple to watch the game on the patio or in the expansive, newly renovated brewpub.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row: Denver Broncos
Be warned—it's “Official Broncos territory." Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Scottsdale is a lively indoor-outdoor space with plenty of TVs for game-day viewing, including a 24-foot screen on the stage. Grab a booth and pour your own beer from the three tableside taps or charge your phone at the bar in order in order to keep up with your fantasy football team’s updates.
Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill: Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears' headquarters is located inside Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, where fans nosh on Vienna Beef Chicago Dogs and other Chicago favorites while watching the Bears take on rivals; a breakfast menu is also available. Hear the “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” team song play following a touchdown and order up a special $3 shot to celebrate with fellow fans.