Cheers! Best Naples Bars for Rooting on the Home Team



Much like the rest of the sports crazed United States, Naples and its surrounding area have seen an influx of bars where not only is the game on, but every game is on. Every game, match, race, meet and other athletic competition. The sports bars began as casual but serious drinking and cheering establishments, where beer poured freely and chicken wings and burgers fueled the loudly cheering fans.

Today a number of chains have coopted the concept, and as a result the sports bar has grown more so0histicated and more food oriented. Televisions have grown bigger, flatter and more plentiful. Beer has evolved into craft brews, booze and even wine to cater to more diverse tastes. Menus too have grown exponentially.  Wings, pizza and burger remain standard fare, but in Naples’ modern sports bars, you can find everything from fine aged steaks to pasta, raw bar goods and Maine lobster.

Many of the sports bars pledge allegiance to specific sports teams around the country, such as homegrown Pelican Larry’s, headquarters for the Green Bay Packers and Florida State University Seminoles; and Foxboro Sports Tavern, to where New England fans head.

This list visits the best local, one of a kind Naples area sports bars as well as some of the franchises worth mentioning. So whether you prefer neighborhood joints or so0histicated scenes with oversized TV screens and extensive menus, look here for the most informed recommendations.


Mulligan's Sports Grille
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A warm, personal welcome and sports televisions from every angle bring the drinking crowd to Mulligan's. It is owner operated with a congenial, sophisticated atmosphere and karaoke or open mic nights a couple of times a week. The sports bar is...  Read More


Beach Tavern
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


It didn't bother the owners of this bar that they could not afford real estate seaside. They grabbed a strip mall property and made their own beach with the water view of a fountained retention pond. Inside the pleasant and well lit bar, sports...  Read More


Rusty Bucket
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


This Midwest chain opened its first Florida bar and restaurant in Naples summer 2014. With vast dining areas indoors and out, it exudes a happy bar-fly atmosphere, where the game is on everywhere you look. Like so many restaurants these days, it...  Read More


Weekend Willie's
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In the heart of Naples' home construction and design commercial district off Pine Ridge Road, this place is a favorite of the local working class. Regulars come for sports TV, pizza, wings, burgers, deli sandwiches, shots of Fireballs, cold beer...  Read More


Boston Beer Garden
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This has an obvious appeal to Boston expats, snowbirds and tourists, and it's not the only sports bar in the region that packs in Boston fans, thanks to the close proximity of the Boston Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Myers. The true...  Read More


Tavern on the Bay
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It most likely has the best natural view of any Naples area sports bar, overlooking Naples Bay in Bayfront Place shopping and entertainment complex. But despite its 130 inch HD TV and vast complement of other flat screens, its identity extends...  Read More


Sunset Grille
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Located at the base of the Apollo Condominium complex and adjacent to the access for South Marco Beach, it has the proper casual beach bar feel. It actually has two bars. The outdoor bamboo bar serves guests who prefer drinking and dining al...  Read More


Mangroves Bar
Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort


On the lobby floor at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, you will find one of the area's most upscale sports bars in a clubby, intimate setting that spills out onto two patios overlooking the resort's stunning fountain...  Read More


Foxboro Sports Tavern
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Named in honor of the late stadium for the New England Patriots, this East Naples bar comes as no surprise in its devotion to New England teams. The sheer number of TVs may come as a surprise – there are even individual TVs set into some of...  Read More


Pelican Larry's Raw Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


You need not be a Green Bay Packers or Florida State University Seminoles fan to enter, but duly note that you will be in the minority here, where Packers and 'Noles memorabilia hang in between dozens of sport TVs. The two indoor and one outdoor...  Read More


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Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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