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10 Great Sports Bars in Scottsdale to Watch the Big Game



In Old Town Scottsdale, RnR Restaurant and Bar is a two-story sports bar and restaurant with dozens of flat screens, a huge selection of domestic, import and craft beers, and a menu of modern American comfort food classics. Where else can you enjoy a bowl of gourmet mac 'n cheese and enjoy the big game in a lively downtown sports bar?

If you're looking for a fun, relaxed sports bar, head over to The Hangar Food and Spirits. The laid-back atmosphere is complemented by excellent daily specials (including half-price wine bottles on Wednesdays), and solid bar grub.

Looking for a Scottsdale sports bar that is also family friendly? If so, you'll want to grab a table at Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe, a favorite local watering hole and restaurant. Enjoy a gourmet burger in the dining room, or claim your stool at the bar.

If you want to watch the game from the comfort of a sleek sports bar, head to Majerle's, a regional chain owned by former NBA All Star Dan Majerle. The sports bar is known for great burgers and the occasional celebrity sighting.


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Blending tasty pub grub and friendly service, The 4th Floor Grille is a traveller-friendly sports bar located near downtown Scottsdale. Whether you're in the mood for a salad, green chile mac 'n cheese, fall-off-the-bone ribs, or the Southwestern Salmon, the extensive menu was designed to be group-friendly. The 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar is located on the fourth floor of Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, near the center of the hotel - just look for the bridge connecting the East and West complexes, take the elevator up and you're there. The sports bar is adjacent to The 4th Floor Grille and is a favorite place for guests and locals to catch the big game while enjoying a delicious meal. Enjoy 10 state-of-the-art HD satellite TVs that are always playing the latest NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL or NCAA game.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The 4th Floor Grill is a laid-back, no-frills hotel sports bar where you can catch the big game near downtown Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the green chile Mac 'n Cheese, a Southwestern take on the comfort food classic.

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The Blue Moose stands out amid the roster of upscale restaurants and lounged of Old Town Scottsdale, a quirky sports bar with steady downtown clientele drawn to the excellent atmosphere and craft beer selection. Come here to shoot a game of pool with friends, old and new, or to simply unwind and watch the big game. The bar's proximity to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts makes it a perfect stopping point for a pre-show drink or post-show nightcap. Good food, friendly service and an excellent downtown location make The Blue Moose a reliably good place to stop in for drink.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Blue Moose is the quintessential relaxed neighborhood sports pub.

Patricia's expert tip: The grass-fed burger menu and house fish and chips are popular for good reason.

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Located in two-story, modernist-industrial building in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this stylish gastropub is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night eats. There are 30-plus TVs so you can catch the game, or sit on the patio and enjoy some of the best people-watching in Old Town. The chefs at RnR have crafted a fun, innovative menu full of sharable small plates and modern takes on American comfort food. There is also a long menu of specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers on tap, imported Italian coffee and a wine cellar filled with more than 1,8000 bottles.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: RnR is a lively gastropub and sports bar in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for a good post-game place to drink? RnR is open until 2 am on Friday and Saturdays.

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Pattie's First Avenue Lounge


Eminently laid-back during the day, this no-frills joint transforms into a lively club in the evenings. Locals flock here daily for inexpensive drinks, a comfy heated patio, pool tables, and of course, plenty of room to dance. DJs spin on Friday and Saturday nights, and Pattie's also functions as a favorite site for get-togethers and special events. The absence of a cover charge adds considerably to the appeal. Pattie's First Avenue Lodge is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, convenient to the shops and attractions of downtown. Shuffleboard and table-tennis tournaments take place regularly. Crowds here on the weekends, so be brace yourself for lines at the bar.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Pattie's is ideal for a relaxed night out with friends in Old Town.

Patricia's expert tip: Laid-back, no-frills bar offers a break from Old Town Scottsdale's noisier dance clubs.

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This bar and grill, owned by former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle, pulls in hard-core sports lovers. Dim and lively, its decor is heavy on sports memorabilia, and several TVs allow die-hard fans to keep up with the game. While taking in the ambiance, chow down on burgers, chicken fingers, and other American favorites. Portions are enough to please even the toughest of appetites. If a game is played downtown, be prepared to wait for a seat, especially if the Suns players decide to hang out. If you're not sure what to order, you can't go wrong with the Burger of the Month, an over-sized specialty burger designed for big appetites.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Majerle's Sport Grill is a modern sports bar with solid pub food and plenty of comfy booths.

Patricia's expert tip: Sample the Burger of the Month, a house specialty.

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The Scottsdale Beer Company is a local brewery with a huge selection of craft beers. On any given visit, the in-house brewmasters have something exciting fermenting and more than a dozen beers on tap. There is also a full bar and a menu of gourmet bar bites, including a delicious veggie burger, mouth-watering hot and salty pretzels, homemade mac 'n cheese and some of the best fried pickles in town. The bar hosts a popular happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm, where you can enjoy $1 off all in-house craft brews, well drinks, wine by the glass, and small bites. The ambiance is friendly and casually upscale, thanks in large part to the bar's sleek industrial decor and design.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Scottsdale Beer Company offers craft beers in a spacious tap room with plenty of TVs for watching sports.

Patricia's expert tip: This brewpub's popular $15 "burger and a pint" promotion happens every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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When the work week is over, or you're looking for a stylish spot to watch the big game, The Goodwood Tavern in Old Town Scottsdale is a good place to cool off in warm, vintage style. The food and drink menu features elevated bar bites and hand-crafted cocktails â€" think blue cheese and bacon guacamole; spicy chicken sandwiches; and lighter fare like salads and shrimp tacos. The hot pretzels are a popular appetizer. Cushy booths and sprawling patio seating makes for an ambiance that is chic enough for a date night or laid-back enough for Old Town people-watching. Bourbon fans: head here for one of the better bourbon menus in Old Town.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: With friendly neighborhood vibes and plenty of drink specials every day, Goodwood is a good place to catch the big game.

Patricia's expert tip: Swing by during the daily happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for $8 specialty cocktails and discounts on food.

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The Hangar Food and Spirits is a laid-back sports bar and restaurant located near the Scottsdale Airpark in north Scottsdale. The bar has a dog-friendly patio and offers guests off-track betting. The food is a big draw here, with an eclectic menu of elevated bar eats and comfort food classics. House favorites include the spicy green mac and cheese, grilled Hangar wings, tacos, burgers and sizzling hot chicken and steak fajitas. The Hangar offers excellent daily specials, including half-price bottles of wine on Wine Wednesdays, $3 house margaritas on Tuesdays and Fridays, $4 Jack Daniels on Thursdays and $2 special shots on Saturdays.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Hangar Food and Spirits offers sports fan-friendly service, daily specials, and a winning bar food menu.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy Hour happens Monday through Friday, with drink specials from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and food specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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K O'Donnell's Sports Bar and Grill in north Scottsdale is an upscale sports bar and bistro featuring food and drink specials twice daily. The bar offers 16 beers on tap, more than 40 TVs, a comfy outdoor patio with fireplaces and even cigar-friendly seating. The food menu features made-from-scratch lunch and dinner specials with gourmet burgers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and Southwestern specialties. The sports grill is home to a regular and late night reverse happy hour. Poker lovers gather here for a weekly Cards & Cocktails poker league. There's also a weekly trivia night. If you're looking for bistro-like ambiance for your game night, head to K O'Donnell's.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: K O'Donnell's Sports Bar and Grill offers a casually upscale place to eat, drink and enjoy the big game in good company.

Patricia's expert tip: Traveling with a dog? K O'Donnell's has a pooch-friendly patio.

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Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe has been a favorite local spot since 1993. The food menu features an extensive selection of high quality homemade dishes with true gourmet flair, including appetizers, salads, soups, chilies, huge burgers, focaccias, entrees, pastas, calzones, specialty pizzas and luscious desserts. The drink menu is just as impressive, with popular daily drink specials always on the menu. H.D. flat screen TV's, pool, shuffleboard, three 10-foot big screens and friendly crowds make this a winning neighborhood spot. If you're debating whether to grab a bite at a restaurant or a sports bar, Goldie's blends the best of both worlds in a casual, friendly neighborhood setting.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe is a convivial family-friendly sports bar with great ambiance.

Patricia's expert tip: Starting at 7 p.m., Goldie's offers food and drink specials nightly, including discounts on house cocktails and food items. Specials rotate nightly.

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