10 Best Sports Bars in Scottsdale to Watch the Big Game

Some of the best sports bar action in Scottsdale is at RnR Restaurant and Bar in downtown Scottsdale. This chic two-story sports bar and restaurant has dozens of flat screens, a huge selection of domestic, import and craft beers, and a yummy 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 bar food made fresh with gourmet flair. 

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, restaurant, and sports mecca. 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.


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 has one of the best selections of draft brews in Old Town.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the fish and chips, a house favorite.

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Blending tasty food and exceptional service, The 4th Floor Grille is sure to satisfy everyone in your group. 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 has just what you want. The 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar is located on the fourth floor of Chaparral Suites Scottsdale. The restaurant is 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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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 chic gastropub and sports bar in a convenient downtown Scottsdale location.

Patricia's expert tip: 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 great food and plenty of comfy booths.

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

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Blue 32 is one of the Valley's most popular sports bar, and it's not hard to see why. Sleek decor, a huge selection of domestic and import beers, and some of the best bar food this side of the Mississippi make this regional chain a hit. Flatbreads, burgers, salads, sandwiches are some of the most popular menu staples. Hand-cut steaks and homemade sides raises the bar for other local sports bars. The kitchen uses the freshest ingredients on hand, and most sauces are made in-house. And with anywhere from 28-38 flat screen TVs throughout the bar and restaurant, there really isn't a bad seat in the house.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Blue 32 has great food, lively ambiance, and dozens of flat screens.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for a good place to enjoy restaurant-quality food while catching the big game, this is it.

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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 fans friendly service, daily specials, and some of the best bar food in town.

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

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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: Try the Guinness Irish Soup.

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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 family-friendly sports bar the whole family will love.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the green chili chicken rolls, a house favorite.

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Don & Charlie's

Don & Charlie's is a local favorite with plenty of appeal for hungry travelers. The walls are laden with a mind-boggling assortment of sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, creating a relaxed atmosphere that's ideal for a little male bonding or a casual family gathering. Complimentary chicken liver pate is a favorite way to prepare your taste buds for what's to come – slow cooked prime rib, grilled lamb chops, aged prime steaks, hickory smoked baby back ribs, or barbecued chicken so tender it falls from the bone. The extensive menu has something for almost every taste, with salads, sandwiches, and sides rounding out the menu. Reservations recommended.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Don & Charlie's brings together good food and drink in a sports fanatic haven in Old Town.

Patricia's expert tip: Try adding a char-crust to your steak, a Chicago tradition that lives on at Don & Charlie's.

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