It's Always Game Time at These Fort Myers Sports Bars

One way to make friends fast when traveling, is through bonding over sporting events. Fort Myers has countless places where you can do just that--at sports bars proudly showing everything from college and pro ball, to golf, boxing and everything in between. And because the area is full of transplants, you are sure to find someone routing for your team too, no matter how far away it may be.

Sports bars often have a reputation for serving average food at best, however, nothing could be farther from the truth at stops like Big Ten Tavern in Cape Coral. Here they take pub food seriously with quality meats, huge sandwiches, and their signature tater tots in a variety of toppings. 

At Nick & Stella’s Family Sports Pub, one of the area's oldest sports bars, you’ll also find a nice selection of Greek inspired dishes with forty big screens, both indoors and out.

While not a 'dedicated' sports bar, The Lodge has become a most popular gathering spot for sports fans in the downtown area with the regions biggest LED TV and a giant projection wall to boot  

No matter what time of the year, or what sport you follow, you are sure to find it featured on a TV at one of these 10Best sports bars. 


With a motto that reads "come for the food, stay for the sports," Stevie Tomato's serves up big plates full of big flavor. If you're in town for a Chicago Blackhawks game, this is the place to be. The kitchen also cranks out Chicago-style dishes like gyros, Italian beef sandwiches and Vienna beef hot dogs. Whether it's a Monday night or a Sunday afternoon, you'll always find some kind of game day wings and beer specials. The bar and restaurant prides itself in their $11.99 baby back rack.... however, gentleman can get a one pound rack for only $10 on Sunday. Don't worry ladies, as there is a lobster special for YOU. Dine indoors or out while cheering your team to victory. Check the website for the ever changing specials and entertainment schedule.

Nick & Stella's Family Sports Pub
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Nick & Stella's may be in a strip mall, but they've beautified their piece of sidewalk with palm trees, umbrellas and lots of TV's. Most of the televisions are inside, 40 in all, playing every sport and every team you would want to see on game day. Regulars call ahead to reserve booths situated closest to the TV that will be playing their game. Although the owners are Pittsburgh Steelers fans, they are quick to welcome everyone into their family establishment. They are also Greek so be sure to try the gyros and spinach pie. In addition, you'll find lots of Italian specialties, including popular pizza pies and calzones. In business in Fort Myers for decades, stop by and you'll see why.

Gatorbites Tail & Ale
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Gatorbites is all things Florida; laid back, colorful fruity drinks, and a menu full of fish and alligator. It's also a fantastic place to get your sports fix. For extra special events, the owner has even been known to bring in bleachers. In addition, you'll find some of the best prices in town for happy hour, including domestic beer for $1.50, $3 wines by the glass, $2 well cocktails and a buck off the colorful, premium frozen creations. While watching your team on one of the numerous screens, order a GBT; a sampler of fried Gator Bites, beer and a T-shirt for $10. Gatorbites is one of the last stops before heading over the bridge to Sanibel Island.


Located in an old Starbucks building, just southeast of I-75 on Daniels Parkway, Fat Katz is a fun, local find. A popular place year round to catch a game on TV, the indoor bar can get cramped, so thankfully the outdoor patio is spacious and provides shelter from the sun. Sure you can get great burgers here, but try the pierogies, cuban sandwhich or gumbo for a change. Beer lovers enjoy the large selection and are able to taste anything on tap before making a decision. If you are afraid of loosing your beer, Fat Katz offers lanyards, so you can wear your glass around your neck; nothing better than a liquid tie.

Shoeless Joe's Sports Cafe
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Named after the famous White Sox slugger, Shoeless Joe's has a long history of entertaining locals and tourists alike with live music, fun events and 40 big screens to watch your favorite sport or team. You will often find contingents of Bears or Patriots fans on Sundays and on college game days, look for West Virginia and Kansas State fans. However, everyone can be accommodated in this large space and if you call ahead, you can reserve a spot for your own fan celebration. The menu has a large variety of bar food as well as local specials. This is one of the most centrally located sports bars in Fort Myers, behind the popular Bell Tower Shops.

Boulevard Tavern
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The Boulevard Tavern is among the closest places to eat outside of JetBlue Park; it's just east of the stadium. Bearing resemblance to an old world pub inside, the bar is spacious and welcoming with a neighborhood feel. There is also a rather large, covered outdoor space to grab a bite and watch more sports on the many mounted TV screens. You can often find live music here as well. The Tavern serves everything from mouth watering Rueben's to Ahi Tuna to Nachos, and almost everything in between. It can get quite packed with residents living in the nearby Gateway community on the weekends, wether a big game is on or not.

The Lodge
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A photo worthy edition to the restaurant scene in downtown Fort Myers, The Lodge is cool even when it is 100 degrees outside. In the theme of a northern ski lodge, you're greeted by a huge, stuffed grizzly upon entering, giving way to a big open space with plenty of room to view your game. Serving BBQ, this rustic spot brags the regions largest LED television: 176 inches. It also has projection screens lining the entire east wall to really bring sporting events to life. Patrons brag about the beer tasting wall, where a credit card will get you tastes of the rotating craft drafts, before you commit to buying a pint. The atmosphere here is truly unique and always fun.

Cape Coral
Big Ten Tavern
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With 16 big screen TVs, 13 taps, an open floor plan, and corn hole games, you might guess this is a fun place to watch a game, but it also has a creative and satisfying menu line up. The wings are juicy with house made dipping sauces, and the nacho chips are hand cut from flour tortillas. A brick oven gives the pizza a crisp, light crust; it's special ingredients are garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. Regulars love the chicken and waffle sliders drizzled with maple honey mustard. But the big deal is tater tops; nuggets of shredded, deep-fried potatoes, with a dusting of ranch seasoning. Order alone, Greek-style or covered with a wide variety of toppings to satisfy almost any craving.

RonDaos Pizzaria and Sports Bar
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RonDao's has been serving up great pizza, in an exciting atmosphere for watching sporting events, for some fifteen years. The main sports bar has island seating...rows of narrow bars facing a GIANT projector screen. With 75, yes 75 big screens try the signature seafood pie; loaded with shrimp, scallops and crab in a rich white sauce. This is a huge space with a quieter dining room, however, still full of TV's. A private room is home to the Buffalo Bills fan club on game day. College fans routing for Iowa and Notre Dame also gather here on a regular basis, although there is more than enough room for everyone. The bar is also full of fun pool tables, foosball and arcade games. You won't be bored here.

Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill
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This family owned sports bar is also family friendly with arcade games for the kids, while adults watch the live action on some thirty screens. You can also shoot a game of pool both on tables inside or on the screened-in, outdoor patio. Sidelines boasts a from scratch kitchen where they hand cut chicken breasts every day and even roll their own giant mozzarella sticks. One of the signature dishes here is chili and don't forget the hot sauce. You'll also find some of the best drink prices in town such as $1.25 drafts and $2.75 wells. While all fans are welcomed, Florida State University supporters come her in droves on college game days.


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