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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 co-opted the concept, and as a result, the sports bar has grown more sophisticated 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 Shea's at Lansdowne Street or 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 sophisticated scenes with over-sized TV screens and extensive menus, look here for the most informed recommendations.


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Duffy's Sports Grill
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Part of a Florida-wide chain, this is the first Duffy's to have arrived on the gulf coast in 2015. Wings and burgers are the winners here. Its wings come in about 80 different varieties when you multiply the different flavors by choice of boneless and traditional, hand-breaded or naked. The menu, however, is as extensive as the variety of sports that airs on more than 100 TV sets. Starters include flatbreads, mini-tacos, Tex-Mex, chili and dips. Choose your main course from specialties such as baby back ribs and coconut shrimp, pasta such as shrimp scampi and chicken mac 'n' cheese, sandwiches including tarragon chicken salad and New York Reuben, or burgers such as the Hangover Burger with pepper-crusted bacon and a fried egg.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: More than a hundred flat-screen TVs broadcast every sports event on air.

Chelle's expert tip: Lunch specials run until 4 p.m. with soup and sandwich combos and hearty Home Plate Specials like meatloaf or fish & chips.

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Lansdowne Street
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Named for the street behind Boston's Fenway Park that many a pub and bar call home, Lansdowne Street's loyalty to the Boston Red Sox, who play their spring training games in Fort Myers, is blatant. Outside, a courtyard with a fire pit has street signs indicating the intersection of Lansdowne Street and Yawkey. Inside, Boston memorabilia, including a Green Monster scoreboard, decorate the space around the handsome bar. More than a dozen craft beers on tap, including Bonita Springs' own Momentum, and a long list of bottled and canned brews make this a beer lover's paradise. Besides Boston favorites - "clam chowda" and lobster roll, the food menu lists pages of sandwiches, burgers and paninis paired with beers.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Sports TVs tune into Red Sox games and other sporting events.

Chelle's expert tip: Get there early - at least an hour before game time - when the Red Sox are playing.

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All American Sports Bar & Grill
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Not your average dimly lit sports bar, this one sports walls of windows that lighten up its interior. Clean and inviting, it boasts more than 30 TVs, 100 tequilas and 100 craft beers. Score! Pizza is the mainstay of the food menu, along with other sports bar staples such as wings, chili and American comfort food. Friday nights bring karaoke starting at 9 p.m. Live music entertains from 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday nights, Ladies Night offers drink specials. Daily happy hour discounts $1 off all beer, $5 off cocktails and house wines and 20 percent off appetizers.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: More than 30 TV sets broadcast a variety of games daylong.

Chelle's expert tip: All American breaks the sports bar mold with an impressive and varied wine list with bottles up to $1,500.

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Boston Beer Garden
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This has an obvious appeal to Boston expats, snowbirds and tourists. 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 bar-flies populate the outdoor bar and beer garden, indoor is for people who want to order off the extensive menu while they drink their beer and watch the game. Of course, there's New England clam chowder on the menu, plus a slew of bar food dishes such as wings and burgers. The white truffle mac and cheese and chicken pot pie are signatures. Nearly 50 different beers on tap and in bottles earn the place the "beer" in its name, including three rotating draft beers.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Sports televisions indoors and out - including a billboard-sized screen inside - broadcast all the games and races.

Chelle's expert tip: Happy hour prices from 3 to 7 p.m. are $2.50 for domestic beer and house liquors and $3 for house wine.

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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 beyond the confines of a sports bar. Its Wednesday trivia nights spark a different type of team competition, live and cocktail fueled. Signature drinks include Strawberry Basil Lemonade made with organic vodka and the Tavern Rum Bucket with three types of rum. In the food department, redemption dishes for the near sotted include Fatty Patty Melt with honey-roasted onions, Cuban Sliders and ribs.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: It claims to have the area's biggest HD TV for die-hard sports lovers.

Chelle's expert tip: Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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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 fresco. But keep a close watch on your food: Seagulls like to zip through and help themselves. There's access to Sunset Grille right from the beach, so it attracts a lot of hungry, thirsty beachers. Inside where it's cooler, the other bar encompasses sports televisions. Most people come for finger food, sandwiches, burgers and seafood baskets, but the menu also tackles seafood, ribs and pasta.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This is first and foremost a sports bar, it just so happens to be conveniently located at the beach.

Chelle's expert tip: Take a break from the beach for a drink and nosh and to watch the game. It's located right next to the public access for South Beach.

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Mangroves Bar
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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 feature. A handsome billiard table occupies one of the patios and 60-inch TVs broadcast. Inside, a bank of 48-inch televisions surround the space above the circular bar. Highly suitable to the sports fan who wants to watch the game in relative quiet, martini in hand, Mangrove Bar scores a touchdown. The bar opens at 3 p.m. daily and serves a select menu of munchies such as flatbreads or conch fritters until midnight.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: For the discriminating sports fan, Mangroves Bar serves up cocktails, munchies and the game with class.

Chelle's expert tip: Mangroves' happy hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6-p.m. offering half-off drafts, house wine and lite bites.

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Foxboro Sports Tavern
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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 the booths. The taverns motto - "Wicked Food, Killer Cocktails, and Awesome Service" - doesn't lie. The long two-sided menu lists regional specialties such as New England clam chowder, Lobsterman Casserole, Lobstah Salad Roll, grinders, "Vermonsta" loaded nachos, cod 'n' chips, Ipswich clam roll and Boston baked scrod. The rest is typical pub fare - wings, pizza, burgers and chili plus salads, steaks and wraps. No real surprises in the beer department - mostly domestics and typical imports. A spinoff bar was set to open in Bonita Springs in September 2019.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The game is definitely on here - especially if you are a Red Sox or Patriot fan.

Chelle's expert tip: Because of its close proximity, this is a good spot to stop after a visit to the Naples Botanical Garden.

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Pelican Larry's Raw Bar & Grill
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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 bars pour more than 12 draft beers alone. Pelican Larry's, which has a spinoff in East and North Naples, wins awards for its raw bar and chicken wings. It is also proud of its seven varieties of burgers, sliders, fried baskets, Neapolitan pizza, grouper Reuben, Philly cheesesteak and spicy taco queso dip. The three seating areas are spacious but crowded when the big games air.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: With sports paraphernalia decorating the walls and every sports event imaginable on TV, it is one of Naples' most popular sports bars.

Chelle's expert tip: This is one long happy hour: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

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Shea's at Lansdowne Street
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You do not have to be a Boston Red Sox fan to enter and enjoy, but if you are here to cheer on the Yankees, you may want to turn around. A spinoff of Lansdowne Street in Bonita Springs, it even recreates the Green Monster scoreboard inside, where a mounted moose head wearing a Red Sox hat greets you at the door above the fireplace. A beautiful wood bar with more than a dozen tap handles fills the dimly lit pub. If you prefer a lighter atmosphere, head for the courtyard. It doesn't have as many sports TVs as the bar, but it has some. The long list of craft beers includes a good showing of Florida brews. Its long menu of sandwiches and bar noshes is equally impressive. In fact, it is known as much for its food as its bar scene.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This self-declared "Red Sox Nation's Southernmost Outpost" fills with Boston fans for the game.

Chelle's expert tip: The baked beans are the bomb with a hint of molasses and mouth-feel contrast of velvety sauce and slightly al dente beans.

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