Where to Grab Drinks and Catch the Big Game

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

Even in South Florida, every sports enthusiast knows there are days when watching the game is way more important than soaking up rays. Thankfully, there are several prime spots to catch the big event in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area. Everyone knows the best sports bars have lots of HD TVs- with the sound of the game on rather than music blaring - and ice cold beer, but the following list of places all offer a little something special on top.

The Grease Burger Bar on Clematis, for example, is the perfect place to catch the game and then stick around to make it a night on the town. The burger menu here is extensive and very creative. Favorites are the “Brother From Another Mother” with meatloaf and barbecue sauce and the “Grease Beast” that’s piled high with bacon and onion rings. The whiskey and beer menus are just as tempting, and the crowd here is always a fun one.

Sometimes, watching the game is a family event. If so, Duffy’s and Bru’s Room are worth checking out. Both restaurants offer family-friendly environments with kid menus and views of several TVs without having to sit at the bar.  No matter the sporting event, this list should make picking the venue a home run. 

10. Sports Page Bar & Grill
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The Sports Page Bar & Grill is a no nonsense place to watch the big game, or several games, near the Northwood neighborhood of West Palm Beach. With over 50 TVs, not including the individual ones at each booth, getting control of the remote has never been easier. While the Sports Page Bar & Grill has a lot of the typical bar fare favorites, it's the beer that really set it apart. Using a patented Chill-Rite Beer System, the beer is guaranteed to come out of the tap at 32 degrees. If that doesn't cool you down on a hot Florida day, than nothing will. Trivia Tuesdays are also a hit here with 2-for-1 drink specials while you show off your smarts.

9. Miller's Ale House
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At Miller's Boynton Ale House, the menu and drink choices are as abundant as the sporting events being broadcast. The food served here is so much more than the typical bar fare. There are steaks, burgers, seafood entrees, pasta dishes, salads and even gluten-free and vegetarian options. Don't worry if you're craving hot sauce, just order it on the Zingers- the hand breaded chicken tenders covered in sauce. There are daily specials for lunch and dinner and while the atmosphere may be casual, the beer list of over 75 is anything but. To entice the Sunday-Thursday night crowd, Miller's late night happy hour from 10 PM � close has $2 well drinks and $6 beer pitchers. The drink specials are on point but this place is also incredibly family friendly.

8. Carolina Ale House
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Carolina Ale House in Boynton Beach is a family-friendly sports bar where quality is a top priority; also, everything tastes better with barbecue sauce. This chain restaurant definitely sets itself apart from the rest by using only the freshest ingredients and wings that have never been frozen. There are also lots of weekly specials including Tuesdays where kids eat free with an adult meal, pint night Wednesdays and Ladies' night Thursdays. On game days, throw on the jersey and park it in front of one of the many TVs both inside and outside. For the days when you're out tailgating, they also have delicious party platters stacked with boneless wings that can't be beat.

7. Boston's on the Beach
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Boston's on the Beach has been serving New England style seafood and local catch to the Delray Beach locals and tourists for over 35 years now. Situated just steps from the beach, the atmosphere at Boston's is what keeps people returning for a second visit. With over 30 TV's to enjoy the big games and live music every night, the entertainment keeps bumping long after the sun has set and the beach hours are over. The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, and lots of seafood selections. There are ample signature drinks to enjoy while taking in the ocean views.

6. Bru's Room
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Bru's Room is a sports bar through and through starting with the history of the name. Bob "Bru" Brudzinski was a very talented Miami Dolphin's player with many accolades. This sports restaurant is one that warmly welcomes kids, with their own daily specials and game room. It doesn't hurt that they have some of the best chicken wings and great beer pitcher deals to keep parents entertained as well. The reverse happy hour from 10 PM � close means the party continues long after the sports are over. With three locations from Royal Palm Beach to Delray, Bru's Room is never too far to catch the game at.

5. Buffalo Wild Wings
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Buffalo Wild Wings, on Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is the official hangout for NCAA sports and a top contender when it comes to sports bars in the area. The atmosphere is open and competitive and is filled with the scent of the more than 20 wing sauces served. Wings are prepared traditional or boneless here and are a huge hit, especially when paired with a cold beer. The menu also has lots of burgers and sandwiches as well, and the posted allergen lists make it easy when ordering around dietary restrictions. This place caters to all types of sports fanatics, and they welcome the call-ahead method to make sure your event is being shown before you show up.

4. Grease Burger Bar
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Grease Burger Bar on Clematis does so many things well. For starters, their burgers are top notch; fresh beef, innovative toppings and a branded bun make the consumption experience memorable. Next, you have the bar. Excellent whiskeys and bourbons are stocked, and your bartender will be sure to point you in the right direction. Season beers are on tap, and 16oz PBR cans are available for the hipsters out there. The venue's interior is cool in that it has meat rack cables hanging from various points on the ceiling. There are televisions for watching sporting events, and live music is commonplace.

3. Bar Louie
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Located by the Clematis Street fountain, Bar Louie is definitely worth checking out for a couple of beers and a delicious meal. The atmosphere is great, whether you're downstairs by the bar or enjoying a little more space in the upstairs seating area. The menu has a large selection of appetizers to dabble in, or try one of their sandwiches. With TVs all around, this is a great spot to catch the game or enjoy the live music in the evenings on off nights. Go on Wednesdays for $1 burger night and great drink specials or stop in for the daily happy hour from 4-7 PM.

2. Brass Ring Pub Sports Bar
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Brass Ring Pub is such a hit in Palm Beach County there are two locations, one in North Palm Beach and another in Royal Palm Beach. Drive by either location and you'll notice a full parking lot because the word is out about the amazing food and beer prices as well as happy hour specials all day on Sunday. Both sites have plenty of TVs to catch the big game and fast, friendly service to make the most of your meal. The beer is served in frosted mugs and the price of getting it by the pitcher can't be beat. The menus offer the best burger in Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Post, along with many seafood options and award winning wings- try the Maple Bourbon glaze. Check out the Royal Palm Beach location on Monday night for all-you-can-eat catfish or fried fish.

1. Duffy's Sports Grill
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If 2-for-1 drinks all day is your thing, then Duffy's Sports Grill is your new favorite place. The restaurant definitely has the sports bar feel as your guaranteed to be surrounded by multiple TVs and sports memorabilia for at least one team you root for. The menu is fairly priced for all of the staples: wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and grilled specials. Be sure to join the MVP club to receive extra perks and build up points to get free food on future visits. There is always something going on at Duffy's from lunch specials, free food for kids on Wednesdays, and trivia nights. The restaurant can get busy but the open floor-plan makes it great for the whole family.