Best Sports Bars in Portland

10 Best Sports Bars in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is widely know as a city with awesome microbrews and what comes along with awesome microbrews? Awesome bars, including an entire assortment of sports bars where no two sports bars are alike. In Portland, Oregon you can literally find a sports bar with any type of atmosphere.

For example, say the game you want to watch is an international soccer game that you think you have no chance of getting to watch. In Portland you can just head over to the 4-4-2 Soccer Bar and let them know which game you want to watch and before you know it you will be relaxing with a beer watching your game. 

Or maybe you have kids with you and need a family friendly sports bar. Don't worry because we have made sure to mention which bars are family friendly, like Big Al's

For those with limited time in the city and wanting to combine activities like watching your team play while also checking something else off on your list we have several killer suggestions. To watch the game and checkout one of the unique local mircro breweries, head to Hopworks Urban Brewery. For those that want to see one of Portland's famous establishments while also getting to watch the game, head to Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub.

We hope our list of the 10 best sports bars in Portland helps you decide where to watch the big game. 


Northeast Portland

Spirit of 77 has an upbeat atmosphere and they typically show all the Portland Timbers games on a wall to wall projection screen. Plus, they have the NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Gameplan, and the NBA League Pass which means there's almost always a game on. In addition to playing live games, they offer darts, foosball, and free basketball. Spirit of 77 has 12 beers on tap and offers standard sports bar food like nachos, wings, and hamburgers. Plus they offer other items like salads, fried chicken, and a killer brunch on the weekend.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Spirit of 77 is your old school local sports bar with everything you need to enjoy the game.

Meagan's expert tip: To find out which games they will be showing check the schedule on their website.

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A favorite downtown spot for people of all ages, Kells offer Irish food and drink with a Northwest influence. Live nightly shows make this pub the best place in Portland to hear traditional Irish music. The music can be quite loud. A separate cigar lounge (with separate ventilation, of course) offers a wide selection of smokes. Though Kells offers Guiness Stout and a selection of beers and wines, it really stands out with its menu of single-malt scotch and Irish whiskey. The menu offers some traditional Irish favorites along with some more typical American fare. Kells is also open for and breakfast on the weekends.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Kells has exclusive rights in Portland to show GAA games making it the place to see international sports.

Meagan's expert tip: On weekends Kells can get very crowded. Happy hour is generally low-key.

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Backstage Bar is a cool place to hang out, watch the game, and have a beer. Considered to be the the loftiest place to play pool among bars in Portland with their super high ceilings. This hidden bar behind the Bagdad Theater's screen actually stretches an incredible seven stories from floor to ceiling! Some about that ceiling makes this one of the most visualizing appealing bars in Portland. On game day they project the game up onto their massive wall. Plus, their shuffleboard table is considered to be one of the best in town. Back Stage Bar allows pets at our sidewalk seating only. No minors are allowed at this bar.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Backstage Bar is a cool place to hang out and they have a massive screen showing sports.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit during happy hour to save on food and drinks.

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Big Al's is a massive family friendly sports bar with something for everyone. Besides being a sports bar they also have a restaurant, arcade, and bowling alley all wrapped into one. Big Al's was built to resemble a stadium, it boasts wrap-around booth seating, exposed trusses, metal decking, concrete floors, a painted sky ceiling. You won't miss a single play watching one of their four 50 inch HD plasmas, two 42 inch plasmas, one 69 inch wide projection screen AND a 55 inch wide HD projection screen that can be viewed as three massive wide-screens or divided into any combination of smaller viewing screens.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Big Al's has something for everyone in the family and massive screens for watching sports on.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit on a Wednesday, when they offer $1 deals.

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Southeast Portland

Buffalo Saloon and Eatery has been serving and entertaining people in Portland for over 40 years. Here you can enjoy large portions of breakfast, lunch, or dinner along with stellar service. Food choices are varied from healthier items like the Asian Kale salad to more traditional bar food like wings. They have pool tables and have free live music Friday, and Saturday nights, usually at 9 PM. Plus, there is a section just for adults ages 21 and over with old school video games. On game days they offers specials to go along with which ever type of game is on like $6 bloody Mary's during NFL games.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Buffalo Saloon and Eatery is a sports bar in south Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: On NFL Sunday's they open the Attic portion of their restaurant early at 9:30 AM.

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This is Portland's hottest gathering place located in the Pearl District. On Deck offers guests a large assortment of daily-televised sporting events. Watch your favorite sports team on the 68 plasma TV or one of the 25 flat screen TVs. They also offer an upscale stadium menu and extensive wine and beer selection. They specialize in group events, corporate functions and personal private parties. On Deck serves lunch and dinner in a warm and welcoming environment. They have 12 beers on tap and premium liquors for your enjoyment. With the one of the largest outdoor dining area in Portland, On Deck is a hot place to hang out!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: On Deck features over 25 TVs each playing a sports game.

Meagan's expert tip: Kids are welcome at On Deck until 9 PM.

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4-4-2 Soccer Bar is the place to go in Portland for soccer games. It is the only sports bar in Portland dedicated to showing soccer games from all around the world. They offer every single soccer channel imaginable, including international channels. The owner is originally from Bosnia and serves wonderful Bosnian food, including Cevapi. This is the only place in town that serves Cevapi. They have a mix of European beers and local Oregon beers available on tap. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 3 PM until 6 PM. During happy hour food and drinks start at just $2.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: 4-4-2 Soccer Bar is the only sports bar dedicated to soccer in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Ladies Night is every Friday Night from 5 PM until close. Ladies get $1 off all drinks.

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River Pig Saloon should be everyone's go to bar in downtown Portland, Oregon. This trendy spot is unlike any other in Portland. They've got lots of bourbons and whiskeys to go along with the local beers they carry on tap. They food is mainly fried, but man is it good, like their fried chicken, fry bread tacos, and french fries. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday from 3-6 PM with food starting at $2 and drinks starting at $2.75. They always have on the game and on Sundays they have killer Bloody Mary's. Check them out on Facebook to see what kind of fun events they are hosting like pie eating contests or pug races.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: River Pig Saloon it's a small sports bar in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: Follow their Facebook page to see what kinds of special events they have coming up.

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Punch Bowl Social is a decked out bowling alley inside Pioneer Place Mall. The bowling lanes are spread out through the facility to give you a more private experience. They also have private karaoke rooms were only you and your friends will be able to here whether or not you can sing. There are three bars spread out around the restaurant. They have pool, darts, ping pong, shuffle board, and there are vintage arcade games like ski ball. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have tasty options like Chicken & Waffles, Cauliflower Nachos, and the Alabama Chicken Sandwich Happy hour is from 3 - 6 PM everyday. Plus, they run seasonal specials all the time.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Punch Bowl Social has 11 screens for watching live games.

Meagan's expert tip: Call ahead of time to reserve a bowling lane or karaoke room.

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Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has 32 craft, import and domestic beers on draft and they offer regional wine and signature cocktails. Each Friday and Saturday night they have live music. For sports enthusiasts they feature a top of the line audio and video system creating the perfect atmosphere for sports viewing. Thirsty Lion specifically programs it's sports schedule everyday to meet the sports demands of the city and region. From NCAA football and basketball to MLS soccer and NFL football the Thirsty Lion is guaranteed to have all the big games live and offer an unparalleled viewing experience. Happy Hour is available Monday - Friday from 3 - 7 PM.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Thirsty Lion has lots of large T.V.'s for viewing sports, a good beer selection, and great food.

Meagan's expert tip: If you go on a night when they have live music there will be a small cover to get it.

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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan