Best Bars to Pump Up Your Game in Philadelphia

Watching sports in Philadelphia is not for the faint of heart. Philadelphia fans are known for their fierce loyalty and their dedication to their teams. If you're interested in catching a game featuring one of these teams, or even one that's not one of the locals, you need a comfortable, friendly and affordable venue to do so. This city proves itself in offering plenty of options to cool off with a brew, enjoy a delicious cocktail or two, or grab a meal, big or small, while taking in an inning or two. From South Philly favorites like McFadden's, Chickie's and Pete's, Tony Luke's and Xfinity Live to terrific spots in Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties, there's sure to be a great place to hang out near you. Bring friends, coworkers, family, neighbors or a date to one of these lively destinations and share in the excitement that a game brings, or enjoy a meal in a casual and friendly environment surrounded by good company. Food options abound and many venues feature great craft beers and super cocktail options to suit all kinds of tastes. You won't go hungry, you won't be thirsty and you won't miss the big game. That sounds like a win-win for all.


Brauhaus Schmitz
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The expansion of this almost authentic German bier hall couldn't have come sooner. With its dirndl-clad servers, rare German beers, and a nearly constant rotation of soccer games on the TV, the once-narrow space was too small to accommodate its crowds starting from day one. Brauhaus was the first in a wave of bier halls and gardens to open in the modern era, and it stands out in part because of acclaimed Chef Jeremy Nolen's full German menu and the owners' true passion for bringing the spirit of the Fatherland to Philadelphia.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: If soccer's your thing and you want a non-crowded, sit-down meal with a few German brews, this is the place for you.

Sharon's expert tip: With 30 taps and 90 bottles, you may want to check the restaurant's online beer list and descriptions before heading out on a busy weekend night so you're ready to order.

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Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

With a full menu on tap until 1am, this terrific Center City venue has fans lined up to watch the game. More than enough HDTVs line the walls and a host of beer varieties tempt the tastebuds of all kinds of folks. Great pub fare is always a Philly favorite, and Cavanaugh's knows how to do it right. Choose from options like their award-winning wings (a must-have for any great sports bar in the city), cheesesteaks, chicken quesadillas, french dip sandwiches, nachos, mozzarella sticks, crab cake sandwiches and other favorites. Here you've got food, drink, sports and good company right in Rittenhouse. It's a win-win.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Located in trendy Rittenhouse, this venue is open late for those who want food as well as drink with their game day outing.

Sharon's expert tip: If you're a Quizzo lover, this venue is a great spot to stop by and join in.

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This Northern Liberties venue is not visible from the street, so venture in and check it out for yourself. From concerts to yoga festivals, this is a space made for fun. With some pegging it as a hotspot for hipsters, it turns down no one for conversation and game-viewing. Food is typical American sports bar fare, and drinks go along for the ride to sweeten the experience. Come to one of the many special events held here for a great time with good company. Parking is known to be tough here, but once you've arrived, it's all good inside this cozy community venue.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This venue is a great place to relax outside with friends and neighbors, or catch a glimpse of the game inside.

Sharon's expert tip: When sports games are not on, catch a movie or concert or other performance on stage here.

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First-timers may ask, "What's an 'Old Philly Style Sandwich?'" The answer is right here, just a stone's throw from the I-95 over-pass. Tony Luke's has garnered accolade after accolade over the years, and its walls are adorned with the faces of celebs who've dined here and enjoyed every last bite of their Cheez-Whiz-covered steak and Italian pork sandwiches. Of course, the place has never ceased to connect with its more blue-collared customers â€" the reasonable prices and good-natured staff see to that. Stop in to sample a sandwich, grab a few sides, throw back a beverage or all of the above and leave happy.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Many swear this is the top Philly Sports venue to try, complete with food that's worth coming back for.

Sharon's expert tip: Get in early and get in line as this place is good, so it can get crowded.

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Fox and Hound Sports Tavern
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Make no bones about it - this tavern is all about sports. It's perfect for either a large crowd or just a table for two. Watch the game or enjoy some conversation, patrons sit on cozy extra-large benches which seem to add additional character to the place. The ambiance here is always full of excitement and the drinks pour smooth and strong. Bartenders here are key in helping patrons navigate the plentiful drink menu. Be sure to indulge in some of their offbeat shot selections and specialty cocktails. With categories like One Night Stands, 'Ritas, Superheroes, Hops On It, Hit It & Quit It and others, selecting one will not only be fun, but entertaining once you've taken a sip as well.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: With terrific specials available at this sports bar venue, it pleases many a budget-conscious visitor.

Sharon's expert tip: Watch for specials such as $2 Tuesday for great bargains to go along with your fun.

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McFadden's@ The Ballpark

When you're in the mood for food (and when is that not happening) and you're in the vicinity of the Philadelphia sports complex, McFadden's is a place that lets you be a sports fan to the fullest. Watch the game on one of the many TVs, and pick from game-day food options like soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, cold beverages and even beer. The place does get very boisterous during busy times, but many think that adds to the vibe and excitement. It's a great place to bring friends or coworkers or any small group. It's open late in case your dinner turns into late-night, too.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Convenient to the Philadelphia sports complex area, this hotpot lets you get in on the game while enjoying a beverage and meal, too.

Sharon's expert tip: Hit up this place after a game to let the traffic subside and enjoy some food and drink. Don't go if loud crowds turn you down, as the volume can get high, but it's all in good fun.

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University City

Located on The Radian Balcony, just steps from the campuses of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, City Tap House boasts one of Philadelphia's most extensive draft beer lists- 60 taps, including many rare and sought-after craft brews. Paired with a menu of New American Pub Fare, guests dine in a rustic, 120-seat dining room adjacent to an open kitchen.
Featuring extensive outdoor seating on two terraces and a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street, City Tap House combines great food and great beer in a comfortable, energized, eco-friendly atmosphere. Step up your dining experience with a visit to this venue, then sit back, relax and take it all in.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: When you're in the mood for some out-of-the-way beer options, this place offers a plethora of them.

Sharon's expert tip: Portions here are quite generous, the beer is tasty and interesting, staffing and service can be unpredictable, but the overall experience is a University City favorite.

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Fieldhouse Sports Bar

When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Fieldhouse Sports Bar. The venue is located in the PA Convention Center Complex, and is known for offering sports fan a terrific spot to relax, unwind and catch some of the game.The menu at Fieldhouse Sports Bar features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sureto please every member of your group. Fieldhouse Sports Bar has establisheditself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure tooffer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This comfy sports bar even has a dance floor - what's not to love about that?

Sharon's expert tip: Sample one of the many craft beers available here.

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Chickie's & Pete's South Philly
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With EPSN calling it the #1 Sports Bar in North America, Chickie's and Pete's has certainly had success pleasing people. This Philadelphia mainstay opened in 1977 and has been delivering great food, great atmosphere and great beer to Philadelphian's and visitors to Philadelphia ever since. Chickie's and Pete's also delivers on convenience, being within walking distance from Citizen's Bank Park and the Philadelphia Sports Complex. With plenty of tables, and TVs to catch the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, Eagles and more, the sports bar is happening on game nights. Treat yourself to the crab cake burger, or the crab nachos! Or if you're feeling fancy, order the mussels. Then sit back and enjoy the game!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: It'd be a rare Philadelphian who didn't enjoy a trip or two to Chickie's every now and then for sports and bar food.

Sharon's expert tip: Of course you should try the crab fries!

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If you're looking for a great sports bar and dining experience in the area of Citizen's Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field, Xfinity Live will be right up your alley. Tables are usually easy to get when you stop in. It's a great place to grab a burger or sandwich with friends, neighbors or coworkers before a Philly sporting event, or down a beverage with friends while you watch the game on one of their many TVs. This place features a fun and lively atmosphere to keep you laughing. They also feature a notable wine list if beer is not your thing.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: For a lively sports bar experience near the stadium complex, this venue is tops.

Sharon's expert tip: Reserve a table in advance and avoid any wait on nights where there are concerts or sporting events.

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