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Get Your Head in the Game at Memphis' Favorite Sports Bars



Memphians love their sporting events, especially those revolving around SEC football, Hotty Toddy, Memphis Tigers basketball andnd the NBA's Grizzlies, who continue to tear it up on the court at FedEx Forum.

The best sports bars in Memphis offer plenty of friendly company on game day - and you might be surprised that English Premier League football, also known as soccer, gets a lot of love in the Bluff City. Celtic Crossing and Brass Door - both very authentic Irish pubs with all the traditional Irish fare that goes along with it - both offer EPL viewing in addition to broadcasts of their American counterparts.  TJ Mulligan's is a local chain where sports and live music manage to work together, and gives the feel of a really authentic neighborhood bar, especially in the Pinch - the downtown neighborhood location that we chose as our favorite of three options. Next Door is our favorite spot for a more laid-back game watching, plus serves up the best non-pub grub on the entire list. We love the vibe at Brookhaven - plus they indulge we Big 10 fans regularly - and even have big screens on the patio, which almost makes you feel like it's fall in East Lansing.


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There are three Memphis-area versions of this national chain restaurant, and while we aren't big fans of chains and especially this chain, there is no denying it is a sports fan's dream: Scantily clad waitresses serving up beer and all sorts of pub-y food â€" plus multiple televisions with multiple sporting events. The atmosphere is festive, to be sure, and the space resplendent with its bright orange décor. It's a good choice for a super-fast meal before a big event at FedEx Forum or Autozone Field. Their menu consists primarily of chicken wings in a variety of sauces, and burgers, and plenty of beer brands from which to choose.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: It's Hooters, after all - the sports bar every guy dreams about.

Sally's expert tip: Arrive early on days when the Grizz or Tigers are in town and playing at the FedEx Forum.

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium


If it's beer and sporting events you seek, this popular bar just off Beale Street is a good choice. WHile primarily a beer bar, there is always a sporting event on the dock, especially in the hours before the Grizzlies take the court at nearby FedEx Forum. Inside, you'll find an atmosphere conducive to downing a few brews and having a good time: wooden furniture, pool tables, and plenty of Elvis memorabilia. During warmer months, the patio is one of the best places to hang out in Memphis. In case you need to put something substantial in your belly, Flying Saucer offers decent pub grub, and the aptly named Big Pretzel goes great with most beers.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This is one of the rare places you can stand outside of the bar and drink your beer while watching the game.

Sally's expert tip: You can fill up on a Big Pretzel and beer - it counts as dinner to us.

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Sports Pub
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This random spot in East Memphis isn't much to behold, but it does do justice to its name, with loads of TVs and a pub-y feel.The Sports Pub attracts a good mix of sports fans, but you likely won't find any EPL games on their monitos. The bar tends to be lively, especially if the Vols, Titans, Tigers, or Grizzlies are on the tube. Expect it to be crowded on weekends with everybody from professionals and college kids to tourists. The place is popular for its 20-plus TVs, a rather daunting beer selection, and an awesome happy hour, which lasts from 4pm until 7pm.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: There are more than 20 televisions scattered throughout the pub.

Sally's expert tip: Happy hour is the time to go, for both drink specials and the crowd-watching.

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The next door and more casual neighbor of Chef Ryan Trimm's Sweetgrass is a bar/casual eatery that rocks during the NFL and NBA seasons - but we hesitate to call it a sports bar; let's just say this is a more upscale yet casual bar that just happens to host great sporting event parties. Next Door feels pub-y, with a long bar, almost the length of the entire space - and a mix of high top and conventional tables which can be thrown together to accommodate larger groups. The wine and beer offerings are fantastic (we love any bar that offers an Albarino as a matter of course), with a great selection of imported bottled beer and regional brews on tap.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Next Door offers a quieter place to catch a game - and the added bonus of a fried green tomato sandwich.

Sally's expert tip: There's always a good home team crowd - and usually a beer special or two - on Grizzlies and Tigers game nights.

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TJ Mulligan's - Pinch District
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TJ Mulligan's is a local change with three locations, and our favorite is the on in the Pinch, an historic district in downtown Memphis that's near the pyramid-shaped (soon to be) Bass Pro Center. Mulligan;s offers a patio, a great inside space with plenty of TVs, and a focus on all things football, with MNF and TNF (plus specials and giveaways) and more pro football on Sundays, and college games run all day Saturday. The Grizz and basketball Tigers get their due as well. When Monday isn't a football night, it is a poker night, with friendly Texas Hold 'em competition.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: We love this little spot for its eclectic downtown vibe.

Sally's expert tip: You can bring your kids to Mulligan's.

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A real Irishman is one of the partners of The Brass Door (he's even named Seamus - love it!) - and his love of soccer and home prompted him to open the doors of the downtown pub, housed in what was originally a bank. With the tellys dedicated to English league soccer and Grizzlies games, live music and a super-friendly staff, anyone who's been to a real 'local' will feel instantly transported - this is the real deal. The pub plays home pub to the Memphis Goners, Arsenal's Memphis Fan Club, which means every Arsenal match comes with a nice crowd of people who are very, very into their team. As far as the pub grub, the menu is decidedly authentic and the beer list is top-notch. ploughman-style lunches to Irish stew, lamb and shepherd's pies and traditional fish 'n' chips,

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Brass Door plays host to one of the really rare fan clubs in Memphis - the Gooners, the Memphis Arsenal fan club.

Sally's expert tip: The Brass Door is closed on Sundays - so no EPL or NFL game watching parties on Sunday.

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Max's is a rarity in Memphis - an actual neighborhood sports bar that's tucked into a spot in downtown Memphis. It's often ground zero for the random neighborhood Olympics, and even though it's tiny on the inside, offers a large yard - and maybe that's a generous word - where portable picnic tables are scattered for casual hanging out. The menu tends toward the typical pub grub with a nice exception - a huge selection of steamed sub sandwiches and a list of hot dog choices that rival anything you can get at the ballpark.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Max's is the epitome of a neighborhood sports bar.

Sally's expert tip: For Tigers and Grizzlies games, Max's opens early - making game days even better.

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Everything about Celtic Crossing feels authentically Irish pub, and walking into the bar is like going through a wormhole into another dimension. Like any respectable pub, the decor offers a mix of tables and chairs, there's always a football match being beamed in from somewhere around the world (if you don't know what EPL stands for, this may not be your bar), and you can order just about any Irish whiskey every made. You can order corned beef, shepherd's pie bangers and mash and even Scotch eggs, or go for the more traditional American pub fare of a burger or salad.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Celtic Crossing is one of the few places we know in Memphis where you can watch EPL, NFL and the NBA - in one day.

Sally's expert tip: While the outdoor patio is fab, there are no TVs outside, so if you're coming for the game, sit inside.

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The Fox & Hound is a chain, but gives off a local vibe thanks to its Memphis-centric decor. This is another spot that college alumni groups gather on football Saturdays for viewing parties and at any other time, every TV seems tuned to a different sports channel. When the sports world is quieter, the Fox & Hound offers paint nights to pull in the ladies.Food is typical pub grub and consistently good. We've brought the kids here before and it's not something we'd do again, however - while it appears family-friendly, younger kids tend to be annoying to the young singletons who heavily populate this space on college game days.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Fox & Hound is a true sports bar, from its beer selection to primarily male clientele to the menu of fried food snacks.

Sally's expert tip: On college game day Saturdays, it can be hard to find a seat - so arrive early to secure a spot and convince the bartender to turn your game on.

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The neighborhood-ish Brookhaven Pub and Grill has all the sports bar cred â€" hi-def flat screens, a huge list of beers, pub games like darts, and a really good, freshly made pub grub menu. This is home turf to a number of Big 10 and SEC football viewing parties on any given weekend (Go, Spartans!) and the staff is very amenable to helping you find your favorite team if they can. The grub includes hand-breaded chicken tenders, a selection of gourmet burgers, and a really nice choice of salads. Brookhaven has live music every weekend on the porch â€" it's open year round, and one of our faves in Memphis.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Brookhaven is the only place in town that has a mimosa special during Sunday afternoon game time.

Sally's expert tip: Ya gotta love a daily happy hours that lasts from 11 am - 7 pm.

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Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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