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This is Where You Want to Be on Game Day in SA



You've got your jersey and your cap on, and your thirst ready to be quenched, so now it's time to find the best place to settle in on game day in San Antonio!

If you're looking for a truly epic celebration, because you know your team is going to win, head to Dave and Buster's for a whirlwind of excitement. They've got beer, fab food, arcade games, private party options and massive TVs so you don't miss a single thing! The best part is you can bring the whole family or simply your best friends. It's the kind of place that makes you wish every day was game day.

Another popular downtown sports bar with an electric vibe (this one primarily for the adults) is The Ticket Sports Bar, which is home to almost two dozen HDTVs, perfect for viewing that touchdown or home run. Conveniently located in the heart of the hubbub, you can expect more of a traditional experience here with all of your favorite national beers and bar eats. Go for the game, but stay for the margaritas and great service!

For something a bit more chill, Bar America, located in the city's arts district called Southtown, has been a local's hot spot for relaxing, watching sports and playing a few rounds of pool for over a decade. 

 


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Charlie Brown's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
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Charlie Brown's Neighborhood Bar & Grill is the place to hang out with friends, relax, watch the game or just grab a bite to eat. They have 11 TV's for sports fans, NFL Network and NFL Sunday Ticket. You'll find delicious food, a full bar, Karaoke nights, Live Music, Trivia competitions and Beer Pong. Patrons can watch the sports of their choice in a relaxed, fun environment. The menu is designed to satisfy any appetite. Choose from buffalo wings, bar snacks, steaks, salads, burgers, sandwiches and much more. There really is something for everybody here. The Karaoke with Music Affairs Sing on Stage is every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 pm until 2:00 am. Beer Pong is on Thursday Nights at 10:00 pm. You can even listen to live music on Saturday night. The various bands start at 9:30 pm.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Charlie Brown's is a locals' favorite hangout to watch the game and have a good meal!

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out the trivia competition on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. There's no cost to play, and you can win prizes!

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Twin Peaks De Zavala


Twin Peaks offers everything you crave and more. Hearty made-from-scratch comfort food, draft beer served at a teeth-chattering 29 degrees and all the best sports in town shown on high-definition flat screens. All of this is served by their friendly and attractive Twin Peaks Girls, offering their signature "Girl Next Door" charisma and playful personalities to ensure that your adventure starts at the Peaks. Twin Peaks is definitely the ultimate man cave; everything to make you feel special. The entire menu is prepared in-house and to order, and endowed in generous portions to satisfy the healthiest appetites. You'll enjoy the hand-cut Mozzarella Sticks, succulent Pulled Pork Nachos or a juicy Twin Cheeseburger and savory Venison Chili. They show the sports you want including every important local contest as well as major boxing matches and all UFC fights.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Twin Peaks is the place to go to hang out with the guys (and the ladies) and enjoy the sights.

Kimberly's expert tip: There are more than one Twin Peaks in town, so make sure to find the one nearest you!

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This outdoor bar is the best place to hang out when the weather's perfect. While it's not a traditional sports bar as they only have one giant inflatable screen, there's nowhere better to watch the NFL games on Sunday or the always popular Spurs games. Voted by readers of the San Antonio Current as best ice house, best michelada and best patio, The Friendly Spot is an excellent place to relax under a shade tree and enjoy any of their phenomenal beers, of which they have almost 200 selections from Texas brewers. Alamo Beer Company and Real Ale Brewing Company are among the offerings. Its location at the heart of the trendy and pedestrian-oriented King William Historic District is one of the magnets; the pet- and family-friendly environment is enhanced by the playground next door, and their bar menu's pretty good too!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Friendly Spot is the best outdoor bar where you can hang out and watch the Spurs game.

Kimberly's expert tip: Grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Hot Joy, Feast or Tito's.

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Fast Eddie's Sports Tavern and Social Club
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Fast Eddie's is where can you watch the big game, play pool, hang out with friends, enjoy amazing drink specials and have your every whim catered to by an attentive staff. They are so much more than a pool hall, they are San Antonio's premier sports tavern and social club. Their social club and sports tavern is the perfect destination for your next celebration or event. Give them a call and they'll show you why they are the party place! With games, pool tables and tons of TVs, they have something to entertain everyone. Specifically, they have 3 championship pool tables, 22 pro tables, three 80" TV's, four 60" TV's, 13 50" TV's and eight 48" TV's, an internet jukebox, foosball, dartboards and more! They always have a game playing or a special theme night. Each day of the week is another opportunity to party!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Fast Eddie's is one of the most popular places to catch a game, especially if it's not the Spurs.

Kimberly's expert tip: There are several locations all around San Antonio, so check the website to find the one nearest you.

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Cover 3
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If you're looking for an upscale sports bar where you can enjoy dining, spirits and sports all in one location, Cover 3 in San Antonio is hard to beat! They offer a versatile menu of fan favorites like wings, burgers and flatbreads, but they're not afraid to cater to those who wish for something a little less sports-savvy, like fresh salads, seafood and USDA Choice & USDA Prime beef. They also feature some yummy scratch-made desserts made in their very own pastry kitchen. How many sports bars have their own Executive Chef? Not many, that's for sure. When it comes to sports, they showcase each of the major networks, but if you want to guarantee they're showing your game, don't be afraid to call ahead. These guys don't mind catering to the sports fans - making you feel as specials as if you're one of the sports stars. If you're downtown, it might be a bit of a drive to get here, but it's definitely worth it!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Cover 3 is the go-to places to hang out with friends, watch the game and eat incredible food in an upscale atmosphere.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can elevate your party to VIP in Cover 3's wrap-around leather booths with two high top tables and flat-screen TVs!

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Eastside Kitchenette
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If you want to feel like you're kicking back with your friends at home then head to Eastside Kitchenette! Chef Jeff White has years of experience as one of San Antonio's top chefs and is well known for his "unctuous" cuisine. When it comes to scratch-made Southern-inspired dishes with a lot of flavor, EK has cornered the market. Located just a few minutes from the downtown hubbub, this spacious restaurant situated in a gorgeous historic building comes complete with a covered patio and is the perfect place to gather for lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Just make sure to go with an appetite! Some favorites include the Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Kozey Double Double Burger and Chicken and Dumplings, but don't worry they also have healthy eats for those watching their waistlines. During the week they feature blue plate specials, such as Enchiladas. It's hard to find such hearty, delicious fare at these prices anywhere else!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Besides the great food, EK has a gorgeous wrap-around patio, perfect for watching the game.

Kimberly's expert tip: EK hosts game-specific watch parties, so make sure to check out their Facebook page to see which team they're rooting for!

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Joey's


Joey's is just an all-around great place to hang out and have a few beers or even a few shots in a nice, well-kept environment that doesn't put on any airs. It's a laid back joint that's big enough to accommodate large groups of people and never seems to get over-crowded. The billiards room, attached to the bar, is enormous and has a number of pool tables, and even a shuffleboard table. They typically draw a 30's plus crowd, so you can actually hear yourself talk. On hot summer nights, their good-sized patio is the perfect spot to kick-back, relax and just enjoy life. There's nothing better than watching the game while you're playing one! That's what Joey's is all about!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Joey's has been around for quite a while and is always a favorite of any crowd.

Kimberly's expert tip: For a fun little hideaway experience, enjoy a few beers on their small rooftop patio.

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If you're looking for the best local dive in town for some cheap beer and entertaining patrons, Baramerica is your destination. Located in San Antonio's arts district, Southtown, Baramerica is frequented by artists, musicians and other interesting folks and within walking distance of some equally interesting bars. You can expect to find primarily domestic beer but at prices, you haven't seen in a decade, which is why this a favorite stop for late-night partying on a budget. The jukebox and pool tables add to the cool grunge atmosphere, making this an excellent place to go after a long day of walking around the city.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: A neighborhood sports bar, perfect for chilling with old friends and cold brews.

Kimberly's expert tip: Head over to Azuca next door after the game to enjoy a few Latin-inspired cocktails on their patio. They're known for their mojitos, which come in dozens of delicious flavors!

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Maddy McMurphy's Irish Sports Bar


Just a block from the Alamo, Maddy McMurphy's has everything you want for the ultimate game day enjoyment, along with an Irish twist. One of the premier venues for sports enthusiasts, they have over 20 big-screen HDTVs, an array of beer and shot selections, all the classic bar snacks and a great crowd to help you cheer on your team. Folks love the margaritas as well as the meatballs and personal pizzas, not to mention flatbreads, corn dogs and wings. The friendly and attentive staff take this sports watching experience to the next level at an affordable price. Why stay at home or in your hotel when you can get service with a smile?!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Maddy McMurphy's is one of San Antonio's most popular downtown sports bars with all the usual amenities.

Kimberly's expert tip: While this venue isn't geared towards kids, they are allowed if accompanied by adults.

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Dave & Buster's
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Dave and Buster's isn't just for kids, although it is the perfect venue to kick back on game day with some good brews and bites, especially if you do have the kids with you. You can let them run wild in the arcade while you enjoy the game with no distractions. With giant flat-screen TVs, epic stadium sound and wings for days, where else would you want to be?! Located at the Rivercenter downtown, once you're here, there's no reason to leave. With billiards and bowling, VR games and more, you'll also have plenty to do during half time. You can take it to the next level and book a private watch party or best-ever fantasy football party. If you're wanting some serious grub, you can expect more from Dave and Buster's than your typical sports bar. From group-friendly cantina-style nachos and pepperoni pretzel pull-aparts to even healthy options such as the ancho Caesar grilled chicken lettuce wraps or avocado toast with Mexican street corn, no one's going home hungry!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Dave and Buster's offers an exciting environment for game day with massive entertainment, fantastic food, drinks and games.

Kimberly's expert tip: Get in on their game-day special with unlimited finger-licking-good wings on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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