Where to Watch the Game: Sports Bars in Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, Philly, & Boston
Fall means football season, championship baseball, professional hockey, even the start of soccer season, but where to watch when you’re on the road? Unsurprisingly, anywhere there are great fans, there are great places to drink and cheer on your team — which is the home team, if you know what’s good for you. Here are some of our favorites across the country.
Las Vegas: Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo is the place to watch anything and everything under the sun on more than 100 HD TVs, including the 9×16 foot behemoth at the center of the room. The luxury boxes and comfy stadium-style seating serves Emeril Lagasse’s signature spicy cuisine, while billiard tables and an outdoor garden are there to distract.
New Orleans: Readers of New Orleans’ Gambit magazine named Cooter Brown’s Tavern their favorite sports bar two years in a row, for its “Hall of Foam” (more than three dozen brews on tap, plus bottles) and everything from po-boys to Philly cheesesteaks with Cajun twist: alligator sausage, shrimp and remoulade.
Chicago: We’re not going to take too strong a position here, since different bars are beloved by different sets of fans. Joe’s Bar is solid all-around, with more than 100 flat-screen TVs, a huge amount of space indoor and out, great drink specials, and all the Chicago-style pizza your heart could desire.
Philadelphia: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, however improbable the name, is adored by locals and lauded nationally, named the #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast by ESPN. At 24,000 square feet, it’s really three bars, dozens of televisions (including one 14-footer) and even a decent menu — try the crab fries!
Boston: A modern Beantown institution, The Fours was named Sports Illustrated’s best sports bar in America for its excellent food and service and two floors of memorabilia, as well as 42 televisions. Owned by a former UMass quarterback, the fact that Larry Bird and many NBA and NHL players have been known to frequent this establishment doesn’t hurt its reputation either.