No matter what sport you’re watching, you can bet Philadelphia has fans of the game and a bar full of people watching it.
Immerse yourself in Philadelphia’s famed sports culture by cheering for your favorite team alongside passionate locals at one of these top sports bars in neighborhoods throughout the city.
If you want to be right near the action, Xfinity Live!, the ultimate entertainment center, is located in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. The huge 24-foot-wide TV screen in the outdoor area and the 32-foot HD TV inside NBC Sports Arena puts you right in the middle of the game. You can also opt to dine at one of the many restaurants on site including 1100 Social, PBR Philly, Victory Beer Hall, or the Broad Street Bullies Pub.
Live! Casino & Hotel
Within walking distance of Xfinity Live!, Citizens Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center and Lincoln Financial Field is the new Live! Casino & Hotel, featuring over 510,000 square feet of hotel, gaming and entertainment space, including Sports & Social Philly, a one-of-a-kind sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge, complete with over 24 HDTVs and a giant, 52-foot LED screen, alongside a menu of gameday favorites. Sports & Social Philly is also home to the FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge, allowing fans to bet on the action as they watch it live on one of the screens nearby.
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Also located in South Philadelphia near the stadiums is Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar. This favorite has been voted Best Sports Bar in North America by ESPN and it’s easy to see why. The restaurant and bar has been in business for decades and pleases their sports fans not only with their 14-foot television and bar, but their irresistible signature Crabfries®: crinkle cut fries tossed with a special seasoning and served with a creamy sauce.
Garage Passyunk has five large flat screen TVs, a pool table, skeeball and pinball machines. Garage Fishtown‘s other location has 400 beers, whiskey and pickle backs, plus pool tables, skeeball and nine large flat screen TVs.
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse is located steps from Rittenhouse Square and is hopping no matter what game is on their 20 HD TVs. The menu is not your standard bar fare, with bright flavored fish tacos, Guinness-braised short ribs and cornmeal-crusted calamari. Daily specials include half-price cheesesteaks on Mondays, 45-cent wings on Thursdays and free halftime hoagies on Sundays. Cavanaugh’s Headhouse pub bar and grill has seven different rooms for sports, socializing or private parties, located just a few blocks off of South Street on the historic Headhouse Square.
Brauhaus Schmitz has a German pub feel and it really comes alive when a game is on. The menu boasts authentic German fare including potato pancakes, cheese and cured meats sharing plates and schnitzel sandwiches. The beer list offers over 25 drafts on tap and 90 in bottles with some traditional German sips.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Iron Hill Brewery features their own scratch kitchen and craft brewery and is located right near the Pennsylvania Convention Center with a warm and friendly atmosphere for all age groups. Patio seating is available, weather permitting.
One of the largest and most popular game day hot spots, Tradesman’s offers the option to watch the game in four different spaces, two different levels and on multiple HD TVs, plus a giant ten foot media wall above the main bar. Premium sidewalk window seats allow you to enjoy the nice weather and watch the game through the custom open-to-the-bar windows. The grand, two-level historic building has 23 foot vaulted ceilings and large windows that open out to Chestnut and Juniper streets.
Bru Craft & Wurst
Next to Tradesman’s is BRÜ Craft & Wurst, which features an enormous selection of 39 draft beers with a focus on rare German to rotating craft with over 130 bottles. Their food menu includes house-made sausage, Bavarian pretzels, house-smoked trout, pork belly with braised beans and specials for NFL games with sound on the 105 projection wall plus 8 HD flat-screen TVs above the bar.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern, McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Center City, features a roaring fireplace, high beamed ceilings, and a unique collection of innkeepers’ licenses from 1860, all displayed above an antique mahogany bar. Visit on gamedays to enjoy food and drink specials as you watch the action on one of TVs and high-definition projector screens, both indoors and outside.
Tabu Sports Bar & Lounge
Experience one-stop nightlife at Tabu Sports Bar & Lounge with 15 HD TVs on the first floor, fun draft beers and cocktail menu, the infamous tater tot menu, weekly Quizzos and Bingo, and DJ dance parties — all in the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood.
City Tap House
Enjoy craft brews from local breweries and favorites from around the world as well as authentic, brick oven pizza and elevated, American pub fare at City Tap House. The rustic yet comfortable bar’s dining atmosphere features reclaimed barn wood and repurposed steel, a 15-foot multi-screen and an open view of the kitchen.
Located next to Independence Hall and Washington Square, P.J. Clarke’s is a go-to for its large raw bar, happy hour specials and famous burgers.
Bar-Ly Chinatown Philly is located steps away from the Philadelphia Convention Center with over 60 beers on draft, a full liquor bar, and a variety of intercontinental bar food. Bar-Ly is a great location to watch your favorite sports game on nearly 37 large HD TVs (8 NFL ticket packages are located here – that means every NFL game will be played) while enjoying tasty cocktails, juicy burgers, a variety of wings, delicious pizzas, sizzling fajitas, savory steaks, and even pan fried dumplings.
The city’s only table tennis-focused bar, SPiN Philadelphia, A Ping Pong Social Club, offers professional Olympic ping pong tables, VIP private ping pong lounge space.
With an upscale bar menu, premium drink selections and sleek industrial décor, Ladder 15 offers weekday happy hour specials and is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Tír na nÓg
Tír na nÓg Irish Bar & Grill provides a unique Irish experience of a pub with New American cuisine and live sports. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy brunch specials as you watch early morning EPL action on one of several TVs or a large projection screen.
Dave & Buster’s
With loads of HD TVs, stadium sound, sports viewing parties, game day specials and more, Dave & Buster’s has an arcade and dockside bar in the summer.
Philadelphia’s largest indoor restaurant, and one of the city’s most family-friendly dining options, Craft Hall is also a top destination on game days. Adults can enjoy special menu items and beer specials as they watch the action on two projection screens and 8 HDTVs, all while the young ones play on the indoor pirate-themed playset.
Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen
For a smaller, more intimate setting to watch the game, head over to Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen in Old City. Open seven days a week with an extensive list of beer and wine offerings for guests to pick from, this bar is also a great spot to host a large party or event.
Buffalo Billiards has 17 HD TVs, 8 pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, 2 full bars with craft beers highlighted on draft.
Cover photo courtesy of Xfinity Live!