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The Best Philly Sports Bars for Game Day

Never miss a game.

Some things will never change, like the undying desire to scream at a television, surrounded by strangers, while guzzling a drink. Whether basketball playoffs are setting Sixers fans on edge or you want to secure a spot for watching the Eagles all fall, why not soften the tension with a visit to some of the city’s very best spots for watching the latest big game? We’ve rounded up airy beer havens, rowdy party halls, and kid-friendly all-day destinations, so there are plenty of sports bars to endure game day, whatever the season holds.

Any sports bar can offer mega fries and a burger (and we love them for that), but where do you go if you’re looking for a less basic food experience whilst watching sports? Beyond Bar-Ly’s 60-plus beer taps, find eclectic food options that put bacon-wrapped quail eggs and fried chicken gizzards on the same menu as onion rings.
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BRÜ Craft & Wurst

Midtown Village

Come to watch the game but stay for the thoughtful beer menu and irresistible Bru fries that come drizzled with bacon and gravy. The German-inspired beer hall is always buzzing and busy, but if you can’t find room to hang out, you can always chill by the bar as you wait to snag a table. If you need a break from all the sportsing, head downstairs to U-Bahn, the smaller underground bar inspired by Berlin’s subway system.

Available for Reservations

Cavanaugh’s has three Philly locations to host game day, whether you’d like the modest surroundings of Rittenhouse, the college crowds in University City, or the homey two-story tavern in Old City. Either way, you’re in for a classic laid back sports bar atmosphere with tons of televisions and a big pub food menu featuring a delicious burger, all of which can be snagged from an open-late kitchen that keeps cooking through 1 am.
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City Tap House is home to two expansive spaces in Philly, each equipped with different areas to satisfy your game-watching needs, plus really good bar food and not-to-miss flatbreads. The University City location is still waiting to reopen in light of COVID-19, but the Logan Circle spot is ready to take you seamlessly into nightlife if you’re ready to forget whatever happened during the game.

Available for Reservations

Craft Hall

Northern Liberties

Craft Hall is a blessing for city parents who want to get out for the game but still bring their kiddos. The mixed-use warehouse is home to a full-blown jungle gym and also lined with TVs and tons of seating throughout its grand 35,000 square foot space. The bar also doubles (or triples) as home to Mainstay Independent Brewing and Lost Bread Co. Bakery, because what else would you need while watching the game?

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

Devil's Den

Passyunk

Devil’s Den is a cozy destination to hole up with a rotating draft by the fire. The spot also boasts excellent bar nibbles including $13 wings, $10 nachos, and other savory bites. Stop by for brunch (which goes until 3 pm) and imbibe on $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys before kick off.
How to book: Via website

Dock Street South

Graduate Hospital

While this is much more than a sports bar, the South Philly outpost of the long-running Philly brewery would be a great place to watch a game. The space has many big tables for you and your crew in an airy, sunny space, complete with a grand projector (and delicious delicious original beers) to make game day complete.
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Garage

Multiple locations
For the laid-back sports lovers with more eclectic taste in beer, this beer house staple offers more than 300 varieties, all canned. Both locations feature pool tables and Skee-Ball machines, plus both locations are BYOF so you can cross the street (Joe’s in Fishtown, Gino’s in Passyunk) and bring your feast back to Garage.
How to book: Walk in

Hilltown Tavern

Multiple locations

If you’re looking for an outdoor option, Hilltown is a classic Irish gastropub with legitimately amazing bar food (don’t skip the fried chicken sammie) and a sizable beer list—as well as decent cocktails for the non-beer drinkers in your group. If the nine TVs aren’t giving you the scores you want, find solace in the disco fries.
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MicGillin’s is Philadelphia’s oldest bar and one of the oldest in the country, welcoming hoards of people since 1860. There are tons of drink specials, including pitchers and bar snacks, and the atmosphere is something you have to experience in Philly at least once. If you haven’t gone yet, do so immediately. But go early so you can get a table.
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Xfinity Live!

South Philly East

That exclamation point is there for a reason. If you can’t go to the actual game but want as close an experience to fandom insanity as you can get, head to the gigantic (80,000 square foot) XFINITY Live! venue just a stone’s throw away from Citizens Bank Park and the other stadiums. Expect sloppiness, revelry, dancing on tables, and a 32-foot LED TV. Just don’t go on the mechanical bull unless you can win.

Available for Reservations
Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia. Follow her @MarielleMondon on Twitter and Instagram.
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