by Sara Childress
Whether it’s 3rd and inches, the last free throw, a no-hitter or a shoot-out, there is no better place to catch the action than your favorite sports bar.
Being a true fan takes dedication. Sure there are ways to keep up on all the stats without watching, but then you’re not really a “highlights” person. You want the blow-by-blow, play-by-play experience of the game. In other words, you’re a diehard fan. While there’s nothing better than being at the game, that’s not always possible. So where can you find the revelry and camaraderie (and, let’s be honest, the harmless trash talk with fans from the opposing team) you crave? The sports bar.
But you don’t want just any sports bar; you want a next-level one. Think gourmet bar bites from celebrated chefs; extensive selections of brews from local to international; and handcrafted cocktails. Don’t forget the view – and by that we mean the multiple, HD, wide-screen TVs broadcasting everything from football and basketball to baseball and hockey.
We scouted the scene to create this best-of-the-best list. All you need to do is throw on your gear, grab your crew and cheer your team to victory.
Tap Sports Bar
Calling all fans. With three destinations across the country these bars offer it all, including memorabilia from some of the greatest athletes in history. While you’re there, sample the award-winning short-rib chili; it’s blue-ribbon approved.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With a whopping 60 HD flat-screen TVs, there’s no better place to keep the live action in full view.
DON’T MISS: Go Big by upgrading any brew on tap to a 24-oz. glass or Go Bigger and get a one liter mug.
WHAT TO EXPECT: More than 40 HD flat screens plus a year-round curated collection of more than 50 draught and bottled beers means you’ll be able to catch the game and become a brew connoisseur.
DON’T MISS: The selection of Michigan craft beer favorites.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Settle in in front of one of the 95 HD flat-screen TVs and sample the all-star roster of local and seasonal craft beers.
DON’T MISS: For the best seat in the house, head to Potomac Plaza situated on the shores of the Potomac River to enjoy the unfettered view of our Nation’s Capital.
Five50 Pizza at ARIA
WHAT TO EXPECT: Savor a slice of pizza that’s anything but typical. James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain puts his spin on classic East Coast-style pizza. Stop in here to cheer your team to victory with refinement.
DON’T MISS: Signature pies loaded with the freshest ingredients, making each bite a mini culinary masterpiece. Or go for a selection of salumi and cheeses from the Mozzarella Bar.
The STILL at The Mirage
WHAT TO EXPECT: A sports junkie haven featuring 65” flat-screen TVs (27 of them to be precise) and more than 50 craft beers. Add in gourmet bar bites and desserts – including Deep Fried Oreos – and it becomes the ultimate man (or lady) cave.
DON’T MISS: An original Hop-Tail, the perfect marriage of craft brews and top-shelf spirits.
Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo
WHAT TO EXPECT: This roadhouse boasts Strip-side views and live entertainment on the weekends. Work your way through the wide variety of re-imagined pub fare and sip from a selection of drafts, handcrafted cocktails and frozen concoctions while you take in the game.
DON’T MISS: The $5 draft beers and well cocktails at Happy Hour Wednesday-Sundays, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Beerhaus at The Park
WHAT TO EXPECT: Beer nerds rejoice. This classic American beer hall serves up favorites and craft brews paired with savory sausages and sandwiches. Grab a pint and challenge your pals to Giant Jenga and Cornhole among others. Loser buys all.
DON’T MISS: Haus Party! The daily happy hour 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. with $4 select draft beer and $4 dogs.
Public House at Luxor
WHAT TO EXPECT: This popular hangout combines a cool vibe with tasty bar food and an extensive beer menu including in-house Beer Mixology selections.
DON’T MISS: $5 16-oz. drafts beers and well drinks every day. Monday - Friday 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Coast Seafood & Brew at Beau Rivage
WHAT TO EXPECT: This laid-back eatery highlights the best of the Gulf Coast: a menu brimming with fresh local seafood and a selection of more than 40 craft beers. The bar and comfy booths are perfect for catching the game on the 16 HD TVs.
DON’T MISS: The Raw Bar, with the ocean just steps from the resort you simply can’t find anything fresher.