9 Favorite Bars and Restaurants for Watching Football in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Lists

hot-wing.jpeg
SodanieChea via Flickr
You can't have football without a healthy dose of wing sauce.
They always say the best seat in the house for watching sports is on your couch, but unless you (or a very generous friend) have invested a couple hundred bucks in NFL Sunday Ticket, you're going to need to find a comfortable place to watch the majority of the next few months' games. There's nothing worse than showing up at kickoff to find a packed bar with an incredibly long wait and since football games last for hours, you don't want to end up at whatever bar still has room at 10:05 a.m.

So from long-standing sports bar favorites to a few no-so-traditional spots, here are our suggestions for where to spend your next 17 weekend mornings.

See also: Five Favorite Metro Phoenix Sports Bars for Watching Baseball

santisi-brothers.jpeg
Voiceplaces
Santisi Brothers

If you're a believer that more is always better then you're in luck because Santsi Brothers offers more than 100 screens for your enjoyment. Their famous "Wide Wall of Sports" delivers more than 60 screens alone with more available at the bar. Your sports viewing choices will probably outshine your dining options but their wings and pizza tend to be fan favorites. You can also get classic Italian fare, seafood and ribs.


blue-32.jpeg
Voiceplaces
Blue 32

This locally-owned sports bars offer the key ingredients for good football watching: lots of TVs, good beer and good food. During the season they open at 9 a.m. and serve breakfast only until 10:30, so you'll have to wait until 10:45 to order your first plate of wings. Drink specials including $4 craft beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas last all day on Sunday and upscale dining options like Atlantic salmon, rib eye and baby back ribs ensure that even the non-sports fans will find something to enjoy.


Arcadia-tavern.jpg
Lauren Saria
Arcadia Tavern

Whether you sit at the long bar, in the dining room or on the spacious patio, there aren't many bad seats in this upscale neighborhood spot. Sure, there's a good chance they're going to have the Saints game on the sound, but there are plenty of screens and usually more than enough to go around. During football season the kitchen offers breakfast including omelets, pancakes and biscuits and gravy and doors open at 9 a.m., meaning you won't have to miss the pre-game show for those early start East coast games.



Location Info

Arcadia Tavern

4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Santisi Brothers Pizzeria & Sports Grill

2710 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Majerle's Sports Grill

4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Duke's Sports Bar & Grill

7607 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Zipps Sports Grill

211 E. Warner Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

RnR

3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Devil's Advocate

955 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Blue 32 Sports Grill

1524 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
8 comments
Alky
Alky

Where's the list of best bars to avoid football?

jliven23
jliven23

Happy to see Duke's on here. A great staff and great atmosphere. They were doing the no DUI car service before it became the thing. Owner seems like a good dude which is probably why so many of the same people work there since I started going about seven years ago.

Kris Farnsworth
Kris Farnsworth

I agree with your choices but Roscoes On Seventh is a riot!

weege0011
weege0011

At least two of these places are a complete fail. Zipps and Majerles do not offer WiFi. Its absolutely ridiculous that they are called a "sports bar" if they are still stuck in the 1800's.

lhsaria
lhsaria

@weege0011 Why do you need to have WiFi access in order to consider a place a sports bar? Just out of curiosity. 


jf111333
jf111333

@lhsaria @weege0011 Sports bars without wifi don't allow patrons to follow their fantasy football/baseball teams or hold draft parties there.  I'm surprised that someone writing for Phoenix New Times as an authority on the Best Sports Bars wouldn't know something like that.  

ZippsSportsGrills
ZippsSportsGrills

@lhsaria @jf111333 @weege0011 On behalf of Zipps Sports Grills, we wanted to share that 4 of our locations do have Wi-Fi and we're currently installing Wi-Fi in every location. It does take time due to construction to fit ISDN lines and to rewire but almost all stores will be equipped by the end of this month or next. Thank you for acknowledging us as a top Sports Bar and hopefully other people can also see the value in our daily specials, fun atmosphere and the many TVs we have to watch the games! 

lhsaria
lhsaria

@jf111333 @lhsaria @weege0011 Oh no I totally understand that issue, I guess I just always assume people can check their fantasy teams on their cell phones. The Yahoo app works great on an iPhone with 3 or 4G so you wouldn't need wifi. As for the fantasy drafts, I know that Majerle's does have wifi, though they don't make it accessible to patrons normally. If you wanted to host a fantasy party there you would be able to if you called ahead. They'd give you the password in that circumstance. Not sure about Zipps though. Hope that helps address the issue! 


Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...