Sports Bar Bucket List

With the college football season underway and the NFL Season kicking off in less than 48 hours we want to make sure you’ve got all the details covered. Most likely your fantasy team is locked in and you’re feeling pretty good. There’s a good chance you’ve sent multiple trash-talking texts to friends about upcoming games; and maybe you even hopped on Nike’s website to grab your favorite players jersey. With all of the essentials buttoned up, there’s really only one question; where do you watch the game? Allow us to help you with our top sports bars in America….

Nick’s English Hut (Bloomington, IN)

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With 90 years of history, to say Nick’s is an iconic sports bar would be an understatement. When Nick’s opened in 1927 steps from the IU campus, it instantly became a classic. While Nick’s isn’t a super-sized sports bar, it’s history is why it tops our list. To this day you can still find locals telling WWII stories and even former President Barack Obama made a stop here on his campaign trail. The best day of the year to hang at Nicks? When Indiana and Purdue battle it out on the gridiron.

Lagasse’s Stadium (Las Vegas, NV)

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Named after famed chef Emeril Lagasse, Lagasse’s inside The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas is an experience unlike any other. With an incredible menu (Obviously! It’s named after one of the greatest chefs of all time), theater style seating, elevated sky boxes and countless projector screens, it’s easy to see why Lagasse’s is a MUST during any sporting event. Our insider advice? Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time and secure your prime spot; this place definitely isn’t a secret so it can get crowded quickly.

Truck Yard (Dallas, TX)

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If you know anything about sports bars, it’s probably no surprise to find this one on our list. To leave off this Dallas icon would make this list completely inaccurate. Truck Yard is definitely not your typical sports bar, instead it’s an “adult playground.” From food trucks and live music to vintage pick-up trucks lining this outdoor oasis, it’s easy to see why Truck Yard takes any game day experience to the next level. Once you’ve ordered your drinks at the Airstream find your spot to sit because it’s almost kick-off on one of their giant outdoor screens.

STATE (Chicago, IL)

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In the trendy neighborhood of Lincoln Park, STATE has been a local favorite for over a decade. With 100+ beers on tap and over 120 TV’s, STATE doesn’t leave much to desire. To say that STATE has thought of everything would be a giant understatement. They’ve installed power outlets at each booth where you can not only plug in your phone, but there’s also direct internet connections to plug in your computer and keep up with your fantasy team. And to top it off; they have a “live” feed of the SportsBook Game Line Board from the MGM in Las Vegas that updates every 8 seconds.

Pooley’s Sports Bar (Madison, WI)

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For over 20 years Pooley’s has been a staple in Madison. With thousands of signed photos and hundreds of football helmets lining the bar, this bar has it all. If watching sports inside this enormous sports bar doesn’t satisfy your inner athlete, you can take it to the next level… Pooley’s boasts 2 indoor volleyball/basketball courts that are open for public use. Yep, you heard that right, you can play actual team sports inside the bar!

Happy Football Season!