Nothing beats cheering on the home team with a few cold drinks, tasty appetizers and a room full of diehard fans. Atlanta has dozens of awesome restaurants, bars and pubs that are designed with sports fans in mind. Catch the Falcons on the big screen or root for the Braves while sipping on some local craft brews. Here’s a list of some of the best places to watch sports games in A-Town.
When Atlantans want to really get into a sports game, they head to STATS. This enormous sports bar and pub features five different bars, 70 high-definition TVs and more than 16,000 square feet of dining. The brick walls are beautifully decorated with metal accents. The pub is always stuffed with excited fans watching a variety of sports games and enjoying one of six locally-crafted beers. STATS Brewpub hosts dozens of events each year, including major sports tournaments like March Madness, the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Guests are encouraged to reserve a table ahead of time, as hundreds of sports fans flock to the pub before weekly games.
Braves All Star Grill
The name says it all! If you’re a Braves fan, this is the place to be. The baseball-themed eatery has 30 wide-screen TVs, so you’ll never miss a single pitch. Browse the restaurant to find Braves memorabilia, like signed jerseys, balls and gloves. Watch historical videos and montages that highlight the team’s best memories. You can even try your skill in the full-sized pitching cage. The Braves All Star Grill has a huge selection of tasty American fare, which features classic burgers and hotdogs alongside options like shrimp tacos and caprese flatbread. Watch your next Braves game at the All Star Grill, located at the airport as well as downtown Atlanta.
The Midway Pub
Driving by the Midway Pub in the summer and fall offers you views of diehard Falcons and Bulldogs fans sprawled across the outside patio. However, it isn’t just the curb appeal that draws folks in. The food has a big reputation around East Atlanta. Finger food is the perfect partner for sports games, and Midway has a great selection. Chomp on some Guinness chicken tenders and wash it down with any one of 32 beers on tap or 100 bottles. Belly up to the bar to root for your favorite team, as Midway has plenty of HD televisions to cast your favorite game. The pub stays open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and features a unique brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Self-proclaimed as Atlanta’s best sports bar, Hudson Grille is a must for any sports fan. Stop by any one of its seven locations to enjoy classic pub fare, like burgers and steaks, fresh seafood, a vast beer selection and dozens of high-def TVs to watch the game. You can enjoy the game while maintaining your preferred diet and nutritional lifestyle. Unique among sports bars, Hudson Grille is proud to serve up locally-sourced ingredients, gluten-free options, vegan plates and many healthy options. Hudson Grille is also a top place to host private events and parties, including sports game watch parties and Super Bowl extravaganzas. Just be sure to reserve your date ahead of time, as dates fill up quickly.
Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar
Order up some Chicago-style hot wings at Harold’s, which claims to have the best chicken in A-Town. A lively and upbeat sports bar just east of downtown, this hangout spot is great for catching a United game or rooting on the Bulldogs. Harold’s prides itself in soul food, serving up delicious fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, catfish and fried green tomatoes. Take a seat near one of many high-def TVs and enjoy the game with a brew in hand.
Exposed brick is a mark of a great Atlanta bar, and Park has plenty of it. This buzzy pub serves up some elevated tavern cuisine, craft beer and bourbon. If you’re a movie junkie, you’ll want to try the famous Irwin M. Fletcher sandwich, an homage to Chevy Chase’s character in the 1985 film “Fletch.” Park Bar is located right in the heart of downtown ATL, making it a great spot for pre and post-game revelry, as well as a hideout for fans who prefer catching a game in the air conditioning. It has plenty of seating, crystal-clear TVs and a great selection of beer and bourbon.
You may have to walk a bit further outside downtown Atlanta to find Sidebar, but it’s well worth the extra steps. This bar is a fun little find for all things sports. It has plenty of big-screen TVs to catch all the action and plenty of delicious food to keep you satisfied. Ask for the Big Bad Wolf sandwich, a monster-sized pile of pulled pork, bacon and ham served on Texas toast with BBQ sauce and the works. Sidebar is also known for its wings, including the famous lemon pepper wings. Aside from catching a sports game, you can have some fun with its video games, pool tables and live music.
High Velocity is the go-to spot for ‘round-the-clock sports games. This bar is located inside the Marriott Marquis but is far from an average hotel restaurant. It features dozens of high-definition TVs to catch all the homers, touchdowns and goals you can imagine. Take a seat at the bar or other high-table seats for the best views in the place. Enjoy an expansive craft beer selection, fully-stocked liquor bar and crisp wine. You don’t have to worry about going hungry at High Velocity; the menu features everything from a warm pretzel with beer cheese to seared salmon. Before you head out for the evening, try the signature chocolate tacos.