Sure, autumn brings to mind brilliant foliage, sweater weather, and the return of pumpkin-spiced lattes.
But for millions of Americans, fall also equals football—and baseball, soccer, and the start of the hockey season that will get them through to spring. You’ll find these fans at the bar, screaming at a flat-screen as their sports hero makes a game-changing play.
Where you watch is just as important as what you watch, and the sports crazed have their favorite barstools, as worn in and beloved as their game-day jerseys. We scouted out terrific sports bars across the U.S., from a March Madness favorite in D.C. to a Vegas hangout with 43 TVs streaming sports from nearly every country, 24 hours a day.
Some sports bars have become legends in their own right. Consider Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington, IN, where alums have been cheering on the Hoosier hysteria since the 1920s. Or Cask ’n Flagon, opposite Boston’s Fenway Park, where the walls showcase archival photos of Red Sox greats—and current players have been known to celebrate.
In Dallas, there’s a fairly new game in town: Truck Yard, a sprawling outdoor space where you sample craft beers and treats from local food trucks during the annual Paper Football Tournament. Games get more serious—and jam-packed—when ESPN comes to broadcast, and the owners put projectors against the trees.
If you prefer a more refined sports-watching experience, try Denver’s Society Sports and Spirits, where you’ll find chefs in the kitchen and whiskey on tap.
Sports are a big source of pride, and every season ushers in new reasons to wave the proverbial flag. So show up early to claim your seat among the regulars at these lively sports bars.