If you’re a sports fan, Orlando is a great place to be. The city is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and to the Orlando City Lions, who will join Major League Soccer in the 2015 season. It’s also the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, with the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros training nearby. The NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, and Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays are just a 90-minute drive away. On top of that, in the fall, Orlandoans eat, sleep, and breathe college football, with much of the city caught up in the rivalry between the University of Florida Gators (located just two hours away) and the Florida State Seminoles. So if it’s live action you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re just looking for a place to kick back with a cold drink, air conditioning and a bunch of big-screen televisions, here’s where to go.
Located at Disney’s BoardWalk, this sports restaurant’s waterfront location is charming, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Nearly 100 video monitors line the walls—and the bathrooms! There’s even a 108 square foot video wall for your viewing pleasure. The expansive menu features game time favorites and lots of beer and cocktails.
Miller’s Ale House
With multiple locations in Orlando—including one near the airport, one near Walt Disney World, one near SeaWorld, and one near Universal Studios—this popular eatery is easy to find wherever you are. Drink specials abound, and the chicken nachos could practically feed an army. Eat at a booth, near the bar, or on the outside patio; there are televisions everywhere.
Wreckers Sports Bar
Located within the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, this one is a bit out of the way unless you’re staying at the hotel. Still, it’s worth the drive for a big game. There’s a huge, 37-foot screen, which stretches two stories, as well as 50 high-definition screens throughout the restaurant. Try a Wreckers Red Ale if you’re a beer fan.
Although this CityWalk spot is (obviously) basketball-themed, you can catch all your favorite sports here. A 33-foot statue of the NBA’s “Logoman” guards the front entrance, and inside, you’ll find the parquet floors and baskets of an old-time basketball court. There are plenty of screens to broadcast all the live action, and when there aren’t any new games on, you can tune into NBA and WNBA classic programming.
Wall Street Plaza
If it’s crowds you’re craving, head downtown to this collection of restaurants and bars. For big games such as the World Cup, the Super Bowl, or big local rivalries, the plaza is often closed off to create one big drinking-in-the-streets party. At all other times, count on Sideshow and Wall Street Cantina for your game time action.