Crowds at the Colosseum in Rome over 2,000 years ago. Families gathered around the radio during the first half of the 20th century. You and your crew staring up at the TV in your favorite pub. Spectator sports are meant to be a shared experience. So with summer upon us and social gatherings back in vogue, here are three fantastic nearby sports bars where you can cheer on your favorite team the way you were meant to, with friends and family.
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill in Mesa is a solid pick if you’re looking for some bang with your buck. Yes, they have plenty of TVs – 20, in fact. Yes, they have a great variety of beers on tap – 20, to be precise (huh, they really have a thing for the number 20). And yes, they have an outstanding pub menu that includes the standard culinary mainstays, plus tasty extras like pizza and Philly cheesesteaks. But then you add a 2-7 PM daily happy hour, and you’ve got your new favorite hangout.
Blue 32 Sports Grill
Easily the most expansive menu on this list, Blue 32’s food choices will put you into a food coma before the game you came to see even starts. Not to worry, though, the cheers from your fellow patrons will wake you up. Also, with multiple TVs behind the bar and strategically placed throughout the pub, you don’t have to worry about craning your head in uncomfortable positions to watch the action. At Blue 32, there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Champions Sports Saloon
If you're in the mood for a hole-in-the-wall type vibe, look no further than Champions Sports Saloon. This self-proclaimed dive bar lives up to the moniker with low lighting, tasty pub grub, and cheap drinks. The thrill of competition isn't just on the TVs either. Along with two pool tables, several dart boards line the walls. There's even a dart league that plays every Monday at 7:30 PM. But don't even think about signing up online. This old-school bar is in-person sign-up only.
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