The best sports viewing is shared with friends, and when you can’t get to the stadium, the next best place to embrace the action and excitement of rooting for your favorite team (Go Pats!) is at your local sports bar. These East Bay restaurants and pubs are winners when it comes to keeping the celebratory snacks and drinks flowing all season long.
1. Judge Roy Bean Saloon
Bristol mainstay Judge Roy Bean Saloon keeps it classy with an extensive selection of wines by the glass, craft cocktails, a cigar bar and a polished wooden bar right out of the Old West.
Must-try item: Narragansett beer -battered cheese curds
Pairs best with: Redneck Sangria
Best choice for: Watching the game with non-beer-drinkers
2. Atlantic Sports Bar
The football may be American but the spirit of Portugal lives on in Atlantic Sports Bar in Tiverton, a neighborhood bar where chourico, Bacalhau A Braz and seared steaks Azores-style are always on the menu.
Must-try item: Mozambique fry tower (french fries, cheese, chourico, bacon and a secret sauce)
Pairs best with: Red sangria or a domestic draft
Best choice for: Portuguese food
3. Aidan's Pub
One of Rhode Island’s most authentic Irish bars, Aidan’s Pub in Bristol has 88 beers on tap and an upstairs room with a trio of 70-inch TVs ideal for watching the game while knocking back a pint or two.
Must-try item: Fish and chips
Pairs best with: Old Thumper
Best choice for: Hanging out in the upstairs bar with friends
4. Federal Hill Pizza
Brick-oven Neapolitan pizzas are dished out at Federal Hill Pizza, a Warren storefront with a large, multilevel dining room and a small but lively bar in the back.
Must-try item: Build-your-own Al Taglio pizza with a choice of 24 toppings
Pairs best with: House-brewed Lager 94
Best choice for: Pizza, beer and football
McBlarney’s County Tap, an Irish bar in Warren with 30 draft beers, wings and signature Blarney Burgers off the grill, is a mecca for all Boston sports.
Must-try item: Chicken Pot Pie Eggrolls
Pairs best with: Sam Adams Boston Ale
Best choice for: Throwing dietary caution to the wind for four quarters
Billy’s in Barrington combines a friendly atmosphere with white-tablecloth dining. It’s the kind of place where you’ll feel fine whether you’re ordering burgers and pizza or a rib-eye steak to attack during commercial breaks. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, so you can indulge whether college or pro football is your passion.
Must-try item: Lobster sandwich sautéed in butter and served with spinach and bacon
Pairs best with: A mimosa or Bloody Mary
Best choice for: Brunching your way to kickoff
A dozen 50-inch HDTVs and one monster 113-inch behind the bar make Lucky’s in East Providence a fortunate find for football fans.
Must-try item: Build-your-own Angus beef, turkey, chicken and vegetarian burgers
Pairs best with: Harpoon IPA
Best choice for: Sharing buckets of ribs, pretzels, onion strings, fried chicken and fried Oreos among friends and fans
8. Dublin Rose
The Dublin Rose in Seekonk flies its Patriots fan flags proudly. Banks of TVs over the bar provide an Irish feast for the eyes, and sirens, horns and a game-day DJ keep the energy pumped up to 11.
Must-try item: Dublin Dipper sandwich (beef brisket, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, garlic spread)
Pairs best with: Newcastle Brown Ale
Best choice for: Inventing your own touchdown dance with a flash mob of fans