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25+ Great Sports Bars in Philadelphia

The game’s always on at these spots in Philly

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In a town as sports-crazy as Philadelphia, cheering on the local team is not just a pastime — it’s a source of pride and excitement.

Fortunately, the city has a wealth of fantastic sports bars to catch the big game.

Whether guests are looking for massive spaces boasting dozens of enormous high-definition televisions or local hangouts for diehard fans, Philly sports bars have it all. That’s not to mention great food, delicious craft beer and other fun amenities (skee-ball, anyone?).

So grab a few friends and root for the home team at some of the top sports bars in Philadelphia, where catching the game is always a treat — not just on Super Bowl Sunday.

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XFINITY Live!

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XFINITY Live! Philadelphia creates what might be the closest thing to watching a game live. With a 32-foot, million-dollar Sony LED high-definition television, an NBC Sports ticker displaying the latest stats and scores, and a full-service bar and menu, fans can’t go wrong spending game day here. Just outside, find a 24-foot-tall LED video wall as part of the XFINITY On Demand Theater.

Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue

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McFadden’s Ballpark

With 33 high-definition TVs and two projector screens, it’s no surprise that McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park has grown a fan base of its own. Even when the Phillies are out of town, many locals still head to the stadium to grab a bite and a brew at McFadden’s. Look out for the special drink deals offered during home games of all sports.

Where: McFadden’s Ballpark, 1 Citizens Bank Way

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Chickie’s and Pete’s

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Voted “North America’s Best Sports Bar” by ESPN Mobile, Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar is South Philly’s premier sports bar located just a few blocks from Citizens Bank Park. The 24,000-square-foot location boasts three bars, a 14-foot television and the venue’s signature Crab Fries that make even a losing day feel all right.

Where: Chickie’s and Pete’s, 1526 Packer Avenue

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill

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Thanks to the baker’s dozen of TVs that line the walls, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill. An expansive list of craft beers and a menu full of “concessions,” “stadium flatbreads,” wings of all sorts and a few fancier eats — like pan-seared salmon and blackened ahi tuna tacos — add to the atmosphere.

Where: Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill, 1612 South Street

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Garage

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Garage in South Philly features one of the largest canned beer selections in the city and multiple TVs to catch the game. You’ll also find skee-ball, a pool table and two pinball machines along with a food cart with continuously rotating vendors. Garage’s other location in Fishtown has all that, too — plus a few more beers (400 in total) from which to choose.

Where: Garage, 1231-1233 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Fox & Hound

Fox & Hound means all sports, all the time. At this massive sports bar at 15th and Spruce streets, televisions abound as die-hard fans enjoy a beer and a bite to eat.

Where: Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce Street

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Fadó Irish Pub

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Get a taste of Ireland in the heart of Center City at Fadó. Though patrons can catch sports of all kinds at the bar, soccer get special priority. It’s not unusual to find patrons ordering a beer with breakfast while their favorite European team plays on the big screens.

Where: Fadó Irish Pub, 1500 Locust Street

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Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

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Cavanaugh’s has everything a sports fan needs to root on the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers. Catch the game on over 20 TVs and score specials during nearly every home team game. Not in Center City? There are Cavanaugh’s locations in University City, Society Hill and on the Delaware River Waterfront.

Where: Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse, 1823 Sansom Street

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Tavern On Broad

It doesn’t get much better than a burger, a beer and a favorite team. Tavern on Broad has it covered with over 40 high-definition TVs, six sound zones, game day drink specials and $5 burgers.

Where: Tavern On Broad, 200 S. Broad Street

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Misconduct Tavern

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Featuring upscale pub fare, an extensive beer list and plenty of TVs, Misconduct Tavern is a top spot for sports in Center City. Take a seat at the bar to find prime viewpoints of the TVs, friendly bartenders and specials during major sporting events.

Where: Misconduct Tavern, 1511 Locust Street

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Locust Rendezvous

A no-frills bar in the heart of Center City, Locust Rendezvous is a popular spot for game day excitement. Local sports fans pack the bar thanks to generous drink specials, signature wings and a festive atmosphere.

Where: Locust Rendezvous, 1415 Locust Street

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Irish Pub

With two locations to choose from, sports fans are never too far from an Irish Pub in Center City. Order up some classic pub fare, drink down a pint and enjoy the game. Interesting fact: Scenes from Rocky Balboa were filmed at Irish Pub’s Rittenhouse location.

Where: Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut Street

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Ladder 15

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Once a firehouse, Ladder 15 is now a spacious sports bar in Rittenhouse Square. Along with rotating drafts of local and specialty beers, Ladder 15 also serves classic pub food with a twist, like cheese curds with jalapeno ranch and jumbo lump crab guacamole.

Where: Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom Street

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McGillin's Old Ale House

Since before the Civil War(!), McGillin’s Old Ale House has been serving up cold beer, solid bar food and friendly service. Situated on a tiny alley around the corner from City Hall, McGillin’s offers a relaxed spot to enjoy dinner and drinks during the game.

Where: McGillin's Old Ale House, 1310 Drury Street

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Field House

Located steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Field House is a top spot for Philly sports fans. In fact, the spot is so popular that it’s best to show up early on game day to grab a beer and claim a seat. With over 50 televisions, however, everyone gets a great view.

Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert Street

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Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar

Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar was originally opened to cater to the diverse and dynamic crowd that makes up the
 Gayborhood. Today, the downstairs of the bar hosts daily specials while the big games play across multiple TVs. The upstairs offers a plush lounge space to continue the party after the game ends.

Where: Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th Street

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Boxers

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Boxers touts itself as the perfect spot for gay sports leagues and fans to meet and mingle. Play a game of pool and enjoy a snack and a beer before settling in to watch the game on one of the bar’s many plasma TVs.

Where: Boxers, 1330 Walnut Street

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Bar-Ly Chinatown

This Chinatown sports bar boasts 30+ TVs and a killer draft list featuring a rotating selection of beers.

Where: Bar-Ly Chinatown, 101 N. 11th Street

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SugarHouse Casino

Fun and games on the Delaware River

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Philadelphia’s first casino, SugarHouse features 260,000 square feet of gaming with picturesque views of the Delaware River. After trying your luck on the gaming floor, head over to Lucky Red to watch the game and grab a few stadium-style eats.

Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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Buffalo Billiards

Catch the game from no matter where you’re sinking the eight ball at Buffalo Billiards, outfitted with 17 high-definition TVs, eight Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, four shuffleboard tables and five dart boards. Skee-ball and foosball are also up for the taking.

Where: Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut Street

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Mac's Tavern

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Mac’s Tavern draws two kinds of fans: those of sports and those of the popular “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” TV comedy. The bar, part-owned by actors from the show, features four plasma TVs and a huge selection of draft and bottled beers to pair with the ball game.

Where: Mac's Tavern, 226 Market Street

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Revolutions at Penn Treaty

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Televisions line the bar area of Revolutions at Penn Treaty, where patrons partake in games of their own after watching their team land a victory. Bowling, billiards and shuffleboard add to the fun at this massive, 52,000-square-foot venue.

Where: Revolutions at Penn Treaty, 1009 Canal Street

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Pub Webb

A staple for those who live near Temple University, Pub Webb serves as a North Philly neighborhood spot for both students and locals to catch their favorite sports teams. Daily specials perfect for pairing with the big game – like Wing Night Thursdays – keep the bar filled with cheering fans.

Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore

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Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub

At Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, a handful of TVs await fans who want to catch the big game and enjoy a sudsy pint along with it. In good Irish tradition, the pub hosts a Monday-through-Friday happy hour with $3 Guinness pints from 5-7 p.m. Classic Irish foods are also available throughout the week, including fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.

Where: Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, 150 South Street

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New Wave

Exterior New Wave Cafe
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New Wave is where Queen Village locals come to catch the game, play a round of pool and throw darts in the back of the laid-back bar. Each day of the week brings a special to score, too, like Tequila Tuesdays and Wine Wednesdays.

Where: New Wave, 784 S. 3rd Street

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City Tap House

Steps from University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, City Tap House has one of the most extensive draft beer lists in the city. With 60 drafts, including many rare and sought-after craft brews, you definitely won’t go thirsty during the game. Find another City Tap House location in Logan Square, too.

Where: City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street

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New Deck Tavern

For soccer fans, University City’s New Deck Tavern is the place to be, as the spot airs all European soccer games on the Setanta Pub Channel. That said, sports of all kinds can also be found playing on the bar’s seven high-definition plasma TVs. With a special draft beer system imported from Ireland and an extensive collection of single malt scotch, New Deck Tavern puts quality drinks in patrons hands as they cheer for their teams.

Where: New Deck Tavern, 3408 Sansom Street

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XFINITY Live!
McFadden’s Ballpark
Chickie’s and Pete’s
Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill
Garage
Fox & Hound
Fadó Irish Pub
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse
Tavern On Broad
Misconduct Tavern
Locust Rendezvous
Irish Pub
Ladder 15
McGillin's Old Ale House
Field House
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
Boxers
Bar-Ly Chinatown
SugarHouse Casino
Buffalo Billiards
Mac's Tavern
Revolutions at Penn Treaty
Pub Webb
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub
New Wave
City Tap House
New Deck Tavern
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