Several years ago, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published its first list of local bars that follow specific NFL teams. I loved it for two reasons. First, it seemed like going to a Detroit bar was a sure way to connect with people from my hometown. And second, I figured that the bars would feature food and beer brands indigenous to the cities they represented, meaning I could find good Philly cheesesteaks, original-style Buffalo wings, and other regional culinary specialties. I was right on both counts.
Every Sunday and Monday night (and now Thursdays) during football season, these places fill up with former residents of, or current visitors from, their team’s home city, and the vibe at the good ones is incredible. As a source, the R-J roundup was good, but one day I walked into a bar full of Detroiters that wasn’t on the list. That’s when I decided to do my own work.
My researchers and I were able to find 35 team bars beyond the ones on the R-J list, for a total of 83 spots for suds, fandom and fellowship. Because of space constraints, I haven’t included full addresses, but I’ve given the street name for bars with multiple properties.
49ers—Timbers (N. Durango Rd.); 215 Saloon, Calico Jack’s, Lucky’s Lounge; Bears—Aurelio’s Pizza, Brando’s Bistro, Brando’s Sports Bar, E-String Grill, La Piazza, Molly Malone’s Pub, MVP’s Sports Lounge, Shuck’s (N. Durango), Smoke Ranch Junction, Taste A Chi Town, Timbers (W. Cheyenne Ave.), Tommy Rocker’s Southside; Bills—Johnny Mac’s, Moondoggies, Santora’s Sunset Bar, Stake Out; Broncos—Balboa Pizza, Black Mountain Grill, Four-Mile Bar, RoadRunner (two—Grand Canyon Parkway and N. Buffalo Dr.); Browns—Boulevard Bar & Grill, Giuseppe’s, Kopper Keg West, Tap House; Buccaneers—Timbers (W. Horizon Ridge); Chargers—Al’s Garage, Half Shell (two—Horizon Ridge Parkway and Eastern Ave.), Michael’s Pub, Shooters, Surf City, Timbers (two—N. Gibson Rd. and W. Azure Dr.); Chiefs—Blue Diamond Saloon, Joey’s; Colts—Cheyenne Saloon; Cowboys—Mr. D’s, Shuck’s (W. Flamingo Rd.); Dolphins—Tommy Rocker’s; Eagles—Madison Avenue Bar, Off the Strip; Giants—Brewske’s, Dealer’s Choice, Johnny Fontane’s; Jets—Rusty Spur; Lions—Meatheads (Decatur); Packers—Big Dog’s Draft House, Champagne’s Café, Jackson’s, Rum Runner (three—Boulder Hwy., Tropicana Ave., and E. Desert Inn Rd.), Timbers (E. Lake Mead Blvd.); Patriots—Cavalier, East Coast Eats; Raiders—Lucy’s Bar & Grill, Shifty’s; Rams—Fast Break; Ravens—Crab Corner, LBS: A Burger Joint; Saints—7-11 Bar, Lola’s; Redskins—Buzz BBQ; Seahawks—Scooter’s; Steelers—Bob Taylor’s, Choices Pub, Doc’s Place, Island Bar & Lounge, Murphy’s Law, Noreen’s, Outside Inn, Timbers (Novat St.); Vikings—Bailey’s, Blue Ox Central, Blue Ox East, Blue Ox Tavern.
That’s 25 out of 32 teams with mascot bars, leaving seven without a home: Cardinals, Jaguars, Titans, Bengals, Panthers, Falcons and Texans (no Texans? Really?). To me that looks like seven windows of opportunity.