There are plenty of good places to watch football in town, but nothing matches the intensity of watching in a “team bar.”
Several bars follow a specific NFL team, attracting crowds of former residents of, or current visitors from, their chosen team’s city. The combination of fans rooting for the same side and everyone originating from the same place usually makes for a super-charged atmosphere. These are often the best venues for viewing (when that bar’s team is playing), even if you aren’t from that city. I checked out Crowbar for the Lions, Jackson’s for the Packers and Moon Doggies for the Bills games last Sunday, and all were jammed to the rafters (the downside is finding parking).
Every year the Las Vegas Review-Journal publishes its own list, but it’s too restrictive in its qualifying requirements, resulting in several legitimate team bars being left off. The list here has many more options, 73 in all, that cover 19 of the 32 NFL teams (you can find their locations easily online).
49ers: Hi Score Bar & Arcade, Inn Zone (S. Nellis), Lucky’s Lounge (S. Jones), Timbers (W. Azure), Tommy Rocker’s. Bears: A Slice of Chicago, Brando’s, E-String, Inn Zone (two: St. Rose Pkwy., S. Rainbow), La Piazza, Rosati’s (N. Rainbow), Shucks (N. Durango), Timbers (W. Cheyenne); Windy City Beefs N Pizza. Bills: Anchor Bar, Johnny Mac’s, Moon Doggies, Stake Out, Time-Out Sports. Broncos: Balboa Pizza, Black Mountain Grill, Four-Mile Bar, Jake’s Bar, Road Runner (N. Buffalo). Browns: Annie’s Gourmet Italian, Boulevard Bar & Grill, Giuseppe’s, Kopper Keg West, Tap House, Sauce Italian American Bistro.
Chargers: Shooters, Surf City, Timbers (N. Gibson). Chiefs: Blue Diamond Saloon. Cowboys: Mr. D’s, Red Label, Bottom’s Up Sports Bar. Dolphins: BJ’s (E. Tropicana). Eagles: Madison Avenue. Giants: Dealers Choice, Johnny Fontane’s, Torrey Pines Pub. Lions: Crowbar (W. Flamingo), Cheers Bar. Packers: Big Dog’s Draft House, Jackson’s, Rum Runner (three: Boulder Hwy., E. Tropicana, E. Desert Inn), Tenaya Lodge, Timbers (E. Lake Mead), Chilly Palmers. Raiders: Crowbar (S. Rainbow), Legends, Lucy’s, Shifty’s. Ravens: Crab Corner (two: S. Eastern, S. Rainbow). Redskins: Crown & Anchor (E. Tropicana), Steiner’s Pub (N. Buffalo). Seahawks: Crown & Anchor (Spring Mountain), Old School Brewing Co., Scooter’s, Timbers (W. Horizon Ridge). Steelers: Adreneline Sports Bar, Bob Taylor’s, Noreen’s, Timbers (two: Novat and N. Durango). Vikings: Bailey’s, Blue Ox Central, Blue Ox Tavern.
The Bears lead the way with 10 bar followers (really, they’re 0-2 this year), followed by the Packers with 8. There are 13 teams without a team bar: Bengals, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Jaguars, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Saints, Texans and Titans. No Patriots bar? Now there’s an opportunity.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of LasVegasAdvisor.com.