The best football deal might be watching in a bar that supports one of the teams that’s playing.
These “team bars” attract crowds of former residents of, or current visitors from, their team’s city. The combination of fans rooting for the same side and everyone coming from the same place makes for a supercharged atmosphere. In fact, it’s kind of cool to pick different ones to try over the course of the season, especially on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.
Sometimes you’ll see an ad in the paper advertising a team bar, but usually it’s just an in-the-know kind of thing. I’ve maintained a list for years and last week, my staff at the Las Vegas Advisor called around to confirm which bars were rolling over the tradition and which had fallen out.
The list that follows has 68 options that cover 21 of the 32 NFL teams (you can find their locations easily online).
49ers—Hi Score Bar & Arcade, Lucky’s Lounge (Jones Boulevard), Joeys Tavern, PT’s (St. Rose Parkway), Timbers (Azure Drive); Bears—A Slice of Chicago, Brando’s, Inn Zone (two: St. Rose Parkway, Rainbow Boulevard), La Piazza, Rosati’s (two: Rainbow Boulevard, Durango Drive), Shucks (Durango Drive), Timbers (Cheyenne Avenue); Windy City Beefs N Pizza; Bills—Johnny Mac’s, Moondoggies, Stake Out, Time-Out Sports; Broncos—Balboa Pizza, Black Mountain Grill, Four-Mile Bar, Jake’s Bar, Road Runner (Buffalo Drive); Browns—Annie’s Gourmet Italian, Boulevard Bar & Grill, Giuseppe’s, Kopper Keg West, Tap House; Cardinals—Timbers (Cheyenne Avenue); Chargers—Shooters, Surf City; Chiefs—Blue Diamond Saloon; Cowboys—Mr. D’s, Red Label; Dolphins—BJ’s (Tropicana Avenue); Eagles—Madison Avenue, Torrey Pines Bar; Giants—Sabatino’s; Lions—Crowbar (Flamingo Road); Packers—Big Dog’s Draft House, Jackson’s, Rum Runner (three: Boulder Highway, Tropicana Avenue, Desert Inn Road), Chilly Palmers; Raiders—Legends, Lucy’s, Shifty’s; Ravens—Crab Corner (two: Eastern Avenue, Rainbow Boulevard); Redskins—Crown & Anchor (Tropicana Avenue), Steiner’s Pub (Buffalo Drive); Saints—7-11 Bar, Crafthaus Brewery, Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen (two: Charleston Boulevard, Town Center Drive); Seahawks—Crown & Anchor (Spring Mountain Road), Old School Brewing Co., Scooter’s, Timbers (Horizon Ridge Parkway), Crafthaus Brewery, Old School Brewing Company; Steelers—Adrenaline Sports Bar, Noreen’s, Timbers (two: Novat Street and Durango Drive); Vikings—Blue Ox Central, Blue Ox Tavern.
As they do every year, the Bears lead the way with 10 bars following them, and the Packers are second with six. There are 11 teams without a team bar: Bengals, Buccaneers, Colts, Falcons, Jaguars, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Texans and Titans. Those are some pretty good options for a promotion-minded tavern owner.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.