Oversized screens, great food, cold beverages and vibrant atmosphere make the perfect setting to enjoy your favorite sport. So peel yourself off the couch, and head out to one of the Valley’s best sports bars to root for your team.
1. Blue 32
You can almost hear the quarterback calling out the cadence — “Blue 32,” “Blue 32 Hut-Hike” — as you sit in the comfortable setting of one of the four Blue 32 sports grill locations across Greater Phoenix. A fine selection of beers, including local Arizona brews, are available and the menu fare includes delectable ground burgers, steaks and seafood.
Locations: Chandler, Gilbert, North Scottsdale, South Gilbert
“Thunder Dan” Majerle, a Phoenix Suns “Ring of Honor” star, took his blue-collar hard working approach on the court to the sports bar game and achieved impressive results. At six Valley locations, including the first in downtown Phoenix in the city’s oldest commercial building, fans can watch their favorite team on multiple screens. Majerle’s also boasts an impressive roster of beverages (including a solid draft beer) that complement a diverse and superb menu. Mama Majerle’s Burger is a can’t-miss on the menu.
Locations: Downtown Phoenix, Chandler fashion Center, Goodyear, Old Town Scottsdale, Desert Ridge
3. Padre Murphy’s
With 56 craft beers on tap at this Glendale tavern favorite, sports fans can revel in a unique atmosphere that also features off-track betting. Besides the sports viewing options, Padre Murphy’s remains one of the best places to go for St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Location: 4338 W Bell Rd., Glendale
4. Player’s Sport Bar
Housed at Talking Stick Resort, you can’t go wrong when you watch the game at Player’s Sports Bar. Almost everywhere you look you can see a television. And who can pass on the buzz and excitement of casino patrons doing a bit of gambling as they watch their favorite team? If you want in on a bit of the action, the blackjack tables are close by.
Location: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
5. Half-Moon Sports Grill
This uniquely Arizona grill and bar offers two locations in the Biltmore and Moon Valley areas. The particularly noteworthy Half-Moon location near the Biltmore area (at 21st St. and Highland) delivers an authentic Windy City sports bar experience. At either location the menu provides an array of custom choices, including an amazing Chicago-style Vienna hot dog.
Locations: Biltmore, Moon Valley
A Valley classic, Zipps offers game watchers a comfortable ambiance paired with staple football food: wings, burgers and, of course, the must-have cold beer. Twelve locations around the Valley make Zipps the neighborhood sports grill. When looking over the menu, you cannot do better than the mouth-watering focaccias.
7. Alice Cooperstown Rock and Roll Sports Grill
Rock out the big game at Alice Cooper’s venue where “Jocks and Rock Meet.” An atmosphere of hard rock will get your sports heart pumping while a diverse mix of food and cold beverages, including “Zappa’s” Zukes and Nightmare Nachos, will feed your appetite.
Location: 101 E Jackson St., Phoenix
8. Santisi Brothers
This Phoenix hangout exudes the thrill of enjoying a live sporting event. Plus, it offers the “Wide Wall of Sports,” which comprises 60 of the venue’s 100 TVs. Even the biggest sports fanatic should find what they want to watch. In New York fashion, you can order Italian dishes including great pasta and New York-style pizza.
Location: 2710 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix
– Tim J. Randall, Phoenix.org