Looking for a spot to relax after a long week? Want to take in the game with your friends and a few brews? It can be hard to find a good sports bar where the atmosphere is perfect and the food worth the price of admission. Luckily, we’ve compiled 10 of the best across Virginia so you can spend more time cheering on your favorite team and less time searching for the next great watering hole.
Crystal City Sports Pub made it on CNN’s “Top 101 Best Sports Bar in the United States,” and for good reason. With three floors, more than 100 TVs, pool, pinball, foosball, and darts, Crystal City Sports Pub is as close to heaven as a sports pub can get. Your entire favorite bar food is present, along with breakfast anytime, pizza, daily specials, and a kid’s menu. A regular events schedule, including Sunday Brunch, is available on their website.
Another member of CNN’s “Top 101 Sports Bar” club, Home Team Grill in Richmond, Virginia, is the perfect encapsulation of everything a sports bar should be: good food, jovial atmosphere, and free-blowing booze. From CNN: “HTG doesn’t invent anything, but colors precisely in the lines of the sports bar blueprint, with lots of TVs suspended for 360-degree exposure and open-air seating in warm weather months.” Style Weekly and Virginia Living recognized Home Team Grill as the “Best Sports Bar in Central Town” for several years running. Check out their Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Glen Allen locations.
Shorebreak Pizza, Sports, and Billiards in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is swimming in accolades: try their “Best Pizza” or one of their “Best Burgers” at what has been called the “Best Sports Bar” in Virginia Beach by The Virginian Pilot. Forty flat screen TVs plus three eight-foot high definition projectors display college basketball, hockey, soccer, and more. The warm atmosphere is perfect for a family outing.
The Washington Post lists First Down Sports Bar in Arlington, Virginia, as one of the top sports bars in the greater D.C. area. While other bars might have a lot of flash, few bars capture the at-home feel First Down. With over 40 different flavored wings and incredible happy hour deals, First Down is always a solid first choice.
LongShots Billiards and Darts in Chesapeake, Virginia, has 17 billiards tables and eight dart boards with tournaments and leagues available for both. Come out for the Monday night drag show, karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, poker on Wednesdays and Sundays, and corn hole and beer pong on Thursdays. The bar is stocked and serves wings and burgers, along with a light night menu. LongShots is a great neighborhood location to come and blow off steam.
Paul’s Deli and Restaurant has been a Williamsburg institution for over 30 years. A favorite of William and Mary College students, Paul’s is a deli and sports bar serving Italian and Greek inspired food for affordable prices. Open every day of the year from 10:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., the menu includes sports bar favorites like wings, as well as gyros and a kid’s menu. When in Williamsburg, stop by to catch the big game.
Martin’s Downtown in Roanoke, Virginia, has been “making Roanoke cooler one weekend at a time” for over a decade. Known for their live music and events, Martin’s has presented over 2,500 live shows since opening. Weeknight meal specials include half price hamburgers, barbecue night, wing night, and gourmet taco night. If you’re planning a trip, make sure it’s during their St. Pat’s Bash or Oktoberfest block party so you can properly try any of their 75 beers.
The Clubhouse Bar and Billiards in Lynchburg, Virginia, boasts 10 flat screen TVs, surround sound, and nine diamond billiard tables to make your sports bar experience one to remember. The vibe is congenial and fun with hardworking folks blowing off steam. The full restaurant and bar has all of your favorite bar food options, along with a kid’s menu. All ages are welcome.
Happy Endings Bar and Grill in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a no-drama, laid-back relaxation zone. The sundry of TVS are usually tuned to D.C. teams, including The Nationals. Daily specials include $2 sliders, 50-cent wings, $2 tacos, and $5 sandwiches, subs, and wraps. Bring the entire family for a fun time in a casual setting at one of Fredericksburg’s favorites.
Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in the Olde Town district of Portsmouth, Virginia features a 90-foot bar, 24 beers, and TVs in every direction. Inspired by good old-fashioned southern hospitality, Roger Brown’s serves steak and seafood along with the usual bar fare. Check their website for frequently scheduled events and call about their catering options.