Phoenix is a major sports town with professional teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL, not to mention collegiate and local sports in just about every category with huge fan bases. And the number of sports bars in Phoenix to cheer on your favorite teams is just as impressive.
If you want to catch the action via big-screen TVs with bites and beverages, check out these top sports bars in Greater Phoenix.
Owned by former Phoenix Suns standout Dan Majerle, a Sun’s Ring of Honor inductee and (more recently) head men’s basketball coach at Grand Canyon University, the downtown sports bar has been a fan favorite since it opened in 1992.
Whether it’s a pre-game destination or a game-day stop for the sports-minded, the “original downtown sports bar” serves up a winning and hearty lineup with appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees like Sir Charles Southwest Chicken Pasta, as well as a kids menu for rookie starters.
24 N. Second St., Phoenix
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., #96, Phoenix
Zipps Sports Grill is a casual, neighborhood bar chain with multiple locations that plays with a deep bench: plenty of homemade food, beverages, entertainment and large-format HD TVs to view the game and relax. While Zipps is a casual neighborhood bar without pretense, it’s the happy hour lineup, nightly food and drink specials, and weekend hangover and football deals on premium pints and mimosas, speciality burgers and premium pitchers that get a standing ovation from the crowd.
3110 N. Central Ave., Suite G-103, Phoenix
3647 E Indian School Road., Phoenix
1515 E. Bethany Home Road., Phoenix
O.H.S.O. is a restaurant, local nano-brewery, distillery and dog-friendly social hotspot that’s perfect for sports fanatics to chill and enjoy the game. With 40-plus beers on tap, as well as wine and house cocktails, there’s always something to cheer about.
Signature taproom selections and local and global guest beers, make a great team with American comfort food such as beer-braised short ribs, mac ‘n cheese, and chicken and waffles. For an easy breezy weekend, check out their beer brunch served on the ample patio with seating for your four-legged friends. At the Paradise Valley location, guests also can participate in a variety of yard games.
4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
15681 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
335 N. Gilbert Road #102, Gilbert
In terms of rankings, Half Moon Windy City is a step above a typical sports bar with cheeky décor and a club-like atmosphere. Inspired by the owner’s north side Chicago roots, the Biltmore-area grill delivers winning game strategies with high-def TVs that only feature sports and an eclectic menu featuring Chicago-style pizza and Vienna dogs, sammies and award-winning wings.
Despite the Chicago connection, Half Moon Windy City embraces alumni groups from across the country to cheer on their favorite collegiate teams. And for serious sports nuts with late-night munchies, the kitchen stays open daily until 1:30 am.
2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix
Santisi Brothers isn’t just a pizzeria and sports bar: It’s game nirvana where guests can play billiards, poker and karaoke. The bar’s “wide world of sports” features 60 TVs with 11 65-inch wide screens on one wall, so it’s impossible to miss a game, even if you’re cueing up or singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
What’s on deck? Authentic New York pizza, Buffalo wings, deli subs, calzones and pastas made from the family’s recipe box, as well as ribs, pork chips and fresh seafood. Plus, Santisi hosts all Ultimate Fighting Championship PPV fights.
2710 W. Bell Road, Phoenix
It’s not your typical sports bar, but The Vig was designed for action and fun. With large patios and lawn games, it’s a competitive entertainment arena and an elevated field experience for the sports enthusiast.
The menu features appetizers like nachos, crispy calamari and steamed edamame, along with salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees including poke bowls, short rib tacos and pozole. “Vignature” cocktails such as the Tiki Do You Love Me and Take Two to Mango, a killer happy hour and a well-played weekend brunch also give The Vig offensive depth on game day.
Arcadia: 4041 N. 40th St., Phoenix
Uptown: 6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix
McCormick Ranch: 7345 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Scottsdale
Fillmore: 606 N. Fourth Ave., Phoenix
McDowell Mountain: 10199 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale