It’s football season. Where are you watching?
For true college sports fans, there’s comfort in knowing that one of the best bars to watch football in the country might be waiting just around the corner, no matter what state you find yourself in on game day. Whether it’s serving gloriously greasy bar food, offering local beers on tap, or mounting over 60 flat screen TVs, the best college football bars know how to satisfy the crowd.
We teamed up with Yelp to determine the best college football spots in every state by identifying bars, sports bars, and restaurants with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "college football" and "college game." (Those spots were then ranked using factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.) Did your favorite local haunt make the cut? Check out the best college football bars in every state, and know just where to grab a brew and burger on your next game day.
Groovy Goat: You’re going to want to try the tableside nachos that come piled high and heavy on a sheet pan.
Wild Wings n’ Things: Make your wings super wild by getting its two crazy-spicy signature wing sauces, Kamikaze and Sonic Boom.
K O'Donnell's Sports Bar & Grill: This spot is packed with TVs (over 60!), ensuring no game gets left behind.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Gusano's: This pizzeria does it Chicago-style, so get your deep dish while it’s hot!
San Francisco, California
The Taco Shop at Underdog's: We hear that the crispy fish tacos are something of legends.
Blake Street Tavern: Get the quintessential sports bar experience at this Denver haunt.
Trumbull Kitchen: This spot boasts an eclectic menu and contemporary vibe.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Crust & Craft: Trade the waves for some games at this beach’s best pizza bar.
Brick House Tavern + Tap: Duck wings, deviled eggs, and whiskey-barbecued pork chops…need we say more?
Loyal Q and Brew: People come here to watch football games with its brews, barbecue, and banana pudding.
Murphy's Bar & Grill: Get your Irish fare in the heart of Hawaii.
MickDuff's Brewing Company: Big TVs and beer cheese soup, enough said.
Joe's On Weed St: This sports bar doubles as a concert venue, so we’re betting it knows how to have a good time.
Keystone Sports Review: Slide right into the retro red vinyl booths of this Indy dive.
Copper Kettle: Eclectic menu items like fried cheese curds and Scotch eggs are favored here on game days.
Overland Park, Kansas
Johnny's Tavern: These walls are covered in TVs (and the tables are laden with pepper jack bites and buffalo chicken dip), making game days spent here a given.
Shamrock Bar & Grille: Make sure to get your Irish fare with a side of its waffle fries.
New Orleans, Louisiana
American Sports Saloon: There’s a lot to love about this sports saloon, such as the stocked bar with numerous TVs downstairs, the balcony bar upstairs with a view of the French Quarter, and the fact that it’s not located right smack in the middle of Bourbon Street.
Mark's Place: It’s a dive bar that spills out a young crowd, loud music, and a slightly rowdier vibe.
Looney's Pub South: This Irish pub offers generous deals if your game days ever fall on Thirsty Thursdays.
The Baseball Tavern: The roof deck is a favorite spot for Sox fans to spend game days. (It has a view of Fenway Park.)
Nuthouse Sports Grill: Experience gloriously greasy bar food at its best.
The News Room: Come here for the funky, newsroom vibes alone, including its newspaper-covered walls.
Adventures Pub & Spirits: Chargrilled oysters are the name of the game at this coastal spot.
St. Louis, Missouri
The Over/Under Bar & Grill: This bar is named after an Over/Under bet, so we’ll take its word for it.
Red's Bar: “This was the only bar in Missoula that had all of the college football games on for us to watch,” said one Yelp reviewer. That’s all we need to know.
Report In Pub: People come here for the Bloody Mary topped with bacon, onion rings, and a burger slider.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Miller's Ale House: If you’re in Vegas, but the big game is pulling you from the casinos, this is the spot.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The Goat: Live music, mouthwatering burgers, and a good atmosphere are waiting at this downtown bar.
Riverdale, New Jersey
Blu Alehouse: If you’d prefer to be surrounded by TVs, playing every game you could want to watch (and then some), this is the ticket.
Deming, New Mexico
Adobe Deli: The quirky interior is enough to make you want sit a spell at this spot, with its stuffed dead animals mounted on the wall, leather-filled smoking room, and ceiling covered in dollar bills.
New York, New York
Legends New York City: Just follow the crowd, and it’ll lead you here.
Highlands, North Carolina
The Ugly Dog Pub: This dive bar is tucked away in the mountains and worth checking out for its live music scene, too.
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Proz End of the Line Sports Bar & Grille: With bar games like darts and pool, along with an outdoor tiki bar, you might get a little distracted on game day.
Holy Grail Tavern & Grille: If you’re lucky, you’ll snag one of the tables with self-serve beer taps.
Eskimo Joe's: It’s famous as a festive sports bar, and it’s known for its cheese fries. We’re sold.
The Station: It’s part pizza bar, part sports bar with two massive drop-down projector screens.
Stubby's Bar and Grille: This Lancaster locals’ spot serves up game days with greasy burgers, nachos, and Blood Marys.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Tremblay's: What makes it special is that it’s nothin’ fancy.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Liberty Tap Room & Grill: You can’t come here without sampling some of its unique craft brews.
Custer, South Dakota
Buglin' Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar: This sports bar has custom crafted brews created specially for it, and if anything, we appreciate that kind of attention to detail.
Party Fowl: Get your Nashville hot chicken and house-made potato chips (fried in bacon grease) on your own personal sheet pan. (Just wait until you see the Bloody Mary, though.)
Revelry on Richmond: Its cocktails are filled with flavors like spicy cucumber and lemon-thyme. (Read: This isn’t your typical sports bar.)
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Green Pig Pub: It has a spacious rooftop patio and reportedly plays music described as “the oldies, but the goodies.” We’re in.
Three Penny Taproom: It’s got a top-notch beer list that includes small local favorites.
Crystal City Sports Pub: Find a game for everyone in this three-story sports bar.
Buckley's On Queen Anne: It has all the sports memorabilia-covered surfaces that you could want on a game day.
J Paul's: This Georgetown saloon feels cozy and casual with its dimly lit, mahogany-heavy bar and historic touches, like old-school payphone booths. (And apparently the crab cake sandwich is a must try.)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Mario's Fishbowl: You have to get the famous “fishbowl,” which is basically a big ‘ole beer in a frosted, fishbowl-sized glass.
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Monk's Bar & Grill: Can you go to Wisconsin without trying cheese curds? No. No, you cannot.
O'Dwyers Public House: If you’re going to the Wild West, you’re going to need a good watering hole.