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10 Of The Best Sports Bars In Houston

By Colby Smith

10 Of The Best Sports Bars In Houston

Here’s where to watch the big game.

Houston is a sports town, plain and simple. Even if you don’t care nor follow any of the teams, you can’t help but get a kick from the energy and passion of Houston’s loyal fans. See for yourself at the many lively sports bars the city has to offer. [Featured image: @littlewoodrowsbellaire]

1. McIntyre’s Downtown

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Set in a historical 1900s building, the facility comprises of three floors, multiple bars, indoor and open-air seating, innumberable TVs, and more. Its expansive first floor open-air pavilion alone features a variety of food trucks, a full-service bar, and backyard and arcade games, and stunning views of Buffalo Bayou.

2. Maple Leaf Pub

Traditional American sports might dominate the zillion broadcasting TVs at any given sports bar in Houston, but at The Maple Leaf – it’s all about hockey. The Montrose pub goes bar down on all things Canada and hockey, from their 24/7 game coverage, to the Canadian beer selection, bubble hockey set-up, and actual penalty box courtesy of the Aerodrome inside the bar, here is where Houston hockey fans can light the lamp.

3. 8th Wonder

The Astrodome-inspired brewery and distillery in East Downtown concocts a vibrant mix of artisanal beers that honor H-town’s home teams. Additionally, the warehouse-style brewery is home to a gigantic one-acre patio and lawn complete with the on-site food truck, Eatsie Boys, that serves their famous Elote Fries – waffled fries doused with buttered corn, cotija cheese, garlic alioli, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

4. Pitch 25

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Call it a mid-mid-life crises, but I can’t get enough of adult-play places. With a plethora of patio games, a mega pool table, and an indoor soccer field that allows you to go toe-to-toe in a game of bubble soccer, Pitch 25 Beer Park in Houston fits the bill.

5. Biggio’s Sports Bar

Named after Houston Astros royalty, Craig Biggio, the titular bar elevates the sports watching experience. With two floors fitted with over 30 screens, the bar, lounge, and restaurant at the Marriot Marquis Hotel dishes out a delicious array of nachos, wings, burgers, as well as cocktails plus over 20 beers on tap. On the top patio, visitors can take in a gorgeous view of Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

6. Pour Behavior

Relative newcomer on the scene, Pour Behavior opened in Houston two years ago with 20,000 square feet of cocktails, beers, tables, private sections, and patio space. The bar boats 44 65″ HD TVs as well as two gigantic HD video walls. Pour Behavior also serves scratch-made eats so visitors can have the energy to enjoy the vibrant DJ-operated nightlife scene that comes alive after the last whistle sounds.

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7. Christian’s Tailgate

Christian’s Tailgate is virtually synonymous with Houston sports bars. With five locations in and around the city, the bar and grill is renowned for their award-winning hamburgers as well as un-paralleled atmosphere. For 70 years it remains to be the place to be for everything sports in Houston. Karoake every Friday and Saturday night.

8. Holman Draft Hall

This two-story lush Midtown patio and hangout offers an exceptional atmosphere to watch the game, grab a bite, and warm up by the fire pit – when it’s not blazing hot outside, of course. The dog-friendly draft hall has over 100 beers on tap, a vast selection of pub food, a vibrant array of frozen cocktails and porch swings.

9. Little Woodrow’s

On a list of Houston’s best sports bars, we’d be remiss not to mention Texas’s favorite watering hole chain, Little Woodrow’s. Having seven locations in the city alone, LW’s makes it easy on Houstonians to visit the headquarters of Houston sports. Also, their Turtle Races on Thursday nights is not to be missed!

10. Height Bier Garten

It seems like all my friends live in the Heights now. Thankfully so, as now visiting is an excuse to stop by the Heights Bier Garten. This happy hour haven is shared with Worcester’s Annex. So if you yearn for something off the deep list of beer and wine at HBG, you can wet your whistle with a hand-crafted cocktail from Wooster’s. HBG also offers a full food and snack menu; take your order on one of their swing chairs and see how many pretzels you can eat before the chains give way.