Football in America isn’t like what football means for the rest of the world. Here in the US, football is a game where scoring is constant, and where the guys tough it out even after monstrous hits. It’s not where players try to kick a ball around, exaggerating pain with the gentlest of contact.
But where should you watch football? In Atlanta, you go to sports bars. It’s much better than sitting around at home, even with your friends around. In proper sports bar, it feels like a stadium with lots of people around you cheering and servers bringing you food and drinks. It’s simply more exciting and more convenient.
“Official” Sports Bars of particular NFL teams
If you’re a fan of a particular team, you’ll find a sports bar in Atlanta that works as the home base for fans in the city.
- If you’re a Cowboys fan, you need to go to Top Golf in Midtown. That’s the weekly hangout place of the Cowboys Nation ATL club.
- Packers fans go to TJ’s Sports Bar in Roswell.
- Giants football fans head on out to McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna. Here the American cuisine is very kid-friendly and it gets really loud on game day.
- Steelers Nation collectively wave their towels at Smith’s Olde Bar on Cobb Pkwy.
- For Redskins fans, the place to be is at Summit’s Wayside Tavern in Snellville.
For other teams, just go online and use Google. There’s at least one sports bar that caters to your favorite team.
Other Great Atlanta Sports Bar
If you want to watch football or any sporting event, there are plenty of sports bars where fans can meet and watch together.
- STATS. Many concede that in many ways the STAT sports bar is just about perfect. It is right beside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so the location’s setting is just right. The audio-visual system in the place is also state-of-the-art. And you won’t even have to wait for refills for your beer—the tables all have beer taps installed. You may want to go early when it’s a big game day like the SEC Championship game. Seats will become scarce, and the place will become a madhouse.
- TopGolf. It gets its name from the elevated driving range it offers to patrons. But when game day rolls in, it’s heaven for football fans. The Midtown location is full of Cowboys fans, but there’s another location in Alpharetta near the North Point Mall. Go there and it’s a great way to mix sports watching and sports playing.
- Dantanna’s in Buckhead. Some people may want an atmosphere that’s a bit more uppity than what you get at STATS. That’s Dantanna’s in Buckhead. It’s like being in the luxury box instead of in the stands. Dantanna’s actually has 2 locations, with the other at Sandy Springs and at the CNN Center. But for aristocrats like you, the Buckhead location is the best. After all, it offers a cigar lounge and the humidor offers a nice selection of cigars. Combine your choice with the select bourbon options available, and it’s a classy time all around.
- Dugan’s. Now some people don’t really like sedate game day experiences. It’s football, for goodness sake. It isn’t Wimbledon tennis or golf at Augusta. So lots of people want it raucous and rowdy, and Dugan’s is the perfect place for that sort of thing. Here, it’s a mix of relentless trash talking and sumptuous wings. With beer and large-screen TVs, it’s perfect. If you haven’t been here yet, you better visit quickly. The bar opened in 1982 when the area was still quiet, but now its location is very valuable. So get there before a buyer gets hold of the place and you lose your chance to experience the Dugan’s game day.
Tips to Live By
Now every sports bar here has its own rules. What you can do and say in Dugan’s, for example, isn’t always allowed in such an uppity place like Dantanna’s. But there are general rules that apply to every sports bar here:
- Don’t say anything bad about the Falcons. You’re in Atlanta, after all, so saying something bad about Matt Ryan can get you in trouble.
- Don’t wave your money around. This isn’t a strip bar, okay? They’re not going for your money when you wave it around. In fact, it just about guarantees that you’ll be served last. That’s because they’ll think you’re a jerk.
- Don’t order a complicated drink. Hey, you’re watching football. Stick to beer, or maybe even scotch or bourbon. You don’t ask for complicated cocktails or insist that you want it shaken, not stirred.
There you have it. You have the sports bars to choose from, and a few good rules to live by. Now go and enjoy some football!