23 Great Sports Bars in Philadelphia

Written by on 19 October 2020

In a town as sports-crazy as Philadelphia, cheering on the local team is not just a pastime — it’s a source of pride and excitement.

Fortunately, the city has a wealth of fantastic sports bars where fans can catch the big game.

Whether guests are looking for massive spaces boasting dozens of enormous high-definition televisions or local hangouts for diehard fans, Philly sports bars have it. That’s not to mention great food, delicious craft beer and other fun amenities. (Skee-Ball, anyone?)

So grab a few friends and root for the home team at some of the best sports bars in Philadelphia.

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
XFINITY Live!

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia might be the closest thing to watching a game live. Thanks to a 32-foot, $1 million Sony LED high-definition television, the Comcast SportsNet Ticker displaying the latest stats and scores, and a full-service bar and menu, fans can’t go wrong spending game day here. Just outside, find a 24-foot-tall LED video wall as part of the XFINITY On Demand Theater.

Where: Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue

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Chickie’s & Pete’s

Chickie’s and Pete’s is South Philly’s premier sports bar located steps from the Sports Complex. The South Philly location boasts three bars, a 14-foot television and the venue’s signature Crab Fries that make even a losing day feel all right. Chickie’s & Pete’s also has locations in Northeast Philadelphia, Upper Darby and Eagleville.

Where: Chickie’s & Pete’s, 1526 Packer Avenue

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill

Thanks to the baker’s dozen of TVs that line the walls, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at South Street’s Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill. An expansive list of craft beers and a menu full of “concessions,” sandwiches, wings and pizza add to the atmosphere.

Where: Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill, 1612 South Street

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Garage

Garage in East Passyunk features one of the largest canned beer selections in the city and multiple TVs to catch the game. Fans can also find Skee-Ball, a pool table and two pinball machines, along with a food cart with continuously rotating vendors. Garage’s other location in Fishtown has all that, too — plus a few more beers (400 in total) from which to choose.

Where: Garage Passyunk, 1231 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Fox & Hound

Fox & Hound offers all sports, all the time. At this massive sports bar at 15th and Spruce streets, televisions abound as die-hard fans enjoy a beer, a bite to eat, and games like darts, Jenga, Ping-Pong and more.

Where: Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce Street

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Fadó Irish Pub

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Get a taste of Ireland in the heart of Center City at Fadó. Though patrons can catch sports of all kinds at the bar, soccer takes priority. It’s not unusual to find guests ordering a beer with breakfast while their favorite European team plays on the big screens.

Where: Fadó Irish Pub, 1500 Locust Street

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Cavanaugh’s

Cavanaugh’s in Rittenhouse Square has everything a sports fan needs to root for the home team. Catch the game on more than 20 TVs and score specials during nearly every home game. Not in Center City? There are Cavanaugh’s locations in University City, Society Hill and Headhouse Square.

Where: Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, 1823 Sansom Street

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Misconduct Tavern

Featuring upscale pub fare, an extensive beer list and plenty of TVs, Misconduct Tavern is a top spot for sports in Center City. Take a seat at the bar to find prime viewpoints of the TVs, friendly bartenders and specials during major sporting events. A second location near Logan Square features outdoor seating, 12 beers on tap and more than 50 bottled varieties.


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