by Andrew Dominick
With all the holiday hoopla, no one ever forgets about the NFL. If you’re a big football fan, you will surely sneak out on your family this weekend to catch a game. After all, there are some huge games coming up that have bragging rights and playoff implications on the line.
One rivalry game this weekend is the Giants at Jets for New York supremacy, even with both teams possibly being out of the playoffs, fans of either team want at least that win if nothing else. Will the Cowboys hang on to keep a playoff spot? Or will the Eagles run the table and find a way to get in?
Here are some good sports bars in the area to kick back and watch some football.
Bradford’s Grill & Tavern
83 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06901
15 North Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Bradford’s Grill & Tavern is the spot to be on football days, or any sports day. They have so many flat screens, you’re sure to lose count, with every game showing. But for local favorites like the Patriots, Giants, and Jets, those games will be on the bigger screens. Don’t be afraid to take a break during halftime to play darts or a video game while you wait for more hard hitting NFL action. Bradford’s has a good bar food menu that is perfect for snacking and watching your team. They also feature many different sandwiches and wraps, salads, and pizza, as well as a better than average beer selection. P.S., the wings are good too.
Black Bear Saloon
80 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
And many other locations
With $.50 wings, great beer specials, and football on a bunch of televisions scattered about (even the booths have private little HDTVs), you can never go wrong with hanging out at Black Bear on “gameday.” With a large menu, you should be able to find something that will tempt your taste buds and match up with a cold one. Black Bear is large enough to actually get up and walk around and meet some new friends because you like the same team, or get into a friendly debate with a fan that likes a rival team.
Bobby V’s Sports Gallery Café
225 Main Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Even though Bobby Valentine is the new manager of the Red Sox, Yankee fans can look past that since it is football season. Bobby V’s is one of the real sports bars in the area and looks the way a sports bar is supposed to look. From the cards under the glass part of the tables to the signed jerseys and other memorabilia hanging about, this is where a sports fan wants to be. Heck, even the menu has items named after athletes or with some type of sport reference in them.
Southport Brewing Company
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT 06890
Southport Brewing Company may not be your typical sports bar, but they do show a couple different games. You can always find a group of fans gathered in the bar area to watch some football. The attraction at SBC is that it is an actual brewery, and yes, they make their own beer with plenty of different brews available. What separates SBC from most places, their food is better than good. Try the brick oven pizza, trust me.
Tavern on 7 (Norwalk)- Not a full blown sports bar but their wings rock the house, especially the honey teriyaki version, and really good fish and chips. They also feature a decent enough beer menu with a few cool imports and they always have a Brooklyn beer on tap. If they repeat last year’s Super Bowl bash, their buffet is well worth it with all the wings, ribs, pasta, chicken marsala, and nachos you can handle.
East Side Café (Norwalk)- I might take some heat for this one, but they have a few big TVs and good beer specials. Talking about the food is just not worth it.
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