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10 Things Your Favorite Football Bar Must Have

10 Things Every Grand Rapids Football Bar Must Have (And a Few It Shouldn’t)

 

1. Super Cheap Drinks

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If I’m going to be at your bar for 3+ hours you’d better entice me with some damn good drink specials! I don’t want to be relegated to nursing the same beer for the second half of the game because you’re charging $6.50 for a Miller Light. But remember:

Use your cheap drinks responsibly. (See example above.)

 

2. TVs You Can Actually See

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Call me crazy, but when I go to a sports bar I like it when I can actually see the game I came to watch. TV placement is crucial, which means those bad boys better be everywhere. Above the bar, in the dining area, mounted on tiny little hoverboards that follow you around like a trusty Golden Retriever (it could happen). The point is, every seat in the house had better be a front row seat to the action.

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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

Rule of Thumb: If it gets you on TV in the stadium, it should get you arrested at the bar. The rest of patrons want to be able to eat without throwing up in their mouths, thank you very much.

3. Meeeaaat

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There’s a time and place for vegetables. During the game at a sports bar just isn’t one of them.

 

4. NFL Sunday Ticket

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CBS and FOX are great and all for watching a football game. A single football game. Like, one at a time. If you want to watch in style though the NFL Sunday Ticket is a must. Any sports bar worth it’s salt will have it, and if they don’t, it’s time to move on! (How else are you going to catch the end of Cleveland vs Buffalo while waiting for Jacksonville vs. Oakland to start?!)

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5. Beer. And Lots of it.

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Watching sports is stressful. Drinking beer helps relieve stress. You do the math.

 

6. Wings. Wings. Wings.

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I know, I know, we already mentioned meat. But Wings are so essential to the sports watching experience they get their own category!  BBQ…spicy…boneless…beer battered…there are so many delicious options you literally can’t go wrong.

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Ummm… You Go First

Given the amount of beer people tend to consume while watching sports, one often overlooked element of a top-notch bar is a well designed restroom. No single stall bathrooms with a busted lock. No awkwardly spaced urinals creating undue tension when you’re trying to go. I want it clean, organized, and spacious…or I’m bringing my Stadium Pal. You’ve been warned.

 

7. Sound (As In, I Want to Hear the Damn Game!)

The only thing worse than not being able to hear the announcers during a game is not being able to hear the announcers AND being forced to listen to some server’s godawful “Best of the Mid-90s Radio Hits” playlist.  Turn off the music and turn up the sound. Period.

 

8. Something To Do When My Team Is Getting Blown Out

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Let’s face it, there comes a time in every fan’s life when their favorite team will suck to the point of being unwatchable. Does that mean you stop going to the bar for the game? Hell no! It just means you go to the bar, cheer like crazy for the first half, abandon all hope during intermission, then spend the rest of your day drinking beer and playing four foot tall adult Jenga. It’s the natural progression of things.

 

9. A Little Rowdiness

We’re not saying English soccer hooligan levels or anything, but come on, is anything worse than sitting through a game at a bar that’s as quiet as a church? If no one else will do it, you may have to be the adult in the room and get things going.

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Friends that won’t shut up about the other kind of football

We love soccer. We absolutely love it. (See our World Cup post if you don’t believe us.) But for God’s sake we are watching FOOTBALL. Please, please stop throwing floaters about how you don’t watch “this type of football.”

10. Sad Packers Fans

Every time a Packers fan cries, a sports bar gets its wings.