Rah-Rah CamaraderieSports bars offer viewing with spirits on tap and a spirited atmosphere
The best way to enjoy watching sports is with others who share your excitement, exponentially compounding the energy. In person at the event is one way to do that; another is to get yourself over to the local sports bar. In fact, if you don’t want to have to choose a single game, the sports bar route is your best bet — with a multitude of screens, the sports bar lets you rah-rah cheer for all your favorite teams at once. And there’s the extra appeal of special events, like the big Super Bowl game coming up next month.
Coming from the world of professional sports, retired Suns forward Dan Majerle shows his understanding of fans’ passions with 42 TV screens in self-named Majerle’s Sports Grill in Old Town Scottsdale. Plus, subscribing to every sports package available, Majerle’s is able to show the most comprehensive assortment of games being broadcast, whatever the sport.
Arcadia Tavern also takes viewing seriously. It’s not just that there are 34 TVs; eight are jumbo 80-inch screens that make the other 26 at the still large 60 inches look small in comparison. Although no screens are mounted in the patio, there’s excellent visibility to the screens above the bar. And it takes the Super Bowl even more seriously — or, actually, celebrationally, giving over the patio to special activities and, possibly, celebrity appearances.
Zipps covers its bases inside and out. The Zipps on Camelback has 14 TVs inside and six outside, fairly evenly split between large screen and standard size. Zipps Arcadia has 24 inside and 4 outside, with a special configuration that separates the bar and dining room spaces: With a back-to-back arrangement so there is a wall of TVs facing each side, four TVs are mounted together. Each side of the wall, then, can serve as one enormous screen or be an eyeball-ful for four individual events.
TVs alone do not a sports bar make, of course, and these establishments do not neglect those other vital elements: drink and food. Bar selections include more than a dozen beers on tap, and the kitchens provide suitable accompaniments.
More than Numbers
A proper sports bar enthusiast wants to know how many beers are on tap. There are other special features at these watering holes as well.
Arcadia Tavern (16)
Sixteen beers on tap, three of them local brews. A lot of choice on the restaurant menu, from appetizers and salads to sandwiches to steaks and seafood, all made from scratch. Special on the weekend is the Bloody Mary Bar, with an eye-popping assortment of fixin’s.
4801 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Seventeen beers on tap, including a selection of local brews, with a varied grill menu for accompaniments.
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
At least a dozen beers on tap, and a menu that favors burgers and sandwiches, with appetizers, salads and a few tempting desserts. Add a little play for yourself, as each Zipps offers a shuffleboard game, a pool table, and at least one Golden Tee console.
Fourteen beers on tap. Also enjoy the touchscreen jukebox.
3647 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Twelve beers on tap. Also enjoy the big, open patio with its large fire pit.
7551 E. Camelback, Scottsdale
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