PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - After months of suffering, football is back! Yes, we all know that we're ready for some football but not all of us are fans of the hometown team, the Arizona Cardinals. The Valley of the Sun is also the Valley of Transplants and not everyone wants to go to a bar where it's a sea of red. So many local bars host fan clubs from other NFL teams. So below is a list of where you can watch your favorite out-of-town team with other fans.
After sharing with the New York Giants, Ravens fans in the Valley decided to get their own spot and scored big with Bootleggers Smokehouse in Scottsdale. The barbeque spot was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with their boot dumplings and their specials spots. They put the barbeque meat on everything from salads to sandwiches to tacos. Plus, there are specialty cocktails, homemade moonshine and craft beer on tap.
7217 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Buffalo is home of the buffalo wing and Buffalo Bills fans usually gather at a great spot for pizza and wings at Pullano’s in Glendale. The establishment has been in Glendale for about 30 years and is the self-proclaimed home of the “original homicide wings.” The Bills fan group Bills Wild West Backers watches the guys in Royal Blue and Red every Sunday.
13848 N 51st Ave., Glendale, AZ 85306
It seems there’s a person from Chicago everywhere you go and many of the Bears fans head to Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill in central Phoenix. The bar turns into Bears Headquarters with 32 big screens and Chicago-based food items like Vienna Beef Chicago dogs and Italian beef sandwiches on hoagies from Alpha Baking Company. Fans wash it all down with $2.50 Old Style Beer
2121 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
The Cleveland Browns change quarterbacks like people change shirts but Browns fans have been going to the same north Phoenix bar for years. Big Daddy’s Sports Lounge features a 9-foot projector TV and a 50-inch TV along with their HDTVs. The sports bar has recently been remodeled and for those not into the game, there are dart boards and billiards.
10618 N Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85020
It may not be an official Dallas Cowboys bar, but if you’re a fan of America’s Team, you’ll be in good company at the Native Grill & Wings in Mesa. The hot spot for wings is just one of a chain that spans through multiple states. There are quite a few TVs so you’ll never miss the action and you might make a friend or two as there are multiple Dallas Cowboy fan groups there.
1559 South Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85204
Thousands of Denver Broncos descend upon Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row bars every Sunday to watch their beloved Broncos play. The country bar has drink specials and offers seasonal Denver-inspired food includes the “Mile High Burger” and blue chips in orange queso dip. Fans will also hear the team’s fight song, especially if the Broncos win. Arizona Broncos fan club members show up at the Scottsdale and Gilbert locations.
4420 N Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
323 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert AZ 85234
Green Bay Packers
When game day arrives, cheeseheads head for that south-of-the-border feel at Sandbar Desert Ridge, which they also call Lambeau Field West. It’s been the official Green Bay Packers bar since it opened six years ago. Unlike other bars, its menu transforms into all things Wisconsin. The game will be easy to watch on more than 35 HDTVs. For those in the East Valley, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Tempe is also a Green Bay Packers bar.
Sandbar Desert Ridge: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050
Dierks Bentley’s: 640 S Mill Ave #120, Tempe, AZ 85281
Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs fans are die hard and are known to be one of the loudest fan bases at Arrowhead Stadium. They can get nearly as loud when they head to Pub Rock in Scottsdale. Usually a music venue, it transforms into a sports bar that caters to Chiefs fans. The spot is a dive bar so expect decent food and cheap beer.
8005 E Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams just moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis but their fans in Arizona are dedicated to watching their team at Stingers Sports Bar in Glendale. The bar is for the early birds as it opens at 6 a.m. so plenty of time to pregame on Sundays (Alcohol isn't served until 7 a.m.). Stingers has a wide variety of food, from chips and salsa to sandwiches, pizza and burgers. For those who want to do more than watch the game, there's arcade games, darts and billiards.
10222 N 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85302
A lot of Minnesotans move to Arizona to escape the cold but hold onto their love for the Purple People Eaters. Fans have a couple of places to go to. Jupe’s in Mesa is an English Pub that hosts Vikings fans every Sunday with a variety of drink options. However, there are no specials. Fans can also head to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe which has 21 TVs and offers a brunch menu with specials on pints, Bloody Marys, mimosas and appetizers.
Jupe’s: 2655 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ 85202
Four Peaks: 1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281
New England Patriots
The former Super Bowl champs have their own club, New England Patriots Fan Club of Arizona, or NEPFCA for short, and they gather at Toso’s Bar & Grill in north Phoenix. It’s a dive bar but has enough room for the roughly 300 members.
2401 W Union Hills Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027
New York Giants
The New York Giants hope to make a push for an NFC East title and fans in Arizona know Social Tap Scottsdale is the place to be on Sundays. Big Blue of Arizona now has the gastropub in Old Town all to themselves. This place is newer and has a sleeker look than other spots. There are 30 HDTVs including two 90-inch screens.
4312 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, Arizona, AZ 85251
New York Jets
While not an official “Jets” bars, K O’Donnell’s in Scottsdale is where dozens of members of a New Jets fan club meet for the games. The sports bar opens early for brunch and features beer and Bloody Mary specials. Their pizzas are also half off after 5 p.m. There are more than 60 HDTVs and there are sound boxes at each table to listen to the game.
14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
As the original “nation,” Raider fans are everywhere and the Valley is no different. The Phoenician Raiders Booster Club is the official booster club of the Oakland Raiders and has been meeting up at Catalina Sports Bar & Grill since 2012. There are Raider banners and logos everywhere. The drinks and food are inexpensive and the service is top notch. For Raider Nation on the west side, 99 Pub & Grill in Avondale is the place to be. The bar has TVs everywhere you look and solid daily drink and food specials.
Catalina Sports Bar & Grill: 2939 N 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 274-1320
99 Pub & Grill: 965 E Van Buren St., Avondale, AZ 85323 (623) 882-1222
The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are ready to repeat this season and their fans in the Valley fly into Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale. It’s home of the Eagles West fan club that was founded in 2014. Along with pizza, subs and wings, fans are treated to weekly jersey giveaways, buckets of beer specials and $3 shots every time the Eagles score a touchdown.
4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
One of the best-known Steelers’ bars is right here in the Valley. Affectionately known as “Heinz Field West” during the NFL season, Harold’s Corral is located in Cave Creek and bleeds black and yellow. There’s room for about 600 Steelers inside and 200 on the patio. The DJ plays dozens of Steelers songs and its menu transformed into everything Steelers Nation would want.
6895 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
San Francisco 49ers
The AZ 49er Empire has been around since 2007 and the fan club just recently switched their viewing spot to Arlie's Bar and Grill in Tempe. The country bar has a huge patio and Sunday Funday specials, which include free breakfast with a minimum purchase of $6. There's also shot and drink specials during the game. For those in the west Valley, Gus's New York Pizza on 91st Avenue also hosts Niner fans.
Arlie's Bar and Grill: 2155 E University Dr, Ste 116, Tempe, Arizona
Gus's New York Pizza: 2755 N 91st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
There are plenty of transplants from the northwest in the Valley and with the recent success of the Seahawks, their fan base has grown. That’s why the Arizona chapter of the Sea Hawkers Booster Club has three different locations where they meet. Members can head to Skeptical Chymist in Scottsdale, Fibber Magee's in Chandler or Legends Sports Club in Peoria.
Skeptical Chymist: 15689 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Fibber Magee's: 1989 West Elliot Road, Chandler, AZ 85224
Legends Sports Club: 8378 W. Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381
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