Local sports bars provide perfect NFL setting

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I love sitting at home on a Sunday in the fall, flipping to the RedZone channel (the best sports invention since the yellow first down marker) and losing the remote.


But, sometimes we are forced to creep out into the world to be what they call “social,” and if I’m venturing out on a Sunday the place needs good beer, wings and a lot of TVs.

So when I do talk my self into walking out into the brisk fall air, I usually end up at one of these local altars to the sports we love.

Underdog Sports Bar and Grill, Paxton Street, Harrisburg

Although it doesn’t have the classic dive bar feel following the fire, it does have a lot to offer on a Sunday afternoon.

Great burgers, dozens of wing sauces and $10 craft beer buckets with an extensive list of beer that will satisfy any craft brew lover.

Arooga’s Sports Bar and Grille, Multiple locations

I really shouldn’t have to say much about Arooga’s. It is one place that you know you can go to watch the games on Sunday. Countless TVs, an ever expanding draft list and of course some great food.

My one bugaboo with Arooga’s is the cross-team contamination. I don’t care if there is a Chargers fan with a Phillip Rivers jersey is sulking in his beer because they choked, again. But I do care about that Ravens fan cheering another Joe Flacco pass interference call or that Eagles fan that thinks Chip Kelly is the second coming of Vince Lombardi.

Slow your roll and wipe the cheese whiz off your face there big guy.

The Boro Bar and Grill, Multiple locations

Famous for their wings but they also offer a unique experience in that they will pretty much put on any game. One day it seemed like a Packers bar, another day it’s full of Pats fans.

Their new location on Front Street, taking over for Big Woody’s, will make it easier to find those infamous wings. They don’t have a wing special on Sundays, but their wings are the most reasonably priced in the area.

Midtown Tavern, N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg

With 40-cent wings and 5 Yuengling pitchers, it’s a great place to pig-out and enjoy one of their many TVs that line the perimeter or on the giant projection screen on the wall.

If Yuengling isn’t your style anymore (for me it’s never out of style), they do offer a solid beer list including all of your Troegs favorites.

Quaker Steak and Lube, Gateway Dr, Mechanicsburg


100 oz Lube Tube’s (beer tubes) for $12 and 25 different wing flavors is all you really need to know about watching football at Quaker Steak on a Sunday.

This bar is a western-PA original so you can expect to find throngs of Steelers fans with their faces full of sauce and maybe some Iron City if they have it.

MoMo’s BBQ & Grill, Market St, Harrisburg

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The thing that always gets me back to MoMo’s is their stuffed BBQ baked potatoes. Oh my Lanta they are amazing. TVs line the entire bar so no matter where you sit you will have a great seat for all of the action.

Also, their great beer list doesn’t hurt.

Pro tip: They are home to a soccer fan club so a few Sundays might involve a little bit of “futbol,” but a little culture never hurt anyone.

Brewhouse Grille, State Rd, Camp Hill

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While it’s not you typical sports bar in that you are not surrounded by TVs so to catch the game you will need to be sitting near the bar.

Sitting at the outdoor bar might start to get a little chilly late in the season but at the start sitting outside can make it feel like you’re standing around a tailgate.

It doesn’t matter where you’re watching the games. All that matters is that FOOTBALL IS BACK.

You’d be hard pressed not to find a bar now that doesn’t have a 50-inch flat screen or six of them for that matter and a great beer list to kick back on a Sunday to watch America’s favorite game.

What is your football watching spot around us? Let us know, were always looking for new places.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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