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Best Sports Bars and Restaurants

Best Sports Bars and Restaurants

If you can't make it to the NCAA tournament, one of the best places to watch the games is in a sports bar or restaurant with multiple television screens, good food and drink, and a lively crowd supporting different teams.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
February 28, 2018 3:18 AM

March Madness is here, and you want to watch the games, right? Well, you’re in luck because the 918 has no shortage of ways to watch all the dunks, dimes, game winners and heartbreaking losses. So put on your dancing shoes and let the madness begin.

While there are some who prefer to watch the games in the comfort of their own homes, the general consensus is that the best place to watch the action is inside a sports bar or restaurant.

And of course, once the madness is over, it’ll be time to get down to business with baseball. NFL action might be over for now, but preseason games will be back before you know it. Throw hockey, golf, MMA, UFC, horse racing and basketball in the mix and you have yearlong reasons to know where to enjoy the best food, drinks and sportsbroadcasts.

And it just so happens that we love putting together lists of our favorite go-to places. So, while you’ve been contemplating your Elite Eight and Final Four picks, we’ve been compiling our own 38 selections.

All you have to do is skim through our list and choose where you want to meet your favorite guys and gals. Not to mention, you’ll also have plenty of shoulders to cry on when your bracket gets destroyed after a few upsets.

When you’re in the mood to take your game night up a notch, swing over to Replay, the popular bar overlooking the casino floor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
‍When you’re in the mood to take your game night up a notch, swing over to Replay, the popular bar overlooking the casino floor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Albert G’s Bar-B-Q
421 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
2748 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Ask any Tulsan, and they’re likely to say that Albert G’s Bar-B-Q has always been the place for slap-yo-mamma-in-the-face-good barbecue. But it’s also fantastic for the atmosphere it provides for watching sports. Not only do they have one of the largest selection of bourbons Tulsa has to offer, but they also have perfectly placed big screens so that every single place you sit is prime real estate for viewing the big games. Barbecue plus bourbon plus basketball equals beautiful, baby! (Use Dick Vitale voice).

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
A perfect spot for comfort foods and a solid drink menu with unique concoctions as well as your favorite classic beers, Caz’s Chowhouse has a hopping bar when it comes to sports viewing. Caz’s is still one of the few places downtown where you can get a classic chicken-fried steak, pot roast, mom’s style meatloaf and a simple beer in a laid-back atmosphere where the waitstaff know the regulars, and the chef is always serving up your favorite homestyle meals. The full bar serves a good variety of local beers and ales, as well as several specialty cocktails that are exclusive to Caz’s, such as the popular Lemon Berry — a hard lemonade-style drink made with fresh strawberries, lemons, Ketel One Citroen and Ciroc Red Berry.

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Caz’s Pub
21 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
If you’ve never tried Caz’s Pub, we’re wondering what slab of Oklahoma shale you’ve been under this whole time. Free PBRs with every Jägermeister shot on Thursdays, Coronas and Tecates for $2 all day on Mexican Mondays, ladies night on Wednesdays. They don’t make many bars better than this one. Established back in the 1990s, this place has been around longer than some of our readers have been alive. Heck, it’s likely some of you were conceived after your parents visited this place. For sports viewing, a watch party is always better at Caz’s.

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Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant
1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
5320 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
6709 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
Tasty Mexican dishes and a lineup of drinks from a full bar make Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant an inviting place to hang with your pals when it’s game night. The 81st Street location is a reliable go-to for UFC matches. Kids eat free on Wednesdays. The homemade flour tortillas add extra yumminess to every meal. In other words, why aren’t you heading to Chimi’s right now?

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Dave & Buster’s
6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa
Dave & Buster’s has made a name for itself for fun and food. In Tulsa, it’s pretty much one of the best headquarters for watching sports. Take your viewing to the next level at the bar with gigantic screen after screen, or anywhere you decide to sit. Any item you choose to eat during the game is always piled high with flavor. They’ve got burgers, wings, quesadillas and just about anything else you might think goes great with the big game. After guests have had their fill of that delicious, high-end food, it’s time to play. With over 80 game titles, Dave & Buster’s is certainly not lacking in outlets for fun.

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Elgin Park
325 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Just across the street from ONEOK Field, Elgin Park has a lot of TVs and a ton of places from which to view them. However, you might forget to keep watching the game after digging into one of their amazing New Haven style, white clam or Hawaii style pizzas. With over 20 different kinds of pizza and several scrumptious flavors of wings (including vegan cauliflower wings), Elgin Park can always keep a game night rolling.

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Fassler Hall
304 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
Fassler Hall has the tradition of being the most established biergarten in the state, perhaps the whole Midwest. What better place to catch the big games and watch your tournament brackets go down in flames, Cinderella style. Try a few trendy European draft beers or maybe a local one, like an F5 IPA from COOP. Munch on some of their famous duck fat fries while you’re at it. You’ll thank us for suggesting it.

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Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille
8056 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
One of the best neighborhood pubs on the south side of town, Fat Daddy’s is more than just a bar. The wings are among the best you’ll find in Green Country, and the menu features some great burgers and other meals to fill up on between drafts of beer. The servers are friendly, and the regulars are too, so you can’t go wrong as you hang out to watch your favorite game on one of several large screens installed around the pub.

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Fox & Hound
7001 S. Garnett Road | Broken Arrow
You’ll have a hard time finding a better place to see your team waltz through the Big Dance than at the Fox & Hound. They boast tons of big screens, lots of fabulous food and drink for even the most demanding sports fan, and a simply superb waitstaff. Get your seat early before the rest of the big game watchers get there because this place is always hopping. Their extensive list of top-shelf appetizers is bound to score points, even before the game begins.

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George’s Pub
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
It really doesn’t matter what you watch at George’s Pub in Jenks. Of course, they’re obsessed with the world’s greatest sport in the world ( football, aka soccer), but they also know how to treat their customers. Whether it’s March Madness or women’s world curling championships, having a pint or two with some of the nicest bar staff in Green Country makes for a great time. Oh yeah, and their food is amazing — fried green beans, terrific pulled pork tacos and burgers cooked just right, to name a few items.

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Hooters
8108 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
The name says it all. With a reputation that precedes itself, Hooters takes things up a notch. There are TVs everywhere, and not a seat in the place where you can’t say you feel like you were actually at the game. They’ve been doing the sports bar thing for so long that they know exactly what their customers want, and they deliver. There are so many types of wings and other appetizers that make the game experience at Hooters a thing of beauty.

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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
216 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
It’s hard to go wrong enjoying your favorite game on the big screen, alongside some delicious sushi, a bit of sake, or a Japanese beer. That’s what makes a visit to In the Raw so special. This upscale, inviting sushi spot also features great steak, and Asian dishes like bento boxes, ramen, and rice bowls if raw sushi isn’t your thing. And they have a serious gluten-free menu too. Be sure to ask about happy hour specials 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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Lefty’s on Greenwood
10 N. Greenwood Ave. | Tulsa
You have to love a sports bar or restaurant that’s located across the street from ONEOK Field, where Tulsa sports fans congregate on game nights. So, whether you’re in town to watch baseball or soccer, or you want to kick up your feet and watch the games on TV, Lefty’s delivers in spades. They’ve got 14 beers on tap and plenty of classic and modern cocktails to go with their spicy nachos, chili cheese fries, chicken wings and burgers — all great sports-watching noshes.

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Los Cabos
300 Riverwalk Terrace #100 | Jenks
151 Bass Pro Drive | Broken Arrow
9455 N. Owasso Expressway | Owasso
The highest level of food quality and freshness is what you can expect at any of the Los Cabos locations. The regular customers can’t get enough of their carnitas, chicken and steak fajitas and the tasty blackened tilapia, to name a few great menu options. The outdoor patios and overall atmosphere make this a great place to enjoy good food with great friends and co-workers, before, after or during an awesome game.

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Main Street Tavern
1325 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
200 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
Regulars and first-time visitors alike rave about this convenient Broken Arrow restaurant’s menu. And of course, they have the screens and beers on tap to make a night of sports viewing a thing of bliss. Enjoy the friendly service and great atmosphere as you chow down on the homemade potato chips and blue cheese horseradish dip, the giant-sized beer-battered mozzarella sticks, pub fries and the build-your-own-burger.

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Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
What is it about a restaurant or bar that makes customers come back, time and time again? People who’ve been to George’s Pub in Jenks know. The design of the upscale restaurant is an open-air style that shows off its enormous size, and every seat in the house has a view of the bar. One hundred different beers — 40 on tap and 60 in the bottle — to choose from, either by the pint or half-pint, makes Maryn’s Taphouse worthy of their name, but the food experience is just as exceptional. Watch the big games on one of their huge big screens, and enjoy a few with Maryn’s chicken wings. You’ll be set, even if the game goes into overtime.

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Mexicali Border Café
14 W. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Get your game fix downtown with a visit to the always fun Mexicali. The bar is a comfortable place to sit and watch the big screens, or you can opt to sit at a table with family and friends while the game is playing in the background. Enjoy fajita specials Tuesday, and enchilada specials on Wednesdays, along with one of their many margaritas, sangrias and beers.

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MixCo
3rd and Denver | Tulsa
MixCo is one of the most interesting bars in Oklahoma. It’s swanky. It’s posh. But this speakeasy-style watering hole is also alluring in a surprisingly creative sort of way. Game nights and movie nights, as well as special live music performances, mean that no two times at this place will ever be the same. While others may be inspired by the March mayhem going on, you’ll be inspired by the way MixCo makes mixing drinks look like a sport of its own.

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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
On the south side of Tulsa, along the Arkansas River, you can enjoy terrific service, tasty meals and big-screen TVs at Napa Flats. Among their menu offerings, you’ll find some wood-fired pizzas perfect for game night with your buddies. Try the Brazos barbecue chicken pizza — all-natural chicken, homemade barbecue sauce, mozzarella, parmigiano, red onions and garnished with cilantro. If you’re there with calorie-conscious people, no worries — drinks with a light calorie count are highlighted on the bar menu.

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R Bar & Grill
3421 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
If you’ve walked down Brookside day or night, you’ve probably noticed the R Bar’s deck-style patio full and bubbling over with people. Plus, they have an impressive collection of domestic and international beers on tap and bottled for happy hour and game nights, which you can enjoy on one of their 60-inch plasma televisions. From smoked Bavarian pretzels and chicken cigars to barbecue Cubans and burgers topped with fried egg or fried onion jam, it’s easy to have a great meal and time at R Bar.

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Replay | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
When you’re in the mood to take your game night up a notch, swing over to Replay, the popular bar overlooking the casino floor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. It’s a quick drive on I-244 to get there, and you can play the slots before and after watching your favorite team on one of the sports bar’s 51 TVs — including a whopping 103-foot screen. Big game, indeed. The full bar offers 12 beers on tap, plus a host of other mixed drinks to pick from.

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Scoreboard Sports Bar | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
Scoreboard Sports Bar at the River Spirit Casino Resort is one of Tulsa’s best-kept-secret sports bar experiences. Sports lovers have been flocking to this place since the day it opened, and they’re never disappointed. With over 20 screens to see whatever game you’re in the mood for watching, including the 103-foot ginormous Godzilla-tron, this is a great place to be when the tournament games commence.

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Roosevelt’s
1551 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
What can you say about a restaurant-bar with windows and TV screens big enough that you can watch the game from outside while walking down Cherry Street? Roosevelt’s doesn’t mess around when it comes to making sure you can see the big game. And with 79 taps going — 70 beers and nine wines, ciders and cocktails — you are going to fall in love with this cool, urban gastropub. You’ll want to marry it. Tell your spouse we’re sorry we told you about it. (Not really.)

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SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
Sports and red meat just go together, don’t they? You’ll get both, plus a cigar, at SMOKE. This upscale restaurant specializes in smoked meats with a fancy flair, though they also do a great burger night special on Mondays for those times when you want to keep it simple. The cozy bar area is just big enough to gather a pal or two to enjoy specialty drinks and watch the bar’s big screen. And the hermetically sealed cigar lounge offers a great place to light up and chill.

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Twin Peaks
7007 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Boxing, UFC and any other sport you can think of has been enjoyed at Twin Peaks. Every seat in this bar feels like courtside seating with all the TVs and the fun, friendly staff make every visit a memorable one. Cold beer, a great supply of bourbon and other drinks, combined with great games and even greater servers is what you can expect. Enjoy every buzzer beater here, and you’ll be happy you did.

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Magoo’s Sports Bar and Billiards
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Midleton’s Bar & Grill
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