The Big Game: The Top 5 Sports Bars in Phoenix

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Check out these Top 5 sports bars in Phoenix and you’ll never have to watch the game alone or without a cold one ever again — no matter what kind of crowd you’re in the mood for.

1 Majerle's

Former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle established Majerle's Sports Grill in downtown Phoenix in 1992 in order to provide local residents a fun and comfortable hangout serving delicious food. Since then, he's expanded his enterprise with two additional locations in Goodyear and Chandler, each venue with its own distinct but classy style. You'll find all the favorites here: Madison Street potato skins, tenderloin sliders, Baxter's boneless buffalo wings, cheese fries and more; plus, there are a dozen beers on tap, domestics, imports, white wine, red wine, cocktails; and a series of hefty gourmet burgers. (You'll love Mama Majerle's Burger, with sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions and mozzarella cheese.) For private parties, you can also reserve The 9 Lounge or The Cotton Club, but no matter where you sit, you'll find no shortage of flat-screens at any of the locations. Oh, and psst -- word is Majerle's will be coming to Old Town Scottsdale sometime in spring 2011.

Multiple locations web

2 Cooperstown

Phoenix resident, restaurateur and artist Alice Cooper owns the appropriately named Cooperstown -- not just a place to grab some satisfying bar and grill bites, but also a great spot to catch a game, with the plethora of projectors and flat-screens to be found throughout the multilevel restaurant. And if you’re lucky, on any given day you may even see some Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns players wander in, as Cooperstown seems to be a favorite among the local athletes. Or you might even spot Alice himself, as he frequently stops by and chats up the regulars. Of course, the venue is a favorite hot spot before and after downtown events like professional sports games, concerts and other performances, so the list of notables in attendance may vary, but Cooperstown never fails to draw the cream of the crop.

141 E. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 602.253.7337 web

3 Antars Sports Bistro

Boasting more than 30 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and three 100-inch projection screens -- throughout the restaurant, Antars places a premium on making sure guests can watch their game -- or games -- of choice. In fact, "premium" is a good word to describe this place, as this may just very well be one of the classiest sports bars -- excuse us, "bistros" -- in the Valley. Chef David Antar prepares all the dishes you'd expect to munch on while cheering on the Suns or Cardinals, but he prepares them in a way that won't leave you bored to tears: the onion rings, calamari, award-winning buffalo wings, quesadillas -- they're all good and packing a certain je ne se quoi. And we ask you, at which other sports bar in the Valley will you have the opportunity to feast on bacon-wrapped scallops oreganada or coconut shrimp with a Szechuan garlic dipping sauce?

9611 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 623.772.1122 web

4 Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub and Restaurant

We can probably all agree that the Irish really know how to watch a football match. We mean, a soccer match. No, we mean a football match. Ah, whatever. No matter the sporting event, Rose McCaffrey's Irish Pub is the place you're going to want to watch it. At Seamus McCaffrey's restaurant you'll have a rollicking good time cheering on your favorite American or international team to victory -- and with a cold pint of Guinness in hand, natch. The fish 'n' chips plate is a must (obviously), but Rosie's Reuben sandwich and the Shepherd's Pie are also incredible choices. Live bands perform Wednesday through Saturday nights beginning at 9 p.m. -- provided the match -- er, game -- has already ended, of course.

906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 602.241.1916 web

5 Four Peaks Brewing Company

To be fair, we have to point out that there's a Four Peaks restaurant location on the north side of the Valley, too, but let's be real: the original venue in Tempe is where you want to hang. Take a seat at the bar, where you'll have your choice of such great locally made brews as the Oatmeal Stout, Subru, Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale, Peach Ale, Hop Knot, Raj IPA, Hefeweizen and whichever great seasonals are being served; plus, they regularly serve cask-conditioned ales, which are tapped every week on Wednesdays. Not to mention, the brewing equipment is within view from the bar -- a feature that regularly causes brew enthusiasts to geek out. The close proximity to Arizona State University lends itself to a crowd that skews on the young side, but on big game days, you'll find reps from every age bracket here, and the energy is hard to beat.

1340 E. Eighth St., Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 480.303.9967 web

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