This might be a bit of a hot take here, but I can honestly count on one hand the amount of times I have actually had an enjoyable experience taking in a game at a sports bar. It’s honestly one of the most overrated experiences in all of sports. I get the need for it, everyone wants a watering hole where they can watch every game all at once. But with the invention of stuff like NFL Red Zone and Center Ice where it literally “flips between games for you”, there’s no reason to spend money to drink next to randoms only to have to stretch your eye across the bar to spot the one TV playing the only game you care about.
Plus, nine times out of ten, there will be no sound and you can’t even hear the fricking play by play! Everyone knows hearing the call makes a game 10x more exciting when watching it on TV. Plus, if there’s ever a review or questionable penalty you can actually hear an explanation as opposed to trying to guess and figure out what the fuck is actually going on in the game that you’re supposed to be “enjoying.”
I’ll give it to you… it’s definitely super fun when the bar is packed, every TV is tuned to the same Championship game and EVERYONE is there to watch one specific event (and you can hear the play by play). Then yes, you’re surrounded by fellow fans, the beer is flowing, it’s almost just as good of an atmosphere as being there. But going to the bar to watch a regular game that NOBODY BUT YOU cares about… it’s honestly such a waste. Especially when you’re competing for TV space, because you and I both know we’d be able to watch and listen to this game 10x better in our own living room.
It’s so unnecessarily expensive- and for what you’re paying, the food at your local sports bar is usually fried, frozen dogshit. Plus, I don’t need to pay $7/$8 per beer when I can sit at home, pick up a six pack for like $10 and sip the game away (with the same friends I would’ve gone to the bar with) from the comfort of my own couch. The cost spent, usually doesn’t add up to the experience received and for that reason watching games at sports bars is a 1,000% overrated activity.