The most anticipated football game of the season happens, Sunday February 12, 2023, are you ready for some competition? Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to watch your team play the biggest game of the year or you’re just eager to participate in football festivities, Syracuse is the best place to be on game day. For your convenience, check out the best bars for brews, wings, crowds and most importantly football.
BONUS: if you're arranging your own at-home watch party this year, we've rounded up some sweet Syracuse area specials to satisfy every stomach too.
Top Syracuse Bars
The traditional German Biergarten on Montgomery street is a staple stop for soccer enthusiasts. With flexible hours for the games, you’ll never miss a match here. Not only do they offer multiple screens for your viewing pleasure but a variety of beers, seltzers, and ciders on tap, in cans or bottles. Big your four-legged companion as this bar is dog-friendly and prost to the FIFA World cup.
Shifty's Bar & Grill
It's a much heated debate, but Shifty's is where it's at when it comes to some of the best chicken wings in Syracuse. This favorite neighborhood watering hole in the Eastwood neighborhood serves up signature baskets of everyone's favorite football food (the Frankenstein and Red Hot & Blue wings are a must-try). Wash them down with a draft or pitcher of fresh craft or domestic beer and get ready for it to get loud as you cheer on the 2022 champs.
Tully's Good Times
A touchdown for the whole family, Tully's is a guaranteed good time for all ages. This sports-themed local chain boasts a billiard and video game room as well as more than 70 televisions so you won't miss any of the Big Game action. And figuring out what to order is easy since it's impossible to visit Tully's without grabbing a basket of their trademarked "Best Chicken Tenders on Earth®."
Change of Pace
Adding fuel to the chicken wing fire, Change of Pace is another Best Wings in Syracuse winner. This mainstay neighborhood tavern in Eastwood has the winning game plan for game day — cold beer and hot wings. Route for your team on their new 80" and sit back and relax in their spacious back room, filled with dozens of TVs so you'll never miss a play. Insider tip: go for the classic dozen hot wings and stay up-to-date on game day specials by checking their Facebook page.
Clinton Street Pub
Smack dab in the heart of Downtown Syracuse in Armory Square, CSP is the place to be for a massive menu loaded with your all-time favorite pub foods. Score your seats for the game and you're in for a good time and good food and drink. Nachos, wings, quesadillas, tenders, queso & chips, burgers, flatbreads, soft pretzels, bloomin' onions, cold beer, $3 shot wheel — everything to satisfy your ultimate Sunday Funday hunger, all in one place.
Trapper's 2 Pizza & Pub
A celebrated family-friendly pizza pub with all the sports action, all the time, Trappers 2 in the heart of Minoa on Main Street is a great place to bring the kids for some pizza and games while you celebrate every touchdown with wings and cold beer. Check out their original sister location in East Syracuse for great game day deals too.
The Beginning II
The most well-known Buffalo Bills bar in the Syracuse area, the B2 has been a staple football bar since 1982, which means they've gotten their Buffalo wings down to a science. Grab a dozen of the hot and compliment them with the B2 Buffalo Chicken Perogis.
Bull & Bear Roadhouse
With three TV-filled, kid-friendly locations in East Syracuse, Liverpool and Fayetteville, BNB Roadhouse is a top pick for tasty apps, wings, nachos, burgers, BBQ, kid's menus & more. Seven days a week, you can take advantage of their happy hour: BOGO bottled beer, liquor drinks and house margaritas everyday from 3 - 5 p.m. and 8 pm. - close.
Any bar in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood
There's too many options to choose just one, so why not make a mini Game Day Pub Crawl out of Tipp Hill's legendary pub scene? Grab a pint and catch kickoff at Nibsy's Pub. Mosey over to the Blarney Stone for the second half and a top-rated burger. Then wrap up the game and celebrate (or sulk) with a final pint at Wheeler's Tavern.
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