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America's Best Sports Bars

America's Best Sports Bars

Beer, memorabilia, TVs, and team cheers make up the country's best places to watch the game

The best sports bars in America have killer amenities, like the poolside bar and patio at Duffy's Sports Grill in Miami.

The only thing that's more red-blooded American than watching a game in a stadium is gathering your friends, drinking beer, and watching the game at your local watering hole. The sports bar holds a special place in a spectator's heart — it's where you can collectively experience the triumphs, the heartaches, and the last-minute surprises of any game.

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The American sports bar dates as far back as the early 20th century, writes Kevin Roose for ESPN. It began when runners would take the scores of the games from the stadiums and "run" them back to patrons. While Prohibition effectively killed the then-sports bar, the advent of television, and televised games, brought the sports bar roaring back.

But what's made the American sports bar what it is today goes far past the TV (though it certainly helps to be watching games on a 10-foot projector screen). Today's best sports bars reimagine what the collective sports experience really is. Some fans may want the loud, rowdy, in-your-face game-watching that you can get at bars like Dallas' Frankie's or Atlanta's Stats. Others may want the updated bar food that brings the comfort of home-cooking to the game, like at Philadelphia's Chickie's and Pete's or Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Red Star. Still others may want a more plush experience than the average watch party, for which Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas outpost, Lagasse's Stadium, fits the bill. And then there are those that may just want to feel surrounded by the sports legends of the past, for which we recommend the "sports museum" in Kansas City, Mo., Chappell's.

But no matter the amenities, a sports bar is not truly a sport bar without the fans. Better get there yourself and see.


Best Sports Bars in America

Sure, autumn brings to mind brilliant foliage, sweater weather, and the return of pumpkin-spiced lattes.

But for millions of Americans, fall also equals football&mdashand baseball, soccer, and the start of the hockey season that will get them through to spring. You&rsquoll find these fans at the bar, screaming at a flat-screen as their sports hero makes a game-changing play.

Where you watch is just as important as what you watch, and the sports crazed have their favorite barstools, as worn in and beloved as their game-day jerseys. We scouted out terrific sports bars across the U.S., from a March Madness favorite in D.C. to a Vegas hangout with 43 TVs streaming sports from nearly every country, 24 hours a day.

Some sports bars have become legends in their own right. Consider Nick&rsquos English Hut in Bloomington, IN, where alums have been cheering on the Hoosier hysteria since the 1920s. Or Cask &rsquon Flagon, opposite Boston&rsquos Fenway Park, where the walls showcase archival photos of Red Sox greats&mdashand current players have been known to celebrate.

In Dallas, there&rsquos a fairly new game in town: Truck Yard, a sprawling outdoor space where you sample craft beers and treats from local food trucks during the annual Paper Football Tournament. Games get more serious&mdashand jam-packed&mdashwhen ESPN comes to broadcast, and the owners put projectors against the trees.

If you prefer a more refined sports-watching experience, try Denver&rsquos Society Sports and Spirits, where you&rsquoll find chefs in the kitchen and whiskey on tap.

Sports are a big source of pride, and every season ushers in new reasons to wave the proverbial flag. So show up early to claim your seat among the regulars at these lively sports bars.


This family-owned Philly sports bar chain has won numerous awards from ESPN, but they’re also known for one particular item on the menu: Crabfries. Imagine a crinkle-cut fry topped with the season’s leftover crab seasoning, with a cheesy sauce on the side — doesn’t get any better than that. Besides the seafood-heavy menu, it’s the fans and constant games on TV that make the Chickie's and Pete's outposts a favorite for game-watching. The South Philly location is known for legendary Eagles watch parties, but we’re sure any Philly team gets a lot of loving at Chickie's and Pete's.


10 Great American Soccer Bars

Take in the World Cup action this summer at these spots where fans of the beautiful game congregate regularly.

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The Beautiful Game

Americans might not quite be into soccer in the same proportions as the people of, well, pretty much any other country on Earth. But in most US cities, there&rsquos at least one establishment where you&rsquoll find football fanatics, dedicated aficionados up at odd hours to catch the latest action from all around the world &mdash UEFA Champions League to Mexico&rsquos Liga MX (and even our homegrown Major League Soccer).

If you&rsquore looking for a spot to watch the FIFA World Cup this summer, your best bet will be one of these bars. Sure, any sports bar will have the action on TV, but the most enjoyable way to watch the beautiful game is surrounded by screaming devotees with a personal stake in every touch &mdash especially since the United States didn&rsquot qualify for the 2018 tournament. Here are 10 pubs to check out during the World Cup this June and July.

Lion's Pride | Orlando, Fla.

Located just four blocks from Orlando City Stadium, home of Orlando City SC of the MLS and Orlando Pride of the NWSL, Lion&rsquos Pride is in an obvious spot for a soccer bar. (It even houses an official merchandise shop for both local teams.) The massive space features a 200-inch big screen and more than 40 other TVs, a collection of World Cup balls signed by superstar players and an upstairs "owner&rsquos suite" you can reserve for a private watch party. The food menu runs the gamut from tuna poke tacos to fried Wisconsin cheese curds to grilled filet mignon.

Més Que | Buffalo, N.Y.

Més que means "more than" in Catalan, the language of Barcelona, which should give you a big clue as to the main team this place pulls for. And indeed, Més que does show lots of games from Spain&rsquos La Liga, along with plenty of other international competition. In a real rarity among sports bars, its specialty is cocktails: There&rsquos an extensive spirits list and a seasonally rotating menu of complex mixological creation. Pastas, pizzas and a variety of paella-inspired meat-and-rice dishes make up the eclectic and elevated food menu.

Brewhouse Cafe | Atlanta, Ga.

Set in the heart of Atlanta&rsquos Bohemian Little Five Points neighborhood, Brewhouse Cafe has catered to international soccer fans for more than 20 years. Local fans of Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as the hometown Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, all gather at Brewhouse to watch matches throughout the season. This summer, the bar will be open early to show every single match of the World Cup live. Brewhouse Cafe has a dive-bar charm but a fairly extensive beer list and a full kitchen that pumps out everything from Scottish-style sausage rolls to hummus to hot wings. There's even a brunch menu for those early morning games.

Finn McCool's | New Orleans, La.

Originally opened by a set of Irish expats, Finn McCool&rsquos had been a hangout for European soccer fans in the Crescent City for years before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. And afterward, it became a center for rebuilding and recovery in its neighborhood. Today, Finn McCool&rsquos is still going strong as a neighborhood institution, with indoor and outdoor screens showing soccer as well as rugby, Gaelic football and hurling, not to mention a fantastic pub quiz every Monday night.

Smithfield Hall | New York, N.Y.

From the old-school leather soccer ball in its logo to the 70-foot bar top made from reclaimed vintage warehouse wood, Smithfield Hall feels like one of those classic New York bars that&rsquos been around forever. There&rsquos a truly diverse set of football fandom on display: The place is the official home of some 14 different supporters&rsquo clubs, for teams as far away as Germany, England and Brazil and as close as the South Bronx. The food and drink menus are surprisingly sophisticated, with dozens of whiskies and beers on offer along with steamed shrimp buns, pulled pork sliders, and chicken & waffles.

The Greyhound | Los Angeles, Calif.

Many American soccer bars cater to fans of lots of different teams The Greyhound is all about Tottenham Hotspur. It&rsquos home to LA&rsquos official supporters&rsquo club for the London-based team, which placed third in the Premier League this year and will contribute several players to the England national team in the World Cup. But of course, The Greyhound will be showing all the games. The kitchen here has mastered the art of deep-frying, offering wings, chicken tenders, cauliflower-based "veggie wings," cheese curds and French fries cooked crisp and decorated with a wide variety of sauces and toppings.

Amsterdam Tavern | St. Louis, Mo.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Amsterdam Tavern is a pilgrimage site for soccer fans from across the Midwest. It&rsquos a beer-focused bar, with a rotating selection of 17 taps and more than 30 different brews by the bottle. Keep an eye out for special collaboration beers created with local breweries that you can only get here, like GOAL!den Ale (get it?) from Civil Life, and if you get hungry, you can order a gourmet burger, hot dog or Belgian-style fries from The Dam, which shares the same building. There&rsquos also a massive outdoor patio, ideal for World Cup action when the weather&rsquos nice and the inside bar is packed.

The Globe Pub | Chicago, Ill.

The Globe opened way back in 2004 as a traditional British-style pub focused on soccer and beer, and it&rsquos among the Windy City&rsquos best spots for both, carrying more than 400 beers and showing matches from around the world. The spot&rsquos been closed since April getting a big makeover for the World Cup, but it&rsquoll be reopening June 8 with state-of-the-art TVs, a new kitchen with an updated menu of pub food, a bar newly extended to 50 feet long and more.

4-4-2 Soccer Bar | Portland, Ore.

Even this bar&rsquos name shows its deep soccer-geekery: 4-4-2 is one of the more common tactical setups in the sport, featuring four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. The bar&rsquos owner is Bosnian and the menu is full of flavors from his homeland like cevapi, beef-and-lamb patties served on house-made bread with a garlicky eggplant spread called ajvar and sis, a spicy house-made sausage. It&rsquoll be open early for all the World Cup games, and if you&rsquore in before noon, you should definitely try the eggs with bacon-like peka, thinly sliced smoked beef, for breakfast.

Phoenix Landing | Cambridge, Mass.

Phoenix Landing might be the only sports bar-slash-nightclub I know of. By day, you&rsquoll find Premier League games, Six Nations Rugby and of course the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots playing on TV. But after 10 PM every night, a different DJ takes over (Monday is reggae and dancehall night, for example, and Thursdays are for drum 'n&rsquo bass) and turns the place into a bumping discotheque. During the World Cup, you&rsquoll be able to stick around from morning all the way until, well, the next morning.


We Tested 4 Famous Lemon Bar Recipes and Found a Clear Winner

For me, lemon bars are deeply personal. Every time I eat one, I am transported back to my childhood: I’m sitting next to the glittering pool wrapped in a damp towel, hair still wet from my swim. My friend’s mom brings out a dish of lemon bars and tells us to dig in. Six sets of tiny, prune-y hands rush toward the tray, and we ravenously shove the bars into our mouths at warp speed, crumbs flying. One piece is certainly not enough, so I make my way back into the kitchen for one more. This time, I savor the bright lemon custard as it dances its way across my palate. I am satiated and utterly happy.

Back then, I didn’t know much about texture or technique I just knew that I loved this gooey lemon thing with its beguiling lemon custard, and that I would take any chance I got to devour one. So when given the opportunity to make four kinds of lemon bars for Kitchn’s celebrity recipe showdown series, I was more than happy to oblige.

These days, I’m a bit more discerning. When it comes to the perfect lemon bar, I’m looking for three things: A sturdy-yet-tender crust that holds up texturally to the custard, a bright lemony filling that strikes the perfect balance between tart and sweet, and a clear distinction between the two layers. It should also be easy to make and not require any fancy ingredients or equipment, so that I don’t have to wait long to dig in.


The Complete List

2. The Pitch & Roll on the ferry vessel Tustumena,Homer to Unalaska, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea, Alaska (departure points: Kodiak, Port Lions, Homer, and Seldovia) 3. Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Juneau, Alaska

4. La Gitana, Arivaca, Arizona

7. The Bars at the Hotel Congress, Tucson

8. Midtown Billiards, Little Rock

9. The Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

10. The Bar at Nepenthe, Big Sur, California

11. Veranda Bar at the Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

12. The Varnish at Cole's French Dip, Los Angeles

13. The Tar Pit, Los Angeles

14. The Edison, Los Angeles

15. La Cita, Los Angeles

16. Golden Gopher, Los Angeles

17. Broadway Bar, Los Angeles

18. Brennan's Pub, Marina del Rey, California

19. Blackie's by the Sea, Newport Beach, California

20. Beach Ball, Newport Beach

21. Zeitgeist, San Francisco

22. Vesuvio, San Francisco

23. Tosca Cafe, San Francisco

24. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, San Francisco

25. Romolo, San Francisco

26. Elixir, San Francisco

27. Cantina, San Francisco

28. Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco

29. Alembic, San Francisco

30. Absinthe, San Francisco

31. 21 Club, San Francisco

32. Copa d'Oro, Santa Monica

33. The Sportsman, Sonora, California

34. El Chapultepec, Denver

35. Cruise Room, Denver

36. The Minturn Saloon, Minturn, Colorado

37. The Tap Room at the Griswold Inn, Essex, Connecticut

38. Dead Presidents Pub & Eatery, Wilmington, Delaware

39. The Tune Inn, Washington, D. C.

40. Hawk 'n' Dove, Washington, D. C.

41. Helen Back Café, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

42. Churchill's Pub, Miami

43. Jimbo's, Virginia Key, Florida

44. The Clermont Lounge, Atlanta

45. One Flew South, Concourse E, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta

46. Manuel's Tavern, Atlanta

47. Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta

48. Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah

49. Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu

50. La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu

51. The Bar at the St. Regis Hotel at the Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii

52. Pengilly's Saloon, Boise, Idaho

53. The Violet Hour, Chicago

54. The Matchbox, Chicago

55. The California Clipper, Chicago

56. Sheffield's, Chicago

57. Longman & Eagle, Chicago

60. Chipp Inn, Chicago

61. The Red Key, Indianapolis

62. Nicky Blaine's, Indianapolis

63. The Royal Mile and the Red Monk, Des Moines

64. Replay Lounge, Lawrence, Kansas

65. The Old Seelbach Bar, Louisville

66. The Spotted Cat, New Orleans

67. The Chart Room, New Orleans

68. The Bar at Tujague's, New Orleans

69. Napoleon House, New Orleans

70. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans

71. Harry's Corner, New Orleans

72. Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, New Orleans

73. Coop's Place, New Orleans

74. Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

75. Arnaud's French 75 Bar, New Orleans

76. Rosie's, Portland, Maine

77. Coveside Marina and Restaurant, Christmas Cove, South Bristol, Maine

78. Shamrock Inn, Baltimore

80. Eastern Standard, Boston

82. People's Republik, Cambridge, Massachusetts

83. Doyle's Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

84. Beachcomber, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

85. The Trail Center, Grand Marais, Minnesota

86. The Bulldog N.E., Minneapolis

87. Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis

88. Half Time Rec, St. Paul

89. The Upstairs Bar at City Grocery, Oxford, Mississippi

90. R Bar, Kansas City, Missouri

91. John D. McGurk's, St. Louis

92. The Little Cowboy Bar and Museum, Fromberg, Montana

93. The Oxford Saloon, Missoula, Montana

94. Charlie B's, Missoula

95. The Homy Inn, Omaha

96. Petrossian Bar in the Bellagio, Las Vegas

97. Peppermill Fireside Lounge, Las Vegas

98. Library Lounge, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

99. McGovern's Tavern, Newark

100. Silva's Saloon, Bernalillo, New Mexico

101. The 49er Lounge, Gallup, New Mexico

102. Sunny's Bar, Brooklyn

103.Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn

104. Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Brooklyn

105. Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn

107. Clover Club, Brooklyn

108. Brooklyn Inn, Brooklyn

109. Dutch Kills, Long Island City, New York

110. The Saloon at the Oyster Bar, Grand Central Station, New York

111. The Old Town Bar, New York

112. The Angel's Share, New York

113. Pegu Club, New York

115. Nancy Whiskey Pub, New York

116.The bar at Keens, New York

117. McSorley's, New York

118. Mayahuel, New York

119. Little Branch, New York

121. Jimmy's Corner, New York

122. Grassroots Tavern, New York

123. Brandy Library, New York

124. Flatiron Lounge, New York

125. Bill's Gay 90s, New York

126. The Rum House, New York

127. Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, New York

128. 21 Club, New York

129. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Queens, New York

130. Fellingham's, Southampton, New York

131. Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte, North Carolina

132. Monte's Downtown, Fargo, North Dakota

133. The Treehouse, Columbus, Ohio

134. The Library Bar & Grill, Norman, Oklahoma

135. Sam Bond's Garage, Eugene, Oregon

136. The Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

137. Clyde Common, Portland

138. Beaker and Flask, Portland

139. Little Red Shed, Troutdale, Oregon

140. The Grey Lodge, Philadelphia

141. Southwark, Philadelphia

142. Friendly Lounge, Philadelphia

143. Dee's Cafe, Pittsburgh

144. Tamboo Tavern, Rincón, Puerto Rico

145. The Wild Colonial Tavern, Providence

146. Ocean Mist, Matunuck, Rhode Island

147. The Windjammer, Isle of Palms, South Carolina

148. Ice House, Yankton, South Dakota

149. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville

150. Robert's Western World, Nashville

151. The Good Knight, Austin

152. Donn's Depot, Austin

153. Deep Eddy Cabaret, Austin

154. Lakewood Landing, Dallas

155. The Balcony Club, Dallas

156. Barbelmont, Dallas

157. La Tuna, San Antonio

158. Hotel Havana, San Antonio

159. The Quiet Mon Pub, St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands

160. Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah

161. Three Needs, Burlington, Vermont

162. The Coffee Pot, Roanoke, Virginia

163. Geoduck Tavern, Brinnon, Washington

165. The Mecklenburg Inn, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

166. The Bars of Silver Street:Nora's Bar & Red Carpet Lounge, Mac's Bar, the Krash Inn, Freddie's Old Time Saloon, Iron Nugget, Iron Horse, the Silver Dollar Saloon, Hurley, Wisconsin


Five Food and Drink Options for Keeneland First-Timers

You’ve heard for years that Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., is a must-visit destination if you consider yourself a fan of Thoroughbred racing. You watched the track host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the very first time in 2015, and heard guests chatter on NBC time and time again in between races, “Man, this place is great.” You witnessed American Pharoah soar into history amidst a picturesque backdrop and throngs of cheering fans, and said to yourself, “I have got to see this in person.”

And so you’re on your way, eager to experience one of the world’s true jewel racetracks. If you are heading to Keeneland for the spring meet or planning something in the near future, there are many things to prepare for. Perhaps the most important of those (well, after deciding which horses to bet on) is sampling the track’s top-notch dining and drinking options.

Keeneland is famous through the years for having some of the best racetrack food in North America, spanning the gamut from formal dining rooms all they way down to grandstand options. The Keeneland Association took over food services from longtime vendor Turf Catering a few years ago, but the quality hasn’t diminished one whit. Here are five food and drink options and locations for first-time visitors. These are staple selections, recommended especially for on-foot, adventurous types who have not reserved a seat in advance at one of Keeneland’s several fine dining rooms.

Find a map of the Keeneland grounds, including all their dining options, click here.


Lemon Bars Recipe

This is my favorite ever lemon bar recipe from America's test kitchen. It's ultra-lemony and smooth without being too sweet or too sour. This recipe is a bit of work, but it is so worth it. Could be made into a tart. Read more The curd filling is good for other uses as well. See less

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  • 1¼ cups Flour
  • ½ cup Confectioners Sugar
  • ½ teasp Salt
  • 12 tbsp Butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened
  • 7 Egg Yolks, Large
  • 2 Eggs, Large and whole
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • ⅔ cup Lemon juice (fresh)
  • ¼ cup Lemon Zest (grated) (I sometimes use more for more flavor)
  • 3 tbsp Heavy Cream

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups flourshopping list
  • ½ cup Confectioners sugarshopping list
  • ½ teasp saltshopping list
  • 12 tbsp butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened shopping list
  • 7 egg yolks, Large shopping list
  • 2 eggs, Large and whole shopping list
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp Granulated sugarshopping list
  • ⅔ cup lemon juice (fresh) shopping list
  • ¼ cup lemon zest (grated) (I sometimes use more for more flavor) shopping list
  • 3 tbsp heavy creamshopping list

How to make it

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350. Line a 9" square baking pan with two pieces of aluminum foil at right angles (to form a sort of sling). Lightly coat foil with vegetable oil.
  • Mix together flour, confectioners sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or food processor) incorporate 8 tbsp. of the butter until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal.
  • Sprinkle the mixture inot the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer. Bake until the crust starts to brown slightly, about 20 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, wisk together egg yolks and whole eggs in a medium non-reactive saucepan.
  • Whisk in granulated sugar until combined, then whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt.
  • Add remaining 4 tbsp of butter and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens slightly and registers 170 degrees (F) on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture immediately into a non-reactive bowl and stir in cream. Pour the warm curd over the hot crust. Bake until the filing is shiny and opaque and the center jiggles slightly when shaken, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours, before removing from the pan using foil and cutting into squares.
  • Dust with confectioners sugar just before serving.
  • Note: it is important to pour the warm curd over the hot crust when making these intensely flavored bars. This ensures that the filling cooks through evenly. You will need about four lemons for zest and juice.

Major Goolsby’s, America’s 8th Best Sports Bar?

With 50 TVs and a Charles Barkley pig, it’s all sports all the time.

Main dining area of Major Goolsby’s. Photo by Audrey Jean Posten.

Longtime waitress Angie St. Ledger vividly remembers the time NBA hall of famer Charles Barkley came to Major Goolsby’s: “When he came in, he made all the grown-ups clear out of the area around him so that he could sign autographs for the kids,” she recalls. “He signed for every single one, and then there were like 30 other people around him and he bought all of them drinks.” Yes, she adds, he was a good tipper.

Barkley is among a long list of athletes and celebrities who have hung out at Major Goolsby’s since owner Jerry Cohen took over the building in 1972 and birthed one of Milwaukee’s most iconic sports bars. Prior to this, the establishment was called Time Out, a steakhouse-type restaurant owned by legendary Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire. Because the bar was across from the Milwaukee Arena, “Jerry wanted people to have a quick experience so they could get out to the game,” says assistant manager Marty Petricca. “Back then, the (arena) didn’t really serve much for food. He had the idea and this spot happened to be available.”

Major Goolsby’s spot at 340 W. Kilbourn Ave. is just down the street from U.S. Cellular Arena (formerly the Milwaukee Arena and for many years the home of the Milwaukee Bucks) and a block away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Due to its location, many of the bar and restaurant’s patrons are fans visiting either before or after an event at one of the nearby arenas. By the mid-1970s, Major Goolsby’s was so busy that an expansion was necessary. The kitchen and cavernous main dining area were added on to the original section, which now houses a bar, a small seating area, the bathrooms and a life-size Major Goolsby riding a motorcycle.

Who exactly is Major Goolsby? “The owner’s never really told anyone how or why he came up with the name,” Petricca says. But he’s willing to speculate. “Major Goolsby is a post-Civil War character,” he says. And a story has arisen, he adds, “that the guy was just a bumbling drunk and, on his deathbed, had a bunch of empty liquor bottles surrounding him.” Cohen did serve time in the army and might have heard stories about such a major, Petricca muses. Or maybe it’s all made up.

Jerseys. Photo by Audrey Jean Posten.

But the bar is real enough. Every inch of the walls and ceiling are covered in jerseys, photos, pennants and other random items from sports of all kinds. One jersey is that of Robin Yount, one of the Milwaukee Brewers’ most beloved players. “He was great,” St. Ledger recalls. “He made me feel like I was his best friend.” Yount visited Major Goolsby’s during his brief stint as the team’s bench coach in 2006. St. Ledger recalled seeing a Yount jersey somewhere around Goolsby’s, so she found it and asked Yount if he would sign it, which he was happy to do.

Then there’s the large red-and-white pig that hangs from the ceiling, just above the entrance. St. Ledger says the pig is actually a bank and was purchased by Cohen through an auction in conjunction with Farm Aid. Interestingly, Charles Barkley was also involved in the event, so Major Goolsby’s asked if they could name the pig Barkley. He agreed, and now the pig sports his number 34.

Barkley the pig. Photo by Audrey Jean Posten.

Major Goolsby’s actually put the piggy bank to use in 1996 when Green Bay Packer Reggie White’s church in Tennessee was burned down by arsonists. St. Ledger says the bar put the bank at the entrance so customers could donate to rebuilding the church. Cohen then matched that amount and Major Goolsby’s presented White with the money when he was speaking at an event in Milwaukee.

Other sports stars to visit Goolsby’s include Packer Gilbert Brown, baseball’s Reggie Jackson, NBA player Manute Bol and golfer John Daly. When the Brewers were in the 2011 playoffs, Petricca says a number of sportswriters flocked to Major Goolsby’s. Celebrity visitors include “MacGyver” TV show star Richard Dean Anderson and “Beverly Hills 90210” heartthrob Jason Priestley, who flew in for an event at Major Goolsby’s. St. Ledger remembers that one lucky lady won a limo ride with Priestley.

There was even a fight involving a celebrity at Goolsby’s. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal in 1976, longtime sports broadcaster Pat Summerall recalled the incident: “Some guy kept bothering me and I wound up choking him.”

However, Petricca says Major Goolsby’s is about more than the Bucks, as the bar caters to fans of all sports and teams. That’s pretty easy to do considering the number of televisions Goolsby’s has. When Petricca started working there 13 years ago, he says there were twenty. Today, there are 50 TVs covering every available inch of the bar not devoted to sports memorabilia. “On football Sundays we can have every game on and there’s usually someone here for each team,” Petricca says. Although not many sporting events in Wisconsin can rival Packer football, Petricca says the NCAA basketball tournament certainly gives football a run for its money, especially when Marquette is doing well. Marquette’s 2003 trip to the Final Four was Petricca’s favorite time. “The aisles were filled with people,” he says. “A line ran out the door and down the block. It was just sheer excitement.”


Slugger&rsquos Bar stepped into the batter&rsquos box in 1985. Since that time, Slugger&rsquos Bar has given Cubs fans an alternative place to watch the Good Guys play. Located in Wrigleyville, Slugger&rsquos has more than 30 televisions. On their second floor, you can play arcade games, pop-a-shot basketball, and/or air hockey. They also have batting cages. You Gotta Experience: Dueling Pianos.


Midseason fun at Sluggers in Chicago. Photo taken from Slugger&rsquos Facebook page.

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland has some of the best sports fans in the nation, even with their recentWorld Series loss to the Cubs. These faithful fanatics continue to cheer for the hard luck Cleveland Browns (NFL) and Cleveland Indians (MLB). Fortunes can change, just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers. They rallied to win the 2016 NBA Champions. It was Cleveland&rsquos first major championship in more than 50 years.


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