Want more than ho-hum food while you watch the game? These sports bars in Orlando have great food, killer drinks, and lots of TVs!
You don’t often hear great food and sports bars mentioned in the same sentence. There are plenty of fun sports bars around town but the question is where can you watch your favorite sporting event in Orlando when you love food just as much as (or more than) the game itself?
I set out to find the best sports bars in Orlando to watch the Big Game – or any game, whether it be football, basketball, soccer, hockey, ping-pong (?) take your pick – where you don’t have to sacrifice food for the sake of fun. These restaurants offer the whole package: great food choices, in some cases very creative menus using local ingredients, killer drinks and beer selections, lots of TVs for a good view of the game, and a fun atmosphere, often including games and live music.
Whether you call Orlando home or are just visiting The City Beautiful, listed in alphabetical order, here are the Top 9 Sports Bars in Orlando.
Family-owned restaurant in the picturesque Town of Celebration, offers the best traditional New England fare in a sports-themed, comfortable setting. This is truly the neighborhood tavern. The Lobster Roll and New England clam chowder are the best outside of Boston. The Fish ‘wich, made from Boston scrod flown in from Massachusetts, was absolutely satisfying. Plus “the 99 bottles of beer on the wall” club offers plenty of choices for beer lovers. Get your card and make your way down the list. 721 Front St. Celebration FL, 407-566-2526
What this popular Downtown Orlando dive lacks in space, it makes up for in character and good food. Traditional bar menu with foodie surprises like Lobster Mac & Cheese and Lobster Grilled Cheese. Burgers are quite good with the Black & Tan Burger topped with onion ring, sweet stout glaze and melted gruyere being the most popular. It’s a small restaurant so expect it to be packed, loud and definitely fun. 20 S Orange Ave, Orlando FL. 407-425-7687
Every inch of wall space is covered by over 100 TVs and lots of sports memorabilia at this popular Florida regional chain, with Orlando locations at Millenia and Lake Mary. The bar menu is taken to the next level with fresh-made to order guacamole served with chips, mozzarella sticks cut from one block of mozzarella cheese and battered to order for the ultimate freshness, and killer coconut-crusted Dolphin (Mahi) fingers. You don’t have to wait for the day after to have the Hangover Burger topped with farm-fresh sunny side up egg, and the Churrasco steak with chimichurri, black beans and rice rivals the best from Miami. For those conscious of the diet, the menu offers 15 dishes with fewer than 580 calories. The Ahi Tuna was fantastic. Drinks do not disappoint either. Their Bloody Mary is the most inventive I’ve ever seen, served with a burger slider as a garnish! A decent craft beer selection and cocktails menu to choose from, and best of all, 2-for-1 Happy Hour is all day, every day! Become an MVP card-holder for specials and freebies. 4158 Conroy Road, The Mall at Millenia and 951 Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary FL.
Local chain, known as an American Burger Bar, with 8 locations throughout Orlando and Tampa, where you take your pick of beef, chicken, turkey or veggie patties and top with just about anything you can think of. Build your own or choose from their specialty burgers like the Chi-Town stuffed with mushrooms and bleu cheese or the Mac Daddy with Bacon Mac & Cheese. Don’t miss the zucchini fries and buffalo chicken tater tots. Enjoy the casual neighborhood setting, graffiti art everywhere, plenty of TVs and game room in this ultra-casual spot. Live music and trivia nights add to the fun. 900 E Washington St, Thornton Park FL is where it all began. Check website for all locations.
A bowling venue on a sports bar list? Bowling may be the draw but with plenty of TV’s around this expansive retro play-land, cool drinks and fun menu selections, this is the perfect spot if you’re looking for more than just the Big Game. You got billiards, foosball, shuffle board, bocce ball, ping-pong and 22 lanes of bowling to keep you entertained if the game turns out to be a bust. Try the Buffalo Wontons, huge chicken wings, various pizzas with their homemade dough, and pair it with a shareable Kings Big Balls retro cocktail like the Tropical Tango or Raspberry Lime Rickey. It is sure to contribute to a fun night out! 8255 South International Drive, suite 120, Orlando FL.
The love of beer is the main draw with several beer infused dishes like Fried Mozzarella, Chicken Tenders and Fish & Chips all dipped in their signature Magic Hat #9 beer batter, or the Tap Room Burger of half pound beef marinated in Guinness beer. Try it topped with Pulled Pork, citrus chipotle BBQ sauce and crispy onion straws or “Loaded” with crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions. Of course they offer an ever-changing, great beer selection with 50 beers on draft and 50 beers from around the world for a perfect pairing. You can even join the Beer Club and get your name on the wall. 9145 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando FL. 407-440-4594
There is no better place for burgers and sports in the Metro West Orlando area than Teak. You can’t go wrong with 42 amazing burgers on the menu (including the Underground secret menu), 70 craft beers, 30 HDTVs and 142” Projection screen to catch the game action. Popular burgers include the Drunken Monk with Angry Orchard jam made in-house – all their sauces are homemade, the Idaho Burger is the tallest burger you will ever see, with a stack of Teak chips, and the Cronie Burger, made with a cinnamon sugar donut croissant hybrid, maple-pepper bacon, smoked Gouda and fried egg. Read the full review. 6400 Times Square Avenue, Orlando FL. 407-313-5111.
Fun foodie menu with lots of great choices. How about Bison Meatballs, Flowersprouts, Fire Bites stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon and Pretzel poppers to snack on? Try the incredibly popular Old Faithfull grilled cheese sandwich made with American, cheddar, and mozzarella sticks! Or take your pick of sirloin, chicken, turkey or quinoa burgers and killer Wings & Things with sauces like PB&J, Honey Mustard, Sticky Guinness, Liquid Gold and Kitchen Sink. Don’t miss the Fun Fries for dessert – funnel cake and apple pie fries tossed in cinnamon and powdered sugar with salted caramel sauce! Wash it all down with a nice selection of craft cocktails, beers and spirits, guaranteed to help you fulfill their motto “Eat, Drink, Stay awhile”. On Mondays, take advantage of All You Can Eat Wing Night and happy hour all night. This is a local spot you may find yourself visiting over and over again. 643 North Orange Ave, Winter Park FL. 407-571-9101
Although it’s a Live Music Joint, Tin Roof Orlando features a wall lined with TVs to watch the game from any seat in the house. This newcomer to the Orlando area is quickly making its mark with an inventive take on Americana Southern food and laid back casual atmosphere. The Kentuckyaki wings are finger lickin’ good with a house made bourbon and soy, garlic and ginger sauce, fall off the bone BBQ Ribs, creamy O-Eye Mac & Cheese and Shrimp & Grits all make the cut. Great drinks and beer specials and pre-game live music make this a place to call home during every game. Here’s the full review. 8371 International Dr, suite 100, Orlando FL. 407-270-7926
Any sporting event is a great opportunity to get together with friends and have fun, don’t you think? Pick one of these Top 9 Sports Bars in Orlando and get the team together for a fun night out where you don’t have to give up on great food and drinks for the sake of the game. GO Play!