Whether your jam is the Super Bowl (or the commercials), college or pro basketball, or award shows on the big screen, there’s nothing like bringing friends and family together to cheer your favorite competitors on. While some families love doing pot lucks or (weather-permitting) barbecues for the occasion, there are situations where a sports bar can be your no-fuss, communal living room. However, where to find one that will allow you to bring the kids or teens?
Here’s a lineup of sports bars around the United States delivering the goods, along with special offerings for the under 21-set, a safe environment and a few extra bells and whistles.
Banners Kitchen & Tap Topgolf Swing Suites are an interactive social experience offering guests a comfy lounge to enjoy Banners’ food and beverage service while playing a selection of games (golf, hockey, football, baseball, zombie dodgeball and carnival games) in a one-of-a-kind simulation — fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. Three bays and reservations are available via the Banners website in one-hour increments for up to eight people. A children’s menu, Topgolf Swing Suites, an epic dessert called The Kitchen Sink, comfy booths both upstairs and downstairs and a 39.5-foot TV dubbed the Dream Screen make Banners ideal for families who like to experience the big game together.
Although the Houndstooth Saloon is located in Chicago’s trendy Wrigleyville, people flock there for its down-home flourishes, including Alabama football, live country music and tasty Southern-inspired cuisine. When owner and family man TJ Callanta took over Houndstooth at the end of 2018, his goal was to create a fun atmosphere for the neighborhood families while still appealing to the young late-night country crowd the bar is known for. TJ not only updated the menu with a special kids’ section and non-alcoholic beverages list with milk and juice mocktails, but also revamped the outdoor patio by adding a stroller dock and family-oriented section on the residential side of the building with a new “family” patio. Houndstooth is family-friendly daily until 10 p.m., and fans under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Wolcott Tap is the quintessential North Side neighborhood pub, with televisions, creative comfort food (including smaller kids’ menu sizes) and large communal spaces. Kids are allowed to join the fun by day when accompanied by an adult.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
American Social Bar Las Olas takes the standard football barbecue to the next level with a Super Bowl Block Party to celebrate Super Bowl LIV. During the rest of the year, family fans can enjoy their favorite games in a patriotic setting indoors, or on the patio, with a side of all-American favorite foods. The Plunge Beach Resort, a contemporary destination designed for “chic bohemians, families, and beach lovers alike,” hosts a weekly Beach BBQ Bash every Saturday afternoon at its Backflip Beach Bar, the town’s only toes-in-the-sand sports bar, which specializes in grilled and barbequed fare. In addition to watching games on its televisions, patrons can participate in classic beach games in the sand, like cornhole and sand volleyball.
The Groovy Goat’s Alabama outpost offers a television at every booth and big-screen televisions showcasing all the teams at once, as well as more than 40 top arcade games and regional Southern-American fare specific to this location, from chicken wings soaked in house-made sauce to customized tableside nachos. For after-the-game fun, Groovy Goat guests can pop over to OWA, the area’s newest entertainment destination, featuring more than 21 amusement park rides for kids and adults of all ages. Anybody visiting Orlando, meanwhile, can check out the Groovy Goat there to experience the bar’s G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) features, Florida-style.
Chicken N Pickle is a restaurant, sports haven, entertainment complex appealing to sports fans and foodies of all ages. While it is a local favorite for the Super Bowl and other championship viewing parties, the sports bar-come-complex is packed with many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy beyond the action projected on its many television screens. There’s an ice rink open throughout February with ice skating, curling and hockey, that in the warmer months is a courtyard with yard games and concerts. There are also several old-school games (10 pickleball courts, plus cornhole, darts, Jenga, ping-pong and shuffleboard) that never lose their appeal.
There’s almost nothing like the magic of New York City during the holidays — and there’s almost nothing more quintessentially New York than the Empire State Building. Put them both together and what do you have? A new holiday tradition.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Located in Sonoma Wine Country, the town of Healdsburg announces its seasonal merriment and time-honored traditions. Festive décor, with new murals from local artists and holiday lights, Santa sightings and more ensure it’s the most wonderful time of year for the California community. Families will particularly enjoy Santa Sightings on Saturdays and an Elf Scavenger Hunt.
The holiday season is a time for family and spreading cheer. With everything going on this year, some of your normal holiday traditions may be put on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holidays with family.
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