Here's the Ticket to Football and Beer
Not everyone has NFL Sunday Ticket. But these places do.
Bars know what it takes to draw a crowd on a Sunday during the football season.
Three words: NFL Sunday Ticket. (Or two words and an acronym? Whatever.)
If they broadcast the game – or ALL the games – people will come and watch. And drink. And eat.
Bar Tab has visited many local bars and the vast majority of them have the NFL Sunday Ticket, the premier cable package that offers every football game during the regular season. A good number of Bradenton bars also have multiple televisions so no one is fighting over the remote.
So if your team isn’t on the local stations this Sunday, consider one of these locations.
- Sixteen flat-screen televisions with hi-def quality, all strategically positioned over tables and booths and behind the bar. But the big screen belongs to the Baltimore Ravens when they’re on, because Gecko’s Grill & Pub, 4310 S.R. 64 E. in the Braden River Plaza, has become a gathering for the local Ravens faithful. The Ravens take on the Houston Texans at 4:05 p.m. If you’re a Ravens fan and you’ve never been to Geckos, it’s not difficult to find your seating section. Just follow the sea of purple.
- Cleveland Browns fans, you have a place in Bradenton, too. Tequila Beach Sport Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., is home of the Manatee County Browns Backers. The “home team” is in Oakland to take on the Raiders at 4:05 p.m. Happy hour prices are all day Sunday $2.50 domestic bottles, $2.50 wells, $3.50 select calls, $3 house wines and $4 margaritas.
- Scores Taproom & Grill, 3561 53rd Ave. W., has one of the most convenient set ups for the Sunday football: The day’s broadcast schedule hangs from each of the establishment’s 20 flat-screen televisions. This really helps when you’re looking to pair up a table near a certain television because you’ll know which game will be broadcast on which television next.
Gecko’s, Tequila Beach and Scores allow patrons who are under 21 to come in, eat and watch football on game day. Just leave the bar seats to the older crowd.
These next few places are more “bar” than “grill” so in the case of Fan-Atics Sports Bar & Grill, 4669 Cortez Rd., and The Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 Old Main St., minors aren’t allowed under any circumstance. Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill, 5606 14th St. W. falls somewhere in between. It has an attached dining room where minors are allowed but they should avoid the bar side after 9 p.m.
- Most everyone in the greater Bradenton area knows about Fan-Atics, the long-time local home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. On any given Sunday, you’ll find the Steelers game broadcast on the bar’s giant projection screen and many of the surrounding television sets. The bar serves wine, liquor and more than 20 domestic and import beers, in addition to Iron City Beer, Pittsburgh’s signature brew since 1861. The Steelers are home at 1 p.m. to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The Lost Kangaroo boasts one of the best beer selections in town. In addition to about 30 on tap, the Roo has a double-door cooler with seven shelves of almost every beer imaginable. Better yet, the Roo’s new website displays them so you can plan your order before you leave. If you’re not choosy, here are the Sunday specials: $7 pitchers of Yuengling and Pabst Blue Ribbon, $7.50 for Fosters, $12 buckets of Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light and $12.50 for Michelob Ultra. By the way, the Roo has more than a dozen TVs, so football for everyone.
- Bleachers has 15 televisions and a 42-square-foot projection screen on its south wall for the big game. Most of the TVs are on the bar side but there are a couple in the attached B-Town Burgers & BBQ. You can bring your food to the bar side if you don’t mind the cigarettes. B-Town Burgers doesn’t say it in the title, but this place has all kinds of chicken wings. They’re 50 cents all day everyday.