WHERE TO WATCH

Coming to Houston? The city's best spots to watch sports

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Houston sports are on fire right now. The city has teams in the MLB playoffs (World Series), MLS playoffs and could potentially be in the NFL playoffs, NBA playoffs, or College football bowl Games. What better way to watch and celebrate than to go out to a fun place with friends and enjoy the big game.

What makes a bar/restaurant a good place to watch sports?

To me, lots of TV’s are huge and having the sound on to a game makes a world of a difference. This is a must for me on my check list (below). The atmosphere. Especially when you’re into the game. Quite understandably, sometimes you just want to relax and catch a game at home with peace and quiet. 

But if you want that atmosphere to share your happiness with others, be sure to check out this list below. In no particular order. Enjoy!

  1. Sound to your favorite game (Texans, Astros, Rockets, Dynamo)

  2. TVs

  3. Atmosphere

  4. Good food/drinks

  5. Patio

  6. Parking

  7. Pet friendly

  8. Service

Lucky’s

801 St. Emmanuel St Houston, TX 77003

Lucky’s is a great place to catch any of your Houston teams. Especially when the teams are in the playoffs. Lucky’s will block off the street and put a giant projection screen outside. They will also have food trucks available for guests on the outside. When our Houston team is doing well and wins a playoff game, be prepared…. it gets rowdy. Fans love to throw beer in the air for a celebration, so duck if you’re not wanting to get a beer shower! It’s a great time and a great place to watch our Astros in the World Series right now

  1. Sound to Astros, Rockets, Dynamo, and UH Games

  2. Lots of TV’s including big screen inside (and huge projector screen outside for bigger games)

  3. Great atmosphere / gets rowdy
  4. Good bar food

  5. Patio in back

  6. Parking on street (meter) Or during games paid parking lot

  7. Pets on patio, but gets so packed sometimes, may not be a good idea.

  8. Service at tables, or can go up to bar for drinks

Kirby Ice House

3333 Eastside St Houston, TX 77098

For those of us who drink on weekdays, Kirby typically has a good happy hour crowd almost every day of the week! It is also busy on the weekends with great weather. This place has a good amount of TV’s and plenty of room for people sitting in the outside area. This place is also very pet friendly; tons of people bring their dogs here.

  1. Sound (certain games)

  2. Decent amount TVs

  3. Tons of people, even during weekdays for HH

  4. Good drinks/ No kitchen, but food trucks available

  5. Great patio/huge outside area

  6. Parking available and valet

  7. Patio and large outside area

  8. Waitress comes to table to take drink order

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith St #100 Houston, TX 77006

There are just some days we aren’t meant to sit inside when the weather is beautiful; Pub Fiction is for those days. They always have great drinks specials and a pretty tasty menu. It is a good atmosphere, but the people don’t get too crazy #adulting. There are plenty of TV’s so you won’t miss a primetime game. Pub is also one of those places that if you’re ready to celebrate the win after the game, it’s a good place to stay a little longer. If your game is on a weekend, they get a good crowd.

  1. Sound (most Houston Sports)

  2. Good amount of TV’s

  3. Good atmosphere

  4. Good bar food/ bar

  5. Great indoor outdoor bar/patio

  6. Valet/parking lot, street parking

  7. Pets allowed on patio

  8. Servers at tables

Biggios

1777 Walker St Houston, TX 77010

There are so many TV’s in this place you can’t ever look away and not see one. They will also have the sounds to a main game across all speakers. However, on the second floor there are small open rooms for a party of about 6-7 where they can set the audio on a different game if you prefer. The food is good, but not a huge selection of a menu.

  1. Sound and different sound in different areas

  2. TONS of TV’s (Largest indoor TV screen in Houston)

  3. Usually pretty packed on weekend nights, week days not so much

  4. Food is upscale bar food/ no drink specials so come on pay day

  5. Limited patio tables

  6. Valet only or lucky street parking

  7. No Pets

  8. Server

Twin Peaks

4527 Lomitas Avenue, Houston, TX 77098

Sounds cliché, and I know what you are thinking but keep reading. It is actually a great atmosphere. I have watched a Texans game here before, and every single person in the place is into it! Plus, if you come on a Sunday, there are plenty of TV’s to watch other games from around the league. Also, depending on what you get on the menu, the food is pretty good. It is better than most bar food.

  1. Sound- Texans & other big games

  2. Good amount of TV’s

  3. Good atmosphere

  4. Food is pretty good

  5. Small patio seating, mostly inside

  6. Valet only

  7. No pets

  8. Server

Fuego’s

817 Durham Dr. Houston, TX 77007

Fuego’s has over 24 beers on tap and full bar. If you’re into specialty cocktails they have those too. If there is beautiful weather, the patio is a great place to sit. They have happy hour drink specials and pretty tasty food. Also if you come during the World Series, every time the Astros score a run there’s shot special!

  1. Sound (big games)

  2. Good amount of TVs

  3. Relaxed atmosphere

  4. Food is good for bar food/ drink specials

  5. Big patio with screens and a bar to sit at

  6. Parking lot

  7. Pets allowed on patio

  8. Servers

Clutch

5334 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Home of the Sunday Funday. If you’re looking for a great place to watch some football and enjoy a Sunday Funday and work doesn’t come too early for you on Mondays, Clutch is the bar for you. Come watch your Texans or Astros on the giant projection screen. Clutch is mostly inside, but has a nice patio area as well. It is also located on Washington, if you are looking to go out to other bars after the big game.

  1. Sound (big games)

  2. Good amount of TV’s, projector screen

  3. Good atmosphere

  4. Decent bar food and full bar

  5. Half indoor/ half outdoor

  6. Valet / street parking

  7. No pets

  8. Service at tables, but if not walk up to bar for service

Beer Market

Heights- 920 Studemont st #900 Houston, TX 77007

Midtown- 3304 Milam St Houston, TX 77006

Opening right before Harvey, Beer Market is the perfect set-up for game day! They have a wide variety of beers on tap (hence the name), with the beer list divided by country. It also has a pretty yummy menu with unique items.  Be sure to check out their daily specials, they are different every day of the week. You can also enjoy happy hour every day from 2-7 p.m., and if you want to get social, join the drink local mug club.

1) Sound (big games)

2)Tons of TVS

3) Good atmosphere

4) WIDE VARIETY of beers on tap/ Food pretty decent

5) Great patio, great deck

6) Valet/street parking

7) Patio is dog friendly

8) Server

Little Woodrow’s- All locations

(Eado, Midtown, Rice Village, Shepherd, Heights, etc.)

You know this bar since there are tons of Little Woodrow’s all over Houston. And the good thing is most locations are similar, some are more popular than others, but almost all meet my checklist. The only thing they lack at most locations is a kitchen. At some locations there are food trucks available or food nearby (Midtown/Rice Village).

  1. Sound- (most games)

  2. Decent amount of TVs

  3. More relaxed compared to other bar atmospheres

  4. No kitchen (food)/ Food truck, specialty cocktails (frozen woody), drink specials

  5. Most locations are mostly patios

  6. Most have parking lots (except for Rice Village, parking on street)

  7. Pets allowed

  8. Servers for tables, if busy go up to the bar

Tight Ends

2502 Gulf Fwy S. League City, TX 77573

https://d.adroll.com/cm/aol/outhttps://d.adroll.com/cm/index/outGreat atmosphere to catch sports, female servers are minimally dressed, this is definitely not a family friendly place. There are mixed reviews about the food and service. But there are TV’s everywhere and good atmosphere.

  1. Sound on for main games

  2. Tons of TV’s

  3. Usually pretty packed on big games

  4. Ok bar food

  5. Big outside seating area

  6. Valet

  7. No pets

  8. Server

Few bars cater to Soccer and Hockey in this city, but here are two to check out!

Revelry on Richmond

1613 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

https://d.adroll.com/cm/aol/outhttps://d.adroll.com/cm/index/outGreat atmosphere to catch sports, awesome beer selection and very good food. There is a nice outdoor patio and this is a good bar to catch all types of sports.

  1. Sound on for main games

  2. Tons of TV’s

  3. Excellent beer selection leads to a fun atmosphere

  4. Good food

  5. Big outside seating area

  6. Valet

  7. Pet friendly 

  8. Server

Gorgeous Gael Irish Pub- Soccer/ Rice Football Games & Coaches Show

5555 Morningside Dr. Houston, TX 77005

If you are a soccer fan, Gorgeous Gael is your home for any soccer match. This Irish Pub is located in Rice Village right off Morning Side Drive. They have a really good food menu, especially if you like Shepherd’s Pie. They have a great selection of beers on tap, and a beautiful outdoor patio. You can also enjoy fun board games provided by the bar, just give them your I.D. for collateral.

King's Court-Soccer

903 Hutchins St. Houston, Tx. 77003

 This is a nice spot for soccer, especially European soccer fans. Located near BBVA, it has a nice open rooftop as well. The food is an interesting mix of British and Indian food and a decent beer selection. Plenty of TVs, which are almost all on soccer.

Maple Leaf- Hockey

514 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77006

This bar is a Canadian themed bar, obviously catering to hockey fans! They have plenty of hockey action, every night of the week. Maple Leaf also has Happy hour all day Mondays and plenty of nightly food & drink specials every day.

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Boston's two grand slams in the first two innings were too much for Houston to overcome in ALCS Game 2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a win in ALCS Game 1 that had the prototypical fingerprints of this Astros team all over it, Houston returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, hoping to take a dominant 2-0 series lead if they could grab another victory. The Red Sox dashed those hopes very early, though, scoring eight runs across the first two innings to build the lead they would hold on to even the series.

Final Score: Boston 9, Astros 5

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): tied 1-1

Winning Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Houston met with disaster to start Game 2

You couldn't have drawn up a much better start for the Red Sox or a worse one for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 2. Luis Garcia met early disaster in the top of the first inning, allowing a leadoff double, then got two outs while issuing two walks to load the bases. That brought up Boston's designated hitter, J.D. Martinez, to the plate, and he delivered a crushing blow to Houston, launching a grand slam to put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Houston could even get to the plate.

After a scoreless bottom of the inning by his offense, things got worse for Garcia in the top of the second, as after issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame, he would become the center of a meeting at the mound with trainers, ultimately leaving the game with an injury. Houston opted to bring in Jake Odorizzi for the emergency call to the bullpen, but things did not start well for him either. He would put two of his own batters on base with two singles, then gave up the second grand slam in as many innings, this one to Rafael Devers to double Boston's lead to 8-0, doubling down on Houston's disastrous start to the game.

Odorizzi rebounded with a 1-2-3 third, but with one out in the top of the fourth allowed a solo homer to Kiké Hernández, his third homer of the series so far. He would still get the job done of eating up a few innings, finishing the fourth, and retiring Boston in order in the fifth, giving Houston just four more innings to cover with the rest of their relievers.

Astros get a few runs back

Over that span, Houston did trim the lead by three runs, getting an RBI double by Kyle Tucker and a two-RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the fourth, making it a six-run game at 9-3. Their next reliever was Blake Taylor in the top of the sixth, and he would keep the score where it stood by sitting down the three batters he faced that frame.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, getting two singles to put two aboard, but would come out empty, sending the game on to the seventh, where Taylor would remain on the mound. He faced three more batters, getting two out while allowing a single before Yimi Garcia would come in to get the third out.

Red Sox even the series as it shifts to Boston

Garcia returned in the top of the eighth, getting through that inning despite a walk and hit by pitch, stranding both runners. Boston's bullpen kept Houston from getting any closer in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryne Stanek came in for the Astros in the top of the ninth. Stanek allowed a leadoff double, but with a groundout and double play, held the score at 9-3. Yuli Gurriel and Jason Castro did their part to keep the Astros alive in the bottom of the ninth, each hitting solo homers to make it 9-5, but that's as close as they'd come, dropping Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: The ALCS now moves to Boston for the next three games after a day off on Sunday, with Game 3 on Monday at 7:08 PM Central. While the Astros have named Jose Urquidy as their starter, the Red Sox have not yet determined theirs.

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