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

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

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


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


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


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


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.

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

ESPN Houston 97.5 FM
Astros on the hunt. Composite Getty Image.

With the Astros' surge from 10 games out of first place to within two games of Seattle, catching and going past the Mariners has naturally become the top objective. It's no given to happen but it's right there. In the final series ahead of the All-Star break, while the Mariners are in the midst of four games with the lowly Angels, the last two World Series champions renew (un)pleasantries at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros enter the weekend five games ahead of the Rangers. They lead the season series with the reigning champs four wins to three. While the Astros can't quite finish off the Arlingtonians by sweeping them in this three game set, shoving them eight games back (even further back of Seattle and the current Wild Card teams) and clinching the tiebreaker would seem close to a death blow. Taking two out of three would be fine for the Astros. If the Rangers win the series, they are clearly still in the American League West and Wild Card races coming out of the All-Star break.

Last year the Rangers had the best offense in the AL. So far in 2024 they rank a mediocre eighth in runs per game. Nathaniel Lowe is the lone Ranger (get it?!?) regular playing as well as he did last season. Corey Seager has been fine but not at the MVP runner-up level of last year. Marcus Semien is notably down, as is 2023 ALCS Astros-obliterater Adolis Garcia. Stud 2023 rookie Josh Jung has been out with a broken wrist since ex-Astro Phil Maton hit him with a pitch in the fourth game of this season, though fill-in third baseman Josh Smith has been the Rangers' best player. 21-year-old late season phenom Evan Carter largely stunk the first two months this season and has been out since late May with a back injury. Repeating is hard, never harder than it is now. Hence no Major League Baseball has done it since the Yankees won three straight World Series 1998-2000.

Chasing down the Division at a crazy clip

From the abyss of their 7-19 start, the Astros sweep over the Marlins clinched a winning record at the break with them at 49-44. Heading into the Texas matchup the Astros have won at a .627 clip since they were 7-19. A full season of .627 ball wins 101 games. If the Astros win at a .627 rate the rest of the way they'll finish with 92 wins, almost certainly enough to secure a postseason slot and likely enough to win the West. Expecting .627 the rest of the way is ambitious.

With it fairly clear that Lance McCullers is highly unlikely to contribute anything after his latest recovery setback, and Luis Garcia a major question mark, what Justin Verlander has left in 2024 grows more important. With the way the Astros often dissemble or poorly forecast when discussing injuries, for all we know Verlander could be cooked. Inside three weeks to the trade deadline, General Manager Dana Brown can't be thinking a back end of the rotation comprised of Spencer Arrighetti and Jake Bloss should be good enough. The Astros have 66 games to play after the All-Star break, including separate stretches with games on 18 and 16 consecutive days.

All-Star MIAs

Viewership for Tuesday's All-Star game at Globe Life Field in Arlington will be pretty, pretty, pretty low in Houston. One, All-Star Game ratings are pitiful every year compared to where they used to be. Two, the Astros could be down to zero representatives at Tuesday's showcase. Kyle Tucker was rightfully named a reserve but had no shot at playing as he continues the loooong recovery from a bone bruise (or worse) suffered June 3. Being named an All-Star for a ninth time was enough for Jose Altuve. He opts out of spending unnecessary time in Texas Rangers territory citing a sore wrist. This despite Altuve playing four games in a row since sitting out the day after he was plunked and highly likely to play in all three games versus the Rangers this weekend. Yordan Alvarez exiting Wednesday's rout of the Marlins with hip discomfort and then missing Thursday's game seem clear reasons for him to skip, though he has indicated thus far he intends to take part. Yordan is the most essential lineup component to the Astros' hopes of making an eighth straight playoff appearance.

Ronel Blanco should have made the American League squad on performance, but pretty obviously his 10 game illegal substance use suspension was held against him. As it works out, Blanco will pitch Sunday in the last game before the break which would render him unavailable for the All-Star Game anyway. Blanco is eligible to pitch, but given the career high-shattering innings workload Blanco is headed for, no way the Astros want him on the mound Tuesday. Just last year the Astros kept Framber Valdez from pitching in the game.

While waiting, and waiting, and waiting on Tucker's return, the Astros have also been waiting on Chas McCormick to get back to something even faintly resembling the hitter he was last year. McCormick routinely looks lost at the plate. He has four hits (all singles) in his last 32 at bats with his season OPS pitiful at .572. During the break the Astros should seriously weigh sending McCormick to AAA Sugar Land and giving Pedro Leon a try in a job share with Joey Loperfido.

*Catch our weekly Stone Cold ‘Stros podcast. Brandon Strange, Josh Jordan, and I discuss varied Astros topics. The first post for the week generally goes up Monday afternoon (second part released Tuesday) via The SportsMap HOU YouTube channel or listen to episodes in their entirety at Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome