Whether you’re wearing red to cheer on another World Series victory for the Cardinals, or donning blue for the Rams or the St. Louis Blues hockey team, watching the games is sweeter when you are among friends. You don’t have to find your seat in a crowded stadium arena to root for your favorite home team. Instead, kick back and view the games on a big screen. You won’t even need to buy a ticket. Enjoy some good food and watch sports for free at these top five sports bars in St. Louis.
Patrick McKeane’s Sports Pub
3152 Osceola St.
St. Louis, MO 63111
Bring your friends to this South City neighborhood pub to watch your favorite hometown sports team on one of the six LCD televisions. If you prefer to watch the big game in larger-than-life style, live it up by choosing the best seats in the house in front of the 72-inch big screen. Wherever you select to watch, don’t worry about closing time because this bar stays open until 3 a.m. every night of the week. Find plenty to do during commercial breaks with skeeball, putt-putt, golden tee, darts, keno or step next door to Crusoe’s restaurant, which is run by the same owners, for a delicious meal that will feed the entire family for less than $25.
3579 Pennridge Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Catch the close-ups, the replays and the umpire calls from every angle while feasting on or sipping down a daily special. There’s no chance you will miss even a single play from your favorite team, as this place has 26 high-definition television sets spaced throughout the cafe. Settle in and keep in touch with free Wi-Fi, just in case you want to Google a player’s stats or even get some work done while watching the big game. Bring a crowd and enjoy a spacious party room for crowds up to 150 people at no additional cost, or be entertained with pool tables, a game of darts, video games, a jukebox and even a live DJ and spacious dance floor.
Joe Buck’s Downtown
1000 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Enjoy a great meal before or after a home game in the heart of the action or stick around to enjoy games on a screen while you dine. Feast at this downtown restaurant to be close to the action without needing a ticket to the game in the nearby stadium. You’re even close enough to maybe catch a glimpse of a live game from Busch. Make sure you see every play while you eat by asking your waiter to be seated near one of the restaurant’s television sets at your favorite angle.
St. Louis Sports Zone
113 Kenrick Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63119
Bring your friends and be prepared to satisfy your appetite while relaxing in front of a TV or playing your favorite bar games to pass the time when the action on the field slows down. Stretch out your legs in the bar’s 7,500 square feet of space and take in your favorite St. Louis sports team. With a place that puts the words “sports” and “zone” in the name, you know you’re in for a game-day experience. The bar has been voted best sports bar in St. Louis for three years by a variety of sources.
Friendly’s Sports Bar & Grill
3503 Roger Place
St. Louis, MO 63116
Satisfy your taste buds without missing a single play on the field in this friendly atmosphere. This neighborhood tavern, once known more as a hangout for the Holy Family Parish members, is still a close-knit place to enjoy time with locals. Don’t worry about missing a thing when the game starts because this cozy joint has an entire wall filled with more than 40 TVs. On a nice day, take a break with a congenial game of air hockey, or enjoy a game of washers on the outdoor patio with friends.
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