10 RI Sports Bars that Score

Neighborhood pubs bring the energy and indulgent eats to game nights


Bring that take-me-out-to-the-ballgame feeling into overtime by swinging by sports bars boasting big screens, easy camaraderie, and cold pints. Order a few rounds of top-quality pub grub and catch a game while catching up with friends at any of these best bets for rooting for the home team.


Cleats Sports Club

If you’re already planning on knocking over a few pins at Alley Katz Bowling Center, stay for snacks and craft brews at Cleats, featuring fab casual bites such as bread sticks, burgers, wings, and stuffies at prices that won’t bowl you over. Westerly, AlleyKatzRI.com/cleats


Dave’s Bar & Grill

Plant yourself near one of the many TVs at Dave’s and settle in among a whole host of regulars to cheer over beers and steak sandwiches. Repeat customers also rave about their New York Deli Sandwich, and the grilled cheese is a fan favorite of the kiddos. Warwick, DavesBarAndGrillRI.com


End Zone Sports Pub

A jukebox, karaoke nights, pool tables, and the game playing on multiple screens – plus a brewski (or two) and plate of wings – set the scene for a perfect hang. Not a sports fan? Saturday nights are for Musical Bingo. Cumberland, Facebook: End Zone Sports Pub of Cumberland, RI


The Local

You may have accidentally driven by this tiny neighborhood bar with an unfussy exterior, but once you step over the threshold, you’ll find it’s got everything you’ve been looking for: leather couches, beaucoup big screens, terrific service, hot eats, and flowing taps. East Providence, TheLocalRI.com


PJ’s Pub

Cranston residents are forever singing the praises of this Pontiac Avenue haunt. Menu standouts include their shaved steak and cheese, Tuesday build-a-burger specials, and loaded nachos. Your only issue will be finding a seat because they fill up fast, especially on game nights. Cranston, PJs-Pub.com


Runway 41 Sports Bar & Grill

As the name would suggest, Runway 41 is close to TF Green Airport, but you don’t need to be hopping off a flight to touchdown at this sporty gem. The wings and burgers are great for any occasion and a huge TV lets you catch every minute of Patriots action this NFL season. Warwick, Runway41Bar.com


Skiff Bar

For a more coastal setting – and a round of shuffleboard – this bar inside the Marriott Hotel boasts elevated game-day eats like lobster sliders complemented by harbor views on the outdoor deck. Go to check the score and stay for the chowder and cocktails. Newport, Facebook: Skiff Bar



Billiards fans flock to this fun-filled destination, where in addition to keeping up with your favorite team, you can get in on the action with a game of pool between rounds of apps and drinks. Regulars love their pretzels and nachos, not to mention they make one heck of a buffalo chicken dip. Providence, SnookersRI.com


Stevie D’s Riverside Tavern

Even if you’re not one to wave a foam finger, this tavern’s mouth-watering burgers, drink menu (including more than 20 beers on tap), and roster of local live bands will give you something to cheer for. Watch for specials on game days, plus see every play broadcast on HD TVs. East Providence, Stevie-Ds.com


Thirsty Beaver

A multi-location Rhody establishment (with one coming soon to North Kingstown), this lumberjack-themed hometown pub serves up garlic parm wings, fried pickles, log rolls (a deep-fried version of egg rolls), pizza, and more. Regulars love it for casual meet-ups, game nights, and spirited karaoke. Cranston, Westerly & Smithfield, ThirstyBeaverPub.com



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