Watching college football can be done in your living room, but it’s often much more fun to watch as a community. This is why many choose to watch sports in a local bar. Whether you’re hoping to make new friends that love your team or you simply enjoy ice cold beer and chicken wings, here are five bars in Sacramento that make football watching even better.
Clubhouse 56
723 56th St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 454-5656

Clubhouse 56 is a great place to watch sports with giant TVs everywhere. Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. and find any number of sports happening on the big screen. The Clubhouse also serves a decent selection of bar food like zucchini planks and chicken strips. With a full bar and plenty of beer on tap, you’re bound to be satisfied during (and after) game time.

Cheaters Sports Bar
3221 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 736-0563

Cheaters is home to over a dozen big screen TVs and is open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Though the owners are Steelers fans, they show all football games and don’t discriminate against any customer, no matter which team they root for. With inexpensive but stiff drinks and a decent selection of finger food, you are only being cheated if you don’t patronize this bar.

Firestone Public House
1132 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-0888

While it may not be traditional game-watching food, the starters at Firestone will add dimension and pleasure to any football watching endeavor. Try the pigs in a blanket with jalapeno ketchup, or soft shell crab tacos. Of course, Firestone has a full bar with plenty of beer on tap but it also serves a variety of mock-tails for those who don’t drink or need to take the afternoon off. Try the ginger beer or blackberry faux-jito for an original experience.

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Morgans Bar and Grill
3348 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-1220

Besides plenty of televisions, Morgans also has a jukebox and pool tables. During game night, the crowd fills the bar with high-energy fun. Morgans serves great game food like spicy chicken wings and cream cheese-filled, bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Also enjoy a selection of hand-crafted burgers.

7890 La Riviera Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 381-4800

According to Stingers, its “famous stinger wings” are “the best in town.” This spot also serves plenty of other bar food, liquor and beers on tap. Besides big screen TVs, Stingers also offers pool tables, video games and daily drink specials. Come in for a drink and a snack, and stay for a football game.

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