Any sports bar worth its salt will be showing the BCS Championship game Monday night. With a promise of no Heisman Hangover from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the unexpected journey that landed Auburn in the title game, it should be an exciting game. If you want to watch it with a rabid crowd in Houston to see which team clutches the glorious crystal trophy, here are five top bars that offer a little something extra:
Auburn fans unite
Wear your orange and blue gear and cheer with Auburn alums at Midtown Drinkery. Hosted by the Greater Houston Auburn Club, hundreds of fans turned out for the last watch party when Auburn defeated Alabama in one of the wildest finishes ever. Expect an even bigger turnout for the championship game as the bar has become a lucky charm for Tiger fans.
Specials include $5 “Pint the Power” (buy the beer keep the glass), $10 domestic buckets, and $3 well drinks.
Florida State fans gather
Not rooting for the underdog? The Florida State Alumni Association is organizing a watching party of their own at Bubba’s on Washington where you can enjoy specials like $3.50 well drinks, $9.75 domestic pitchers, and $11 import pitchers.
Food here is Texas-sized, with huge wings grilled to perfection and gigantic burgers.
A really big screen
Nestled between BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park, Lucky’s Pub boasts the largest HD TVs in Houston. Munch on their addictive Philly Egg Rolls and watch the game on the 20-foot (yes, we said foot) HD screen in the main room. Or enjoy watching the game on one of 50 TV screens sprinkled through one of Houston’s most iconic sports bars.
All-night happy hour specials
If you’re looking to stray from the typical sports bar, check out D & T Drive Inn. Having been open a little under six months, D & T’s innovative, chef-driven food menu and carefully curated beer list has earned well-deserved buzz among food-snobs and beer nerds. However, the owners don’t see their menu as anything precious and strive to be a neighborhood bar that makes patrons feel comfortable the moment they set foot in the bar.
D & T will be showing the championship game on all of their TVs, with all-day happy hour specials: $4 pints and $7 jugs (equivalent of two pints) on selected beers, Or you can get a pint and a bratwurst for $10.
Football & food
Picked by Houston Press as one of the top five sports bars in Houston for healthy eating (huh?), whether you’re a fan of their edamame and veggie burger or — if you’re like us, their deep fried cheese burger and chicken fried ribeye, anyone can find something to satisfy their cravings at the Houston Texans Grille. If you choose to watch the championship bowl game at this popular spot in CityCentre, get there early to get a good parking spot and prime seats.