The much-hyped, Rockets-Warriors showdown is finally here, and thus, even casual sports fans are now on the bandwagon. So whether you're a card-carrying member of Red Nation or a newbie, we've rounded up 10 hot spots to catch this dramatic, pivotal NBA playoff matchup.
Note: Our picks are true sports bars, not just places with a solitary TV with a game on — that then call themselves sports bars. These options all fall within the Beltway, should you decide to venture out and watch the games with friends.
Nick's Place, Westchase
Pretty much the gold standard for sports bars in the city. Great food, no nonsense, just a sports bar in the purest sense of the word. You'll find more than enough TVs, a solid patio, and great atmosphere. 2713 Rocky Ridge Dr.
An area icon for over 50 years, Griff's is as old school as it gets. Definitely a place where you go to watch sports. Their Tuesday night steak night is one of the best in the city. 3416 Roseland St.
Coaches Pub, Midtown
Has a different feel from the other bars in Midtown, as it is a pure sports bar with a lot of regulars. The food is outstanding for a bar, they have no shortage of TVs, and the staff is terrific. The best part is unlike most Midtown bars, parking is readily available and free. 2204 Louisiana St.
West Alabama Ice House, Upper Kirby
A true, old school ice house, this place has a nice beer selection and usually food trucks. Great place to unwind and watch the game. 1919 Kirby Dr.
Saint Dane's, Midtown
Technically Midtown, but within spitting distance of Montrose, as well. Really cool atmosphere and solid food. 502 Elgin St.
Revelry on Richmond, Montrose
This place is terrific. Great food, world-class craft beer selection, and plenty of TVs to catch whatever you want to watch. 1613 Richmond Ave.
Lucky's Pub, various locations
The Lucky's in East Downtown is the best of the lot, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Another place that is a true sports bar in every sense of the word.
Big City Wings, various locations
You wouldn't necessarily think of a wing place as a sports bar, but Big City is exactly that. And the wings are terrific. With locations throughout the area, chances are there is one near you.
Christian's Tailgate, various locations
Another place that is designed with the sports fan in mind. Solid food menu, and good beer selection. We're partial to the downtown location, which is a good pre-game and post-game spot if you are headed to Toyota Center.
Little Woodrow's, various locations
Much like Christian's, Little Woodrow's has a mode that works well and they stick to it. Not much in the way of food, but usually there are food trucks or people onsite. The EaDo location is the most unique and has the best vibe, and is also walkable to Toyota Center.
This story originally appeared on SportsMap.