It’s about that time when you want to watch every game possible but you just don’t have the money to sit in a seat at the stadium. Well go for the next best thing: Huge TVs, tasty food and an impeccable atmosphere. Between St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia we’ve got you covered for some great places to enjoy the game.
The Blue Line- Need a place to watch hockey? Say no more.. At Kansas City’s only hockey bar, you’ll be joined with the area’s best fans. The atmosphere buzzes with chatter of big hits, missed penalties and game-tying scores. Chow down on a Blues Bacon Turkey club and, if you must, a Blackhawk Bratwrust Sandwich.
The Peanut- A local favorite, possibly for its circa 1933 charm, but most likely for its killer wings. There are three Kansas City area locations from which to choose, so you’re never far from a great meal and, hopefully, win for the home team.
Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum- The owner’s hobby for collecting sports memorabilia becomes a fanatic’s dream world. Where posters and autographed photos hang on the wall of some sports bars, helmets and other memorabilia dangle from the ceiling at Chappell’s. What’s better than gazing in amazement at the collection of jerseys, watching your team play, and licking your plate when all is over? That’s hard to beat. The sporting collection may bring you here, but it’s the food that brings you back.
Harpo’s Bar and Grill- One of the most popular bars in all of Columbia, Harpo’s is well known for being the place to take goal posts after a huge MIZZOU football win (you know, where they took chainsaws the to the posts so that everyone can have a piece). Yep, that place! You won’t miss a play in the game because they have plenty of TVs. However, you’ll want the full experience, so, untuck that shirt because you won’t be able to get enough of Harpo’s other legend, their ‘hickory smoked and sauced’ wings.
Truman’s Bar and Grill- Not wanting to go downtown and deal with all the craziness? Head over to Truman’s where the locals and recent grads will join in your “M-I-Z” chants while enjoying breakfast all day long. There’s not a bad seat in the house, Truman’s is home to 40 – FORTY!!! – TVs.
Flat Branch Pub and Brewing- Great beer? Check. Giant, flat-screen TVs? Check. Unique appetizers that will keep your taste buds entertained while you yell at the tv? Check! This micro brewery won’t disappoint. Sit at the large bar area to watch your team snag a win. Did they lose? That’s okay. Local beer and local games constitute a win no matter the game’s result.
The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s – The outfield has become a favorite for before and after the baseball game. Owned by retired third baseman and announcer for the Cardinals, Mike Shannon, this open hall under the Mike Shannon’s fine dining restaurant is a distinctive place to gather to celebrate. Is it the place to celebrate because Shannon’s is one of the biggest gathering spots on gameday? Possibly. One could argue it’s the beef and beer combination. You’ll just have to find out for yourself.
Broadway Oyster Bar- Broadway is best for its pregame and post-game celebration. Its wild, Cajun culture may engulf you in its food or its music. Live music is routine but the great Cajun food is everyday. When the game lets out, take Broadway Street south until you see the slew of jerseys packing into the House. Then celebrate; you’ve made it.
Three Sixty Rooftop Bar- It’s your choice: you can watch the Cardinals game from the birds-eye view or you can watch the TV in front of you. 360 is known for its unique dining experience that you won’t forget. Reserve a table right by the edge and feel like you stole the best seat in the house.
Written by Elise Eimer, content management assistant for the Missouri Division of Tourism.