Nightlife

Best Sports Bars in Tempe

Can’t attend the big game in person? No problem! Tempe boasts an awesome selection of sports bars to watch your favorite team play live. From watching Monday Night Football to NBA Finals and UFC, Tempe has plenty of bars and taverns to cheer on your favorite teams. Visit their websites and social media for updates about any specific happenings on upcoming game days. The list below offers traditional sports bars with several screens, spots known for their margaritas, and breweries and restaurants with patios that just can’t be beat.

ASU fan? Check out the ASU Football schedule to find the away games that you’ve got to watch from the comforts of your favorite Tempe restaurant or bar, and find ticket information for all the home games too.  

Sports bars in Downtown Tempe/near ASU

Pedal Haus Brewery 

730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337 

Known for having the largest patio in Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery has award-winning craft beers and televisions at every turn. This supersized restaurant and craft brewery can hold you and all of your friends on game day. They recently expanded their food menu and, in addition to favorites like buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar corn fritters, they are now serving lots of gluten-free and vegan options. It’s hard to choose our favorite beer here, but we’ll go with the Belgian Tripel.

Pedal Haus Brewery is celebrating football season with its Sunday Funday deals. Every Sunday football fans can look forward to Bottomless Breakfast for $12 (including a Pedal Haus beer, mimosa or Bloody Mary!) as well as its drink specials and discounts on the beloved cauliflower wings. 

Pedal Haus Brewery where to watch sports
Pedal Haus Brewery

Illegal Pete’s

525 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (623) 233-4311

After you’ve created your custom taco, burrito, bowl, or quesadilla, find your perfect spot on the patio to watch the game. Illegal Pete’s features a full bar with local draft beers, signature margaritas and cocktails. The indoor/outdoor space lets you enjoy perfect AZ weather while watching on one of their TVs and catching up with friends. The wrap-around patio is quite large, so there’s no shortage of space and they also provide an excellent spot for people watching too.

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-0578

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen is the ultimate spot for sports fans. They focus on providing the best neighborhood service and food from their scratch-kitchen. The Sasquatch burger has been ranked one of the best burgers in Phoenix because of it’s excellent taste and impressive size. Enjoy daily food and drink specials and cheer on your team on the expansive patio with ample seating and TVs throughout the restaurant. 

Football season is back which means Sunday morning viewing parties to cheer on your team. The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen is the ultimate spot for sports fans! The restaurant is part owned by NFL star Jared Allen and celebrates sports all year long.

The Lodge is a place for gathering and sports betting is welcome as well as Fantasy Football draft parties.

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

Sunbar Tempe

24 W. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 687-8409

Sit back, relax, and enjoy an afternoon or evening on the spacious patio at Sunbar. They have a delicious menu to choose from and an impressive beer menu to match. Looking for something more fruity? Check out their fun cocktail menu too.

Sunbar Tempe

Loco Patron

222 S. Mill Ave. #115, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 699-0922

With an open air concept and a large patio located in Downtown Tempe, this place is perfect to watch sports and people watch at the same time. With a margarita in one hand and a taco in the other, I can’t imagine a better way to watch a game on one of the many TVs in the bar area.

Fat Tuesday

680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-3917

Watch the big game enjoying a fruity fun daiquiri and juicy burger at Fat Tuesday on Mill Ave. They have about a bazillion daiquiri flavors to choose from, and if those don’t float your boat, check out the beer menu for even more options.

Zipps Sports Grill  

690 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 404-7255 
1860 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 782-8877 

With daily happy hour specials and delicious wings on deck, we highly recommend Zipps Sports Grill for watching games. Located on Mill Avenue near the ASU Tempe Campus, and another location in south Tempe, you’ll be able to support your favorite sports teams with lots of local fans. Like any sports bar during an Arizona fall/winter, it gets busy so get your order in early and focus on the game because you don’t want to miss a thing. Must-try: get your wings Golden. Zipps is known for its Golden wings with a touch of sweetness and your choice of spice level.

CASA 

5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-8226 

CASA is well-known for its block parties on home game days, but it’s also an awesome spot to watch an away game. They have a huge patio, including upstairs views of downtown and they specialize in bucket drinks. Don’t miss the HUGE burritos (get the Mac + Cheese Burrito if calories are no object).

Nightlife in Downtown Tempe CASA web

Varsity Tavern 

501 S. Mill Ave. #200, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 534-8620 

Varsity Tavern is a place for foodies and sports fans by day and party-goers by night. With over 10,000 sq. ft. of space and a massive LED wall with 90-inch TVs, this sports venue is the epicenter of all your game day action.  

Devil’s Advocate  

955 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281  | (480) 921-2585 

Just steps away from the ASU campus is this Sun Devil themed sports bar, which is the only location in the valley. They feature a DJ on the weekends and offer great food and drink specials for happy hour. Cheer on your team with fellow fans that love the sport almost as much as they love the team.

Sports bars at Tempe Marketplace

Twin Peaks

2050 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 687-3122

With almost 100 large screen TVs, 29-degree draft beers, craft cocktails and scratch-made food, this is the place to watch your favorite sports team. Twin Peaks lodge is the manliest destination to watch football, basketball, live UFC fights and more.

In honor of the return of football, Twin Peaks Restaurant is offering “The Live Draft Package”, which includes:

  • Draft Board & Player Stickers
  • $50 Bonus Commissioner Card
  • $5 Bonus Cards for EVERY League Member
  • Premium Table Reservations and FREE WiFi

Dave & Buster’s  

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 281-8456 

The perfect pre-game and post-game hang out. Your adrenaline will be pumping from the game that you’ll want to burn off that energy before you hit the hay… whenever that is. Dave & Busters at Tempe Marketplace has great food and drinks specials and you’ll be channeling your inner athlete playing one of their hundreds of sports themed games. Start a tourney with your friends (or the new friends you make that night) as you bond over the victory (or forget about the loss). 

Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace is the go-to spot for all the NFL and college football action! With more than 36 TVs and a 40-foot WOW Wall, there will be a seemingly unlimited number of screens available to catch the games. Plus, the restaurant recently rolled out brand-new menu items just for football season! Thirsty? Enjoy the all-new Tailgate Towers, a four-person tower filled with one of three cocktail options, Game Day Shots, one for Kick Off and one for Halftime, or any of their fall drinks including the Chocolate Sidecar, Peanut Butter Old Fashioned and Chocolate Bourbon Milkshake. Hungry? Try the new Buffalo Chicken Crunch Roll, Oktoberfest Brat Burger, Beastmode Bacon Burger, IPA Fish & Chips and much more. Book a viewing party or watch it with friends on one of the many big screen TVs.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920

For all college football and NFL fans out there, Thirsty Lion has the NFL Sunday ticket, ESPN Gameplan, Big Ten Package as well as COX for local college games and the Pac12 Network at all locations.

Fans can also enjoy a delicious brunch starting at 11 a.m. with dishes like the Spicy Chicken & Waffles, marinated in jalapeño buttermilk batter, crispy-fried with Belgian waffle, maple pepper bacon and maple syrup; the Irish Whiskey French Toast, dipped in cinnamon, whiskey & Irish cream egg batter, coated with crunchy flakes and grilled with whipped cream and whiskey syrup or the Adobo Pork Benedict that includes Jalapeño cornbread, red chili pork, guajillo sauce, poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise with roasted Yukon potatoes and many more items for all cravings.

Additionally, four new Bloody Mary’s – Classic, Sriracha, Wasabi and Bacon are on the menu and four new mimosas – Classic, Passion fruit, Blood Orange and Raspberry. If you’re in the mood to share, Thirsty Lion as offers Bloody Mary Carafe and a mimosa by the bottle option!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill
Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill

Sports bars in Tempe neighborhoods

Four Peaks Brewing Company 

1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967

Four Peaks is a local legend known for their beer, their food and their location in a historic creamery building that dates back to the late 1800s. And, when a big game is televised, it turns into a gathering spot for fans. Try anything made with beer bread and order a Kilt Lifter, the #1 selling beer in Arizona. 

Fate Brewing Company  

201 E. Southern Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-2395 

If you haven’t checked out this hot spot just south of the ASU campus, you’re going to wish you knew about it sooner. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, you’re sure to have great sightlines to the TV of your choice. Enjoy corn-hole and giant Jenga in between commercials and timeouts while you hang out in their beer garden. Enjoy a pint of their popular Halfway to Heffen on their spacious patio or grab a seat at the expansive bar.

Fate Brewing Company

Mills Modern Social

83 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 491-9119

This delightful culinary destination and social hub is the perfect spot for friends to get together for drinks, delicious food and a good time. With TVs and game options galore, and plenty of comfy seating options, it’s ideal for watching your favorite sports teams play with a group of friends. Their scratch kitchen offers everything from flatbread pizza and glammed-up burgers to salads, sammies and sweets. The Mill Ave nachos and made-to-order wings are perfect for sharing – or just eat them on their own!

Pro tip: Be sure to check out the Sun Devil Sports page and see what games you’ve got to watch from the comfort of your favorite Tempe restaurant or bar. 

Cheers! 

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos when you share in the fun! @tempetourism #ourtempe 

Written Rachel Semik

Lover of all things social media and staying in the know, you'll find Content Strategist/ASU Alumni, Rachel out devouring ice cream sandwiches and tasting her way through Tempe's margarita scene.