By Chris Griffy

It’s football season once again. In the South, that’s cause to celebrate any year but this year, Atlanta residents have extra cause to be pumped. In February, the hometown Atlanta Falcons came within an overtime period of being Super Bowl champions. So fans are understandably excited to see if Matt Ryan can lead his team on another championship run. But whether you’re a fan of the NFL or Georgia’s numerous college squads, the best place to watch football is in a local sports bar with other screaming fans. These five venues offer something for every football fan, from the no-frills to the upscale.

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The Ivy Buckhead
3717 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 941-3081

The Ivy Buckhead is one of the best upscale bars in Atlanta to watch football, especially when the weather is nice due to its outdoor 300 inch television, the largest in Buckhead. But don’t worry if you’d rather be indoors, as The Ivy Buckhead features 28 other flat screens for your viewing pleasure. The food at The Ivy Buckhead is high end bar fare, with pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.

Fado Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 841-0066

While, for much of the year, Fado Irish Pub is the favored place for another kind of football, European soccer and rugby, its “all sports” environment has earned it a reputation as a great place to settle in for some American football as well. That especially holds true if you enjoy Irish beer, food, or just the environment of a friendly Irish pub. Fado prides itself on its dozens of international beers, as well as a good selection of local brews. It’s also one of the best places to get an authentically Irish take on dishes like fish & chips, boxty, corned beef, and the full Irish breakfast complete with black and white pudding. You can watch the game from inside the bar or from their rooftop lounge.

Hudson Grille
942 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-0892

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Regularly voted among the best sports bars in Atlanta in various local publications, Hudson Grille is an Atlanta institution and a favorite place for many a Falcons fan on gameday. For those looking for a typical sports bar menu, Hudson Grille serves up all your favorites, such as sliders, wings, and hot dogs. What sets Hudson Grille apart is its focus on lighter fare, gluten free options, and upscale meals for those who want a seared tuna taco or gingered turkey meatballs with the game. Hudson also features a large menu of beer on tap, as well as cocktails, wine, and other spirits.

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300 Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 885-1472

When the tagline on your webpage is “Atlanta’s Ultimate Sports Bar”, you’d better be able to deliver and Stats does. With 70 HD televisions, there’s a great view of the game no matter where you sit. At select tables, Stats also offers one of the few self-pour beer tap systems, where customers can pour their own beer without waiting for a server or bartender. Stats’ food menu is upscale American fare, featuring ribs, tacos, a big selection of sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. Stats features a mix of mass market and local beers on tap and a wide selection by the bottle, as well as a good mix of wine and cocktails.

Braves All-Star Grill
200 Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 205-5257

It might seem strange to go to an Atlanta Braves-themed bar to watch the Saturday and Sunday football games, but it’s actually one of Atlanta’s best locations. If you’re a multi-sport fan, then watching your favorite football team surrounded by Braves memorbilia. You can even take a break at halftime with Braves All Star Grill’s pitching cage to clock your fastball.

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