If you didn’t know that Atlanta was a melting pot of people from all different regions of the country, you haven’t been out to a sports bar on a Saturday during college football season. There is no sport that folks look forward to more in Atlanta than college football. Whether you are an alum or just a fan, there is a sports bar in Atlanta where you can watch all of the action. Here are some of the best watering holes and local joints where you can go college football crazy this fall.
3227 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
The Buckhead Saloon is one of the official hangouts for LSU football fans and you know what that means — it’s one big party. Would you expect anything less from LSU fans? The Buckhead Saloon also shows every other game and provides a fan-friendly atmosphere whether it be the Thursday night game or all day on Saturdays. Sit inside or on one of the best patios in Atlanta. You will find great food and cold beverages at “Saloon,” all you have to do is come out and want to watch football.
6317 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
You can’t go wrong with the Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs. It’s really the only place to be if you are an Ohio State Buckeye fan. This is the place the Ohio State Alumni Association recommends you watch the Buckeyes play and vie for a BCS Championship. Pick from burgers, steaks, salads and more, but Hudson also has a huge selection of beers on tap to go along with the football atmosphere. If you can’t make it to the game yourself, the Hudson Grille is the next best place to be.
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Smith’s Olde Bar might be the best place to watch the Crimson Tide play football if you can’t be there at the games yourself. Most Atlantans know about Smith’s for its live music, but it’s also a great place to watch sports. Smith’s offers different rooms where you catch all of the touchdowns and quarterback sacks on a multitude of televisions. It’s a great bar atmosphere to hang out in and watch football, especially if you are an Alabama fan. Roll Tide!
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66 12th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
If you want to join the Atlanta Clemson Club each week during college football season, you need to head to the heart of Midtown and the Deadwood Saloon. Deadwood is a neighborhood bar, but it’s also one of the top places to watch college football in the city. Knowledgeable fans, a great staff and some of the best appetizers you will ever sink your teeth into make it the perfect place to watch the game. Whether it be the potato skins, the fried pickles or wings, you are in for a treat. Follow that up with sandwiches or a burger and you are set for the day.
Black Bear Tavern
1931 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Since 2002, college football fanatics have had a great place to gather in Atlanta. That would be the Black Bear Tavern on Peachtree. They come for the HDTVs, the fun atmosphere and the chili cheese fries, but Saturdays are all about what is happening on the college gridiron. Fans come from all over the metro area to cheer on their schools, and this is the gathering place for Ole Miss Rebels fans in Atlanta. Live music on Saturday night is the perfect complement to the action that is on the TVs. If you are a football or sports fan, you will feel right at home at the Black Bear.
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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.