Football fanatics don’t have to wait around for Sunday afternoon or Monday night to satisfy their NFL fix anymore. The NFL Network’s weekly Thursday Night Football has been a huge success, but you need to have a cable or satellite package that carries the NFL Network or a good sports bar to catch all of the action. Thankfully, Metro Atlanta is well stocked with sports bars that make the NFL their priority each and every year. Catch the games at these best five locations.
Eleventh Street Pub
1041 W. Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Each fall, the Eleventh Street Pub allows you to forget about your problems for three hours or so on Thursday nights as it features NFL Football for its patrons. Whether you grab a table or sit up in the balcony, you will have a perfect view of all of the hard-hitting action. The Eleventh Street Pub is an official Chicago Bears bar, but don’t let that scare you off, it gets fans of all teams. When it comes to eats, try the chicken rolls, the fried green tomatoes or any of the Tex-Mex fare.
Shula’s 347 Grill
3405 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
There might be no better place to watch NFL Thursday night action than at a sports bar named after the legendary coach, Don Shula. A comfortable and laid-back atmosphere will greet you as you enter the restaurant, but it’s the quality steaks and entrees that will keep you coming back. You avoid the crowds a little on Thursday night, so this is the perfect locale to set up shop for a great night of NFL action. HDTVs are scattered throughout the place, so you will see all of the touchdowns and game-saving tackles.
1144 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Looking to spend a fall Thursday night at a neighborhood tavern watching an NFL game? There may be no better place than The Nook right next to Piedmont Park. HDTVs are located inside and out and you get to order off a great menu that includes Nachos Totchos, wings and oysters. The Nook really shines when it comes to cocktails. Have a drink or two during the game and if you want to be bold, try The Nook’s version of the Bloody Mary- the Bloody Beast. Great food and fun times await you at The Nook.
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The Original JR Crickets
129 North Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30313
JR Crickets sets the standard when it comes to wings in Atlanta. Just ask Georgia Tech students who know this location just on the east edge of their campus all too well. Why not join some Tech students, who should be studying for their Friday tests, and watch a little Thursday Night Football? You can’t go wrong with wings, sandwiches and desserts. Don’t forget a full bar and happy hour, which runs right before kickoff from 4 to 7 p.m.
TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill
2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30022
For almost 25 years, Tim and his gang at TJ’s have welcomed all of North Fulton out to watch football games. This is especially true for the Green Bay Packers fans of Atlanta, as this is the largest gathering of “cheeseheads” in the region. Thursday night is the perfect night to come out and enjoy a nice dinner and then stay for the game. TJ’s also holds Texas Hold Em tournaments and “Bar Bingo” each and every Thursday. The HDTVs are plentiful, the food and drinks can’t be beat and the staff does a wonderful job taking care of all of the patrons. Thursday night means football at TJ’s.
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