Game on! Best Sports Bars in Williamsburg

For a sense of local flavor, join the fun at these top places to watch a sporting event

For a sense of local flavor, join the fun at these top places to watch a sporting event

Why sit in your hotel room and yell at the television screen during a fall football weekend in Williamsburg when you can do it in the company of locals at one of the area’s bars and taverns?

Remember, the important thing about watching football — or any other sport, for that matter — is that it's not just about the game. It's about the experience with others — even those wearing colors other than your own. 

Here are some pubs where you can don one of those authentic uniforms, order a few cold ones and some snacks, and root for your team.

The Sportsman's Grille

Any place that boasts of being "Your Home Away From Home for Sports" has to be on a list of places to watch, cheer and hoist a cold one. At this remodeled longtime favorite, you'll find enough screens to handle a host of games, as well as daily specials and even a gluten-free menu. The beverage menu highlights mixed drinks, creative shots and domestic beer brands. 

Cogan's Deli &Sports Pub

How many games can you watch on the overhead screens sitting at the bar of this locals’ favorite? You decide. Sandwiches and subs, of course, and bottled craft beer are center stage here. Build your own sandwich or try one of the specials. 

Brickhouse Tavern

New York style pizza and wings, craft beers on tap and televisions, including a huge high-def screen. Now those are the ingredients for a tasty football-watching recipe. Order a sausage jalapeño pie if you like a bite with your bite or try a specialty pie like the spinach Alfredo for something milder. You’ll find plenty of screens displaying different games to meet your attention-deficit need to switch from one to the other. 

Revolution Golf and Grille

Yes, you can duff your way virtually around 32 courses at this new restaurant, but there are even more TV screens — 50 — to sit back at the 19th hole. That makes it perfect for an afternoon or evening of gridiron goodness. You'll find 20 beers on tap and a basic, often interesting menu of bar food (check out the potato crab beignet or the "baseball sirloin steak"). 

Corner Pocket

Not exactly a sports bar, this is nevertheless a joint with great food and lots of options — like billiards and darts — for when the game is a blowout. The menu offers everything from jambalaya to a grilled cheese with avocado and bacon to a veggie southwest black bean burger. 

Water Street Grille

Tear yourself away from the views of the York River and the bridge and focus on the screen over the bar, will you? You’ll find 20 craft beers on tap here. Check out the wood-fired pizza and the famous brick oven mac and cheese or go fancy with your fandom and order the flounder stuffed with crabmeat. 

Yorktown Pub

Here's a locals' spot with big screens and seafood for the biggest appetites, including the freshest York River oysters, Middleneck clams, and sea scallops from Seaford, Va. Feeling crabby as your team gets pounded? You will find crab in every incarnation from crab bites to crab dip to crab cakes. Beer lovers will find rotating taps, local favorites, microbrews and the big boys like Guinness, Sam Adams or Yuengling.

Looking for something to do the day after the games? Explore the outdoor activities in the area or dare to check out the zip line and other adventures. Then plan your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.