Ask any barfly what attracts him or her to a specific establishment and one reason you are likely to hear is sports. Whether it’s viewing sports on television or participating in games such as billiards or shuffleboard, a great sports atmosphere is bound to attract legions of thirsty, lively bar-going patrons anxious to watch a game in the company of friends or challenge someone to a game of darts or pool. Here are some of the top sports bars in the Houston area.
Nick’s Place
2713 Rockyridge Drive
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 780-8338

An excellent place for sports, Nick’s Place serves up televised games in large proportions. More than 40 television screens broadcast everything from football to tennis so that each guest in your party will have something to enjoy. But sports is only the beginning at Nick’s Place, as it also serves up some of the best sports bar food in the Houston area with delicious pizzas, pasta and other specialities. With such amazing food and live sports action, it’s not surprising that Nick’s Place rates among the very best sports bars in the Houston area.

Luke’s Icehouse
903 Durham Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(281) 888-7028

A Houston Heights attraction, Luke’s Icehouse is a nice place for food, sports and relaxation. Luke’s offers bar food and is best known for its burgers, but guests who love Luke’s Icehouse the most are often sports fans who arrive to watch their favorite team take to the field on one of the many televisions. Luke’s Icehouse features a large patio bar that is dog friendly and there is even a bean bag play area for the kiddos. With food, sports and a place for your dog, Luke’s Icehouse is a great place for all-around fun and comfort.

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Little Woodrow’s
4235 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 661-5282

With its awesome Steak Night each Thursday, Little Woodrow’s is another one of those places known for both its live action sports viewing and its amazing cuisine served by different local food vendors that make appearances on a periodic basis. It’s also one of those places where you can watch sports and partake in sports, namely darts and pool. Little Woodrow’s has other locations in Houston, but this one is great for those who prefer a more laid-back atmosphere and a good amount of space, both inside and outside on the patio. Sit back, order some food and beer and watch your favorite sports team demolish the competition in this neighborhood Houston bar.

Lucky’s Pub
801 St. Emanuel St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 522-2010

If you want a sports bar that involves hanging out with a livelier crowd, then Lucky’s Pub in downtown Houston is the place to visit. It’s ranked among the best places to catch sporting events and it attracts people from all over the Houston area, including students from nearby University of Houston. A nice back patio offers fresh air and Lucky’s close proximity to BBVA Compass stadium, home to the Houston Dynamo professional soccer team, makes this a great stopover before a game. With its large number of televisions, guests are bound to find the sporting event they like on one of the screens, and if you can’t, Lucky’s personnel are ready to switch channels and find what you want. It’s a fun place for sports, food and meeting people near downtown Houston.

Coaches Sports Bar & Grill
17754 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094
(281) 492-0315

Located on Houston’s famed Interstate 10 Energy Corridor, Coaches Sports Bar is impossible to miss by passersby. What is even harder to miss are the countless televisions and active sports atmosphere that place Coaches Sports Bar in a class by itself. The interior is much larger than the inside of other sports bars in Houston and more space means greater seating and more room to hang out with friends and mingle with the crowd. Besides watching sports on television, guests can play a game of darts or pool and even jump out on the dance floor when the DJ takes the stand. With good food, reasonable prices, sports and dancing, Coaches Sports Bar is one of the best places for those who love their sports and appreciate having other entertainment options.

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