You can be a couch potato and watch the game at home. Or you can call your pals and head out to one of these places for some sporting fun.
Bobby V’s Sports Bar
Has been holding court in Columbus Park since 1980. The city’s first sports bar, its menu is all about decadent bar food—definitely try the ribs and nachos—and icy cold beers. On many days expect to see Stamford baseball legend Bobby Valentine visiting tables, making sure that everyone is having a good time.
Rizzuto’s Restaurant & Bar
The perfect place to drink your way through any game, and join its NFL pool, complete with weekly prizes. Cards your thing? Then check out its World Tavern Poker. Plus, there are buckets of fries, served up plain Idaho or sweet; San Francisco-style with garlic, Parm and parsley; cheese and bacon; or with truffles and garlic aioli.
Sign of the Whale
Its rooftop patio is a hopping place on warm nights, especially with its Cornhole and giant Tenga games. Inside there are multiple TVs tuned to all manner of sports. Your team not on? Ask them to switch stations. Need some food? You’ll find the usual burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, but there are some surprises too, like bacon-wrapped scallops, braised short ribs and cavatelli.
Tigín Irish Pub
Opens early on weekends for—what else—soccer and rugby! But at any time of the day there is guaranteed to be a match on, which can be enjoyed with the finest mug of Guinness, so fresh it can bring tears of joy, especially after a few. Weekends there is also the Rehab Brunch, served until 3 p.m., perfect for late risers. You’ve got to try the traditional Irish breakfast like you would get back in the Old Sod: eggs, sausage, rashers, black and white puddings, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheddar-chive Guinness bread.