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The 12 Best Sports Bars in Portland to Watch the Super Bowl

  |  Happenings, Local Happenings, Portland

We are counting down the days until Super Bowl LII! No matter what sports you follow, or teams you support, there’s no denying this is one of the most important sporting events of the year. In fact, it’s an exciting occasion even for mild-to-non-sports fans.

Experience the hype and camaraderie along fellow fans at one of the best sports bars in and around Portland. They have the setup you need to enjoy the game to the fullest, including plenty of TV screens, endless beer and delicious bar food. And of course, they will be teeming with people reacting to every play — and commercial — to make the entire experience that much more exhilarating.

 

Ladd Taphouse

2239 Southeast 11th Avenue

Ladd Taphouse is a popular destination for watching sports of all kinds for obvious reasons. It is equipped with couches, plenty of seating, 32 TVs and 36 beers on tap to choose from. Plus, enjoy a variety of bar games, including shuffleboard, foosball, video games and table tennis. Snack on some delicious food while you watch the game, including pizza, burgers, wings and more.

 

Buffalo Gap Saloon

6835 Southwest Macadam Avenue

Buffalo Gap Portland, OR

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Buffalo Gap has been a mainstay in the South Waterfront neighborhood since 1974. This classic sports pub has everything you expect from an established bar — including a delicious menu, plenty of TV screens, and endless drink options. As can be inferred from the name, the buffalo wings are a must-try while visiting Buffalo Gap Saloon. In 1985, the saloon added a second floor and called it “The Attic,” where they offer free live music and host private viewing parties. They soon after added an adults-only game room next door! This historic saloon has so much in store before, during or after the Super Bowl.

 

 

Buffalo Wild Wings

Various Locations

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning this sports venue powerhouse sweeping the nation. With several locations in the region, including Vancouver, Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, you can easily access a Buffalo Wild Wings near you. The atmosphere here is undeniably exciting, whether you’re watching a pre-season game or the Super Bowl. With larger-than-life TV screens, high-definition audio, a flavorful menu focused on wings, and a great beer selection, Buffalo Wild Wings is an exceptional place to watch the game.

 

Century

930 Southeast Sandy Boulevard

Century Portland, OR

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Somehow both fancy and inviting, Century was designed to give fans a game day experience without going to an actual stadium. The chic space has five retractable projection screens and three tiers of wooden bleachers. Enhance your experience by booking the VIP suite at Century, which includes a 90-inch TV, surround sound, a smoking deck, and a private bathroom. Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers or the VIP suite, take advantage of the superb stadium-style food and wonderful cocktails, wine and beer options.

 

Claudia’s Sports Pub

3006 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard

Dating back to 1958, Claudia’s Sports Pub is considered one of the most beloved sports bars in the city. Claudia’s is situated along Hawthorne Boulevard, and has steadily become a neighborhood staple for sports fans in the area. Watch the game from any seat in the pub while you enjoy their exceptional food and a glass of beer. Claudia’s has a full bar and large selection of imported, micro and domestic beers. The high-definition large screen and variety of LCD screens ensure you won’t miss a single play during the Super Bowl!

 

Marathon Taverna

1735 West Burnside Street

Marathon Taverna Portland, OR

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While they particularly love soccer, Marathon Taverna is the place to be during any major sporting event — and that certainly includes the Super Bowl. This lively tavern boasts over 20 TVs, three pool tables, 20 taps, great cocktails, and a full menu. Marathon Taverna offers daily drink specials and game day specials, so you’re sure to get great drinks at even greater prices. The tavern is centrally located in the Goose Hollow and Nob Hill neighborhoods, and is not far from Pearl District.

 

On Deck Sports Bar

910 Northwest 14th Avenue

This upscale sports bar in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District is the perfect destination for those wanting to be a part of the excitement closer to downtown. On Deck features a great food and drink selection and 25 high-definition TVs, including a 65-inch plasma TV. They even have a rooftop deck to take a break — or a deep breath if your team is behind! Wherever you are in the building, you can guarantee a clear view of the game, exceptional service, a wonderful selection of beer (amongst other drinks), and tasty bar food. Plus, they are offering a $25 VIP ticket package that includes a reserved seat, a $5 drink token, a shared appetizer and swag.

 

Pacific House

819 Main Street, Vancouver

Pacific House Vancouver, WA

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Pacific House is a modern, industrial eatery and bar in Vancouver with a focus on all things PNW — from the decor to the regionally inspired menu. Whether you’re searching for a family-friendly atmosphere or a great bartop with plenty of TVs streaming the game, Pacific House is the place to be. Chef Mark Wornson crafts the area’s best foods using locally sourced ingredients, whether you’re stopping by for brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert. Enjoy your meal and a drink while you cheer on your team at the bar or from the comfortable seating throughout the interior.

 

Spirit of 77

500 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

The hip atmosphere at Spirit of 77 will keep you entertained whether or not you’re watching the Super Bowl, which will be playing on an enormous projector screen in addition to smaller screens throughout the space. This is a particularly popular destination during March Madness and during Blazers games, but sports fanatics gather at Spirit of 77 no matter the occasion. There’s even several games to play yourself, including pop-a-shot basketball, skee-ball, foosball and pinball.

 

The Fields Bar & Grill

1139 Northwest 11th Avenue

The Fields Bar & Grill Portland, OR

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The Fields is taking gameday up a notch on the fancy scale, as they serve spectacular appetizers, such as poutine with Tillamook cheese curds or avocado fries, plus gourmet burgers, sandwiches and other delicious eats. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or a beer on tap while you cheer on your team and enjoy the upscale yet comfortable environment at The Fields Bar & Grill.

 

The Independent

225 Southwest Broadway #100

The Independent is one of downtown’s latest installments on the sports bar front. Situated in the middle of the action, this vibrant sports bar has 20 mostly local beers on tap, plenty of snacks to munch on, and 32 TVs throughout. Plus, The Independent will bring out the projection system for the Super Bowl, ensuring you can see the game from anywhere in the room. This comfortable new addition to downtown makes for an exceptional place to watch the game!

 

The Station

2703 Northeast Alberta Street

The Station Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of Brady Kennedy via The Station

This neighborhood pub is a mainstay in Alberta. The Station operates out of a historic building built in 1913 that served as the original home of Northwestern Electric Company and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the original charm remains, including the high voltage racks attached to the ceiling in the bar area or the insulators on the wall that were excavated from rubble in the basement. The Station has six-foot projector screens that play any major sports games, from college football to hockey. The menu includes a variety of delicious options, including meatball subs, fried chicken wings, and pizzas. Complement your meal with a beer, a cocktail, or a glass of wine!

For the Super Bowl, The Station is offering a special game day package starting at $30 for two people. The package includes a table reservation, a bucket of Rainier beer, pizza and wings. Plus, take advantage of specials on Rainier and Jim Beam, and raffles and prizes each quarter. Doors open at 12 p.m. and kick-off is at 3:30 p.m.!

 

Where will you be watching the game?

Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party at home or going out to your favorite neighborhood pub, we’d love to know your favorite game day spot!

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