Top Ten "Sports Bars" in Town with Great Food
3. BlackFinn American Grille
Photo by Mai Pham At the Hay Merchant, you might be a little too focused on the food to watch the game.
Blackfinn might be the least sports bar-ish of anything on this list (or at least the dining room is), but it's important to remember that one can watch a football game with class. Oh, who are we kidding? Football games are for getting rowdy, and Blackfinn's saloon is a great place to do just that and get some decent grub while you're at it. It's not five-star food by any stretch of the imagination, but it's solid and American to the core. A review from last year notes that it takes itself a little too seriously, which means you'll get great service and a fun game-watching experience with food that'll do the trick. Your best bets are the flatbreads and sandwiches, which are tasty, filling and a great deal with a half-priced bottle of wine on Wednesday.
Owner Shawn Bermudez opened Pistolero's intending for it to be a great new place to watch games during soccer season. Well, it turns out Pistolero's does football, too, and the happy hour deals can't be beat. Margaritas are $3 and tacos are two for $5 on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., and while some of the cocktails might be a little weak, you're not going to find a sports bar-type place with better tacos. Pistolero's is still fairly new, so stake your claim at the bar for game nights before the rest of Houston finds out about this gem.
1. The Hay Merchant
As if there were any other option for the number one foodie sports bar in Houston. Under the tutelage of Chris Shepherd of neighboring Underbelly, the menu at Hay Merchant has been elevated without feeling snobby or too gourmet for a beer joint. Of course, much of the beer is what some might consider gourmet as well, but the atmosphere of Hay Merchant is always relaxed and easy. There's legit poutine on the menu, along with "bad-ass gumbo," homemade beef jerky and a soft pretzel with "Redneck cheddar cheese dip." And it's all fabulous. And the best part? Any time during a game that the Texans are ahead, Houston beers are half price. And wings are always 30 for $28. When can we move in?
801 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX