1st and 10 Sports Bar and Grill
507 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Since opening in 2010, 1st and 10 has impressed sports fans with its 20 large HDTVs. There is also a pair of 15-foot projection screens, so it will be like watching all of the Olympic athletes up close and in person. Equally praiseworthy is the bar’s drink menu, with 40 bottled beers, a large, always-changing selection of drafts and over a dozen different martinis. If you’re hungry, try one of its many reasonably priced sandwiches and burgers, and make sure to check out the Sunday brunch. New Milford’s 1st and 10 also hosts free poker tournaments every Tuesday and features live music most weekends.
300 Middle St.
Bristol, CT 06010
Bleacher’s is located less than a mile from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, so you know it will be ready for the Sochi Games. There’s nothing fancy here, just a fun, casual sports bar experience with 22 beers on tap and an assortment of wings, wraps and burgers. Besides 15 HDTVs, Bleachers has darts and a number of pool tables. Local bands perform every weekend and trivia games are held on Wednesdays.
Square One Bar and Grill
24 Mill Plain Mill Road
Danbury, CT 06811
With its modern elegant decor, Square One may not resemble most sports bars. But rest assured that there are plenty of sets on the walls so you can catch all of the competition. The kitchen prepares freshly made comfort food from mac and cheese to meatloaf to pork chops, while the bar serves up an extensive variety of beers, martinis and Long Island ice teas. If you visit on a Monday, enjoy Square One’s jumbo wings for just 50 cents each.
461 Queen St.
Southington, CT 06489
Owned by the same group that operates Wood-N-Tap, TD Homer’s is sure to be showing your favorite Olympic event. That’s because there are over 90 screens throughout the bar, restaurant and restrooms, including one in every booth. If you’re going with a large group of friends, you can order several craft beers by the pitcher or by a tower complete with a spigot. And every night from 10 p.m. until closing there is a Holla Menu offering discounted drinks and different “sluggers” (mini sandwiches and burgers) for just two dollars.
Gipper’s Restaurant & Ale House
304 Old Gate Lane
Milford, CT 06460
With over 40 televisions, including two seven-foot screens, Gipper’s has you covered no matter what event you want to see. While watching the games, indulge in its acclaimed wings and one of its 100 bottled beers. If there’s a break in the Olympic action, consider playing some Buzztime trivia, where you can test your knowledge against players from bars all over the country. There’s always plenty of music at Gipper’s as well, from an internet jukebox to Saturday karaoke to a DJ every Friday.
Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.