Bobby V’s Sports Bar
225 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
Stamford native Bobby Valentine is a sports legend in his hometown. A high school football star, he went on to play Major League Baseball with the Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Padres and Mets – for whom he also became a third base coach before going on to manage the Texas Rangers. Just before he retired from the big show, he opened his own sports bar, and like the man himself, the place is welcoming, warm and full of life. For 30 years, Bobby V’s has been the premiere sports bar in Stamford, and one that mixes it up with karaoke and live music evenings, nightly specials (Miller Mondays, Skillet Night Thursdays etc.) and a menu with more than 100 appetizers, entrees and other delights.
1st and 10 Sports Bar & Grill
507 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
The title may refer to American football, but come June 12, the television screens at 1st and 10 Sports Bar & Grill in New Milford will be tuned to a different kind of football – the World Cup. One of the newest and most hi-tech sports bars in the state, 1st and 10 opened only four years ago. It boasts having “360 degrees of sports,” and with Direct TV feeding 18 big televisions as well as a pair of big 15-foot HD projection screens, the guys at 1st and 10 say “you’ll never miss a game” – or a play. Family-friendly by day, come evening it is a real fans’ bar, with special theme nights and even a VIP room for parties, groups or clubs. There are more than three dozen kinds of bottled beer and an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, entrees and appetizers to enjoy while watching the big game – or come June 12, the big match.
TK’s American Cafe
255 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810
With 30 big HDTV screens, there is nowhere in TK’s American Café in Danbury where patrons can’t see the big game. Owner Tom Kennedy has worked hard for more than two decades to make his place the premiere sports bar in the city. He had a good base to build upon, as the historic property was a tavern even before World War I – and the first in the city to reopen after the repeal of the Volstead Act. Tom has a loyal, regular following, and not just because of the 30 big TVs. He serves up some of the best wings in town with 40 brands of beer to choose from to wash them down.
Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grille
51-14 Shunpike Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
A big sport like the World Cup deserves a big venue, and everything at Chicago Sam’s is big. Sam’s has 100 televisions, one for every 100 square feet of the bar, and three huge 100-inch movie screens for those who want to see the players life size. The bar is 40 yards long. There are over a score of beers on tap – plus that many and more in bottles. The menu is also massive, with nearly six dozen items to choose from. The kitchen serves the full menu until midnight, and almost every night there is some special promotion or event going on, most keyed to whatever is the biggest sport of the day – and starting June 12, that means the World Cup.
Harry’s Sports Grill
201 Washington Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473
For those who want more than wings and beer while they watch the big game, Harry’s Sports Grill in North Haven is the place to go. Yes, Harry’s has a lot of televisions, one shy of 30, and all of them are big screen plasma sets, but it also makes what is arguably the finest Philly Cheese Steak this side of the Delaware River. The BBQ ribs are also superb, and the beer selection is legendary. Harry’s is very good to its regulars, and hosts gatherings and provides party rooms for fantasy sports leagues and other groups. Free WiFi is also available for those who want to know more about the match than what the announcers on TV are telling them. After all, Harry’s motto is “Feel the love – and know the score.”
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