By Joshua Palmes

The 2017 NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 7 when the defending champion New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxboro. After seven months football fans across Connecticut can look forward to the return of America’s most popular sport. If you count yourself among them, here are some great local bars to catch all the games. Whether you are following your team’s possible Super Bowl run or tracking the players in your fantasy league, you’ll love watching with fellow football fanatics.

Bow & Arrow Sports Bar
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382
(888) 226-7711

With over 30 giant HDTVs lining its walls, Mohegan Sun’s Bow & Arrow is an irresistible haven for NFL enthusiasts. What draws patrons isn’t just a perfect view of the games but every day specials like domestic drafts for two bucks and 50-cent wings (Buffalo and garlic parmesan are particular favorites). The bar also pours a nice selection of craft brews along with hard root beer and cider. And kitchen specialties include large pretzels, Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, and nachos with beef chili.

189 Sports Cafe
189 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-7072

Tucked away in Brookfield is one of the state’s most refined sports bars. 189 Cafe has 27 TVs showing the biggest games, as well as pub fare that  is a cut above, from Coca-Cola wings to pistachio-crusted salmon. There are nearly a dozen rotating craft brews on tap including seasonal and local favorites. It also prepares a special line of drinks for the fall and winter, such as pumpkin martinis and the 189 Hot Chocolate with Patron Cafe liqueur. Enjoy them outside on the patio early in the season or by the fire pit during the playoffs.

Roma Sports Bar & Restaurant
382 Allen St.
New Britain, CT 06053
(860) 225-7947

Roma Sports Bar is the place to be in central Connecticut on NFL Sundays. Besides plenty of sets to watch all the games, Roma offers an all-afternoon Happy Hour with specials on items like fried mozzarella, sweet potato fries, and jalapeno poppers, as well as 49-cent wings. There are also discounts on Bud drafts, Miller bottles, Smirnoff shots and Pina Coladas. During Sunday and Monday night games small Heineken pitchers are half-price before any team scores in each half.

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Mr. D’s Tavern
876 Rubber Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
(203) 490-4770

Mr. D’s has NFL Ticket, so no matter who you root for you can watch them play – perhaps even on the 120-inch screen. Every game day features great specials including $15 buckets of beer, discounted pitchers, and even free hot dogs. The tavern unveils even bigger specials for its Super Bowl Party. And its wings – available in over a dozen varieties – are among the most talked about in Connecticut. Mr D.’s also offers a number of Mexican and seafood dishes as well as complimentary popcorn.

Orange Ale House & Grille
517 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 795-0707

No matter where you sit at Orange Ale House you will get a great view of your team, thanks to the bar’s 27 screens – two of which are projection size. And if by chance it is not showing your game one of the bartenders will be happy to put it on for you. While you are watching order some of Orange Ale Houses’ much-lauded wings, pizzas or burgers; the latter come in over a dozen specialty varieties and “bunless” options. You can also look forward to tempting food and drink specials on game night.

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