Big TVs and Good Eats
CATEGORY: Food + Drink
Black Sheep Lodge Map It
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How can an awesome burger joint with a great selection of beers get any better? Twenty big screen HD TVs should do the trick. Positioned all around the interior, it's hard to find a bad seat in the house to watch practically any game that's on at one time. So get a basket of fried pickles and jalapenos to share with friends and watch to your heart's content.

Cover 3 Map It
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Cover 3 breaks the accepted stereotype that a place with gigantic HD TVs on the walls can only serve burgers dripping with grease and baskets of soggy fries. Instead, Cover 3 offers finer dining options to go along with whatever big game is turned on. You can chow down on Mongolian pork lettuce wraps, a Pacific ahi tuna burger or even a filet mignon and accompany it with a wine from their impressive selection.

Cuatro's (closed) Map It
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Cuatro's takes its sports viewing seriously, as demonstrated by the number of TVs lining the walls above the tables and the bar. But it's hard to miss the behemoth TV hanging up on the wall of the outdoor patio, which can be a bit of a distraction when driving on 24th Street. Large parties and meetings can reserve the restaurant to have the big screen parties all to yourself. If you want a change a pace from the sports bar standard of burgers and fries, Cuatro's has one of the most varied selections of tacos you can imagine and also offers brunch on weekends before 3:00 pm.

Third Base Map It
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One of the first things you'll notice about Third Base is that it has a lot of TVs. It may seem overwhelming at first, but Third Base also has one of the most welcoming atmospheres. You want to be where everybody knows your name. So head out with a group of your buddies, claim a spot and park yourselves in front of the TV of your choice. Just don't be scared to make new friends.

The Tavern Map It
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The Tavern is a sports bar that is proud of its history, its extensive beer collection and glassware, and of course the 50 TVs that are tuned in to just about every sporting event being broadcast. Sweet potato fries, huge burgers and their famous "Amazing White Wings" ae the perfect fuel to keep you going while watching the big game.

Pluckers Wing Bar - The Original Map It
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For the majority of students living on campus and West Campus, Plucker's is the place to go whenever if you don't have tickets to UT games. It quickly becomes a party atmosphere, and Plucker's is the place that proves the age-old formula of "hot wings + big screens" equals a great game day atmosphere. Just consider yourself warned about the "Fire in the Hole" wing sauce. The name says it all.

Bar 96 Map It
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Bar 96 takes a cozy, upscale approach to the popular sports bar theme. It is obviously a popular approach, though, if you consider the crowds on game days. Even at its most crowded, this Rainey Street establishment is a welcoming and comfortable respite compared with other downtown options, and you can't argue with the awesome drink specials that are offered here on the weekends.