At The Mezzanine Lounge, a sports-oriented upstairs and a lower-level lounge stack atop each other inside the double-decker bar that Citysearch named Best Sports Bar in 2008 and 2009. The kitchen, like the bar, stays open until 2 a.m. daily, grilling chicken tenders and fresh half-pound patties for burgers such as the Twisted Texas burger, slathered in spicy barbecue sauce and topped with jalapeños. DIRECTV and other cable packages wire round the clock sports coverage to the bars’ more than 30 TVs sprinkled artfully throughout the venue, supplying clear sightlines from anywhere, including the restrooms. Between strolls to the covered patio, patrons can aim cues atop red felt pool tables and drop quarters into an internet-capable jukebox, which stocks more than 150 CDs and can download further titles or add fictitious Grammy wins to Percy Sledge’s Wikipedia page.
Thick branches of 140-year-old oak trees stretch above Live Oak Bar and Grill, shrouding its wooden outdoor patio in a gentle blanket of leafy shade. The patio stands behind the restaurant itself, a home built in 1876 that is still decorated with photos of its original occupants and recent shots of their poltergeists.
And while the building itself is steep in century old history, the grill's cooks prefer to use ingredients whose age doesn’t match Live Oak's historic surrounds. Instead, they source fresh, natural ingredients from local farms to create their homestyle versions of classic bar dishes, from half-pound burgers to fish tacos smothered with jalapeno ranch dressing. Feasts unfold amidst rounds of billiards, sports flashing on flat-screen TVs, and weekly karaoke, while outside, live musicians occasionally take to the stage to serenade diners.
Griff’s has been a neighborhood favorite and prime sports bar since 1965, when the only ideal ways to follow a game were to go to your local bar or invent the internet. The technology may have changed since then, but the welcoming spirit here has not. Just take a look at Griff’s Army, a devoted pack of likeminded sports fanatics who gather at the bar to watch the games on large TVs or board Griff’s party bus to attend one in person. Of course you don’t need be a member of to take advantage of Griff's big TVs, nightly specials, Jagermeister machine, or its menu of classic pub grub fare, which includes buffalo wings and half-pound burgers. Then again, it may be worth joining just for access to toga parties or bus rides to Astros, Rockets, and Aeros games.
Lucky's Pub may not be a skyscraper, but it still manages to live up to the grand scale of its downtown surroundings. For starters, there's the 21-foot HDTV, which––along with the 50 other TVs interspersed throughout the bar––ensures an un-restricted view of pro and college games from every seat. Likewise the beer list clocks in at a staggering 280-brews strong and counting, yielding almost limitless pairings when combined with pub fare such as pizzas, wings, and sandwiches like the Lucky Cubano with pork, honey ham, and swiss cheese. Add in games such as pool, shuffleboard, and darts, and Lucky's Pub is the perfect place to settle in, kick back, and stay until the games are long over and the players have all crawled back into their gym bags.
PJ’s Sports Bar is a small, no-frills neighborhood bar, which makes its location—inside of a converted house—all the more apt. Ice-cold cans, bottles, and pitchers of Shiner and Bud can be enjoyed inside or on the front porch, but the real action happens every Friday evening. That's when PJ's hosts its weekly karaoke night, a karaoke night the Houston Press named as 2012's best. In the intimate second-floor lounge, guests take the stage for stirring renditions of their favorite tunes while their friends and weary agents cheer them on from the couch.
In 1998, the clack of billiards balls met the clink of cold beers at the first Fast Eddie’s Sports Tavern and Social Clubs in Amarillo. Since then, 17 more Fast Eddie's locations have sprung up across Texas and Louisiana, each letting guests sink corner shots at 8- and 9-foot Olhausen pool tables while sharing a few drinks and snacks such as deep-fried hot dogs. Beyond the felt, home runs and touchdowns play out on multiple big-screen TVs as darts fly into targets and foosball tables re-create the exciting theatrics of gymnasts struggling to play soccer.