Passionate fans go to sports bars to unite, root for victory, and hug proximal strangers based on the color of their clothes. Cheer for beer and brotherhood with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sports bar fare and drinks at The Howard Street Inn in Niles.
Inside the rounded stone walls of The Howard Street Inn, roaring crowds gather around flat-screen TVs to cheer one another and devour pub-inspired menu items. The chefs work feverishly in the kitchen to crank out open-faced patty melts crowned with american cheese and grilled onions ($7.69), plus other meaty eats including grilled rib-eye steak in a crispy embrace of grains, veggies, and blue cheese ($9.99). Balmy days lure diners outside to the covered patio, where servers divvy up pizza flecked with spinach, artichoke, garlic, and tomato (15”, $18; personal 8”, $7). To keep the space communal, the eatery hosts a variety of events that revolve around big games, holidays, and Wednesdays that seem important.
The Howard Street Inn
Overlooking the rolling fairways of Tam O'Shanter Golf Course, The Howard Street Inn serves up tasty plates of pub fare and helpings of crisply televised sports. Tongues waltz with morsels of deli and grilled sandwiches, a dozen different Angus burgers, pizza, and seafood during Friday's fish fry. Domestic and imported drafts, as well as specialty cocktails and bottled wines, wash down bitter memories of second-place finishes in the soapbox derby. A covered patio grants sweeping views of the links, while 15 flat-screen TVs afford unparalleled views of live games from NFL, MLB, and NCAA packages.