Before sports bars, the only place to view eight games simultaneously was inside the brain of a spider. Achieve octovision with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of casual fare and drinks at Oscar's Pub and Grill on State Street.
Boasting more than 14 HDTVs—including Rockford's largest, a 120-inch leviathan—Oscar's pleases sports fans and pub fans alike with a broad menu of hearty pub fare. Appease rumbling stomach deities with an offering of Philly cheesesteak nachos ($8.99), or munch crunchily on a basket of homemade potato chips ($2.99) before moving on to a grilled ahi tuna steak sandwich ($8.49) or classic Reuben ($7.99). Pizzas can be decorated with an array of adornments, from jalapeño and ham to bacon and garlic ($3.99 for 7-inch personal pies, plus $0.25 apiece for toppings), and half-pound burgers are formed by hand rather than by the slow process of erosion ($6.49+).
As Oscar's panoply of high-tech televisions broadcasts the athletic antics of professional and college sportsters, wireless speakers allow jersey-clad customers and game-day groupies to follow along with the game of their choice from the privacy of their own table. Dance divas can pump their fists to a DJ’s tuneful melodies every Friday night as well as at Oscar's themed parties, and skittish marine biologists can study aquatic life at the pub's large fish tank without fear of being attacked by plankton.