Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pub fare at Sportsters in Crystal River.
The beer-pourers and food-servers at Sportsers, a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar, cater to game-watching fans with a full menu of edibles and 17 TVs, one for each year they've been in business. Prep palates with pregame nibbles that include pizza sticks, deep-fried pockets of pizza dough stuffed with marinara, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese ($4.99), or tickle the senses with buffalo-style chicken wings doused in honey-barbecue, sweet-and-sour, or teriyaki sauces ($10.79 for 16). Deli sandwiches such as the meaty cuban ($7.09) or traditional philly steak ($7.09) battle the gargantuan half-pound patty melt ($7.59) for stomach space and succulence bragging rights. Tots 12 and under can peruse the kids' menu combos—including corn dogs and hamburger sliders—that cost one cent per pound of the child ordering. Whet of-age whistles with draft ($2.75 for 16 oz., $9 for a pitcher) or bottled beer ($2.85–$3.65), and satiate tykes' thirsts with an IBC root beer ($2) or a wholesome glass of teddy-bear tears.
In bold, illuminated letters, an outdoor sign proudly proclaims the restaurant's name—Sportsters. Neon baseball and football players flank the whimsical moniker, tipping patrons off to the athletics-themed decor and Gatorade-scented air that await them beyond the entryway. Past the neon beer signs hanging in the front windows, guests will discover the classic trappings of a sports bar blended with a family-friendly atmosphere. More than 15 televisions broadcast sporting events as servers deliver draft beers, sauce-drenched wings, peel-and-eat shrimp, burgers, and pint-size portions from the kids’ menu.