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Where to Watch NFL and College Football in Philly

Check out these awesome 15 bars that are perfect for professional and collegiate football fans alike

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No one really wonders where to catch an Eagles game in Philly; pretty much any place that has both beer and a TV is an "Eagles bar" here. But what if your allegiances lie elsewhere? In a town that uniformly bleeds green and is notoriously unfriendly to fans of the opposition, non-Eagles team bars are a rarity. Still, it's possible to find a few surprising places to hook up with fellow supporters of other franchises.

Below, find our round-up of the best places to catch the Patriots, Steelers, Packers and more with a color-coordinated crowd. (If you're a fan of the Cowboys, well, please accept our apologies — or better yet, tell us in the comments below where you and your brave friends gather to watch.)

And it's not just NFL — we've also gathered intel on where you'll find the most enthusiastic groups of fans of many college teams, from nearby Penn State to the full, far-flung complement of Pac-12 schools.

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Chickie's & Pete's (multiple locations)

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No list of sports bars in Philly is complete without Chickie’s & Pete’s down by the stadiums. Yes, you can eat crab fries and shout at the refs at other locations of the home-grown chain, but with a 24,000-square-foot space, three bars, and an 18-foot screen, this godfather of Philly sports bars is the place to be on game days.

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This popular bar on Temple’s campus is a great place to watch college sports teams shine — including the Owls themselves. There’s more drink and food specials to count, but remember that they have awesome adult slushees to-go.

Ambassador

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The true gem of Girard Avenue is the beloved sports bar known as Ambassador. This is a sports fan’s bar — games are playing all day every day as tasty wings, flatbreads, and cold beer on tap is available for guests. There’s no excuse not to come here.

The Black Taxi

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There’s a nostalgic college bar charm at The Black Taxi that’s perfect for grown ups who want to reminisce those earlier years without the current noise of undergrads. Relive such fun right here with a spot that has memorable Irish fries (made with house cut fries, cheese sauce, bacon bits, and sour cream) and a vast selection of beer and cocktails.

Craft Hall

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Looking for a place where the kids can play while you focus on the game? Craft Hall features room for 500 people, flat-screen TVs at two bars, two projection walls, and an indoor playground with climbing equipment, video games, and Skee-Ball. The Northern Liberties bar also serves house-brewed beers and casual eats like sandwiches, barbecue, and pizza.

Victory Brewing Company Philadelphia

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The hottest sports bar on the Parkway has been attracting guests from all over the region. Come for the big screens and cold Victory beer, stay for the lively crowd morale and top-tier bar food (anything fried here is worth ordering).

Landmark Americana University City

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The best bar on Drexel’s campus has earned its reputation with over a decade of great service and some of the best college bites around. This University City staple is the perfect balance of sports fanaticism, food, cocktails, that can be appreciated by both neighborhood locals and students alike.

City Tap House Logan Square

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It’s easy to keep an eye on the action with games shown on an 18-by-19-foot video screen at the Logan Square location of City Tap House. The bar has 40 beers on draft to go with gastropub fare like mussels with roasted garlic butter.

The Post

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One of the newest sports bars near Penn’s campus, The Post is more than just a place to watch a game — but you can play a few of them inside as well. Don’t be startled to see people playing pool, arcade games, and more while scarfing down their exceptional hot wings while a crowd of guests are cheering as the Eagles touchdown. Yes, there’s a lot to do at this all-fun-all-the-time vibe bar.

Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

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Another one of the major players, Cav’s is a good bet no matter what game you’re trying to track down. It’s also the home base for many alumni groups — among others, you’ll find groups rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks. (We’ve also heard murmurs that you might find some Bears fans here.)

Tradesman's

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This Midtown Village barbecue, beer, and whiskey joint doubles as a sports bar with a big wall of TVs behind the main bar and more TVs upstairs on the mezzanine. Tradesman’s also has oversized windows that open onto Chestnut and Juniper streets, with stools attached to the building’s exterior walls — you can see the TVs from the sidewalk seats.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

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In business since 1860, McGillin’s bills itself as the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — but don’t worry, the TVs are much newer than that. Regional brews are well-represented here, as are game-day specials, to go with shepherd’s pie, crab cakes, and burgers. There are two floors, but this Midtown Village standby still gets jam-packed during big games.

Sto's Bar & Restaurant

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Sto's is the sort of neighborhood sports bar that will cheerfully open at 8:30 a.m. if Penn State's playing in Ireland for some reason, which makes it worth checking out no matter who you root for. But if you're looking to connect with Pitt fans, this is where you'll find the Philadelphia Pitt Club gathering for every game.

Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

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No sports bar experience in Philly is complete without a visit to Misconduct Tavern. This is where guests go for a chill, yet buzzy, game night. Surprisingly, this place have some of the most decorated and tasty hot dogs you’ll find in the city, along with boozy cocktails that work just as fine as sipping beer there as well.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill

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With 13 TVs at different angles, you’re almost guaranteed a good view at Founding Fathers on South Street. The 20 taps here pour a rotating variety of craft beers and the kitchen puts out the likes of wings, fried pickles, cheesesteaks, and pizza. During college games, this place can get as raucous as any Philly sports bar.

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Chickie's & Pete's (multiple locations)

No list of sports bars in Philly is complete without Chickie’s & Pete’s down by the stadiums. Yes, you can eat crab fries and shout at the refs at other locations of the home-grown chain, but with a 24,000-square-foot space, three bars, and an 18-foot screen, this godfather of Philly sports bars is the place to be on game days.

Pub Webb

This popular bar on Temple’s campus is a great place to watch college sports teams shine — including the Owls themselves. There’s more drink and food specials to count, but remember that they have awesome adult slushees to-go.

Ambassador

The true gem of Girard Avenue is the beloved sports bar known as Ambassador. This is a sports fan’s bar — games are playing all day every day as tasty wings, flatbreads, and cold beer on tap is available for guests. There’s no excuse not to come here.

The Black Taxi

There’s a nostalgic college bar charm at The Black Taxi that’s perfect for grown ups who want to reminisce those earlier years without the current noise of undergrads. Relive such fun right here with a spot that has memorable Irish fries (made with house cut fries, cheese sauce, bacon bits, and sour cream) and a vast selection of beer and cocktails.

Craft Hall

Looking for a place where the kids can play while you focus on the game? Craft Hall features room for 500 people, flat-screen TVs at two bars, two projection walls, and an indoor playground with climbing equipment, video games, and Skee-Ball. The Northern Liberties bar also serves house-brewed beers and casual eats like sandwiches, barbecue, and pizza.

Victory Brewing Company Philadelphia

The hottest sports bar on the Parkway has been attracting guests from all over the region. Come for the big screens and cold Victory beer, stay for the lively crowd morale and top-tier bar food (anything fried here is worth ordering).

Landmark Americana University City

The best bar on Drexel’s campus has earned its reputation with over a decade of great service and some of the best college bites around. This University City staple is the perfect balance of sports fanaticism, food, cocktails, that can be appreciated by both neighborhood locals and students alike.

City Tap House Logan Square

It’s easy to keep an eye on the action with games shown on an 18-by-19-foot video screen at the Logan Square location of City Tap House. The bar has 40 beers on draft to go with gastropub fare like mussels with roasted garlic butter.

The Post

One of the newest sports bars near Penn’s campus, The Post is more than just a place to watch a game — but you can play a few of them inside as well. Don’t be startled to see people playing pool, arcade games, and more while scarfing down their exceptional hot wings while a crowd of guests are cheering as the Eagles touchdown. Yes, there’s a lot to do at this all-fun-all-the-time vibe bar.

Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

Another one of the major players, Cav’s is a good bet no matter what game you’re trying to track down. It’s also the home base for many alumni groups — among others, you’ll find groups rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks. (We’ve also heard murmurs that you might find some Bears fans here.)

Tradesman's

This Midtown Village barbecue, beer, and whiskey joint doubles as a sports bar with a big wall of TVs behind the main bar and more TVs upstairs on the mezzanine. Tradesman’s also has oversized windows that open onto Chestnut and Juniper streets, with stools attached to the building’s exterior walls — you can see the TVs from the sidewalk seats.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

In business since 1860, McGillin’s bills itself as the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — but don’t worry, the TVs are much newer than that. Regional brews are well-represented here, as are game-day specials, to go with shepherd’s pie, crab cakes, and burgers. There are two floors, but this Midtown Village standby still gets jam-packed during big games.

Sto's Bar & Restaurant

Sto's is the sort of neighborhood sports bar that will cheerfully open at 8:30 a.m. if Penn State's playing in Ireland for some reason, which makes it worth checking out no matter who you root for. But if you're looking to connect with Pitt fans, this is where you'll find the Philadelphia Pitt Club gathering for every game.

Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

No sports bar experience in Philly is complete without a visit to Misconduct Tavern. This is where guests go for a chill, yet buzzy, game night. Surprisingly, this place have some of the most decorated and tasty hot dogs you’ll find in the city, along with boozy cocktails that work just as fine as sipping beer there as well.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill

With 13 TVs at different angles, you’re almost guaranteed a good view at Founding Fathers on South Street. The 20 taps here pour a rotating variety of craft beers and the kitchen puts out the likes of wings, fried pickles, cheesesteaks, and pizza. During college games, this place can get as raucous as any Philly sports bar.

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