Sports Bars for Football Fans
Football is important to people all across the country. But in the South, it’s a particularly integral part of our culture. In Tennessee, football is king. So whether you love watching college or pro football games, you don’t want to miss them while you’re on vacation. You may even have a favorite place to watch the football games, whether it’s on your own couch or at a local restaurant or sports bar. During your vacation to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, we want you to feel at home and cheer on your team! Thankfully, there are some great options for watching football games in downtown Gatlinburg. Read on for some great choices, some family friendly and some geared towards adults, for places to watch the game on TV in Gatlinburg.
Smoky Mountain Brewery – Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Brewery is a mix between a “ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall.” The laid-back restaurant offers locally brewed beer, cocktails and wine, sodas, and a menu that features all your game-day favorites. Nosh on wings (boneless, covered in sauce, or “naked”), ribs, steak, potato skins, soft pretzels, spinach artichoke dip, quesadillas, pizza, and more as you watch the game. Now you can even take ice cold beer to go (to enjoy back at your cabin) in the form of bottles, growlers, and kegs in three sizes.
Hogg’s Upstairs Taverne – Formerly Hogg’s and Honey’s, Hogg’s Upstairs Taverne is a sports bar by day and dance hall/bar by night. It offers an atmosphere geared toward adults, and it’s a great place to relax and watch a football game. It’s 21 and up and features balcony seating overlooking downtown Gatlinburg, dancing, live entertainment, and TVs for watching college football, NFL games, and even MLB. Along with ice-cold beer on tap, enjoy salads, burgers, and sandwiches loaded with pulled pork, grilled chicken, and Philly cheese steak.
Puckers Sports Bar & Grill
24-hour marinated wings are their specialty at this Gatlinburg sports bar. They have 20 homemade sauces, burgers, salads, desserts, and plenty of drinks to choose from. Start with BBQ nachos, mozzarella sticks, chili, loaded tater tots, an onion ring stack, or baked pretzel sticks as the football game gets started.
Blaine’s Grill & Bar
Located at the corner of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail Road, Blaine’s features a variety of menu items, including gluten-free options, a fun atmosphere, and lots of entertainment. You can watch the football game on one of the many TVs while you have a drink and enjoy soup, salad, burgers, sandwiches, chicken, fish, pasta, desserts, and more. It’s also convenient to the many shops and attractions of downtown Gatlinburg.
Three Jimmy’s Restaurant – Fit for families and football fanatics, this Gatlinburg restaurant offers booth, bar, and table seating, along with plenty of TVs for watching the game. The menu is varied, with a lot of options for starters, meals, and drinks. If you’re looking for something beyond football, they even have live entertainment, karaoke, open mic night, and pool tables.
Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill – A 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, Crystelle Creek is a family-friendly restaurant with everything a football fan could want. The restaurant boasts large HDTVs for watching the games at the bar and on the sports porch, a full bar with draft and bottled beer, cocktails, and wine, homemade desserts and daily specials, live entertainment, lots of free parking, and a Gatlinburg trolley stop right in front of the restaurant. It’s convenient, comfortable, and a great place to enjoy sports and good food. If you want to watch the football game without the typical sports bar environment, Crystelle Creek is your place.
BONUS: Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and Rocky Top Sports World – Want to watch some LIVE football? Head over for a Friday night of high school football at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Or you can check out Rocky Top Sports World, which hosts tournaments, leagues, and lots of games throughout the year.