{September 8, 2011}   Why Yes…I AM Ready For Some FOOTBALL!!!

Fall in The South means cooler temps, glorious leaf colors, apple festivals, but most of all, it means FOOTBALL. Now, other areas of the country certainly have their loyal sports fans…but in The South, football is no mere sport…it’s a religion. What team you pull for is the third item in the “Holy Southern Trinity of Your Character” which also includes “Who your people are” and “Where you go to church”. Whether you consider College Football to be sacred or you worship at “The Church of The NFL”, Downtown Greenville offers many options on where to watch “The Game”.

The place you’ll most likely find me cheering for my team is Sharkey’s Pub.  With a prime location on Main Street, Sharkey’s has long been a favorite of Downtown sports fans.  When the temps get cooler, the pub is packed with fans of all ages, watching “The Game” on one of Sharkey’s many big screen TV’s. On particularly nice days, fans congregate at their outdoor dining area (often with their dogs) to people watch as well.

If the owner of Sky Sports Bar, John Oliver, sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the voice of both the Greenville Drive and the Road Warriors. This upscale sports bar, also located on Main Street, not only has a very “retro feel” to it, but is very modern with several high-definition big screen TV’s to choose from. Fans are encouraged to cheer as much and as loudly as they want for their teams… because, after all, this IS a sports bar.

Another long time favorite with Greenville sports fans is Corner Pocket. One of Downtown’s oldest watering-holes, the Corner Pocket started, as the name implies, as a pool hall. But they have quickly become a top sports bar with numerous TVs upstairs and down…and they also still have pool tables, if you want to entertain yourself during halftime. The bar is frequented by a group of Green Bay Packers’ fans, so non-Cheeseheads may have to endure a little good-natured teasing.

A newcomer to the Downtown sports bar community is Carolina Ale House. Located in the old Kimbrell building on Main Street, this family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant boasts 40+ TVs,  as well as an upstairs area with a retractable roof  for outdoor dining. It is popular with the college crowd, so it does tend to get a little crowded on Saturdays.

Other Downtown options for sports fans include Barley’s (has a great beer selection), Ford’s Oyster House (with a wonderful Cajun-inspired menu), City Tavern (another long-time favorite), On The Roxx (for city-sophistication in a comfortable atmosphere) and the familiar Wild Wing Café (the name says it all). But no matter where you choose to watch your favorite team, you are sure to find like-minded sports fans cheering with you. GO TEAM!!!


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