Scottsdale’s Sports Bar Heavy Hitters

By local contributor
Lauren Topor

Professional baseball, basketball, football, and hockey — Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun have it all. The region also hosts some of the largest national and international sporting events, including the PGA’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open, college football’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl, and Cactus League Spring Training. The Super Bowl and The Final Four will be played here again in just a few years, too. Whether you are headed out to the game or just tuning in with like-minded fans, these Scottsdale hangouts have a winning record when it comes to all things sports. 

 


Zipps Sports Grill


With locations across Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area, Zipps Sports Grill is always close to the action. The neighborhood bar and grill can satisfy your cravings for pub-style eats with a menu that includes dishes such as beer cheese pretzels, peel-and-eat-shrimp, and Philly steak rolls made with top sirloin, cherry peppers, onions, and melted cheese all wrapped up in a spring roll and served with a side of horsey ranch. Tune-in to a game here or play one. Zipps has classic games like shuffleboard, billiards, and darts at each of their locations.  

 


Don & Charlie’s


This Chicago-style steakhouse has been a part of the Scottsdale dining landscape since the early 1980s. Famous for its seemingly endless collection of sports memorabilia that decorate its interior from wall-to-wall, prime steaks and comfort food, Don & Charlie's has become a beloved game day go-to by locals and visitors alike. Plans to develop a new high-rise boutique hotel in its place are underway. However, there is a silver lining – Don & Charlie’s will remain open through spring and will reopen as part of the new hotel when it is complete.  

 

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K O'Donnell's Sports Bar & Grill


All fans are welcome to belly-up to the bar at this family owned and operated sports bar. K O’Donnell’s, or KO’s for short, has more than 70 televisions on-site, an expansive shaded patio, and a relaxed vibe inside where sports enthusiasts can catch everything from college football games to horse races. KO’s offers a roster of local drafts, as well as daily food and drink deals, such as happy-hour discounts on pizza and wine on Mondays, and 3-for-$6 street tacos on Tuesdays. If you’re a night owl, reverse happy hour specials include apps like the fried ravioli and hatch green chile deviled eggs. This North Scottsdale locale has off-track betting, trivia nights, and a hangover brunch that is not to be missed.

 


The Hangar Food & Spirits


Positioned at the corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird Roads near the Scottsdale Airport, The Hanger boasts aviation-themed décor and satisfies hungry sports fans with their selection of classic bar food and lineup of local and craft beers. Watch the game on one of their 25 TVs or place your bets with on-site OTB.  

 

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Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers


As its name implies, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers serves up exactly what you would expect: charbroiled half-pound burgers that are cooked to order and more than 100 cold draughts, bottles, and cans from which to choose. The menu scores additional points with snackable items like house-made potato chips and Tot Chos, a popular dish comprised of tater-tots, beef chili, roasted pepper cheese sauce, sour cream and guacamole. Marked by dozens of team flags that embellish the exterior, this Old Town Scottsdale joint has become a choice hangout for sports junkies looking to catch anything from team rivalry and the biggest championship games to golf tournaments.

 


Players Sports Bar at Talking Stick Resort


Talking Stick Resort is an entertainment destination complete with its own pool, a variety of restaurants, a casino, and more. And it’s just a stone’s throw from Salt River Fields, the Cactus League Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Players Sports Bar was designed with sports fans in mind, from the large plasma screen TVs to its excellent selection of cocktails and beer. The bar is open late and offers happy hour specials on weekdays.

 

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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row


Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this hotspot not only serves up libations — with more than 60 unique whiskeys to choose from — but whiskey-drenched eats like the whiskey wings and whiskey burger, too. And it’s all just a short distance away from Scottsdale Stadium, which makes Whiskey Row an ideal place to linger before or after a game.