Tacoma sports bars are great places to head whether you want to catch the big Seahawks or Mariners game, or just kick back and relax with a beer and a burger. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, some of the local sports bars can be great hang outs, but just be prepared to hear some (or a lot of) cheering if a game is on. The best sports bars in the Tacoma area serve a full menu of appetizers, entrees, and sandwiches as well as a full bar, and many feature special deals on big game days or even set up large screens for events such as the Superbowl.
The Swiss is an old Swiss immigrant hall located right behind the UW Tacoma campus that serves well as place for lunch, dinner, beer or a nightlife spot. It is not generally a sports bar, but it is a great place to watch the Superbowl. With a 10 x 10 projection screen set up for the game, you can also expect to find special deals on food and drinks, and The Swiss always has some pretty awesome appetizers.
The Ram is a chain restaurant, but has some distinct perks over local spots - namely that it's pretty big so it's ideal if you've got a larger group. It has a restaurant with a separate bar area, and there are many screens located throughout all of its locations. Happy hour only takes place in the bar, but fortunately, this is where the bulk of the screens are as well as the largest screen in the restaurant. The Ram makes its own microbrews, and you can order a sampler where you can taste a small glass of each one. The appetizer game is strong here if you don't want to get a full entree or a sandwich. There is only one Ram technically in Tacoma, located on Ruston Way, but other locations are nearby in Lakewood and two in Puyallup.
This place is for die-hard sports fans of all kinds. Whether you want UFC, basketball, NASCAR or a place to watch the Superbowl, this place has you covered. Plus, they have deep-fried pickles, deep-fried just about everything else, and the Burger Challenge—consume a monstrous burger creation (estimated to be 6 pounds of food) in under 25 minutes and it’s free; under 45 minutes and you get your name on the wall. The menu, in general, has a sizable array of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, drinks and specials. The Loose Wheel is located on 6th Ave, and is close to lots of other restaurants and bars as well.
Hanks Bar and Pizza
While you likely won't find huge screen TVs, Hanks is the place to go for a great local beer selection and football games. The menu includes pizzas, sandwiches and pretzels with cheese that go well with a beer. Hanks does get crowded, but that only adds to the neighborhood feel as many who go here are regulars. Order at the counter.
Top of Tacoma
Top of Tacoma isn't all sports all the time, but there are a couple of screens where you can watch a game and there's a menu that will knock your socks off. Top of Tacoma is largely known for its absolutely stellar taco game (the rest of the menu is absolutely stellar as well). Be warned that because the food is so good, there can be a wait to even get in and the restaurant can be crowded, but if you seek delicious food paired with your game as well as a restaurant full of new friends, then this is the place for you.
Pole Position Sports Bar is located in the Parkland area, and keeps its focus squarely on sports. Screens here show UFC matches, Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games, and the bar has 16 beer taps as well as a full array of cocktails and shots. The menu serves up appetizers, burgers, pizza, wings, and steak, and plenty more. Check the website for upcoming events and games. However, do be aware that next door to Pole Position is next door to a strip club so first impressions may turn some people off, but rest assured that Pole Position is a separate business and everyone is fully clothed inside!