Best Tacoma Sports Bars to Watch the Game

Microbreweries
••• Kate Borkowski

Tacoma sports bars are great places to head whether you want to catch the big game, or just kick back and relax with a beer and a burger. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, some of the sports bars can be great hang outs, but just be prepared to hear some cheering if a game is on. The best sports bars in Tacoma go beyond bars and 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.

Harmon Tap Room

The Harmon Tap Room is one of several Harmon restaurants in downtown Tacoma and frequently features great deals on game days as well as some pretty cool events throughout the week. One of the best places to watch the Superbowl in Tacoma, the Harmon Tap Room usually has deals on food prices and makes itself generally an awesome place to be for the big game. Weekend deals include cheap food and beer, while weeknights bring trivia contests and deals on beer and wine. Happy hour runs every Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Sundays bring the special blessing of half off your check every Sunday. Their menus have a nice array of salads, pizza, and panini.

The Swiss

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

The Ram is one of the best sports bars and restaurants in Tacoma due to the fact that its interior is big, it has a restaurant with a separate bar area, and there are a number of screens located throughout all 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. There is only one Ram technically in Tacoma, located on Ruston Way, but other locations are nearby in Lakewood and two in Puyallup. The Ram also serves breakfast on Sundays.

Loose Wheel

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 Grill

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.