Dayton has some loyal football fans. As festival season winds down, the College and Pro football season is heating up. The Dayton area has some fantastic spots to watch football, whether you love Ohio State or Bowling Green, or if you love the Bengals or the Browns. No matter what team you root for, we have found the best spots to watch football in the Miami Valley and we ranked the top 22 in order.
Food Adventures used the following criteria to pick the best: We considered who had the best TV’s, best food, best drinks, and best value.
Without further delay, we give you …..
THE TOP 22 PLACES TO EAT and WATCH FOOTBALL
FRICKERS – CENTERVILLE:
The energy of the Centerville location is great. The TV’s, the atmosphere and the good food make this our #1 spot to watch your favorite football team. The wings and burgers do not disappoint, especially if you get the wings well done. The wing sauces are stellar too. Nachos, and Clam Chowder are menu items that will knock your socks off. Lots of cheers, and jeers in this fun crowd. They usually have any game you want to see. You will see lots of people showing their team spirit, and many wearing team jerseys. The TV situation is plentiful and crystal clear. Beer prices and selection add to the number 1 rating. Good luck to your team!
1383 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BW3) – TOWN N COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER KETTERING:
Great wings, sauces and salads here. They have lots of good appetizers to choose from. The Town and Country location has possibly the best TV situation in the city. You have a ton of big HD TV’s on hand and any game your heart desires is typically available. Beer specials can make you happy, as will the beer choice. We love the menu, but the only drawback is this place is a little expensive foodwise. However, you couldn’t ask for a better viewing atmosphere. Great sound too!!
They also have a private room in back you can reserve and throw your own football party!
262 E Stroop Rd, Kettering, OH 45429
ROOSTERS – on 741:
This location on Springboro Pike puts the other Roosters to shame. Newly remodeled, it is a football lovers paradise. It is like a big arena with brand new TV’s everywhere. The sound is good as well. Lets talk wings… they have some of the best, and the sauces are fantastic. Great salads and a decent sandwich selection makes it a blast. Pizza, fried pickles, and tater tots are 3 menu items that shine as well.
9400 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342
HOOTERS – MILLER LANE:
A tremendous spot to watch your favorite game and a menu that is remarkable. The smoked wings here are nothing short of amazing, as are their breaded wings. Lots of seafood choices and the tater tot appetizers are must eats. Strangely they have the best sweet tea in town too. Their beer list is simple and they usually have deals on pitchers. Service is fun and friendly, and the TV situation is pretty good. The food here is the star and you will leave happy whether your team won of not. Between the wings, and the shrimp and the appetizers, your tummy will be satisfied.
6851 Miller Ln, Dayton, OH 45414
SUBMARINE HOUSE – CENTERVILLE LOCATION:
This fantastic location to watch sports, is broken into 2 areas. The bar area, and the dining area. Both rooms are filled with High Def TV’s, but we prefer the dining room for long game visits. The beer list is exceptional, including local drafts. Food choices are delicious. You have the trademark Super Duper Cheesesteak, Dayton’s best philly sub, and dubbed “16 inches of heaven.” Their pizzas are tasty too, especially the cheesesteak pizza. Other loved menu items include the oven toasted deli subs. This is a top notch place to catch for favorite football team.
503 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Washington Township, OH 45459
BUCKIN DONKEY – MORAINE:
The dark horse of the list, pun intended. A cozy atmosphere and a welcoming Steelers bar. They have arguably some of the best wings in the Miami Valley (Go with Spicy Ranch Sauce). The TV’s are placed around strategically in the small dining area and bar. The place gets busy with fun fans. Sometimes it is standing room only, so be a little patient with the wait staff at this locally owned spot. They will be running around like crazy slinging beers, pizzas, sandwiches, pies and appetizers. Check this place out for a fun time with the most underrated sports bar menu in Dayton.
2866 S Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45409
BARGOS GRILL and TAP – CENTERVILLE:
The most comfortable bar to sit at and spread out and watch some games. The dining room is nice too, and if the weather permits, it is the only place we know of with huge TV’s at the patio bar. The menu highlights are chicken tenders which are a level hotter than we are used to. The pizzas and sandwiches shine here as well.
588 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Centerville, OH 45459
BENNETT’S PUBLICAL FAMILY SPORTS GRILL – MIAMISBURG:
Little known spot that is underrated,but getting some notoriety. Their menu is terrific. From soups and steaks to wings and fish dinners, the kitchen does not disappoint. The place has a nice bar area and TV’s throughout the dining room. The patio is nice too,although no TV sets outside. Stop in for some comfort food and friendly football fans. Service is always on point.
67 S Main St, Miamisburg, OH 45342
MILANO’S PIZZA and SUBS – BEAVERCREEK:
The Beavercreek location is a great atmosphere for football. It seems more sports fans flock to this location, and more families dine in the others. Lots of beer choices, lots of HD TV’s, lots of pizza and of course the Atlantic City Submarine Sandwiches that are their calling card. Nothing funnier than a fan trying to cheer on their team with a mouthful of an Italian sub. Service is usually great here as well.
2260 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45431
ARCHER’S TAVERN– KETTERING LOCATION:
A place you wouldn’t think of for football, but we love this choice. The indoor patio has a couple of premium seats that work out fabulous. There is also a big table area near the fireplace that is perfect for football on a cold day. Thirsty? You are at the right place. Archer’s beer selection is magnificent and the food is great and economical. Try the chili, the sweet n sexy wings and the sticky burger. These are the menu stars, as well as the Margherita Pizza. You will be happy you came to the Kettering location for the game.
2030 E Dorothy Ln, Kettering, OH 45420
BUNKERS BAR & GRILL – VANDALIA:
Another place with a cult following. The open dining area is filled with TV’s. One TV set has a revolving list of beers on tap. This is a beer swillin, wing eating sports bar. Known for their wings and burgers,you have to try the Bacon Cheeseburger. Lots of appetizers to choose from too. It is some good sports pub food, and the service is speedy. Definitely someplace to hit if you are a football lover.
893 E National Rd, Vandalia, OH 45377
LOCK 27 BREWING – CENTERVILLE LOCATION:
A secrets spot to watch football games. Park yourself at the bar and the huge TV’s are in plain view. You also have some of the best local beer at your fingertips. A private TV like experience and some of the best brews and food around. What more could you ask for. No one thinks to go watch football here and thats why its such a gem. Friendly staff and owners complete the experience.
1035 S Main St, Centerville, OH 45458
HINDERS SPORTS BAR– TIPP CITY:
This place has a cult following. The TV situation is not the greatest,but they make up for it with some of the best wings around. The butt warmer wings are a legend in the Dayton area and a must eat. They have also been known for burgers and sandwiches since 1989
902 W Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371
WINGS SPORTS BAR and GRILLE – BEAVERCREEK:
Little known place in Beavercreek by the closed Lofino’s grocery store in Beavercreek Valley Shopping Center. A nice, open dining room and big bar area, lend itself to a room full of new TV sets. The result is a football lovers paradise with all the games around the restaurant. Good draft specials and incredible wings are the big attractions here. This spot is a gem and is quickly gaining a following. They have a nice menu, with lots of sports bar fare. Another great menu item are their Southwestern Egg Rolls. Check this sort of secret place out sometime soon!
3347 Seajay Dr, Beavercreek, OH 45430
TJ CHUMPS – MIAMISBURG:
This place has quite the Cult following in Miamisburg. From the covered patio to the indoor bar and dining room, this is a great place for wings, beer and football. The menu even has a great salmon salad. The TV situation is good, and this place can get busy and noisy. Warmer weather showcases one of the most fun patios in the area. Great sliders too !
12 E Linden Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342
ELSA’S KETTERING SPORTS GRILL near MARSHALL and STROOP:
Tacos and Touchdowns are always a blast. So are Bad Juans and Bengals/Browns. This spot on Marshall and Stroop is the best Elsa’s to watch games. A big screen in the dining room and various TV’s around the dining area and bar, and event a TV in the covered patio area. Hungry? Try the Jamaica Jerk Wings, Crunchy Tacos and the Mini Super Burrito. Coronas are the beer of choice here and all this makes or a great football experience.
1216 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH 45429
MACK’S TAVERN – CENTERVILLE:
Huge open area for mingling and watching football. A menu featuring mac n cheese and pizza, this is a fun, friendly Steelers Bar that welcomes all fans. A great big bar is the feature of the eatery. The seating here is fun and the beer prices are great. Drafts and bottles are flowing and flying, as this is a football fans drinking bar. They are also known for their mixed drinks and friendly service. They are a past Bloody Mary champ of Dayton.
381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Washington Township, OH 45459
THE GROWLER PUB and GRUB – KETTERING:
Best beer prices in town, period. This is a football fans drinking bar. The TV situation is ok, and the food will do in a pinch, especially the wings. The bonus is you have this incredible patio to get some fresh air of your team is playing horribly. Pay attention to their draft list as they have tap takeovers from time to time. Full bar with many shot and cocktail options.
3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45429
BRIXX ICE CO – DAYTON:
Located across from the Dragons stadium, this place often gets overlooked for sporting events. The menu and beer prices are the star here. There are a few TV’s in the dining room, but you may want to choose a table with a good TV view. The bar is a good option for seating as well. Their burgers are some of the best in the Miami Valley – order away. Dont forget the Dragon Toes (boneless wings) and Meatloaf sandwich as other food options.
500 E 1st St, Dayton, OH 45402
STACKED PICKLE – MIAMISBURG:
New kid on the block that is an Indianapolis franchise. Billed as a family friendly sports pub, the TV’s are plentiful. They have a great appetizer selection. They are also known for their wings and big burgers. One of the owners is a former player for the Indianapolis Colts. They have 15 drafts on tap The menu even offers flat bread pizzas and rice bowls
103 N Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449
THE DAYTON BEER CO – DAYTON:
Bier hall and Bier garten atmosphere. Huge warehouse area with Hofbrau style long wooden tables. HD TV’s are placed all over the tap room, and football games are a perfect match here. Why? Thirty six Ohio beers on tap makes this place and incredible drinking experience. They have bottles of wine for sale too. Hungry? Choices are limited to their pizza place, 2nd Street Pizza a Brixx Ice Co related company. This is one of the mist fun atmospheres in town and not just for football games. Anytime, is a fun time at the Dayton Beer Co. They even have a patio too.
41 Madison St, Dayton, OH 45402
GEEZ GRILL and PUB – CENTERVILLE:
A small Centerville eatery with a few big TV’s. Known for their Italian food, burgers and wings it is a great place to watch a football game. This is a family friendly spot and sometimes you will see families with with younger kids. Nothing says football like a plate of lasagna and a big screen. Check this place out, if you haven’t tried it. It rounds out our list, but is worth a visit. The pizza is outstanding too.
5841 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45429
There you have it – where to watch your favorite team punt, pass and kick, while wetting your whistle and filling your face. Food Adventures definitive list of the best spots to watch a football game based on TV’s, food, drink and fun atmosphere.
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