January 2, 2014
The Eagles are in the playoffs (!) and the first round playoff game is this Saturday night at 8 p.m. And while the game is at home, tickets are pretty hard to come by… and it’s going to be freezing, so we wholeheartedly endorse grabbing some friends and watching the game at a nearby watering hole inside where it will be warm.
As to which watering hole, you’re going to have plenty of choices. If you want to watch with a few hundred fellow cheering fans, we suggest the bigger options like Xfinity Live and Chickie’s and Pete’s. Just be prepared to get there early if you want to grab one of the best places to sit. And there are a number of other sports bars in and around Center City that present good options for places to watch the game.
Beyond the traditional sports bars, pretty much every bar with a TV will have the game turned on Saturday night. However, some of these bars might not have the sound on, since 8 p.m. will be right in the middle of Saturday night dinner service.
Recommendation: Call the bar you want to head to beforehand and ask if they’re going to have the sound on. Most places will turn on the sound if enough of their patrons are asking for the game sound to be turned on.
So now you have a few days to make your plans. And as you can see in the video above, the Eagles view themselves as crashing the NFL’s playoff party and they are inviting all of their fans to help crash it with them. The Eagles are asking their fans to extend their New Year revelry a few more days into the weekend and keep the party going this Saturday night when the Birds take on the Saints. And we are more than happy to oblige and to help you get in on the fun.
Read on for our roundup of places to watch the Eagles game this Saturday night.
NFC Wild Card Game Round 1 – Eagles vs. Saints
When: Saturday, January 4, 8:10 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field and also on TV on NBC 10
Sports Bars & Pubs
• Xfinity Live: With numerous bars inside of the sports-lovers oasis, Xfinity Live is slated to have the game going on numerous screens throughout the South Philly attraction that neighbors Lincoln Financial Field.
• Chickie’s and Pete’s: One of Philadelphia’s premier sports bars, Chickie’s and Pete’s brings folks the big game with a side of tasty crab fries at all of its locations.
• City Tap House: Boasting more than 60 taps, City Tap House ushers in football fans for the Eagles game on Saturday night and serves up a serious selection of craft beer and pub fare.
• Sugarhouse Casino: Watch the Eagles fly (and hopefully win!) at SugarHouse Casino.
• Field House: This Saturday night at Field House means the Eagles all night long. With tons of local and imported brews, Field House is a solid spot to catch the game.
• Fado: Although Fado is usually known for showing soccer games, the Irish bar gets into the spirit with a screening of the big Eagles game for Center City dwellers.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Watch the Eagles from Midtown Village as McGillin’s Olde Ale House serves up drinks, eats and the Eagles on blast.
• Bru: Right across from McGillin’s, Bru Craft & Wurst tunes in to the Eagles game and promises visitors sound to accompany the game.
• Fox and Hound: Fox and Hound, a well-loved Center City sports bar, turns on the game and invites guests to cheer on the home team with a beer in hand.
• Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar: Tabu, the Gayborhood’s resident sports bar, invites folks in for discounted seasonal drafts, $8 Absolut and Red Bull and a prime spot to catch the action of the Eagles game.
• Buffalo Billiards: With two floors, two bars, pool tables, shuffleboard and nearly a half-dozen dart boards, you won’t run out of things to do at Buffalo Billiards. Fortunately, there are also plenty of televisions scattered throughout the bar so you won’t miss a minute of the Eagles action.
• Elephant & Castle: Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant has plenty of room for groups looking to watch the Eagles take on the Saints. Curb your appetite with signature pub grub, including Shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash.
• Public House: A popular happy hour destination in Center City, Public House has plenty of space for large groups wanting to watch the Eagles vs. Saints game, grab a drink and raise a glass to the home team.
• O’Neals Pub: Sports fans on South Street find their way to O’Neals on 3rd Street where the taps are always pouring area microbrews and the satellite system displays top sports — including this weekend’s Eagles home game.
• Misconduct Tavern: Every television in the house will be devoted to the Eagles at Misconduct Tavern in Rittenhouse. In addition to comforting pub eats, Birds fans can take advantage of drink specials during the game.
• Mac’s Tavern: It’s always Eagles at Mac’s Tavern in Headhouse Square. Fans will have no problem seeing (or hearing) the game, plus they can enjoy beer specials all day long.
Many more picks for where to watch the game, below.
• Irish Pub: Center City sports fans can choose from two Irish Pub locations to watch the game with beer and drinks specials throughout the night.
• Kildare’s: Head to Manayunk’s popular Irish watering hole to see the Eagles take on the New Orleans Saints.
• Cavanaugh’s: One of Philadelphia’s most popular sports bars, Cavanuagh’s will be bleeding green at its locations in Headhouse Square, Rittenhouse and University City.
• Paddy Whacks: Grab a cold beer and chow down on classic pub fare as you watch the game at all three Paddy Whacks locations in Philadelphia.
• North Bowl: Get into the competitive spirit with a few frames at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. With TVs above every lane, you’ll have a clear view of the Eagles. And with some of the tastiest tater tots in the city, you’ll have a happy stomach.
• The Garage: Housed in an old auto repair shop, The Garage has large TVs, a great selection of canned and bottled beers and Skee-Ball. As a special bonus, you can go across the street if you get hungry during the game and grab a famous cheesesteak from Pat’s or Geno’s.
• South Philly Bar and Grill: A top-rated sports bar located near the city’s most famous cheesesteaks, South Philly Bar and Grill will feature specials for the night and plenty of die-hard fans cheering on the Eagles.
• Brauhaus Schmitz: Brauhaus Schmitz, South Street’s well-loved German beer hall, invites Eagles fans in for the big game as it screens all the action on TVs throughout the bar and a giant projector (with sound!) in the back room.
• Ten Stone: There are plenty of TVs inside of Graduate Hospital’s neighborhood bar, Ten Stone. Support the home team with a home brew in hand (think Yuengling and Victory beers).
• For Pete’s Sake: For Pete’s Sake in South Philly turns on its plasma televisions for the Eagles’ game of the season. Indulge in a solid selection of bottle and draught beers while rooting for Nick Foles and the team.
• Jose Pistola’s: Sip a margarita at Jose Pistola’s while watching the Eagles fight for the win at Lincoln Financial Field.
• Slainté: Located steps from 30th Street Station, Slainté is a relaxed spot to watch the game with perfectly poured pints and satisfying pub eats.
• Iron Hill: With ten locations throughout the region, including Chestnut Hill, Iron Hill Brewery is another solid option for watching the big game. The seats at the bar usually offer the best viewing spots for watching the game.