And the winner is…
161 Joe Nuxhall WayCincinnati, OH 45202
The locally owned restaurant is a great option on game day, being across the street from Great American Ball Park. It has long bar tables, more than a dozen small tables, a patio and a rotating list of draft beers that won't cost you $7 a pint. Let's not forget the 30 HDTVs lining the long bar and sitting high on the walls of the dining areas. With these, you will see the Reds from many angles, and keep up with other major sports happenings.
3670 Werk RoadCincinnati, OH 45248
Champions Grille is a West Side sports fans headquarters. They just recently moved next to the Pirate's Den in a new spot with a patio. Boasting multiple hi-def TVs, fans can view virtually any game at any time. Replenish with a menu of appetizers, build-your-own burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads and, of course, wings.
479 Orphanage RoadFort Wright, KY 41017
For some, heaven means white puffy clouds. For others, it’s cold beer, never-ending sports talk and girls in tight referee tops. Dickmann’s Kentucky Sports Cafe is the place where a couple of TVs just isn’t cutting it: this bar is lined with ‘em, they host a sand volleyball league and there’s pool, darts and video games to keep patrons entertained. Tuesdays offers wing night and pitcher specials. The bar also serves up the usual pub food, including pizza, wings, burgers and salads. Enjoy live musuc on Friday and Saturdays at 9 p.m.
218 W. Third St.Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown workers and sports fans head directly here before and after Bengals and Reds games, thanks to its prime Third Street location. Filled with local sports memorabilia, lots of flat-screen TVs and all the free peanuts and popcorn you can eat, the Head First is a classic sports bar that also serves lunch daily.
1009 Town DriveWilder, KY 41076
Neighborhood: Highland Heights/NKU
As its name implies, Longnecks Sports Grill offers a long list of longneck beers, as well as other drafts and imports. This sports bar isn’t all about the beer, though - there’s the full menu, complete with wings and their pot roast sandwich. Thanks to the impressive amount of mounted TVs, it's one of the best places to catch a game in the area. Stop in Monday for some free pool, Tuesday for select $2 beers all day, or Wednesday after 9 p.m. for their $1 beer, $1 burger deal.
2618 Vine St.Cincinnati, OH 45219
Neighborhood: Corryville/Clifton Heights
Get a taste of Pittsburgh’s rich Italian heritage just minutes from the University of Cincinnati. Their homemade sauce is infused into many dishes, such as the buffalo fries and of course, the Pittsburgh-style wings. Kick back with a cold one and enjoy the game (don’t forget your Steelers jersey!)
6380 Glenway Ave.Cincinnati, OH 45211
It’s time for the game – that’s right, the big game - but where to watch it? Easy question. Willie’s is just what you want. With TVs everywhere you look, you’ll never be far from the action no matter where you sit. And if you’re not so into sports, you can always come in for weekly scheduled karaoke and live music. Willie's also has daily lunch specials and happy hour 1-7 p.m. daily and again from 9 p.m. until close.
Last year's winner
2680 Madison RoadCincinnati, OH 45208
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
This new sports pub jazzed up the former Mulligan’s Hyde Park Pub with new colors, a better menu and more college pride (logos and flags). It still has plenty of seating and high-definition TVs in the main dining area, accented by a long bar and an impressive draft beer wall and a bevy of taps. Try the pig and bull burger: half ground chuck, half pork.