Best NFL Friendly Bars in New Bedford


2010 Best Bars for NFL Football New Bedford and Dartmouth

by Noah Griffith

The NFL pre-season is coming to a close this Thursday with the first game of the NFL regular-season fast approaching.  On 9 September, the NFL will kick-off the first game of the season with a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. The game is next Thursday so start making your plans now!

The 2010 NFL season should be an exciting one.  Brett Favre is coming back for another year and the Terrel Owns/Chad Ocho Cinco show should be fun to watch in Cincinnati.  There is a great crop of young rookies in Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Dez Bryant.  These guys should make an immediate impact on their teams.

Where will you go to watch the 2010 NFL season?  If you are from New Bedford or the surrounding areas we’ve put together a nice lists of bars for you that offer incentives to watch the game at their venue.  Having a TV and cable is simply not enough to make this list! We’ve ranked these bars by a number of important factors; the number of High-Definition (HD) TVs and games that can be played at once, whether they have the NFL package and if they have great food and drink specials.  We’ve also tiered these by best bars and excellent bars.

Best Bars to Watch NFL Football

These bars are the best for NFL football and fantasy football fans due to the amount of TVs they have and excellent food/drink specials.

Strikers Sports Bar and Grille (Wonder Bowl): 66 Hathaway Road New Bedford, MA 02746 – (508)-993-1746

Number of TVs: 14 HD including 115” Projection
Number of games on at once: 14
Sports Packages:  NFL Ticket
Food Specials: yes
Drink Specials: Beer specials every month. Current: Leinenkugel 16oz $2.50/ Landshark $2.00
Capacity: 120
Comment: The only place where you have beer and food, watch sports, play pool and bowl!

Knucklehead’s Bar & Grill: 85 MacArthur Dr New Bedford, MA 02740 – (508) 984-8149

Number of TVs: 17 HD
Number of games on at once: 17
Sports Packages: NFL ticket
Food Specials: $5 Steak Dinner and $6 Tailgate Pan
Drink Specials: Bucket of beer: Domestic: $13.50 Foreign: $16.50
Capacity: 95
Comment: With the capability to display every NFL game at once this is a Fantasy Football must!

Rose Alley Ale House: 94 Front St. New Bedford, MA 02740 – (508) 858-5123

Number of TVs: Nine HD
Number of games on at once: Nine
Sports Packages: NFL ticket
Food Specials: All you can eat boneless wings for $5.95
Drink Specials: Beer pitcher specials
Capacity: 149
Comment: There is always a great variety of boneless wings and a large selection of beers.

Miller’s Homeport: 24 Cove Road, South Dartmouth, MA 02748 – (508) 992-1311

Number of TV’s:  12 HD
Number of games on at once: 12
Sports Packages: NFL Package
Food/Drink Specials: Pitcher of beer and eight wings for $12 each with additional wings only $0.25 each.  Buy two burgers and get an appetizer free.  Tailgate sampler with boneless chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries, and cup of chili for $10.
Capacity: 99
Comment: Pricing is excellent and the food is top notch!

Excellent Bars to Watch NFL Football

These bars are limited on the number of games that can be watched, but have great atmosphere and good drink and/or food specials.

Rasputin’s Tavern: 122 Main Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719 – (508) 858-5490

Number of TVs: Eight HD
Number of games on at once: Eight
Sports Packages: NFL Ticket
Food Specials: Sunday Lunch Buffett – 11am until you are full
Drink Specials: $2 PBR 16oz can, $1.50 Drafts, $2 Mikes
Capacity: 99
Comment: Fairhaven’s newest and best neighborhood sports bar.

Ice Chest Bar & Grille: 136 Huttleston Ave, Fairhaven MA, 02719 – (508) 992-BEER

Number of TVs: Six HD
Number of games on at once: Six
Sports Packages: NFL Ticket
Food Specials: Buy one burger get one burger free, buy one Pizza get one pizza free for Monday night football
Drink Specials: No
Capacity: 196

Applebee’s: 500 State Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 – (508) 997-3957

Number of TVs: Seven total HD TVs (Five in bar, two in dining room)
Number of games on at once: Three
Sports Packages: NFL package
Food Specials: $.25 wings during Pat’s games
Drink Specials: $3.50 Coors Light Draft & others
Capacity: 210
Comment: Outstanding service and always a fun atmosphere!

Hibernia Irish Pub: 109 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 – (508) 984-4423

Number of TV’s: Four HD with one large projections screen
Number of games on at once: Four
Sports Packages:  NFL Package (Comcast)
Food Specials: $0.25 Cent Wings
Drink Specials: Regular specials: $8 pitcher of PBR and Rolling Rock
Capacity: 99
Comment:  A great place to watch the Pats game with friends!

About ngriffith25

An official Tough Mudder. I grew up in New Bedford. Graduated from UMASS Dartmouth with Operations MTG Degree (BA). I'm the Head of Sales for RocketFish Media and New Beford Guide. I've been a Bartending for over 9 years and still love it. I try to stay very active and enjoy being outside. Getting married in September (9/10/11) Hobbies: Snowboarding, MMA, riding motorcycles, going on vacation, SCUBA diving, anything outdoors Favorite Authors/Books: Lee Child, George R. R. Martin, Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max, "The Dragons Path"

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