Not everyone can or wants to watch their favorite teams at home and if you’re moving to Bend, you’ll want to know where to go to catch the game. If you’re looking for a great bar or pub that’s guaranteed to show the games you’re interested in – or just want a great place to enjoy amazing beer and sports – then we have just the list for you. For those looking for the best spot to follow your team with friends, and those making plans for particularly big games – like the classic Oregon/Oregon State civil war– these are the spots that need to be on your list.
Hideaway Tavern isn’t exactly hidden: There’s easy access right off of 3rd street, and the bar is spacious enough to hold room for all kinds of sports gatherings (it’s also quite family friendly for a tavern, which is nice if you are planning a family outing for a particularly special game). The beer is great, there are plenty of menu items with some superb spicy dishes, and the padded couches and extra-large screen TVs are perfect for sitting back and watching an entire game (there’s also more traditional bar and restaurant seating). In fact, Hideaway is so good at what it does that you’ll want to get there as early as possible for popular games, because it fills up fast.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
McMenamins may not seem like an obvious choice for watching the game. Old St. Francis is many, many things but no part of it is really a sports bar…except for really big, popular games. St. Francis transforms its mini movie theater into the biggest sports TV you’ve ever seen to celebrate important showdown games, as well as almost every Duck and Beaver game of the season. There’s an adjacent bar and you can order all kinds of food from the restaurant. Most people will recommend the Cajun tots, and for good reason, but it’s hard to go wrong with any of McMenamins original food, as well as its own beer and liquor labels.
Since the theater is on the small side, this is another place where it’s important to get there early. Check the Old St. Francis School schedule for more details.
Sidelines bills itself as the “biggest sports bar in Bend,” which may or may not be true, but it’s certainly one of the oldest and most traditional sports bars downtown and a great option for an authentic experience of sports, beer and grub. They offer an extensive menu with many options for both individual meals or group sharing, and of course multiple TVs to catch all the action you want. If you love the vibe of a classic sports bar, you’ll find plenty of fellow fans here.
Beach Hut Deli
Beach Hut Deli is an eclectic sports pub experience that takes your game day up several notches. They offer 12 big TVs to tune into all the big games, and you can even book a private room for your group that includes a 60-inch HDTV. The pub specifically caters toward large groups and is friendly for both families and dogs. It’s worth at least one stop for any sports fan in Bend, and probably quite a few more after that.
River Pig Saloon
River Pig is a new addition to Bend’s sports bar scene but has already risen to become one of the most popular game-watching spots in town. It combines a classic sports bar design with hearty food, excellent service and an amazing atmosphere that always seems fill with happy fans (it’s honestly uncanny). The bar also includes a great open-air section that’s ideal for the warmer months and allows family and friends who may be a bit less interested to take a break from cheering whenever they need to.