Whether you root for the home team, the under dog, or are just pulling for an exciting match-up, here’s an alphabetical list of places around town to watch the Big Game:
While it’s no secret that Applebee’s is a nation-wide chain, the décor makes it certainly feel like a local institution. Full menu and bar, with several screens and food and drink specials during Monday Night Football.
Buster’s Bar and Grill
587 Valley Road, Danville
15 TVs in addition to a big screen make this a venue for Saturday college football viewing but be warned: closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Occupying the space that was once the Capitol movie theater on Main Street, Chumley’s is a long bar with 10 TVs (including a large projection screen where the movie screen used to be) and a wide selection of bottled micro-brews. Weekly Sunday night football food and drink specials.
Karaoke is the main attraction several times a week but Sunday and Monday nights, this bar (which also serves food) features “Sports on HDTV!”
Hess’ Tavern (and the Painted Pony)
118 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
(listed phone number no longer in service)
Holding the distinction of possessing the oldest family-owned liquor license in the entire state (1889), Hess’ features a big screen and pool tables upstairs and a dance floor downstairs (in the Painted Pony).
Occupying the space that was once upon a time the Magee Publick House, Marley’s is a brew pub and full restaurant with 4 TVs and Sunday football food and drink specials.
810 Catherine Street, Bloomsburg
A long-standing institution, the Paddock isn’t fancy, but it has cold beers and serves a limited menu (frozen pizzas and chips), and has a couple of TVs.
While as the name of this franchise implies, there are steaks (and burgers and ribs), the wings are the hot ticket item here. 24 (count ‘em!) TVs and plenty of specials during various game times…check their calendar (link above) for details.
456 West Main Street, Bloomsburg
A friendly, family-owned and operated bar at the bottom of Scott Town hill, Romig’s has a limited food menu, 2 flat screen TVs, and game-time drink specials.
26 East Main Street (back of the block, down Miller Alley), Bloomsburg
While Rose Marie’s is primarily known for its fine Italian dining menu, the bar has a popular following, as well. Maybe it’s the ghost of Lemon’s Tavern? At any rate, one TV only and more formal than most of the selections but we have managed to enjoy the occasional sporting event at this quieter and more formal option.
Another franchise restaurant/bar, Ruby Tuesdays is known for their consistently fresh salad bar. If that’s not an enticement, the full menu is available at the bar, where TVs are ample.
Two bar/restaurants sharing the same kitchen and menu, Russell’s (117) is long and thin (which makes it feel more crowded), while Kristy’s (119) provides a bit more elbow room. 1 TV in each bar and drink specials on Saturday and Sundays (including a Sunday White Russian deal, for the “Dude” in all of us).
Scoreboard Sports Tavern
6190 4th Street (Old Berwick Road at Oak Street), Bloomsburg/Scott Township
Casual and friendly, the Scoreboard’s menu notables are the burgers and wings. Plenty of TVs assure you’re covered from most any seat in the house.
Another new-comer to the area, Stone Fired occupies the former Bennigan’s on Route 11. Despite the building’s franchise roots, Stone Fired is actually the sister restaurant to Elizabeth’s Bistro in Lewisburg and, in keeping with Elizabeth’s mission, serves “rustic, ethnic & regional cuisine.” Full bar with several big screens for your viewing pleasure.
The newest addition to the Turkey Hill Inn and Fine Dining establishments is their more casual but no less attractive Brewing Company. TVs at both bars (upstairs and down), and on the landing at the top of the stairs (overlooking the brewery-works). Full dining room upstairs as well.
The Wagon Shed
850 Railroad Street, Bloomsburg
A friendly bar where town and college blend that purports to “play the games our people want to see,” the Wagon Shed features 7 TVs, a short menu of sandwiches and pizza, pool tables, a shuffle board, and an impressively diverse juke box (in case you need distractions from the game).
Photo by Ben B Miller