The silver lining of summer’s close is the impending kickoff to football season. With NFL preseason underway, we rounded up eight sports bars with killer deals and prime viewing venues to make the most of your gameday experience.
2941 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
Shorebreak has been the premier meeting place for Virginia Beach sports fans since 2003. The bayside bar boasts 40 flat screen televisions and nearly 40 feet of high-definition projector screens. Every night of the week, Shorebreak is dishing out spicy wings, fire grilled burgers and massive pizza pies to be enjoyed on the sideline. You can even cheer on your team while shooting pool or trying your hand at an arcade game in Shorebreak’s game and billiard rooms.
MVP Deal: Get any XL handcrafted pizza for just $7.99 on Sundays at Shorebreak.
1672 Sentinel Drive, Chesapeake
Less than a month old, Recovery Sports Grill debuted in Chesapeake just in time for NFL preseason. The fan- and family-friendly bar is fully equipped for sports watching fun. Indulge in over 70 appetizers, shareables, entrees and desserts and imbibe locally made brews and handcrafted cocktails. Games are streaming all day every day on Recovery’s 40-plus flat screens scattered throughout the bar and outdoor patio.
MVP Deal: Pair Monday night football with half-price boneless wings during Recovery’s Wingman Mondays.
1956 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach
Adjacent to Captain George’s wildly popular seafood buffet is the upscale bar scene at Just George’s Sports Bar. The circular dining area and panoramic television views put you in the center of gameday action. Just George’s menu is sure to satisfy all of your game day cravings too, offering a host of fried and battered starters, seafood entrees and delectable handhelds.
MVP Deal: Stay tuned for this year’s Just Sundays at Just George’s specials for exclusive discounts on food and drinks.
300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach
Big Sam’s may be known for its weekend brunch, but football season brings Sundays at Sam’s a whole new meaning. Beginning in October, the Oceanfront staple delves into crowd pleasing plates at hard-to-beat prices. Enjoy special appetizers and half-off wings and quesadillas on Mondays, or select from the eatery’s host of everyday bar bites like po’boys, clams, oysters, nachos and more.
MVP Deal: Exclusively during football season, enjoy specially priced tailgate apps and discounted nachos with your choice of chicken, steak or tuna.
344 Constitution Drive, Virginia Beach
When you can’t make it to the stadium, this aptly named pub can cover all of your tailgate needs. Discover a buffet of game day eats and freshly poured pitchers you can refill at halftime. For a true tailgate feel, dine in one of Tailgate’s truck bed booths.
MVP Deal: Monday night football gets even better with 99-cent domestic drafts and domestic bottles for just $1.50.
4012 Colley Ave., Norfolk and 4213 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk
Nothing beats a quintessential wing and football combo, and The Dirty Buffalo certainly knows how to ‘cue up the chicken. The Norfolk wing stop captured the spotlight on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and has since captured the hearts and stomachs of local football fans. Choose from over 32 wing flavors, including the funky flavor of the week, and enjoy weekend football on the big screen.
MVP Deal: Tailgate at the table and enjoy happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
605 Pilot House Drive, Newport News
The tailgate spread at District 41 is for serious fans only. Indulge in cheesy, fried and towering appetizers, savory tacos, pressed sandwiches and an array of hand-battered and hand-crafted sides. Also at your disposal is a high-definition arrangement of flat screen televisions for prime game day viewing.
MVP Deal: District 41’s Game Night Tap-N-App is hard to beat. In addition to $3 domestics and $6 craft brews, your fan club can enjoy one appetizer and get another at half price all night long.
Big Woody’s has three locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
Big Woody’s prides itself in wings, sports and live music. The iconic dive has served Southside sports lovers for decades and is a mainstay for local football lovers. Big Woody’s is open late too so your tailgate can continue long after the game is over.
MVP Deal: Big Woody’s offers a specially curated menu strictly for football season. Football Favorites include buffalo chicken dip, pigskins, pretzel bites, Ragin’ Riblets, Big Woody’s Munchin’ Baskets and discounted Fish ‘n Chips on Sundays.