Top Sports Bars in Louisville, KY
Whether you’re watching the Cardinals score touchdowns, tuning in for high school basketball, or enjoying big-league baseball, every season offers something fun for sports fans. Here in Louisville, we’re known as one of the best college sports towns in America—and we take that designation seriously. So, no matter which team you’re rooting for, you don’t have to drive far to find delicious eats and friendly faces at one of our neighborhood sports bars. These are just a few of the hometown hangouts we recommend when the game is on, and even when it’s not!
Troll Pub Under the Bridge
To access this gathering spot, you’ll have to venture underground. Troll Pub is one of downtown Louisville’s many hidden treasures. Built on the site of the Galt House hotel in 1834, this historic, 6000-foot space offers a subterranean retreat for sports fans, families, and anyone on the search for a good meal and a fun atmosphere. The converted space, full of cozy nooks and crannies, features plenty of televisions mounted on the exposed brick walls. Look closely, and you may be able to discover a hidden room or two.
Since 2011, Troll Pub has been serving up a wide selection of tasty sandwiches, burgers, fries, salad, and more. Local favorites like Kentucky Hot Brown (an open-faced turkey sandwich covered in bacon, tomato, and cheese sauce), fried dill pickle chips, and beer cheese make this the place to go for game-day eats. Celebrating with friends? Turn any cocktail into a 64-ounce “Troll Bowl” to share. Cheers to that!
O’Line Sports Grill
With a name like O’Line, you know this spot is all about sports. The next time there’s a big game scheduled, pile the kids in the car and race down to this local favorite. O’Line is known for its family-friendly, sports-focused atmosphere and classic pub menu. Whether you are grabbing carry-out dinner or heading out to enjoy the game, their eats will keep you satisfied.
At O’Line, wings are the star of the show. Choose between almost a dozen sauces and dry rubs to concoct the perfect, made-for-you flavor. From sweet Thai Chili to the aptly named “Score-cher,” there’s something for everyone. Guests who are hungry for more can choose from sandwiches, salads, and plenty of shareable snacks like cheese bites, calamari, and potato skins. Ravenous? Choose the grilled cheese burger, a beef burger served between two grilled cheese sandwiches!
Longtime Louisville residents know: Gerstle’s Place in St. Matthews is one of the best places to enjoy a big game day with friends. Since 1924, this neighborhood tavern has served up cold brews, good food, and plenty of entertainment. You can catch live music in the evenings, or stop by to watch your favorite teams on the big-screen TVs. Generous drink specials pair well with Trivia Night, which you can catch on Tuesdays.
The kitchen at Gerstle’s cooks up everything from flatbread pizzas to tacos. Of course, you can also find pub fare standbys like a fried fish sandwich, nachos, wings, and pretzel bites served with Gerstle’s own small-batch beer cheese.
Jock’s Sports Bar and Grill
When it comes to sports bars, the casual, no-frills neighborhood haunts are some of the best around. That’s definitely the case with Jock’s, a sports pub that delivers on the most important things: good food, cold beers, and plenty of large TVs. Pool tables, dart boards, cornhole, and friendly bartenders attract locals and out-of-towners alike, while large groups appreciate the abundant seating.
For over thirty years, the cooks at Jock’s have been frying up game day grub like nachos, pickles, wings, and cheese sticks. The kitchen stays open late, so you can get your fill of burgers, chicken tenders, and Jock’s famous chili long after the big game has ended.
Brownie’s the Shed Grille and Bar
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For friendly service, a full-service bar, and a family-focused atmosphere, look no further than Brownie’s. This longtime neighborhood staple now has two locations, so you can grab a drink or a meal in Plainview Village Center or New Albany. Brownie’s is dedicated to providing an excellent game-day experience for sports fans, so they’ve invested in HD TVs, as well as seasonal sports TV packages and channels. If you’re wondering where to watch basketball, baseball, football, or even the latest horse race, you can probably catch it at Brownie’s.
Customers may come to Brownie’s for the sports, but they stay for the live music, cornhole, and delicious food. The extensive menu includes everything from breakfast platters and burgers to fresh salads and double-dipped wings. Pub fare like loaded waffle fries, sausage cheese dip, and pretzel nuggets keep you fueled from the coin toss to the final whistle. Don’t forget the bar. It’s stocked with frozen cocktails, draft beer, and mimosa pitchers, so customers never leave thirsty. Brownie’s also offers curbside pickup for those who want to grab their grub and hit the road.
The Manhattan Project
For a sophisticated step up from local dives, head to Clifton, where The Manhattan Project (TMP) is making a name for itself as an upscale sports bar and kitchen. Plentiful indoor and outdoor seating offers room for groups of sports fans to gather. The space is open, airy, and stocked with TVs for prime viewing. Mark your calendars for Trivia Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, and Sunday brunch.
Handcrafted cocktails and a long draft list make TMP a spot you’ll return to again and again. The food is pub fare, but elevated, so you can expect everything from pretzel knots and chicken wings to tuna tartare and king crab legs. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and tacos round out the menu. The build-your-own macaroni and cheese is a fan favorite.
When you’re ready to go out, Louisville’s sports bars are ready for you. Grab a friend, put on your game-day gear, and drive over for an afternoon of good food and your favorite teams. At Oxmoor Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we’re always on the search for a great place to watch sports, so if you have a favorite spot we didn’t list here, let us know! Nothing beats game day in Louisville.