The Best Seat in the House

Trouble scoring tickets to the big game? Not to worry. You’ll be a winner with good eats and endless TVs at Bergen’s top sports bars.
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Whether the gridiron’s your game or you prefer hardwood and hoops, fall is the most wonderful time of the year for sports fans. If you love watching the competition, rejoice in the fact that October is the only month in which the regular seasons of America’s four major sports intersect. There’s only one problem: How do you get to all the games?

Since you can’t be in two places at once, and securing tickets to a game can be challenging (and costly), we have a solution: Pull up a seat at one of your favorite sports bars. Bergen County has a roster packed with places filled with larger-than-life TVs, dartboards and pool tables, seemingly endless wine and beer menus, and all the game-day goodies your stomach can handle—nachos, Buffalo wings, chicken fingers and fries, oh my! And of course, you’ll never run into a shortage of Jets and Giants banter.

Where do BERGEN staffers go for game-day kicks? While options abound, we selected our three favorites for their wall-to-wall screens, finger-licking food and sports-specific rooms—everything a die-hard needs! For certain, Biggie’s in Carlstadt throws a perfect game. (It has a location in Ramsey, but the restaurant near the Meadowlands has prime real estate in the shadow of MetLife Stadium.) Biggie’s has built a reputation as a go-to neighborhood bar with outstanding happy hours—it won both categories in this year’s Best of Bergen poll—but it’s also a prime-time spot for sports. Nosh on items from a seafood-inspired menu or enjoy a plate of wings while watching the action on nearly 20 flat-screen TVs. Sounds like a winner to us!

With 40 HDTVs, Boom Burger (with locations in Rochelle Park and Mahwah) delivers a Joe Namath–like guarantee that you won’t miss a single play—although if you try to pay attention to every game, you might feel like one of those promotional bobblehead dolls. But if all those screens aren’t enough for your experience, dive into a dish from the headline-worthy menu. Boom Burger has a whopping selection of hormone-free burgers, entrées and drinks. The only thing they can’t guarantee is a win for your team.

Had your fill of football? If it’s soccer, hockey or baseball you’re after, Miller’s Ale House in Paramus is the place in Bergen County to catch your sport. With multiple bars and multiple rooms, it’s easy to find your game and easy to order your favorite brews, with craft, imported or domestic selections. When you get hungry, a lengthy menu will tempt you with everything from fresh chicken fingers and baby back ribs to steak and lobster. Now that’s how to tailgate!

So if you’re not headed to the ballpark, you can still slip on your jersey, throw on a cap and show your colors. It’s game day, and the team needs your support. Head to one of the following places and let ’em hear you!

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