Tuscaloosa boasts some world class sports bars, and they offer plenty of great brews, and enough TVs to keep your head on swivel on game day. One caveat: Most of these places may have cover charges, so factor that into your budget.
Innisfree Irish Pub: The ‘Free offers up a great game day atmosphere in downtown Tuscaloosa, complete with tons of TVs, a large patio area and of course, plenty of excellent beers. A sure spot to find fellow Tide fans, young and young-at-heart.
1925 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
The Houndstooth Sports Bar: Located smack in the middle of The Strip, this place is a classic, and it’s packed on game day – before, during and after – so get there early, especially if you want to secure a seat to watch the game. If you don’t mind standing, the people-watching is great.
1300 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Gallettes Tuscaloosa: There are precious few places in Tuscaloosa (on campus or off) where you can take your parents and the place is *the exact same* as it was back in “their day.” Gallettes is one of those places. Yellowhammers are poured lightning-fast on game day, and the boisterous crowd keeps the energy going as you collectively cheer the Tide on to victory.
1104 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Druid City Brewing: Tuscaloosa’s first craft brewery usually offers a ton of fun tailgating-wise on Alabama home game days. Grab a brew and enjoy some cornhole on the outside patio. Do NOT forget to see the famous chalkboard drawing (which changes, and is always brilliant), in the main taproom. Roll Tide!
607 14th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Billy’s Sports Grill Northport: When it comes to a restaurant that offers great pub fare, live music and sports in an intimate space, Billy’s has it all figured out. Enjoy the game on the many flat-screen TVs – there’s not a bad seat in the house. And try the chicken sandwich with the signature white and mustard sauces as you holler “Roll Tide” between bites.
430 Main Ave, Northport, AL 35476
Bob’s Victory Grille: This is a perfect spot for game watching with a group, with plenty of room and a huge menu (i.e. everyone you’re with should find something they like). TVs are everywhere, and the crowd is quite lively and vocal on Bama game days, yet the atmosphere is still very much family-friendly.
1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
The Cypress Inn: If you’re looking for an upscale place to gather and watch Alabama play, The Cypress Inn is a solid option. Enjoy a meal as you catch the game in the Sandbar, or, if you have a larger group, rent the Crow’s Nest – the private room, just upstairs from the main restaurant, has a large TV and projector screen. It can accommodate up to 60 people. For even bigger groups, rend the Loft (accommodates 200) or the Pavilion (accommodates 300), which has four large screens.
501 Rice Mine Road North, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Mellow Mushroom: Tuscaloosa’s Mellow Mushroom is in a convenient location (downtown) and it’s big enough to accommodate the whole gang. With plenty of TVs, a great bar area and of course, pizza, it’s a hot spot on game day.
2230 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Cobb Hollywood 16 Cinema: For the past several years, Cobb Theaters have shown all Alabama games on a huge screen in a theater at Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa. Management tells me the games are all free (home AND away for Bama will be shown) and it’s a family-friendly environment, with staff actually entering the theater to take concessions orders. Cool! If you’ve got a huge group, this is an option – and the game is shown via Cobb’s movie quality digital projectors – extra clear for those Tide TDs!
4250 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405