IN THE D: Bowl Games & Bars in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | December 30, 2014

In addition to this time of year being full of holiday spirit, it is one of the best times for college football. We have come to know and love this time of year, one as which we often refer to as “bowl season.” This season in particular adds extra excitement as it is the inaugural year of the four-team college football playoff system. While bowl season officially kicked off on Dec. 20, there are still many premier games coming up to view.

With all of the competitive contests taking place in the next week, you’re going to need a place to watch. If anything, you’ll definitely need a spot to see the Michigan State Spartans take on the Baylor Bears (and hopefully witness another bowl victory by the Spartans). While it is a bit disappointing the Spartans aren’t playing for a national title, it is still a very intriguing matchup against a top-tier opponent in a prolific bowl game.

If you are confused, I mean a Wolverines fan, and refuse to root for the Spartans, then surely the rest of the bowl games and the playoff games will capture your attention. The point is, football fans in all capacities are enticed, and there will be a lot of football watched during this time period. Gather your pals and check out the following options for places to watch the bowl games:

Punch Bowl Social Detroit, 1331 Broadway St., Detroit, opened earlier this month, and was one of the most highly touted openings in the area this year. With televisions in sight no matter which part of the establishment you are in, you won’t miss a snap. If you are yet to hear about this place, it mixes food and beverages with entertainment and social interaction. Karaoke, darts, shuffleboard, vintage arcade games and more will keep you busy here. The great spirits and food will keep your taste buds happy. Go here, you must, said Yoda.

CJ Mahoney’s Sports Grille, 2511 Livernois Rd., Troy, offers more than 30 flat screen TVs, two 80-inch plasma flat screen TVs, and individual TVs in each booth. Needless to say, you should have no problem finding your bowl game of choice that day. CJ Mahoney’s also has daily specials offering great deals on food and drinks. Check the menu out here. There is also a Rochester Hills location.

Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar, 1408 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit, is the place to go for good drinks and sports. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., so this would be a wise option for bowl game matinees during the week. Happy hour offers $2 domestics, $3 wells, $4 wine, shot specials and more. Thomas Magee’s prides itself on sports in Michigan so this would be a great option to watch the Cotton Bowl and cheer on the Spartans.

Pappy’s Sports Bar and Grille, 517 Monroe Ave., Detroit is a favorite in the Greektown neighborhood. The menu offers a variety of options, including calzones, pizza, burgers, small bites, gyros and more. Pappy’s provides a great atmosphere with a fun crowd of people, great food and beverages and seven 50-inch plasma TVs. Fridays are always a party with disc jockeys spinning the music and a lot of dancing. You definitely want to visit during happy hour here as well.

The Arena Sports Bar and Grille, 203 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, may be one of the more low-key bars on the list, but is perfect for bowl season. With 22 TVs, an internet-ready jukebox, pool, darts and more, you’ll be plenty entertained. There are daily specials, 24 taps and a Jagermeister chiller to keep your palate satisfied as well. The menu provides numerous options for your game time meal as well. Happy hour is every day besides Monday, including a late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Wherever your favorite football spot is, the fact remains that it is bowl season! There are hundreds of places to choose from in Metro Detroit. Grab a burger, drink some beer and cheer on your favorite teams. Go green!