Game On!

Need good restaurants perfect for watching the game? Start here.
The Braves All Star Grill is the perfect combination of great food and sports.
Max Lager's is a great location for before, during and after the game.
Hard Rock Cafe is a good game day choice. (Patrick Williams Photography)

Can’t score a ticket to the big game or just want a cozy spot to cheer on your favorite team? Head to one of these popular establishments.

  • Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
    Enjoy home field advantage and huddle downtown at Georgia’s oldest brewpub – Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery. Ideal for watching the game and for pre- and post-game activities, Max Lager’s has a menu of award-winning beers and wood-fired cuisine including burgers, pizzas, steaks and chops. Upstairs, Brewery Tavern offers the best seats in the house with TVs for viewing all the action and 30 beer taps. In spring 2018, look for the opening of parent company Brewed to Serve’s newest concept -- The Bold Monk Brewing Co. – a brewery, restaurant and beer garden in West Midtown.

  • Terrapin Taproom
    Even when it’s off season for the Atlanta Braves, Terrapin Taproom at The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park is a home run for sports viewing of all kinds. Beer, barbecue and sports are staples of the South, and Terrapin Taproom delivers with Terrapin beer (some brewed onsite at the adjacent Terrapin ATL Brew Lab) and plenty of televisions strategically positioned for game day viewing. Try out the hearty menu from local barbecue institution Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q with favorite dishes including beef brisket, pulled pork and the signature Frito Pie.

    Within walking distance of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, STATS is the ultimate destination for sports viewing. The expansive restaurant and brewpub offers private suites and is one of the only bars in the United States boasting a beer tap system on select tables allowing guests to pour their own beer. A menu of classic American cuisine features starters of Brewer’s nachos and crispy pork ribs; salads; sandwiches including the Dirty Bird and IPA pastrami dip; and entrees of brick chicken and pub steak and fries. Get in the zone with 70 high-definition TVs and a stellar lineup of draft and bottled beers, wines and sports themed cocktails.

  • Braves All Star Grill
    Braves All Star Grill in downtown Atlanta loads the bases with a chef-inspired menu, signature house cocktails and massive video screens for game day viewing. Order your choice of sandwiches, flatbreads, tacos, burgers and Winning Streak Wings that will more than satisfy during game day madness. More than a sports bar, Braves All Star Grill lets guests get in on the action with a rea-life pitching cage and unique Braves memorabilia. A second location at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport delivers sports viewing to fans on the fly.

  • Meehan’s Public House
    When your team needs the luck of the Irish, belly up at Meehan’s Public House in downtown Atlanta. Promising to keep your pints and stomach filled, Meehan’s boasts a menu of classic Irish dishes and game watching snacks including Reuben egg rolls, fried pickles, pub nachos and H&F pretzels. One of five Meehan’s in metro Atlanta, Meehan’s Downtown offers 12 televisions for sports viewing, and, come summer, Meehan’s will be one of Atlanta’s go-to spots to catch 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer action.

  • Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
    Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is known throughout the Southeast for its FlexMex menu of gourmet soft tacos, quesadillas and skillets, and it’s also a popular destination for cheering on your favorite sports teams. Taco flavors range from Korean BBQ to bacon cheeseburger, Baja fish, fajita steak and chicken con queso, and can be ordered along with a plate of buffalo chicken nachos or The Hot Mess: tater tots layered with queso blanco, pulled pork, bacon-cilantro slaw and honey chipotle barbecue sauce. With locations throughout metro Atlanta and the Southeast, Tin Lizzy’s flagship location in Buckhead is always busy, and its downtown establishment near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena gets fans close to local sports action without the cost of a ticket. Guests can celebrate a win or drown sorrows with a wide selection of house and signature margaritas and beer, including  $5.50 TLC margaritas and $3.75 Bud Light pints every day.

  • Hard Rock Café
    Hard Rock Café has been wowing music fans in downtown Atlanta since 1992, but did you know it’s also an excellent location for sports viewing? With a prime Peachtree Street location in proximity to downtown hotels, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena, Hard Rock Café presents a robust menu of starters, salads, burgers, entrées and more along with creative cocktails, beer and wine. Order the Jumbo Combo, arriving to the table with heaping helpings of Tupelo chicken tenders, wings, onion rings, Southwest egg rolls and potato skins, then order off the menu of Legendary burgers where choices include hickory barbecue bacon cheeseburger and atomic, containing spicy fried onions, fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and arugula. Add a side of artisan fries and indulge in a gooey hot fudge brownie with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Numerous televisions ensure guests are close to all the sports action of the day.

Plus: Warm up with Winter Dishes
Hearty, filling and delicious are just a few of the words to describe the winter offerings at some of Atlanta’s top restaurants. For a taste, fork into our short list.

  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    More than enough to share, the 40-ounce tomahawk bone-in rib eye arrives sizzling on a 500-degree plate. Opt for the tender eight-ounce petite filet and pick Brussels sprouts roasted in honey butter, lobster mac and cheese or creamy mashed potatoes.

  • Horseradish Grill
    This neighborhood gem serves Southern food in a rustic setting. Popular dishes include North Georgia trout stuffed with shrimp and served with red rice or HRG skillet fried chicken sided by four-cheese macaroni and garlic green beans.

  • White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
    Choose savory braised Riverview Farms pork belly with roasted heirloom carrots, bacon butter-braised chanterelles and pork demi. The s’mores baked Alaska layers chocolate "soil" with graham cracker cake and chocolate sorbet and is crowned with marshmallow meringue.

  • South City Kitchen Midtown
    The restaurant’s beloved she-crab soup is a warm start, and the house cavatelli with lamb sausage, mushrooms, rapini, arugula pesto and goat cheese or veal cheeks with creamy parsnips, Brussels sprouts and acorn squash will satisfy.

  • Staplehouse
    This restaurant in Old Fourth Ward offers a menu based on what the farmers bring. One dish that may grace Staplehouse’s menu during the winter is almost too gorgeous to eat: crab with sunflower, leeks and peppers is adorned with a crown of edible flowers.

Karen Lopez writes for Atlanta Now magazine.