Not only is the autumn season a time for leaf peeping and pumpkin spice everything, but it's also a peak time for one of America's favorite pastimes: watching sports! Whether you're a football fanatic or bonkers about basketball, these sports bars in Fairfax County are the perfect spots to watch your favorite teams dominate. Throw on your favorite jersey and maybe even some face paint - it's game time!
Buffalo Wing Factory
Reston & Chantilly
What goes better with sports than wings and beer? Aside from a 360-degree selection of televisions to watch, Buffalo Wing Factory offers craft wings and craft beer at their locations in both Chantilly and Reston. With favorites like Peruvian Verde and Sweet Flamin' Jerk, you're bound to find a new flavor at this beloved spot.
Glory Days Grill
Lorton, Reston, Herndon, Fairfax, Burke, Centreville, Falls Church
As one of the only sports-themed restaurants in Fairfax County, visiting Glory Days Grill to watch the game is a no-brainer! The award-winning restaurant is known to have a family-friendly atmosphere, as well as made-to-perfection burgers, BBQ ribs, and more all-American selections. To go right along with the theme, sports memorabilia from professional leagues, amateur athletics, and local high school venues are displayed as reminders of Glory Days events from the past and present.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
As a local neighborhood staple since 1997, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in Herndon is a great place to cheer on your favorite team. The cozy vintage tavern offers drinks, billiards, and pub grub. If you're looking to make a day of the occasion, be sure to stroll through the Herndon Historic District to take a photo with the red caboose, grab a beer at Aslin Beer Company, and shop at the locally-owned businesses.
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If you're looking for an upscale-casual place to watch the game, Maggie McFly's at Springfield Town Center doesn't disappoint. First of all, the menu is extremely vast - boasting everything from ramen, to pizza, to tacos, to gyros, to steak, to seafood, to... well, a little bit of everything! If your friends all have a hankering for different cuisine, here's the place to make everyone happy.
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Photo credit Grossman Photography via USAI Lighting
Who said sports can't be watched in a sophisticated setting? To watch the game with a bit of flair, Earls Kitchen + Bar on the plaza at Tysons Corner Center is the perfect pick. Their globally-inspired menu features made-from-scratch food and perfectly crafted cocktails. The upscale ambiance is a unique way for a sports-loving couple to combine a date night with watching the game!
Honor Brewing Company
Fairfax & Chantilly
Photo courtesy of Honor Brewing Kitchen Fairfax via Facebook
If beer is the one thing you can't watch sports without, you're in luck! Honor Brewing Company is a Chantilly-based brewery with the mission to celebrate American soldiers. They pride themselves on beer that is "Made with Pride. Served with Respect. Shared in Tribute." Catch a game at their Chantilly Tasting Room or their newly-opened Kitchen in Fairfax. Oh, and don't forget to try the award-winning barbecue.
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In addition to delicious pizzas, burgers, beers, and other food items, Matchbox at Reston Station is a Game Watch location and features GameDay specials on Monday and Thursday nights, as well as all day Saturday and Sunday in the bar area.
Places to Watch the Game and Enjoy Family Fun
Dave & Busters
Fairfax & Springfield
Enjoy fun for the whole family at Dave & Busters, where you can eat, drink, play and watch sports - all under one roof! Although the entertainment center is mostly known for its wide variety of arcade games, you'll find a restaurant within with large television screens.
Tailgaters Sports Grill & Fun Land of Fairfax
Let the kids loose (or unleash your inner child!) at Fun Land of Fairfax, an indoor entertainment facility with 100+ arcade games, go-karts, laser tag, a ropes course, rock climbing and more! The on-site restaurant, Tailgaters Sports Grill, features a ginormous projection screen and delicious bites to curb your cravings.
Whether you're looking to see your favorite teams win or watch your rivals get crushed, there's no shortage of sports bars, restaurants, and even arcades to see the game. What are your favorite teams that you're rooting for this season? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.