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Classic dishes and guilty pleasures that have become game-day staples at Lakeland sports bars — because watching the game is only half the fun.

Aside from being at the stadium, these establishments are the ideal spots to be on game day. They encompass the perfect combination of appetizing bar food, even-better drink deals, and the dive-ish vibes we’ve all grown fond of. Yes, we’re talking about sports bars here. They are not only noted for their ability to televise the big game — because we can catch that anywhere. They complete the game-day experience by providing a place of camaraderie perfectly mixed with a loaded menu of classic dishes and guilty pleasures. Here is our pick of local sports bars and grill chains offering a winning mix of the best games and top menu items.

Glory Days | Dry Rubbed Wings

Smoked and seasoned with their signature dry rub blend, making it their crispiest wing. These wings are made complete with a drizzle of tangy buffalo sauce and garlic aioli blend.

BRASS TAP | L.A. Kogi Dog

One-quarter-pound, all-beef hot dog; mayo; Kogi slaw; pickled red onions; secret-weapon sauce; Cojita cheese on a toasted sub roll paired with Brussels Sprouts.

BEEF O’ BRADY’S | Fish N’ Chips

Four delicious beer-battered cod fillets fried golden brown and served with tartar sauce, fresh lemon, fries, and coleslaw

Traditional Wing Basket

Served with fries, coleslaw, and bleu-cheese dressing for dipping.

SMOKEY BONES | Jumbo Smoke Wings

Giant, juicy, rubbed, house-smoked to double the intense flavor, then drizzled with a sweet glaze and dusted with house seasoning

Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Award-winning baby back ribs, smoked for four hours, fire-grilled, and glazed with sweet BBQ paired with Skillet Cornbread.

7 more local sportsbars you can always count on to have the game on

WINNERS CIRCLE SPORTSBAR & GRILL

Known for its wings and burgers, Winners Circle Sportsbar & Grill features great food, an amazing atmosphere, and more than enough big-screen TVs to watch any game.

4215 South Florida Avenue

863.644.9464

MOJO’S

It describes itself as “home to the coldest beer in town.” If that’s not enough, it also has award-winning wings.

1853 East Memorial Boulevard

863.583.9119

MILLER’S ALE HOUSE

With menu categories like “Starting Lineup” and “Two-Hand Grip,” this chain restaurant is great for the whole family.

5650 South Florida Avenue

863.709.9262

716 BURGERS & BREW

This proud neighborhood joint is an ideal location for many to not just view a major game but play their own in the bar.

2909 Duff Road

863.333.0671

LINKSTERS TAP ROOM

Pool table, flat-screen TVs, and poker — what more could a sports fan ask for?

Downtown

209 East Main Street

863.683.7195

North Lakeland

5189 US Hwy 98 North

863.606.5926

CHAMPS BAR & GRILL

The name speaks for itself if you’re looking for a spot to watch your favorite sport.

6645 South Florida Avenue

863.647.5900

WINGHOUSE OF LAKELAND

The end zone eats that are beautifully served are just one of the reasons this sports bar is a go-to.

4515 South Florida Avenue

863.646.0303

DECISIONS GRILL & BAR

The wings and beers are what make Decisions Grill & Bar a top spot for sports games.

1621 East Edgewood Drive

863.686.6441

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