Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Sports Bars

Ready...set...hike! The hunt for the perfect sports bar is offically on.
Ready...set...hike! The hunt for the perfect sports bar is offically on.
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The Olympic action ended last weekend but our three-way relationship with TV and sports won't be stopping anytime soon. Post-season baseball and the start of football lurk just around the corner, which means we're on the hunt for the best places to belly up, grab a brew and cheer on our teams.

For die-hard fans, picking a favorite sports bar requires nearly as much perseverance as picking a soul mate. This is a place you'll likely endure hardship and loss and hopefully, find ultimate glory. We've prowled the Valley to find the best places for sports fanatics and casual viewers alike: Here's our list

Duke's Sports Bar

This Scottsdale sports bar has been around for 13 years and if you're looking for a place to bring the whole team, there's no place better than Duke's. They show nearly every game you could want to see on their 46 TVs and offer plenty of pool tables, shuffleboard and foosball. Their two patios mean plenty of breathing room for smokers and non-smokers alike and they'll even let you bring your furry friends provided you keep them on a leash. To top it off, they offer 30 salads. That's right, salads. And to keep you safe, from five to close they'll give you a lift home (within six miles) in their "no DUI ride."

Cactus Moon

We don't often drink in Mesa, but when we do it tends to be at Cactus Moon. If being located at the Mesa Riverview means minus points in the coolness book, this sport bar counters with a successful rebuttal: a fleet of 65-inch flat screen TVs. If you hate elbowing your way through a sea of sweaty, decked-out fans at other bars around town - or watching the entire game standing up - Cactus Moon will be your salvation. With plenty of space and tables to spare they can always accommodate you and yours, be in the first inning or the last.

Stinger's Sports Bar

Stinger's makes its home on the west side of town, which means the drinkers at this place take their bars seriously. They've got enough pool tables to accommodate an in-house league, off-track betting and dozens of arcade games, all of which take up the majority of the bar with the left over space usually occupied by the plentiful regulars. Be brave and belly up to find a menu of signature bombers - on special all day, every day. But don't discount this rough around the edges brew house: they've got 16 beers on tap. With two happy hours a day, we're willing to brave the grizzly patrons to nab a cheap drink and a good spot for the game. Oh yeah, and they open at 6 a.m.

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