Down, set, hut: Football season is upon us, and that means it’s time for burgers, brews and camaraderie with other sports fans. If you find yourself in Daytona Beach this fall — and you should, as fall is one of the best seasons to visit Daytona Beach — hit one of these four favorite sports bars to grab some food and watch the game.
747 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach
Well-known in the area for its half-pound burger, the Brickyard is a local favorite for food and sports. This family-owned restaurant and bar is a great spot to grab a burger and watch the game. Despite a modest exterior, the inside is fully decorated with a racing theme — though football fans are certainly welcomed, too.
Multiple locations in the Daytona Beach area
Founded in 1990, Houligan’s has been voted a #1 sports bar in the area for over 25 years in a row. Famous for their “Wally Wings” and mouth watering burgers, the spirited sports grill serves up crisp salads and sandwich favorites, too.
471 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
If you’re wanting to watch a football game but are reluctant to give up the beach breeze, head to LandShark Bar & Grill right on the oceanfront. Grab a seat at the outdoor bar with a good view of the TV screen, absorb the sound of the waves crashing, and enjoy! Speaking of games, if you need a halftime stretch, enjoy one of the establishment’s outdoor games like cornhole.
3370 South Nova Road, Port Orange
Half Wall Beer House is not quite your traditional sports bar; rather, it’s an upscale craft beer house offering 76 draft beers and more than 100 bottled beers. For game day, though, the biggest draw is definitely the 23-plus TVs! Plus, you can munch on boom-boom shrimp, chili, a peanut butter bacon burger or other menu items while you hang. If you’re staying near downtown Daytona Beach, the Port Orange location will probably be your closest option, and there are two other regional locations: 105 West Indiana Avenue in DeLand, and 1889 State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach.
Sure enough, August 24 marks the kickoff of the regular college football season. If you want some live action, check out a Bethune-Cookman University game — and cheer on Daytona Beach’s hometown college football team, the Wildcats! Their first home game of the season is September 7, 2019.