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Where to hang on game days

The Office Bar and Grill has a nice set-up for football weekends. Photo credit: Ranger staff

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When it comes to football season, even casual sports fans appreciate good food, fans and atmosphere - and finding the right spot to watch the game can be half the fun.

For casual and hardcore enthusiasts alike, here are a few favorite bars and restaurants in the South Sound to keep you fed, quenched, and even making money, while never having to take your eyes off the big screen.


The Schooner Pub & Galley

Two words: Football. Breakfast. We're talking eggs, ham, biscuits smothered with gravy, omelets, the whole nine yards. Plus $4.50 Bloody Mary's, $3.50 Mimosas, and $2.50 beer specials. With 16 beers on tap, pull tabs and a comfortable vibe, The Schooner has been a game day go-to for many years. Game's over, but still got that competitive spirit? You can head straight into a round of rock ‘n' roll bingo, where song titles could win you cool prizes.

Football Breakfast, Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, 5429 100th St. SW, Lakewood, 253.584.1919

West End Pub & Grill

They have 26 screens and a 100" HD projector. They have one of the largest selections of pull tabs in the state. They have Buffalo wings on their Happy Hour menu. The place emanates man cave. (Except there are plenty of ladies.) Shoot, their tagline is "Your Neighborhood Sports Bar." Sunday and Monday football games means food and drink specials all day.

3840 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.2896

The Office Bar & Grill

Free shuffleboard and killer tater tots (bacon wrapped!), this is a great place to pre-funk before the game, or after-party with the winners. Sunday is all day happy hour, with lots of house-made dishes for six bucks or less. The interior is comfortable, has sports- and beer-related signs and posters, and varied seating, ready and waiting for you to enjoy football season.

813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.3222


Hawk's Prairie Casino and Riverbend Restaurant

This mini casino is a hidden gem in a world of often over-sized and over-priced casinos. A restaurant on the left and table games on the right, with a full-service lounge in the center, the atmosphere is very comfortable whatever your motivation - food, drink, gambling, or all of the above. Fresh sheet and game day food specials satisfy. And in terms of watching the game? They're on the ball. A 14-foot screen showing every football game is situated in the bar, with views from the restaurant. For Seattle games, a free game board is part of the fun, where you can win up to $250 cash.

8318 Quinault Dr. NE Lacey, 360.528.8888

Charlie's Bar and Grill

Located in downtown Olympia, this is the only "sports bar" on 4th Ave. And they take the title seriously. With outdoor and indoor seating, Charlie's has a plethora of 50-inch screens - a grand total of 19 - to keep your eye on the action. Food and drink specials are part of the fun, and with pull tabs, arcade games (beer pong!), darts, skee ball and more, friendly competition is the name of the game.

620 4th Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.8181

Pints and Quarts Olympia

A fresh remodel and at least 10 big screens make Pints and Quarts Olympia a great game-day destination. Watch each and every game (yes, Thursday's, too) at this bar, with half-price food specials and ice-cold beer from their new glycol tap system. This is your loud and rowdy bar when it comes to the Seahawks, and Blue Thunder, the entertainment drum line for the Hawks, will even perform Sunday, Oct. 11.

625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia, 360.943.5611

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