Destinations

The 10 Best Places to Watch the Sixers

November 17, 2017 / Philadelphia

It’s no secret the Sixers are the talk of the town right now. Our city has endured years of trusting The Process, and we’re ready for a big payoff. As a proud partner of the squad, we’re excited to help fans get to and from every game—whether they’re watching courtside or on a big screen.

This got us thinking—where are the best places in Philly to watch the Sixers take the court? We polled the people who know best: the fans. Some go to bars for the food and drinks, some just want to watch with their friends, and some spots are touted as game-day traditions. See below for the top 10 places riders like to watch their favorite team.

Xfinity Live

Lively crowds, Victory beer, and giant screens—it’s clear what makes this a fan favorite. Expect a packed house on game days—such that it feels as if you’re actually at the game. Fans say:

“There’s no where else with a larger/better game day experience. The environment here is like being in the game. It’s also fun to hear the crowd in the stadium go crazy at the same time as you see the play on TV. If you can’t go to the game, this bar is the best place to watch.”
“Great food and environment. Lots of spirit!”
“Excellent atmosphere! Multiple options in one venue with the best sports fans in the nation!”

Chickie and Pete’s  

If you haven’t had Chickie and Pete’s crab fries, do yourself a favor and head there this weekend. Another thing fans say sets Chickie and Pete’s apart is how united the crowd there always is. Fans say:

“The atmosphere…it always has the Philly passion in it and a great bar.”
“Everyone seems to be in the same spot for the same reason. Rival teams are non-existent and the entire bar is on the same side. There’s such a sense of family!”
“It’s great to be surrounded by fans so close to the venue and really feeling that Philly pride. And of course the crab fries!!”

Wells Fargo Center 

Spoiler alert: one of the best places to watch a game is right where the action is. That’s not the only reason fans love going to Wells Fargo Center though, tailgating in a parking lot is also a huge draw. Fans say: 

“There’s no better way to watch the game than in the stadium. The atmosphere is absolutely incredible with excitement circulating through the entire arena.”
“There’s no place like home! The fans, the food, the electric atmosphere; what else could you possibly ask for?”
“What I like about the Wells Fargo Center on game night is the energy of the fans from beginning to end. It’s priceless.”

Founding Father’s 

The decor of Philly sports memorabilia will get any sports fan pumped for a game. Plus the menu studded with upscale takes on stadium food will keep you satisfied through overtime. Fans say:

“Neighborhood bar packed with Philadelphia fans and serves great food and drinks”
“Cool neighborhood vibe & lots of screens to view the action.”
“They have amazing food and always have all the games on.”

Fox and Hound 

You won’t miss a play with the dozens of TVs at Fox and Hound. This large space is great for a group—and there are games for any of your non-sports-fan-friends to distract themselves with during the game (if you happen to have any of those). Fans say:

“Many screens to watch all of the games. Great people. Great atmosphere.”
“Large screens everywhere I look. Good food and drinks!”
“Good nachos…big place to bring a bunch of friends!”

Misconduct Tavern 

Ample TVs, friendly staff, and a fun crowd—all in a nautical-themed setting. Go for the game, stay for the mac ‘n cheese. Fans say:

“Fun atmosphere, excellent food, friendly staff”
“Lots of TVs, fun, energizing atmosphere, and great beer selection!”
“I like how they embrace the Sixers spirit”

McGillan’s Olde Ale House 

It’s no surprise this historic Philadelphia staple made the list. Aside from affordable food and beverages, the small-town vibe makes every Philly sports fan feel welcome. Fans say:

“The atmosphere, ambiance and friendly staff—it’s old pub charm”
“It’s the oldest bar in the city and it’s the place to be for the best Philadelphia sports fans!”
“This bar is in center city but has a small town neighborhood feel!”

Cavanaugh’s

Whether you prefer the Rittenhouse, Headhouse, or University City location, Cavanaugh’s is a solid game-day go-to. With Cav’s, you can stake out your own area, but still take in the energy of your fellow fans—it’s the best of both worlds. Fans say:

“[I love] the die-hard Philly fans and great drink and food Specials!!!”
“Good layout, upstairs and downstairs bars, private back room for special events and game watches.”
“Awesome pub to watch a game. Multiple rooms and TVs to watch every game. Awesome bar food, wings, burgers, tacos etc. and a solid staff that brings it all together.”

Bar-Ly 

Bar-Ly is a place you can stay for a while. Grab a table with some friends, order up their Siracha wings, and settle in for the game. Fans say:

“I like that the environment is fun, full of fans, and the food is awesome.”
“It has 64 beers on tap and over 20 HD TVs. They also have the most eclectic menu, perfect for a Sunday Funday.”
“It gets packed with local fans that are super passionate about all Philly sports. They have an assortment of food and 2 happy hours throughout the night!”

At home

Let’s be honest, sometimes nothing beats the comfort of your own couch. Many fans prefer to post up at home with friends, family, and their favorite game-time snacks (some event provided by UberEATS). Fans say:

“We all come together [at my friend’s house] and are able to enjoy each other’s company and watch our favorite team—ever since college we have been watching games together.”
“Whenever it’s game day the house will be full of Philadelphia Sports Phanatics. The [drinks] flow…and there’s always home cooked food. It’s a real family setting watching our Team work hard for the city.”
“My house with my newborn son (who I’m educating on The Process!)”

 

While Philadelphia sports fans might differ on the best atmosphere to watch a game in, they can all agree on who the best team is.