Downtown Wichita has nine hotels and is a hub for bars and restaurants. Combine that with its walkability, and you’ve found one of the top gathering spots in Wichita for watching sporting events with fellow sports fanatics.
We’ve put together a list of sports bars and bar and grills with plenty of TVs that are within walking distance of INTRUST Bank Arena, site of the regional rounds of the 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 26 & 28. These are the spots you’ll find locals and visitors watching college football and NFL games in the fall or Wichita State University basketball games throughout the winter. They’ll be the go-to spots for college basketball fans without tickets to the big games at the arena or those wanting to catch games from around the country while they wait for their team to tip-off in Wichita.
B&C Barbeque Pub and Grill
Not only will you find plenty of big screens inside this fully-remodeled former garage turned pub, but you will be absolutely amazed by the mouth-watering barbecue you’ll find at B&C Barbeque Pub and Grill. Enjoy a barbecue buffet during lunch service, smoked prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights and a full bar.
Bite Me BBQ
With hard-wood floors, original brick walls and a bar straight out of an Old West saloon, Bite Me BBQ provides an unforgettable atmosphere to watch your team and even more memorable barbecue. Their smoked meat sandwiches and BBQ dinners come with your choice of chopped brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, ham, hot link or sliced brisket, which you can pair with any of their scrumptious sides such as mashed potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob and many more. If you’re a connoisseur of Bloody Marys, you have to try Bite Me’s Signature Bloody Mary. It’s dinner and a drink all in one glass!
Emerson Biggins Old Town
Emerson Biggins has 35 HD TVs and three projectors on 100-inch screens. They also have an expansive menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, Mexican dishes and more, along with daily food and drink specials.
You’ll want to check out the oil change pit and lift that are still visible from this building’s days as a filling and service station, and weather-willing they’ll roll up the garage doors that lead to one of the biggest patios in Wichita. Known for its burgers and pizzas, Pumphouse has 36 TVs, including six outside on the patio and nine projection screens.
Old Chicago - Wichita Old Town
Along with a full menu starring pizza and 110 beers from around the world, Old Chicago’s Old Town location offers 20 large HD televisions and a festive vibe.
River City Brewing Co.
Downtown Wichita’s only brewpub, River City Brewing Co. has 16 of its handcrafted beers on tap! The brewery opened in 1993 and offers a classic brewpub menu. Come for the collection of “Not Your Mama’s” mac and cheese or various pizza options, or to try one of their microbrews while watching the games on 15 screens.
Nortons Brewing Company
With a projector to show a game on the giant screen inside their taproom, Nortons Brewing Co. is another option for watching a game while noshing on full-flavor menu items like bacon crack, a build-your-own burger and funnel cakes.
Located in Old Town, Public specializes in fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, a great craft beer selection, craft cocktails and more. It's a great place to fill up, and with multiple televisions throughout, fans can watch the game sitting at the bar, at a table or out at the outdoor patio. Bonus: University of Kansas fans are likely to find like-minded sports friends here.
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