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 first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on March 15 & 17. These are the spots you’ll find locals and visitors watching college football and NFL games this 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.
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.
Heroes Sports Bar & Grill
Heroes opened in 1991 when the Old Town district was founded, making it “Old Town’s Original Sports Bar & Grill.” With 28 TVs and two projection screens, fans can watch the game sitting at the bar, in a booth or at a table on the heated outdoor patio. The menu is packed with classic bar and grill fare.
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, then stay for live music in The Loft at River City Brewery every weekend.
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.
What was formerly home to Joe's Oldtown Bar & Grill is now The Bullpen by Club Rodeo and includes chicken fried steak and "bull fries." It is also the newest place in Wichita to experience a dueling piano bar. You won’t miss any of the action here because there’s nowhere to hide from dozens of TVs in this spacious bar. The Bullpen is open for lunch and dinner and still features a Joe's favorite, alligator bites.
For more blogs about things to down while in downtown Wichita, see below:
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Five outdoor activities near INTRUST Bank Arena
Six indoor activities near INTRUST Bank Arena
History of NCAA and Wichita's connection
Where to eat when downtown at an INTRUST Bank Arena event
Free and nearly free activities within 10 minutes of INTRUST Bank Arena
What to do inside INTRUST Bank Arena
Mark your calendar now for free Open Practice Day at INTRUST Bank Arena
Don't miss Fan Fest in downtown Wichita
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