It’s time to pull out your jerseys because football season is upon us. When you can’t be there in person but want to be around other fans, you don’t have to go to a smoky bar with less than stellar food. Upgrade your game day experience with these spots to nosh on good grub and cheer on your team.
Situated nine stories above Atlanta, Nine Mile Station has the best view in town. The traditional beer garden overlooking the city has a California vibe with shareable small plates, 12 rotating draft beers and cocktails named for Atlanta history. It’s a unique place where you can order meats by the inch and cuddle around a fire pit with complimentary blankets on chilly evenings. Their spectacular meat and cheese board elevates the TV viewing experience and their mortadella patty melt with caramelized onions is the best in town. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE. Poncey Highland. 770-999-1532. 9milestation.com.
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Chef Savannah Sasser’s menu at Inman Quarter’s Hampton + Hudson has sweet tea brined Springer chicken wings and a Bee’s Knees burger topped with smoked pimento cheese to go with wine, beer and cocktails on draft. She also has avocado toast, charred octopus and bright salads. The space is filled with multiple indoor and outdoor TVs for cheering. Housemade ice cream sandwiches change with the seasons. Game rolling into overtime? No problem; H+H’s late night menu runs until 2 A.M. 299 N. Highland Ave. Inman Park. 404-948-2123. Hamptonandhudson.com.
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There is plenty to watch in Chamblee’s Hopstix. Your halftime show could be the glassed-in kitchen where fish is scored and formed into nigiri, pots of ramen broth billow with steam and skewers of meats cook on a grill. You can get your fried on too with a sushi corndog - a battered and fried tuna roll. It pairs perfectly with a citrusy Hopsession beer brewed on premises. Japanese fusion food, beer and football—yes. 3404 Pierce Dr. NE. Chamblee. 678-888-2306. Hopstixbrewing.com.
There aren’t many places like Brookhaven’s Olde Blind Dog with its multi-leveled seating, cobblestone “street” and tucked away nooks and rooms with TVs aplenty. In addition to imported antiques, quirky tchotchkes and stained glass, the menu is also chock full of worldly dishes—American burgers, Irish stew with soda bread, Cajun chicken pasta and bangers and mash. Chicken tenders and wings can be tossed in a variety of sauces and come with fresh-cut fries. A must is their ale cheese dip served with pretzel bread. Pro tip-ask for additional bread for the large serving. 705 Town Blvd. Brookhaven. 404-816-5739. Oldeblinddog.com.
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Through the unmarked door of Westside’s Ormsby’s is a hands-on game day experience. While TVs are available upstairs and at the bar, the sprawling downstairs area is a wonderland with bocce ball courts, darts, pool and shuffleboard ready for play while you watch the game. Their upscale tavern menu with southern inspired entrees, sandwiches and salads boasts an A+ reuben, corn dog pups, hand cut fries with 10 dipping sauces, boiled peanuts and a section called “bangers, links, and wieners.” 1170 Howell Mill Rd. Westside. 404-968-2033. Ormsbysatlanta.com.