Monday, December 12, 2011

Selecting the Right Bar for a Watch Party

Choosing the right sports bar to begin a watch party can be a difficult process. There is a plethora of criteria that fans should consider when choosing the right venue. Of utmost importance is the number of TV’s that a bar has. When determining where to watch your favorite team, it’s preferable to got to bars that have at least ten high-def televisions, depending on the size of the venue, of course. If you have a large watch party, you’ll obviously want a bar that can accommodate all of the fans, so space may also be an issue.

Another major factor is whether the sports bar you’re considering will feature the sound of the game. Nobody likes attending watch parties with 70’s music blaring in the background instead of their team’s announcer. Also, no one wants to be listening to the Giants game during a Cowboys watch party.

You’ll probably also need to know whether the bar even features your particular game. Maybe your team is playing on an obscure channel, which you’ll need to look up so you can determine where to watch the game, or if it’s even on an available channel. Some bars have channels that others don’t.

In order to get a handle on all of the criteria, you’ll want to call the bar in advance to see if any of your team’s fans are already watching the game there. Alternatively, and more preferable, is having someone in your watch party actually show up at the bar the week prior to the game. For instance, Steelers watch parties are already happening in most cities around the nation, so you can probably just join a watch party that is already going on and won’t have to start your own. So, by visiting the bar prior to your game, you may find that there’s already a Steelers watch party going on.

Also, you’ll need to consider what teams that bar supports. You don’t want to go to a Bears bar or a Vikings bar when you’re searching for a Packers bar. The point of starting a watch party is having all of your team’s fans in one place. When determining where to watch a team such as the Steelers, attempt a key word search like “where to watch Steelers” and enter the name of the city. You’ll likely find a Steelers bar near you showing your team. Whoever you speak to at the sports bar will likely be able to answer this question as well.

Determining the perfect bar to start your watch party doesn’t take as much effort as one may think, but it does take a little time. So, when determining where to watch your favorite team, make sure you consider: the number of TV’s a bar has, whether the bar will have the sound of your game, whether the bar has the channel you’re looking for, and if your team or any other team is already holding watch parties at that bar. As stated, doing a key word search for where to watch your favorite team is also helpful as well. Good luck in finding or starting a watch party for your favorite team.