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Best Places to Watch the Game when Your Team Isn't "Home"
 
Whether it's due to work, family or possibly just a change in scenery, a number of us are transplants from another city. And as the NFL football season begins, avid fans flock to area sports bars and restaurants to root for their favorite team. But what if your favorite team is from another city - is it possible to live in Chicago and cheer for Green Bay without the risk of a Bear attack?

The short answer; we don't know, but with a little searching around and a touch of social media outreach, you can catch a game with your fellow Cheeseheads. So, whether you are a Cowboys fan, Colts or maybe even a Steelers fan, there is a place of solitude where you can surround yourself with like-minded fans all cheering for YOUR team.

However, most of us rather catch the game than spend a lot of time in front of the computer researching bars. Therefore, we've researched some local bars and came up with a short list of what we think are some of the best sports bars for NFL fans. So, take solace displaced fan, although you might be a few hundred or more miles away from the home team, you CAN feel like you're home again.
Redskins Fan Living in Dallas:
Austin Avenue Grill, Richardson

Austin Avenue Grill is home to The Redskins Burgundy & Gold Fan Club. With 32 televisions, including 9 HD DLP big screens and 3 10-ft HD BLP Projection Big Screens, 10 billiard tables, 6 dart boards, and plenty of video/arcade games you are sure to find enough entertainment to keep you busy during halftime. They offer smoking in their dining area upstairs and feature a great selection of American favorites - burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.
Colts Fan Living in NYC:
Keats, New York City

Keats Bar & Restaurant is where the Colts stampede gathers in NYC, and even though Peyton may not start, there is still reason to celebrate. Although not a television everywhere you turn kind of place, it does have a new 72 projection screen television that will display each and every Colts game this season. With each Colts' game comes both food & drink specials, so bargain-hunting fans can enjoy some fan favorites like Jalapeno Poppers to heat up the "4th and longs". They also offer Karaoke starting at 9pm for those wanting to sing Wild Horses by the Stones or My Pony by Ginuwine.
Patriots Fan Living in San Diego:
Seaus The Restaurant, San Diego

Junior Seaus is a notable figure in San Diego, but when he started playing for the Patriots his landmark sports-themed restaurant became home to both Chargers and Patriots fans alike. The restaurant (and sushi lounge) serves up contemporary American grill cuisine such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pastas, grilled fresh fish, and sushi; in addition, Seau's now serves breakfast on weekends - open at 9:30am Sundays during the NFL season). The restaurant features 60 hi-def flat screen TV's and a 12X14ft projection screen where Bolts and Pats can share in football bliss. For those not glued to the television, they offer free Wi-Fi so you can dial up the ESPN scoreboard and track other teams in the division.
Cowboys Fan Living in Los Angeles:
Yankee Doodles, Santa Monica

Yankee Doodles was voted the #1 sports bar by CitySearch users and features 10 big screens, 7 plasmas, and 26 small screens, so no matter where you are in the bar you've got a front row seat. During football season they offer a breakfast menu in addition to the sports bar staples you've learned to love over and over again. They also have 28 billiard tables and outdoor seating; not that you want to sit outside during the game, but a nice option if your team is getting demolished by the home team.
Steelers Fan Living in Chicago:
Joe's Bar, Chicago

Joe's Bar on Weed Street is a 20,000 sq ft warehouse near Lincoln Park for the 21+ crowd. It's the official home of the Steelers Fan Club of Chicago which boasts 110, let me say that again... 110, plasma televisions positioned throughout the venue; and just added a 20ft projector screen on the outdoor patio where patrons can take advantage of the warmer weather before the snow starts in December. One special note is that they offer Game Watch Table Reservations from their website; assurance that you have a dedicated place to cheer (e.g. 9/11 Steelers vs. Baltimore). Menu items consist of sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizza.
Packers Fan Living in Phoenix:
Casey Jones Grill, Phoenix (Bell Road)

Any place that proudly displays the Packers logo on their homepage is worthy of the "Cheesehead" designation. Casey Jones Grill offers classic menu items and a color scheme of green and yellow, making any pack member feel welcome. With televisions outlining the bar, most patrons do a little eating, a little drinking and some socializing to mix up the game day activity while touting their jersey to opposing fans. This is the local place you want to go to and revel in camaraderie - not glitz and glamour here, just good old fashion sports at its finest.
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