10 Places to Watch the Grizzlies Games (If You Can’t Get to the Forum)
In a perfect world, you'd get to watch every Grizzlies game inside the Grindhouse. Alas, sometimes, the Grizz have to play away games.
And while just about every bar and restaurant will have their TVs tuned to the Grizz, here are 10 of my favorite places to watch the rest of the playoff games:
1. Mad Earl (150 Madison Ave.) The Brass Door's little sister bar may have just opened, but it's already drawing crowds for the games. It's more of a sports bar than the Brass Door, and I've got it on good authority that their pretzels are delicious.
2. Alex's Tavern (1445 Jackson Ave.) Alex's is my favorite place to watch Grizzlies' games. It's crowded, but not packed, they show the game on at least three TVs and a giant projection screen, you can bring your own liquor (they only sell beer), and the food is straight up perfect. Go to an ATM on your way, as Alex's is cash only. Also, say hi to me – I'll be there for every playoff game.
3. Blind Bear (119 S. Main St.) The Blind Bear is hosting one of the team's official watch parties for Tuesday night's game (9:30 p.m.).
4. Max's Sports Bar (115 G.E. Patterson) South Main's tiniest sports bar gets packed for Grizzlies' games, and it's not a bad thing. If you want to watch with a crowd of people who are all just as into the game as you are, this is the place to do it.
5. Sweet Grass Next Door (937 S. Cooper) Next Door has tons of TVs (positioned so that you can see the game from just about every seat), there's a special game night menu that includes one of the best corndogs in the city, and the staff is just as into the game as the patrons.
6. Madison Hotel Rooftop (79 Madison Ave.) If you'd like to watch the game outside, the Madison's newly redesigned rooftop is playing all of the playoff games on their big screen TV.
7. Hog and Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Cir.) Hog and Hominy is perfect for catching the later games, especially if you can grab a seat at the bar. If the game you're watching is after 10 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday, order some late night Ramen to go with it.
8. South of Beale (361 S. Main Street) I've got two words for you: Grizz Shots. Plus, it's close enough to the Forum that you can join the party after home games, but not so close that you won't be able to find parking.
9. Local Gastropub Overton Square (2126 Madison Ave.) I recommend going upstairs to watch the games, where the vibe is more bar than restaurant. It's been designed so that you can see at least one (if not more) TVs from every seat in the room.
10. Bayou Bar and Grill (2094 Madison Ave.) Bayou gets a little rowdy on game nights, but that's what makes it fun. Go crazy on some Cajun food, and don't be shy about yelling at the TV.
Where are your favorite places to watch the games?