10 Places to Watch the Grizzlies Games (If You Can’t Get to the Forum)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 29th 2013 9219 0

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?

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  1. Robbie says:

    The Bayou. I venture out a little, but for the most part I always end up back at the Bayou for games.

  2. Mike says:

    Will they show BOTH halves of the game?

  3. Debbie Odom says:

    Dan Mc Guinness- Spottswood

  4. Newbys, Go Tigers / Grizz, Go!  Celebrating Memphis since 1975:  Game On and our $2 Tuesday Specials are still in effect, $2 beers, $2 burgers!

  5. Scootette says:

    RP Tracks! 

  6. Kimble says:

    TNT is not your only, or best, option for first round broadcasts.  Games 1, 2 and 5 of the best of seven series with the Clippers will be shown on FOX Sports Tennessee while Games 3, 4 and 6 will be televised by SportSouth.   This includes the Grizzlies Live pregame show for every game this round.  Your Grizzlies have a guaranteed time slot with no postponing Grizzlies airtime.  You'll get the inside scoop with Pete Pranica and the gang, and you can watch the game from tipoff to the final buzzer.   Tell your bartender!

  7. Ciao Bella is offering $2 off Tennessee brewed beers (Ghost River and Yazoo) as well as 1/2 price bar menu during the game. There are two great screens and awesome bartenders! Come see us – Chef

  8. Clay says:

    Hahaha!  You rock for the shout out, and Seamus loves the "Little Sister" comment.  We'll have $2 PBR, $3 Ghost River and $3 Grizz shots at the Mad Earl Friday during the game!

  9. Matt says:

    The Mad Earl DEFINITELY deserves number 1. Such a good new spot. Go Grizz

  10. Once again, Newbys… why go anywhere else for a Memphis Event, if your not going to the actual Memphis Event!  Newbys has been serving the City of Memphis food and drink since 1975.  Tv's glaore, HD Projections, HD flat screens, professional Sound ON!  Memphis apparel is a must! Kitchen open till 2 am serving fresh foods, at modest prices!  Best reason to watch the Grizzilies at Newbys, all your friends are there…  

  11. jan says:

    Official watch party is at The Levitt Shell!

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