Being a dedicated hockey fan presents some unique challenges when it comes to enjoying our sport in a bar setting. Trips to the neighborhood sports bar usually involve trying to find a comfortable place to watch the game amongst an infinite number of basketball broadcasts, NFL sports talk, and some form of cars endlessly driving in circles.
It’s hard to find an environment that really embraces OUR SPORT.
Well…not anymore. We have located and documented the TOP 51 BARS in the WORLD for hockey fans!
Check out the list below and leave a comment about your favorite hockey bar to participate in our gear giveaway.
KHL Sports Bar
Located beneath the Radisson Blu Hotel in Latvia you’ll find the impressive KHL Sports Bar. The entrance to the bar is through a corridor of iconic KLH Jerseys. The Bar features a “wall of fame” display of pucks signed by the KHL’s top all-stars. Each restaurant booth is surrounded by hockey netting and comes equipped with its own wall mounted flat screen TV. Sticks, goalie masks and other hockey paraphernalia are found throughout the restaurant/bar area. This hockey crazy bar even has a coaches lounge decorated wall to floor with hockey chalkboards. The KHL may not have the top professional hockey league, but I’m pretty sure they have the top Hockey Bar! (You hearing this Toronto?)
The Angry Beaver
Seattle may not have an NHL club, but they have an elite hockey bar. The inside of the Angry Beaver (no innuendo intended) is adorned with hockey jerseys, old NHL photos, and beavers, wall to wall. Owner Tim Pipes had one primary objective when opening the Angry Beaver in 2012, creating the right atmosphere for hockey fans.
This pub also features a vast selection of Canadian whiskies, a menu that offers multiple poutine options, and lots of beavers.
More importantly, as clearly stated on their events page “And, of course, it’s hockey every night!”
Flames Central is more like a Calgary Flames cathedral than a sports bar. Billing itself as a “sports lounge of heroic proportions” the interior is adorned with giant Flames logos emanating from the ceiling. The seating area is a cross between theatre-style dining and a sports arena setting. The mezzanine is modeled after luxury boxes, complete with framed Calgary Flames player pictures lining the hallways to the bar areas. Bronze Calgary Flames statues on the outside corners of the dining areas complete the motif. This is one sports bar every hockey fan should visit!
Rockies Sports Bar
Rockies Sports Bar could only be described as a hockey fan heaven in one of the most unlikely of spots, Belfast, Ireland! With Hockey paraphernalia occupying just about any open crevice, Rockies is truly a shrine to the game. It only makes sense that Rockies is also the official sponsor of the UK Elite Hockey League’s Belfast Giants.
Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub
St. Paul, Minnesota
Former North Star Tom Reid is doing his part to serve the State of Hockey. His Hockey City Pub sits just two blocks from the Minnesota Wild’s Excel Energy Center. The Pub features a huge collection of hockey memorabilia and photos packed along its brick walls. The menu also includes some great local fare, boasting “8 ways to enjoy walleye.” With a plethora of college match-ups and pro games available Tom Reid’s is a must-stop for hockey fans visiting the Twin Cities.
Light the Lamp Brewery
Founded by a group of hockey dad’s in 2011, Light the Lamp Brewery proudly produces handcrafted beers inspired by their love of the game. From 1980 Miracle Ale to Sin Bin Stout this brewery offers hockey fans a tasty way to celebrate our sport. Stop into Light the Lamp and engage in some profound discussion about how to fix the power play over an aptly named Power Play IPA. The ambiance and ales definitely qualify Light the Lamp Brewery as a top hockey bar.
A full-service sports bar in the rink, Yes, that’s what we’re talking about! Located inside the Ice Den, the official training center of the Phoenix, Coyotes, 18 Degrees offers fans a unique hockey experience. Stop in and grab a cold one and order up a burger while you watch the pros practice. From the stick blade ceiling ornaments to the on-site ice arena, 18 Degrees is guaranteed to bring you closer to the game.
Bugsy’s Pizza goes out of its way to mark itself as a “hockey Bar” with crossed sticks adorning the sign that hangs above the entry. Inside, in addition to delicious pizza, you’ll find an old-school sports bar environment that caters to Caps fans. Hockey and Pizza in Old Town Alexandria, can’t beat that!
The Flying Puck
New York, New York
Billing itself as the home away from MSG for Rangers fans the Flying Puck will be packed any time the Blue Shirts take the ice. The Flying Puck also offers a hockey themed shot menu. You can down a Slap Shot, award yourself a Penalty Shot or just knock yourself out with the Big Stick.
Chez Serge is the place to go to properly enjoy a Canadians game outside the Bell Centre. A hot spot for those supporting Les Habitants, Chez Serge knows how to bring the party! There are no intermissions or breaks in the action at Chez Serge. Although this packed house is all Habs between the whistles, game stoppages are filled with mechanical bull riding, pole dancing, beer bongs and a dance club style atmosphere. Geez, when you think about those options who needs the Bell Centre!
The Ole Barn
Owner Marc D’amour, a former Hershey Bears goaltender, opened the Ole Barn in November of 2015. Classic Hershey Bear’s jerseys and old-time hockey pictures adorn the cozy walls. Just a short drive from Giant Arena and Hershey Park Marc has created a nice celebration of hockey. The Ole Barn also serves up a killer breakfast. The Barn is currently BYOB, which only enhances it’s old school classic feel!
The Merchant Ale House
St. Catharines, Ontario
Located in downtown St. Catharines this brewery offers a great menu, tasty ales, and a great environment to unwind and enjoy some good conversation with your teammates. The Ale House is adorned with old school pond hockey paraphernalia, and their signature brew is the Old Time Hockey Ale. Although the Merchant Ale House does not offer up the best setting to watch games, that might be a good thing these days, given it’s located in Maple Leaf territory.
Kilgour’s Bar Meets Grill
The second Canadiens bar on the list, Kilgour’s, is located directly in enemy territory. Kilgour’s proudly advertises, “known to show all Montreal Canadiens games.” This cozy blue collar joint is adorned with a plethora of Habs paraphernalia. The Toronto Cheese Steak is a local favorite, and of course, there is always the poutine.
Tamarack Brewing Co.
At Tamarack Brewing Co. hockey is a family affair. Stanley Cup Champ, “The Old Stache” Lanny McDonald helped his daughter and sons open Tamarack in 2007. In addition to sponsoring the Montana Pond Hockey Classic in Kalispell, Tamarack has also been instrumental in organizing and supporting the Craft Brewers Cup Tournament and Brewfest. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Local Flathead Valley Hockey Association. When you order an Ol’ Stache Porter or Hat Trick Hop IPA at Tamarack you can feel confident you are participating in and supporting a strong hockey tradition.
The Peanut Farm
The Peanut Farm is 25,000 square foot mega sports bar, and a sponsor of the ECHL Alaska Aces. The Peanut Farm not only broadcast every Aces game, they also offer a free shuttle to all Aces home games. In addition, this northern sports fan paradise boast of 70 TV screens, a creek side heated outdoor deck and the best hot wings in town.
The Stanley Club at Johnny’s Ice House
Located inside Johnny’s Ice House, the official practice facility of the Chicago Blackhawks, The Stanley Club offers an opportunity to watch the game on TV, on the ice, or just share a cold one over a bubble hockey duel. With a six division adult league playing at Johnny’s we have a feeling we know why they have a top flight bar in the arena.
Stanley’s Sports Bar
San Jose, California
Located inside Shark’s Ice, Stanley’s offers a mountain chalet feel with a view of not just one, not just two, but three ice surfaces! With a bevy of hockey themed meal options on the menu, patrons can choose between enjoying the NHL Center Ice Package on TV, or the action on ice surface down below.
Cheli’s Chili Bar
Owned by future Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, Chelis’ Chili is definitely a hockey hot spot. With high top ice rink themed bar tables and NHL memorabilia decorating the walls Cheli’s is the perfect spot to watch the Wings game (or any NHL action for that matter). Cheli’s also offers a shuttle to all Red Wings home games.
Odd Man Rush Brewing Co.
Eagle River, Alaska
ODM, as it’s known, was founded by three former hockey players in 2015. The tasting room for the brewery features an old scoreboard from a local ice arena and many other local artifacts. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign the tasting room for Odd Man Rush opened its doors in September of 2015. All the brews on tap, from the Willie O’Ree Oatmeal Stout to the Enforcer IPA, draw their names from hockey history and culture.
Hat Tricks Sports Bar and Grill
Hat Tricks offers 20 HDTVs for fans viewing pleasure, as well additional TVs in the bathroom in case you can’t hold it through OT. Hat Tricks has been recognized as one of the top sports bars in Canada on several occasions, including a 2014 write-up by the Huffington Post. This Winnipeg hockey hub serves up excellent traditional bar fare with special discounts on their signature wings during Jets games.
The Black Frog Eatery
The Black Frog is an Oiler fan friendly bar located in the heart of Vancouver. However, this pub is known to cater to the hometown Canuck lovers as well. The Black Frog offers an impressive selection of home province brews on tap, to include Vancouver Island High Trail Honey Ale, and Bomber ESB.
The Great Canadian Pub
The TGCP entrance greets you with hockey stick door handles. The pub walls are covered in hockey memorabilia, as well as maple leafs and other things “Canadian.” Most importantly the TGCP has a track record of staying open to broadcast playoff hockey. Considering that many games don’t even start until 1:00 A.M. Paris time this is no small display of dedication!
The Maple Leaf Pub
Houston , Texas
After attempting to find a hockey friendly location to watch his beloved Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup Playoffs without success Sean Blair took matters into his own hands. He and his wife Olivia opened the Maple Leaf Pub in Houston Texas, a bar that proudly broadcasts all hockey games, all the time! Ten years later this hockey bar, operating in the heart of football country, is still going strong.
Sobo 151 is a Czech bar with a focus on the Colorado, Avalanche. The bar is decked out with hockey and soccer memorabilia. The bar offers enough TVs to make sure you can catch the Avs game without interfering with its old school pub ambiance. Guests recommend the Zamboni (Czech style grilled cheese) washed down with a traditional pilsner.
716 Food and Sport
Buffalo, New York
716 Food and Sport is located inside Buffalo’s newest ice arena/hotel, the HarborCenter. The 716 also sits adjacent to the home of the Buffalo Sabres, the First Niagara Center. Named after the local area code, the 716 is a sports bar on steriods! With all of the seating, including a 40-foot long bar, oriented towards the 38-foot screen TV you couldn’t miss the game if you tried. Even with the Sabres out of the playoffs, the 716 is still the spot to get your hockey fix on.
Advertised as “Bemidji’s Original Sports Bar, with Hockey at its core” the Corner Bar lives up to its billing. The Puck Truck runs fans to and from Bemidji State hockey games. The Corner Bar also sponsors an Adult Hockey League tourney, the Carter Cup, aptly named after the founder of the Corner Bar, Steve Carter Jr. The Corner Bar helps uphold a strong tradition of hockey and serves giant burgers.
CJ’s Brewing Company
Located inside Compuware Arena, CJ’s brewing provides live hockey and house-brewed beer. CJ’s also serves up a splendor of Michigan brews, including Bells, Founders and Shorts, for fans to consume while they watch the hometown Plymouth Whaler’s take the ice in OHL competition.
Ok, so this isn’t actually a bar, but it was so cool we had to include it on the list. The Maine Brew-Bus offers a Portland Pirates brew tour that involves visiting three craft beer hot spots and attending a Portland Pirates game. Three awesome bars and an AHL hockey game!
Hockey Town Café
If vintage motorcycles and the Detroit Red Wings are what you’re into, then the Hockey Town Café is your place. Owned by the management company of the Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, the Hockey Town Café is a celebration of Red Wings Hockey and Motor City history. A must visit if you are going to a wings game.
The RBar advertises itself as “The Best Hockey Bar in the State, and Proud Partners of the Columbus Blue Jackets.” Supporting the Jackets takes a lot of dedication, but the RBar doesn’t let hockey fans down. A suspended jumbotron above the bar and game time food/drink specials help to keep the bar lively. After all, who doesn’t want to watch Torts going nuts on a Jumbotron while enjoying a couple of half price brews?
Minnesota Wild Restaurant
Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, Minnesota
The State of Hockey is so hockey fan friendly that they have provided a hockey bar inside the airport. Located in terminal 2, the Wild Restaurant is adorned with home team memorabilia. As often as weather delays flights leaving the twin cities a hockey bar is a nice amenity!
Joe and Lewie’s Penalty Box
At Joe and Lewie’s “the décor is hockey, hockey, hockey.” The Seating area even has an old school wall decoration of the Red Wings locker room. This Penalty Box also serves drinks. I would say that’s an upgrade over the usual sin bin treatment.
Redondo Beach Café
Redondo Beach, California
Located just steps from the beach and right off the Pacific Coast Highway the RB Café provides hockey (and food) in paradise. This Canadian owned beach bar/diner proudly shows every hockey game in season and is a favorite spot of Kings fans. The RB Café even has viewing parties organized around the NHL playoffs and international hockey events. Hockey, sun, beer and of course…poutine all at the Redondo Beach Café.
The Blue Line
Kansas City Missouri
The Blue Line is Kansas City’s “only Hockey bar,” and is also regarded as one of the city’s best sports bars. The Blue Line is decorated with wall-to-wall hockey paraphernalia. The menu offers a host of NHL team themed dishes and local St. Louis beer is served on draft!
Player’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Brewster Arena
Brewster, New York
Player’s restaurant is another in-ice-arena bar. The bar offers multiple views of the playing surface below. Brewster’s also prides itself on being “the place to go to find the best craft beer offerings around.” Brewster Arena added an outdoor ice surface adjacent to the indoor rink in 2014. Lace up your skates for a day of pond hockey, and then warm-up in Players over a tasty brew.
Penalty Box Sports Pub
Located inside Scotia Pond the Penalty Box Sports Pub might be the nicest arena bar we’ve ever laid eyes on. Catering to a 20-team adult hockey league and a 4 Arena facility the Penalty Box Sports Pub is all about hockey.
Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
Don Cherry can likely be credited with creating the first well-known hockey bar experience. “Grapes” began building his chain of hockey themed restaurants in 1985. Today there are 20 + Don Cherry’s locations throughout Canada’s eastern provinces.
The Hockey Pub
The Hockey Pub offers a unique experience for hockey fans. The restaurant’s arched ceiling create the feel of being inside an old school ice arena. The old time international hockey memorabilia scattered throughout the pub helps to enhance that appeal. However, the gorgeous fully stocked wooden bar is clearly the centerpiece of this outstanding hockey pub!
Buba Rays Sports Bar
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Buba Rays has been a Halifax hockey fan hot spot since 2008. Buba Rays is an official sponsor of the Quebec Major Junior League’s Moncton Wildcats. If the Cats put up 7 goals fans eat free wings. Considering Buba Rays boasts “the best wings in Halifax” cheering for the Wildcats seems to be the way to go.
Izzy’s Ice Fishing Lounge
This restaurant/bar was made famous during the 2014 Winter Olympics when Team USA supporters were interviewed live from Izzy’s where they had gathered to cheer on their native son and hometown hero, T.J. Oshie. Izzy’s is the spot to go in the original “HockeyTown” USA to grab a cold one and talk hockey. You’ll find plenty of Warroad High School hockey memorabilia proudly displayed around Izzy’s bar, and apparently there are a few good spots for ice fishing close by.
Bar & Lounge at Ice Castle Arena
There are quite a few good hockey players coming out of Pittsburgh these days, and many of them spent time at Ice Castle Arena as youngsters. This makes sense considering watching mini-mites practice is a lot more interesting when you do it from the Ice Castle’s bar and lounge. The Ice Castle Bar and Lounge is a great place to grab America’s Oldest Lager, “Yuengling,” and watch some puck.
Stanley’s Blackhawk Bar and Restaurant
O’Hare Airport, Terminal 2, Chicago, IL
Hockey sticks across the ceiling, Hawks jersey enshrined in glass cases, and 4 replica Stanley Cups on display, this is the place to hit-up when passing through O’Hare airport. Stop in and dine on a Chicago-style hot dog while sitting under the replica Hawks Championship banners that hang above the bar area.
Buffalo, New York
Home of the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament, RiverWorks is one of the most unique event centers we’ve ever seen. Featuring a two full rink outdoor hockey facility in the winter, the RiverWorks also offers a full-service bar and restaurant. Come pond hockey season the RiverWorks is the place to be. With Labatt USA’s corporate office just around the corner, they are guaranteed not to run short on beer.
The Breakaway Grill
Located in the ice forum, the Breakaway Grill might just embody what adult league hockey is really about. After adult league games both teams enjoy a complimentary pitcher. We are willing to bet roster space in this league is at a premium. The Breakaway Grill displays hockey paraphernalia throughout on its walls, and like a number of other bars on this list, looks down on the ice surface below.
Center Ice Brewing Co.
St. Louis, Missouri
After a successful Kickstarter campaign founder Steve Albers will open the Center Ice Brewing Co. in 2016. The Center Ice Brewing Co. is dedicated to creating hockey inspired microbrews in an all hockey environment. The tasting room includes hockey stick/puck tap handles and will incorporate scraps from the St. Louis Arena. Center Ice Brewing Co. does not have an open date yet, but their 7-barrel brew house is in the works and ready to start mashing!
Ice House Tavern
Located in Arcadia Arena, the Ice House Tavern has two levels of bar seating looking out over the rink. Advertising itself as “Arizona’s Best Hockey Bar” the Ice House Tavern offers craft beer, live music, and a dart league.
Sens House Sports Bar and Grill
Located in downtown Ottawa the Sens House offers fans the full Ottawa Senators experience away from the Canadian Tire Center. In addition to full sports bar seating the Sens House also offers an all-season rooftop patio.
Every hockey fan should watch the big game on a 39-foot HD TV at some point in their lifetime, and that’s exactly what Real Sports offers. Packed with rabid Leafs fans, giant size hockey on the big screen, and plenty of beer choices on draft, Real Sports offers a unique hockey experience. Get there early for big games. This place gets packed!
Labatt Blue Zone, US Pond Hockey Championship
Lake Nokomis, Minnesota
Only open 1 weekend a year this makeshift bar/Locker room has very limited availability. That said, the Blue Zone at USPHC is another “must-do” for adult hockey players. The scene inside is several hundred pond hockey players, clad in their unis, either lubricating their joints for their next on-ice battle, or unwinding from their latest attempt at capturing on-ice glory. This is the closest you will ever get to having a beer bar in your adult league locker room, unless you have a beer bar in your locker room.
Kimo’s Sports Bar and Brewpub
You will find Kimo’s located in Richland Washington on the beautiful Columbia River. Kimo’s is dedicated to serving the fans of Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans. All American’s games are live streamed. Kimo’s also brews up a tasty beer and shows all the NHL games.
Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant
This list would not be complete without Gretzky’s. You can’t even have a conversation about the best without the Great-One. Gretzky’s is a shrine to the greatest player in the game, and the game itself. As one would expect from a restaurant named after the best set-up man in sport’s history, the service is outstanding. Gretzky’s rooftop bar also makes 99’s place a great off-season hang out.
That’s our top 51!
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