If you’re a sports fan watching the game in a bar with friends, keep in mind some of these unspoken rules to have a truly enjoyable experience.

Sports bar interior.

Sports bar interior.

Don’t Be a Hater

If you enjoy sitting with friends and watching the game in a bar, make sure to support and focus on the fun. If your team didn’t make it into the playoffs or the Super Bowl, don’t sit and complain the night away; instead, choose to cheer for your friend’s team. Remember to enjoy the time watching the game and not spend it sulking.


Open a Tab

A kind thing to do when watching the game is to open a tab and take some stress from the bartender’s mind. This is the best way to reassure them that you’ll pay at the end of your evening, while also allowing you to keep track of how much you’re drinking so you don’t overspend or over drink.


Don’t Get too Loud

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the game and rooting for your team, but keep in mind your location. Feel free to express the love you have for your team, but remember that not everyone will have the same enthusiasm. When you’re watching the game in a bar, be mindful of the other patrons around you and keep the volume down so the other people can have a nice evening out too.

Watching sports in a bar.

Watching sports in a bar.

Respect Other Fans

Keep in mind that if your team didn’t make it into the final game, or isn’t currently playing on the bar’s televisions, that doesn’t mean the other sports fans in the bar feel the same. Don’t go after someone else’s choice in teams just because yours didn’t make it. Keep the conversation and banter light rather than going for low blows about the other person’s choices.



There’s never anything wrong with going out with your friends for a drink at your favorite bar while enjoying the game on the television screens. Keep these ideas in mind when coming into our bar to enjoy the game and we at Johnny’s Bar & Grill will be here to welcome you with a beer and great food.