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Best Places to Watch the Game in Tuscaloosa (If You Don't Have Tickets... ) Jeff Perrigin

Few things are as thrilling as being in BDS on an Alabama game day. But let’s face it, a lot of us don’t get season tickets, and we’re super lucky if we score tickets to one or two Bama games all season long. And these days, many of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful Druid City host friends who love coming to visit on big game weekends – whether they have tickets or not. Sure, you can host your own home tailgating party (or crash someone else’s, preferably on or around The Quad) – but what if you want to get out and watch the game? 

There are a lot of great places to watch Alabama games in Tuscaloosa and have a great experience among like-minded fans. With football season in full swing now (can we get a “Roll Tide”?!), I thought this might be the perfect time to put together this handy dandy list, so we all can have plans in place. 


Tuscaloosa boasts some world class sports bars, and they offer plenty of great brews, and enough TVs to keep your head on swivel on game day. One caveat: Most of these places may have cover charges, so factor that into your budget.  

Innisfree Irish Pub: The ‘Free offers up a great game day atmosphere in downtown Tuscaloosa, complete with tons of TVs, a large patio area and of course, plenty of excellent beers. A sure spot to find fellow Tide fans, young and young-at-heart. 

1925 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 345-1199 


The Houndstooth Sports Bar: Located smack in the middle of The Strip, this place is a classic, and it’s packed on game day – before, during and after – so get there early, especially if you want to secure a seat to watch the game. If you don’t mind standing, the people-watching is great. 

1300 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 752-8444 


Gallettes Tuscaloosa: There are precious few places in Tuscaloosa (on campus or off) where you can take your parents and the place is *the exact same* as it was back in “their day.” Gallettes is one of those places. Yellowhammers are poured lightning-fast on game day, and the boisterous crowd keeps the energy going as you collectively cheer the Tide on to victory.

1104 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 799-8241 

Twitter @uagallettes 


Druid City Brewing: Tuscaloosa’s first craft brewery usually offers a ton of fun tailgating-wise on Alabama home game days. Grab a brew and enjoy some cornhole on the outside patio. Do NOT forget to see the famous chalkboard drawing (which changes, and is always brilliant), in the main taproom. Roll Tide!

607 14th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 342-0051 



Billy’s Sports Grill Northport: When it comes to a restaurant that offers great pub fare, live music and sports in an intimate space, Billy’s has it all figured out. Enjoy the game on the many flat-screen TVs – there’s not a bad seat in the house. And try the chicken sandwich with the signature white and mustard sauces as you holler “Roll Tide” between bites.

430 Main Ave, Northport, AL 35476 

(205) 879-2238 


Bob’s Victory Grille: This is a perfect spot for game watching with a group, with plenty of room and a huge menu (i.e. everyone you’re with should find something they like). TVs are everywhere, and the crowd is quite lively and vocal on Bama game days, yet the atmosphere is still very much family-friendly.

1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 561-3984 


The Cypress Inn: If you’re looking for an upscale place to gather and watch Alabama play, The Cypress Inn is a solid option. Enjoy a meal as you catch the game in the Sandbar, or, if you have a larger group, rent the Crow’s Nest – the private room, just upstairs from the main restaurant, has a large TV and projector screen. It can accommodate up to 60 people. For even bigger groups, rend the Loft (accommodates 200) or the Pavilion (accommodates 300), which has four large screens.

501 Rice Mine Road North, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 

(205) 345-6963 


Mellow Mushroom: Tuscaloosa’s Mellow Mushroom is in a convenient location (downtown) and it’s big enough to accommodate the whole gang. With plenty of TVs, a great bar area and of course, pizza, it’s a hot spot on game day.

2230 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

(205) 758-0112 


Other Options 

Cobb Hollywood 16 Cinema: For the past several years, Cobb Theaters have shown all Alabama games on a huge screen in a theater at Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa. Management tells me the games are all free (home AND away for Bama will be shown) and it’s a family-friendly environment, with staff actually entering the theater to take concessions orders. Cool! If you’ve got a huge group, this is an option – and the game is shown via Cobb’s movie quality digital projectors – extra clear for those Tide TDs! 

4250 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 

(205) 248-8248 

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