Where to Watch College Football in Portland


Portland's strong beer culture pairs perfectly with sports. In fact, there's seemingly a sports bar for every sport. As college football season kicks off, check out the top spots to catch a game and enjoy a cold one.

Play Games During the Game
If you like to play a game while you watch the game, then check out these local haunts that offer big screens as well as bar games so that you can get your competition all one in place.

Silver Dollar Pizza Co has ping-pong and pool tables to go with the dive atmosphere and help you feel more like you're in a college bar when the Ducks play. Fans love the cheap eats and an ample number of TV screens, although not everyone goes for the pizza.

Spirit of 77 has elevated bar food, like fancy chili dogs and even vegetarian options for those sports fans that take their veggie fandom seriously. It also has a beer menu that is impressive even for Portland standards. You can even shoot hoops with arcade-style basketball games.

Backstage Bar is in the super cool, super old Baghdad Theater. It's a McMeniman's, so it tends to cover a wide range of bases and has been named a top place to drink in Portland. It's behind the 7-story screen, so the loft space seems extra big and spacious. It's great to stop before a movie, but it's also perfect for viewing sports on the TVs and playing a game of pool. There's also plenty of beer and cider.

Ducks
I married into a family of Ducks, so come college football season, you'll probably find them hanging out at:

Roma Coliseum for pizza, beer, Wifi access, a dog-friendly patio and of course, giant TVs and three 120-inch HD projector screens.

River Pig Saloon for a bison burger to go with the game. The spot is co-owned by a U of O grad, so it's like supporting the team in more ways than one.

A and L Sports Pub is an old-school joint with great deals on tacos. They're also really into the Steelers. Like really.

Carly Zinderman is a freelance writer from Los Angeles that currently spends her time exploring Portland. She has written for many websites on topics including travel, food and drink.