It’s no secret that Arizona is the home to many transplants. And before the state got an NFL franchise in 1988 – when the late Bill Bidwell moved the team from St. Louis to Phoenix and they were known as the Phoenix Cardinals – generations of Arizona natives latched on to high-profile teams televised in this market.
This kind of imprinting doesn’t fade easily.
Which means it’s a pretty safe bet that all of the Steelers, Bears, Eagles, Packers and Broncos logos affixed to bumper stickers, license plate frames and flags are indication that a chunk of Arizona doesn’t breathe the Rise Up Red Sea spirit.
Whatever the reason for your allegiance to a non-Cards team, chances are good that there’s a spot for you on game days. Here are sports bars where you can find fans wearing the same color jersey as you.
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Join The West Wing AZ on game day to cheer on the Ravens at two locations. According to the group’s Facebook page, they're the first official Baltimore fan group in Arizona and have joined forces with the original West Wing chapter in Los Angeles, who proudly declare themselves “the biggest and best displaced fan club” of the team led by dazzling QB Lamar Jackson.
K O’Donnells Sports Bar & Grill
Details: K O’Donnells Sports Bar & Grill, 14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale. facebook.com/thewestwingaz.
Fuzzy’s Sports Grill
Details: Fuzzy’s Sports Grill, 8378 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria. facebook.com/thewestwingaz.
Buffalo Bills fans have three cheering spots around town, all homes to official “Bills Backers” chapters, which are certified by the Bills organization.
Pullano’s Pizza and Wings
Nothing beats pizza, wings and beer while watching a game with the Bills Wild West Backers.
Details: 13848 N. 51st Ave., Glendale. 602-978-1234, pullanos.com.
The HUB Grill and Bar
Cheer the Bills with the Bills Backers of East Valley Arizona in a private room with three large TVs and drink specials. The Hub has plenty of food options, including fan favorite Arizona smoked wings.
Details: 1925 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa. 480-718-5440, hubgrill.com.
Enjoy the sights and sounds inside or on the beer garden over game day grub like pizza, wings and weekend brunch with the Bills Backers Phoenix.
Details: 7340 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. Phone: 480-970-1112, bottledblondepizzeria.com.
With so many Midwestern transplants in the Phoenix area, it’s no surprise that many sports bars lean heavily Chicago. Here are a few to choose from.
Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill
If you’re looking for a Chicago classic viewing experience, head over to Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill to enjoy burgers, beers and the Bears. Chicago transplants are encouraged to join Windy City’s meet up group for even more game day fun.
Details: 2121 E. Highland, Ave., Phoenix. 602-977-2700, halfmoonsportsgrill.com.
Hob Nob Sports Grill
Hob Nob is another home-away-from-home for Chicagoans. Hob Nob prides itself on its Chicago classics and reasonable prices.
Details: 7200 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 14, Chandler. 480-940-4745, hobnobsports.com.
El Hefe Tempe
Arizona State University temporary transplants yearning for a bit of home to tie them over til the holidays can find it here along with tacos.
Details: 640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-257-2797, elhefe.com.
According to the official fan site fans.clevelandbrowns.com, there are four Valley bars where Arizona Browns fans can cheer on — or bemoan — quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance this season.
Phoenix Area Browns Backers head to the north Phoenix location of this local sports bar chain here for the game, but stay for the cold beer and comfort game food.
Details: 7575 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-997-0084, gallaghersaz.com.
Southwest Browns Backers is Arizona’s largest chapter with more than 2,000 members in this die-hard crew that meets up weekly at this lively Ahwatukee spot.
Details: 4747 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix. facebook.com/SWBBinAZ.
Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub
Game day home for the Browns Backers of Goodyear.
Details: 1729 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. 602-455-1000, myrosatis.com/avondale.
Meeting place for AZ Desert Dawgs.
Details: 15529 W. Bell Rd., Surprise. tailgatersaz.com.
It’s not a meeting spot for an official Browns chapter, but fans head to this buzzy nightclub during daylight hours to catch the action paired with along with Mexican food favorites and cold brews.
Details: 7340 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. 480-361-3440, casaamigosaz.com.
The Bench Bar
This bar is the weekly home of the nonprofit family-friendly Arizona 24/7 Dallas Cowboys Fan Club, which is 3,400-plus members strong and is known as the only premier fan club of its kind in the state. Massive viewing parties take place in a special designated spot and perks include raffles for cool Cowboys swag, party busses, trips to Dallas Cowboys games and more.
Details: 1807 E Baseline Road, Tempe. 480-345-1000, thebenchaz.com.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Whiskey Row is home to Broncos in the Desert, Arizona’s only official Broncos fan club, which boasts nearly 3,000 members. The group is recognized by the team and that means perks like getting a “Dropcam” in the bar so that live footage of Broncos fans in Scottsdale could be shown on the big screen at Mile High Stadium during games. Broncos in the Desert also has gifted thousands of dollars to local charities through game day raffles, where fans can try for cool Broncos swag while supporting causes such as local animal shelters and breast cancer awareness.
Details: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #105 Scottsdale. 480-945-4200, dierkswhiskeyrow.com.
Other official Broncos in the Desert locations:
Ginger Monkey Tavern
Details: 135 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler. 480-802-6659, gingermonkeyaz.com.
Fletcher’s Sports Grill
Details: 20783 N 83rd Ave., #112, Peoria. Phone: 623-376-6067, fletcherssportsgrill.com.
Details: 9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria. 623-772-5974, cabinwest.com.
The Bar PHX
The previous ownership was from Detroit. But the current ownership, which took over earlier this year, continues to roll with and embrace the Michigan theme.
Details: 3174 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix. 602-957-3686, thebarphx.com.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers and company have a huge following in the desert. Check out packer-bars.com to find a sports bar that’s likely to have a framed Favre, White or Starr jersey near you. It lists nearly 50 across the state. Here are a few standouts.
Sandbar Mexican Grill
A group of devoted fans known as Lambeau Field West congregates at Sandbar Desert Ridge on game days. In past years, it’s been the site of a Packer Pep Rally, an official event with the Green Bay organization, and a Packer Conga Line at the north end of the inside bar every game day.
Details: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. 480-585-5900, sandbaraz.com.
Casey Jones Grill
This bar has been known as Cheesehead quarters since 1993. One of the owner of this neighborhood grill is a die-hard Packers fan from Wisconsin, so it’s no surprise that green and gold abound.
Details: 2848 E. Bell Road, Phoenix. 602-493-9930, caseyjonesgrill.com.
The Green Bay pride is right there in the name. Packers’ embellishment complete the vibe from the framed Brett Favre signed jersey to game day favorites like the Lambeau Leap sub and the Lombardi pizza.
Details: 20283 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Suite 110, Peoria. 623-566-6770, cheezheadz.com.
The Stadium Club
The home of the Arizona Pack fan club, with anywhere from 150-300 fans showing up for every game.
Details: 940 N Alma School Road, Ste. 109, Chandler. 480-963-3866, stadiumclubchandler.com.
The Colts official fan chapter site lists two meeting spots for fans.
Fans head here for a satiating and cold cervezas.
Details: 3749 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-947-2116, saltysenorita.com.
Bambinos Sports Grill
Although the menu flaunts dishes with baseball names, football is just as big as America’s Pastime around here.
Details: 3860 W. Happy Valley Road, Glendale. 623-516-2300, bambinossportsgrill.com.
Kansas City Chiefs
Pub Rock Live
On Chiefs game days, music venue and neighborhood bar Pub Rock Live becomes a mini Arrowhead Stadium with the vast majority of its clientele rooting for the team once again poised to challenge the Patriots for the AFC spot in the Super Bowl led by do-no-wrong phenom Patrick Mahomes.
Details: 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. 480-945-4985, pubrocklive.com.
Los Angeles Chargers
Connolly’s Sports Grill
The owners of this spot are from San Diego, and their Charger pride is evident all over the bar — including a customized Chargers motorcycle that hangs above the bar. Despite the team’s move to L.A., Bolts fans pack the place to watch the games and enjoy food and drink specials.
Details: 2605 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. 623-879-5997, connollysgrill.com.
This Old Town spot features elevated food and drinks for Chargers fans on Sunday game days.
Details: 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail #105, Scottsdale. 480-935-5910, riothousescottsdale.com.
Los Angeles Rams
Max’s Sports Bar
Rams fans gather here and can be found in a designated room that comes complete with their own menu.
Details: 6727 N 47th Ave., Glendale. 623-937-1671, facebook.com/maxssportsbar.
There may not be an official fan club for the Miami Dolphins in Arizona but RTO Sullivan’s is a good place to meet fans of the team. Phins.com lists the bar as the watering hole where Dolphins fans show up and celebrate or commiserate together.
Details: 6646 Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa. 480-396-9933, rtosullivans.com.
Four Peaks Brewery
It’s purple and gold as far as the eye can see at the original Tempe location of this brewery, where the owners hail from Minnesota and it’s “Skol Vikings” every Sunday.
Details: 1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe. 480-303-9967, fourpeaks.com.
The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen
Owner Jared Allen played for four different teams in his 11 years in the NFL, but spent five of them with Minnesota – the longest he’d been with any team.
Details: 26 S Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-967-0578, thelodgetempe.com.
The Horny Toad
The famous from scratch fried chicken and prime rib are among the ideal football eats at this saloon.
Details: 6738 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480-488-9542, thehornytoad.com.
New England Patriots
Toso’s Sports Bar and Grill
The New England Patriots Fan Club of Arizona is in its 23rd season and is more than 1,000 members strong. Meet-ups are held at Toso’s Sports Bar and Grill every game day. You don’t have to be a member of the club to enjoy cold drinks and a good game, but there are perks if you are. Members receive a monthly newsletter, weekly door prizes and discounts at Toso’s.
Bevvy Old Town
The Scottsdale location bleeds nautical blue, red and silver. Order brunch to dinner eats and if you’re feeling lucky, you can put down a couple of bucks on your favorite number at the off track-betting window.
Details: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. 480-525-9300, bevvyoldtown.com.
New Orleans Saints
Angry Crab Shack
The New Orleans Saints Fans in the Desert Club get together at the Angry Crab Shack in Phoenix. The Facebook group is more than 1,200 Who Dat members strong.
Details: 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-956-3088, angrycrabshack.com.
New York Giants
Big Blue of Arizona, a Giants game-watching group, meets up at Social Tap for dinner and drinks specials. Weekly gatherings of this 430-member crew include raffles for G-Men loot and Jell-O shots after every touchdown.
Details: 4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. 602-432-6719, socialtapeatery.com.
New York Jets
This hopping Irish bar known for its lively St. Patrick’s Day soirees is the hub for Green Gang Nation southwest and owned by a former Bronx resident. Organized by the Meetup group, which is in its 12th season and comprised of many East Coast natives and former residents, fans enjoy food and drink specials presented by servers clad in Jets gear (and known as the “NY Jets Flight Attendants”) and join in cheer captain-led J-E-T-S cheers.
The Phoenician Raiders Booster Club (phoenicianraiders.net), which is officially sanctioned by the team, has two official locations for fans of the Silver and Black as they witness their team’s last season in the East Bay.
99 Pub and Grill
Details: 965 E Van Buren St #124, Avondale. (623) 882-1222, facebook.com/99PubAndGrill.
The Elks Lodge #2148
Details: 6398 E. Oak St., Scottsdale. (480) 946-9368, elks.org/lodges.
The Eagles West fan group makes its home here, which bills itself as the official Arizona home of the Philadelphia Eagles. A weekly 50/50 raffle and the Eagles fight song add to the vibe.
Details: 4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale. 480-331-9190, rockbarscottsdale.com.
Jersey D’s Tavern and Grill
Fans in the southeast part of the Valley head here for camaraderie.
Details: 5945 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-705-9700, jerseydstavern.com.
There are so many Steelers fans in the Valley, it sometimes seems we should call the place Pittsburgh West. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is the king of the Steelers bars, but there’s scores more from which to choose. Here are a few.
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
Also known as “Heinz Field West,” it’s one of the biggest Steelers bar in the nation. Harold’s has every TV tuned to the Steelers with the volume at max.
Details: 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. 480-488-1906, haroldscorral.com.
Fans of the Black and Gold call this fun bowling hot spot home. Steelers specials include dishes like pierogis and the Primanti-ish Sandwich with pastrami, provolone, cheese, fries and slaw on Italian bread.
Details: 7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. (480) 282-4892, skylanesaz.com.
B2 Burgers & Brews
Get here early as it’s standing room only on Sundays.
Details: 393 West Warner Road, Chandler. 480-917-4937, b2burgersbrews.com.
It’s never a dull moment with a live DJ/emcee, Steelers swag, contests and giveaways during commercials on game days.
Details: 830 E Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix. 602) 926-9786, lookoutaz.com.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have a list of officially sanctioned booster clubs on their site, including seven that meet in the Valley to root on Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s getting his opportunity to shine away from the shadow of that living legend in New England.
Arlie’s Bar and Grill
This longtime home of faithful chapter the AZ 49er Empire keeps everyone satisfied with bar eats and drinks.
Details: 2155 E. University Dr., Suite 1166, Tempe. 480-305-0852, arliesbarandgrill.com.
Nando’s Mexican Café
The Chandler location of this Mexican eatery keeps fans satiated with fresh cuisine and cold beverages for the Cesty’s 49ers Faithful.
Details: 1890 W. Germann Road, Chandler. 480-855-4344, nandosmexicancafe.com.
Home to the 49ers Faithful of Arizona of the West Valley.
Details: 15557 W. Bell Road #405, Surprise. 623-546-7757, bootyswings.com.
Head here to watch with the 49er Empire Desert West.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue in Glendale. 623-872-0022, mcfaddensglendale.com.
Native Grill and Wings (Mesa)
Join the AZ 49ers Faithful on game day.
Details: 1837 W. Guadalupe #122, Mesa. 480-456-9464, nativegrillandwings.com.
Native Grill and Wings (Ahwatukee)
Game day destination for the AZ 49er Empire.
Details: 5030 E. Ray Road, Phoenix. 480-496-5717, nativegrillandwings.com.
The Brass Tap
Want to cheer with the 480 Gilbert Niner Empire? Here's the spot.
Details: 313 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-268-9557, thebrasstap.com.
The Arizona Sea Hawkers has over 2,000 members and meets at three locations across the Valley. If you’re a fan of the Legion of Boom, the Sea Hawkers have a seat for you.
Skeptical Chymist Irish Restaurant and Pub
This Irish pub exudes rustic Old World ambiance that somehow works for grid-iron viewing.
Details: 15689 N. Hayden Road #125, Scottsdale. 480-609-8677, skepticalchymist.com.
Fans can get their drink and eat on at this cozy pub.
Details: 1989 W. Elliot Road, Chandler. 480-722-9434, fibbermageespub.com.
Salt Tacos y Tequila
The NFC West rivalry is felt strong at this spot steps away from State Farm Stadium, aka, home of the Arizona Cardinals.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue in Glendale. 623-772-7282, saltglendale.com.
Tipsy Coyote Bar & Grill
The Washington Redskins Boosters of Phoenix get amped at “FedEx West.” They advise folks to be prepared to sing along with the fight song.
Details: 7077 E Bell Road, Ste. 110, Scottsdale. 480-922-8424, the-tipsy-coyote-bar-grill.business.site.
No confirmed bars or active local fan groups were found for these teams. However, check their fan sites to connect with fellow fans worldwide.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Your guide to metro Phoenix sports bars and restaurants by NFL team