Here in Delco, we are sports fanatics. From the ubiquitous Philly team jerseys, to the flags and signs decorating homes and yards across the county, we love to cheer on our teams! Whether they’re having a winning season or a rough one, we embody that fighting spirit that Philly is so well-known for.
If we’re not headed down to South Philly, or it’s an away game, you’ll catch us at one of the many sports bars in the region — Delco is home to a lot of them. What you can expect, in addition to cold beer, salty snacks and comfy digs, is a lot of energy, cheering … and maybe a little shouting at refs. But that’s the Delco way!
Here are just some of the sports bars in Delco where you can enjoy the game alongside your fellow sports fans:
Sports are always on the menu at this lively pub in Folsom. In addition to nearly two dozen regular TVs, the space boasts an 11-by-6-ft. big screen. Multiple games are screened from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, as well as college sports, tennis, golf and more! There are also live bands and regular open-mic nights, if music is your thing.
1006 MacDade Blvd., Folsom; (610) 586-1008.
Photo courtesy of Duffer’s
Duffers has two locations in Delco: the Tavern in Glen Mills, and the Mill in Garnet Valley. Both offer fantastic atmospheres where you can watch sports games to your heart’s content. At the Tavern, there are over 20 televisions across 3 rooms: the main bar, the dining room and the ClubHouse Room, which also features pool tables; there are plenty of TVs at the Mill, as well as a massive outdoor deck. Both spots offer extensive beer and food options, including apps, loaded fries, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, tacos and more. Other weekly events include trivia night, karaoke and live music.
192 PA-352, Glen Mills; (610) 358-5050; 1600 Naamans Creek Rd., Garnet Valley; (610) 859-0011.
With a Cheers-esque atmosphere, Red Lantern is a great place to watch the game, especially during football season, when they play every game, every week. There are plenty of TVs, the drinks and food are affordable, and there’s a jukebox and dartboard for entertainment at half-time. Live music is often scheduled on the weekends.
41 W Oak Ln., Glenolden; (610) 583-9811.
This longstanding Media watering hole is the epitome of “neighborhood bar.” It’s casual, comfortable and welcoming, with delicious food options, including wings, burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and more (the cheesesteaks get particularly good reviews). The place packs out during games, especially Eagles games!
38 State Rd., Media; (610) 566-9920.
Photo courtesy of Tap 24
Across town in Media, right on State Street, find Tap 24, a sleek and not-so-dive-y alternative to the classic Delco corner bar. There are indeed 24 taps, offering a craft-driven selection, including local Delco breweries, copious TV sets around the bar, and a big screen for playoff games and other big events. Don’t miss the food menu, which is gaining a stellar reputation for the burger, wings and chicken sandwich.
36 W. State St., Media; (484) 442-8839.
There’s plenty of room to spread out and settle in for whatever game is playing on The Thirsty Bulldog’s plasma large-screen TVs. If the games overlap with happy hour (Monday, 4 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.), all the better, as there are plenty of drink specials. Live music often graces the small stage, there’s karaoke, bingo and more, but never a cover charge.
3386 Chichester Ave., Upper Chichester; (610) 485-8040.
Coaches Bar and Grill is homebase for local sports fans in Essington. Beloved for its chatty bartenders, killer cheesesteak and lively vibes, regulars flock here not only for sports games but for the high-energy karaoke nights, as well. Though the interior is small and cozy, there’s a nice patio outdoors, if you need a break from the action.
350 Jansen Ave., Essington; (610) 521-6668.
Hockey fans, this one’s for you! The Delco Kup is a Stanley Cup-themed bar in Springfield is a friendly, no-frills place to catch a Flyers game. The ample TVs also play other sports, as well! The jukebox, pool tables and competitive dart board add to the atmosphere; the food is straightforward bar food, great for pairing with a cold pint.
209 Baltimore Pike, Springfield; (484) 471-3959.
Photo courtesy of The Crossbar
Since its opening in 2012, The Crossbar has emerged as the place in Delco to go to catch professional soccer games. The space fits the bill, with a warm, traditional pub feel, with a long, mahogany bar and a stately back bar. On the menu, expect elevated pub fare and craft beer, as well as a curated list of wines and cocktails. On the TVs, you’ll find soccer matches ranging from the Philadelphia Union to the Premier League to the Women’s World Cup.
2225 Darby Rd., Havertown; (610) 449-4200.
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— Emily Kovach
Featured photo courtesy of Tap 24