The air is crisp, the sun is setting later, the leaves are changing color, and football season is officially back — which means we’ve made it to fall. Last season, the NFL averaged over 17 million viewers throughout the regular season. For many, tuning in for football Sunday has become a tradition. One of the best ways to watch is surrounded by your fellow football fans, enjoying some delicious eats and refreshing drinks. Luckily, there are many bars and restaurants in the Essex County + North Jersey area that have TVs and show the games, making them great spots to watch football. We’ve rounded up our favorite bars to enjoy football Sunday and snag a few discounts and specials along the way. Read on to read our suggestions for the best bars for football Sunday in Essex County + beyond.
The Fox + Falcon | 19 Valley Street, South Orange
Known for delicious pasta and a super fun trivia night on Wednesdays, this local South Orange restaurant and bar plays the games on its multiple TVs around the bar. Plus, it serves up brunch on Sundays as well — and we can’t imagine two things going together better on fall Sundays than brunch and football. You can take a look at the brunch menu here — and we highly recommend the mac + cheese or the tres leches French toast.
Grasshopper off the Green | 41-43 Morris Street, Morristown
Gather round, Eagles fans — this one’s for you. Grasshopper off the Green in Morristown features two floors of football Sunday madness. The downstairs bar is known as the Eagles Nest and transforms into an Eagles party each week, a must-visit for North Jersey Eagles fans. Grasshopper off the Green features a special football menu and $3.50 selected 20oz pints. This spot is a beloved local bar that’s worth a trip on other days of the week as well.
Just Jake’s | 30 Park Street, Montclair
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For 25 years, Just Jake’s has been serving the Montclair community. It has TVs lining both the indoor and outdoor areas, meaning this is not a spot to skip on the next football Sunday. Just Jake’s has a speciality menu specifically for Sundays that feature a ton of delicious discounted bites — including wings, disco fries, and more classic eats.
Michael’s Roscommon House | 531 Joralemon Street, Belleville
Michael’s Roscommon House is a must-go spot for all types of sports fans. Michael’s Roscommon offers a variety of food from Italian to American and Irish favorites. It serves up football specials on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays (aka football days) like $5 High Noons, $1 wings and clams, $3.50 domestic pints, $8 bar menu, and half price pizza.
Mickey’s Bar & Grill | 601 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst
Every Sunday is Sunday Funday at Mickey’s Bar & Grill. With over 50 – yes, 50 – TVs, Mickey’s is one of the best places to hang out on football Sundays. Menu prices at Mickey’s haven’t increased since prior to COVID, so great priced fare is always on the menu. As for food, you can expect comfort finger food — like wings, sliders, fries, and more. MG Tip: make sure to get here early — Sunday Fundays tend to be busy.
Obal’s Inn | 439 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Not only is Obal’s Inn a great place to watch all of the Sunday games, but it also offers brunch specials beginning at 11AM — so it’s a great spot to snag a seat early and enjoy a full day of football. The menu has the usual suspects for football food: burgers, fries, wings, sandwiches, and more. In addition to the delicious eats on Sundays, Obal’s Inn is now also open on Mondays for Monday Night Football from 5PM to 2AM.
Sharky’s Wings & Raw Bar | 545 Highland Avenue, Clifton
Ranked one of New Jersey’s 5 Best Sports Bars by CBS is Sharky’s Wings & Raw Bar. This Clifton staple is known for its delicious (and super affordable) wings that come in many flavors, fresh seafood, vast beer selection, and tons of TVs. For football Sunday, Sharky’s offers $3 selected domestic drafts.
Six Points Pub | 574 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
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Six Points Pub offers football specials every Monday, Thursday, and – of course, Sundays. Specials include $2 PBR, $3 Yuengling and Highlife, $20 High Noon buckets, $2 off craft cans, $10 wings, and $11 nachos. Plus, there’s a 4% cash discount to incentivize cash payments. On top of the typical finger food, Six Points also serves up buffalo cauliflower for any vegetarian football fans.
Stage House Tavern | 366 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Stage House Tavern is home to a beautiful ambiance with its indoor and outdoor bar and dining settings. Not only does it provide Sunday football specials, but there’s also chances to win prizes as well. During one game every Sunday, Stage House Tavern allows guests to spin a wheel for a prize every time there’s a point change. Football Sunday specials include discounted beer buckets, $7 tailgate menu, and $5 Pink Whitney vodka shots. Plus, when the weather’s nice, this spot displays the game on a large screen on its outside patio. For all specials, click here. There are also locations in Mountainside and Somerset, NJ.
Tierney’s Tavern | 138 Valley Road, Montclair
Tierney’s Tavern is a go-to spot for all Montclair locals to hang out on football Sunday. Tierney’s plays every game all day long with the sound on to match and has both an upstairs + a downstairs bar option. What’s more, this two-story spot has been open for almost 90 years. We definitely recommend trying the burger if you ever check out Tierney’s.
Town Pub | 378 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Town Pub is one of Bloomfield’s favorite sports bars and family restaurants. Every Sunday, Town Pub will be playing all the games with specials to match. Football specials include 75 cent wings and a free bar pie with every pitcher of beer. Don’t miss out on Mondays or Thursday either — during the games, Town Pub offers $3.50 Bud Light and Yuengling as well as $5 bar pies.
Verona Inn Tavern | 624 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
The sound will be roaring over at Verona Inn Tavern. The ‘V.I.’, as the locals call it, offers drink and food specials for every NFL game all season long. Some of the specials included are $5 Bloody Mary, $4 Jameson Black Barrel shot, $3 Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Modelo Especial, $7 potato skins, and $5 hot pretzel. For the rest of the specials, you can view them here.