by Tara Nurin - 221 Reviews - 105 List
Luge? Ice Dancing? Biathlon? It's time for some of those sports we barely even recognize to dominate the TV screens across Philadelphia. If you want to keep an eye on the Olympics, but also want to get out of the house, we've got some spots in mind where there are plenty of TVs.
Updated: February 11, 2010
Vast bi-level sports bar attracts its share of 20-something locals as well as conventioneers looking for a quick bite and a beer. 50-plus HDTVs and open invitations to alumni orgs that need a regular spot to gather to watch college football position it as a go-to destination for viewing sports of all sorts.
For most intents and purposes, this is a straight-ahead sports bar: 11 plasma flat-screens; NFL TV packages; rowdy South Philly sports fans; flowing beer on tap and more in the bottle; basic square layout with walls plastered with sports photos, banners and jerseys; an-in-house softball team; nightly and game-day specials and events; and a website that brags about its passion for all things that combine the words ?Philly? and ?ball? or ?puck? (?cheerleader? works, too).
It's a neighborhood watering hole-meets-DJ lounge-meets-sports bar. TVs are usually tuned to sports; for the internationally inclined, a schedule near one television outlines the world schedule for the week. The smaller bar upstairs has a board for English darts and serves both busy weekend nights and private parties; there's also a small outdoor patio in the back.
The fourth in a chain of working-class sports bars, this vast pub packs in super fans seven nights a week. What Chickie's lacks in atmosphere (flat-screen TVs, Coors banners and a no free-refills policy), its patrons make up in spirit.