The very first time I got into a "sports bar" was in the United Kingdom. I joined a summer camp sponsored by the Air Force along with two other Filipino girls my age and for our last night we had a "party" and we were allowed to go into the nearby pub. It was fun. The front part of the pub was the adult part of the place where legal age individuals drink--and the back part was like a game room. We were only allowed at the back room and we played all kinds of games, for free. It was really fun!
Anyway, speaking of sports bars, my sisters took me to a sports bar a few weeks ago. Loyal fans of Manchester United, they wanted to watch the game live and I tagged along telling them I was just there for the food and drinks--but I had loads of fun. I don't follow football like they do, but appreciate the sport. You see, were all introduced to football when we were living in London. We were there when the World Cup was in France and we wished for England to win. Oh, I remember watching the games on the telly and doing just as the announcer said: to stretch our hands to the screen and say "Go England, Go!" I fell in love with David Beckham around that time and we followed Manchester United even after he left. Well, I sure am so much less of a fan compared to my sisters who'd even miss out on sleep just to watch the game (on a school/work day) but watching the game with them that night, sure reminded me of how fun football is: the sexy shorts, the big butts, the handsome blokes. Sigh!
Skinny Mike's is a fun place and they serve good food. We had their cheese fries, nachos, spicy chicken wings and we enjoyed them thoroughly. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have Hoegaarden but they had Stella Artois so that is fine. To get a good seat, we arrived early and secured a booth. The place had television screens scattered all over the place and you could either setup in a booth, get a table or sit in the bar. You come into a place like Skinny Mikes to enjoy the game live on an HD TV screen with beer and grub. You can come as a solo or you can be with a group and whatever game is on, they can play it for you.
The night we were there Chelsea and Manchester United fans arrived in groups. Some came solo flight and watched the game standing up, a bottle beer on their hand--and there was even a girl who sat by herself on the bar, gazing at the television in front of her. There were all kinds of fans that night... all having a good time.
Unfortunately, Manchester United did not win the game. They "almost" scored several times, but their luck was down that game and I heard it hasn't gotten better since. Oh well, maybe it was my fault. I remember during the World Cup while Brazil was playing, I decided to come into my sisters' room to watch with them and the moment I got in, things started to go wrong so I had no choice but to leave because they were all shouting at me: "You're bad luck! You're making them lose the game! Get out!"