I grew up in a gray area in central/north Jersey that was mostly Giants and Jets football territory. But I had a best friend whose father was an Eagles fan (with a basement adorned with logo-clad ceilings and memorabilia) — somewhat misunderstood novelty, but thanks to his incredibly admirable passion for the team (RIP Joe ).
It’s been five years since the Eagles have clinched a Super Bowl victory, but they’ve escaped this season with an impressive undefeated record as a serious Super Bowl contender. New Jersey’s status as an orphan sport has divided us into three when it comes to the NFL; Most of the Philly team’s fans congregated in the surrounding suburbs. It should come as no surprise that most of the sports bars cheering on the National Birds team are concentrated in South Jersey, but for the North Jersey anomaly fan, you’re not random. So get ready on your green and head to one of these 10 sports bars to watch your Eagles fly!
Atlantic City Bar & Grill, Atlantic City
Don’t know the back streets of Atlantic City? Just look for the green awning. Eagles fans flock to the Atlantic City Bar & Grill to watch them fly while enjoying above-average seafood. Their huge lot provides ample parking, the seating is surprisingly ample, and the green theme is impressively consistent, from the walls down to the tablecloths.
The Jug Handle Inn Bar & Grill, Cinnamon
Beer and wings are peanut butter and jelly of football season, and The Jug does it well. Pop in during an Eagles game for $3 Bud Light pints, $4 Miller Lights (23 ounces) and $5 Bud Light Seltzers while yelling at one of the 25 flat screen TVs. Enjoy a game of pool, darts or shuffleboard to keep energy and morale up at halftime.
Fitzpatrick’s Crest Tavern, Diamond Beach
Don’t let the name fool you. The Crest Tavern is not in Wildwood Crest, but in the lower part of Diamond Beach. Cozier than many of the screen-clad options on this list, Crest Tavern is a great bet for watching the game and grabbing a great meal. Burgers, oysters, homemade soups, flatbread pizza, baked pasta, and seafood dishes are among the menu items. There aren’t any Eagles-specific specials here, but it’s still a solid place that local fans flock to.
Mulligan’s in Hoboken, self-proclaimed “the premier football destination for both European football and the NFL,” remains one of North Jersey’s favorite spots for Eagles fans. TV screens line the walls and the back room is designated as the Philadelphia Eagles hangout. Expect everything from Irish classics to burgers for those looking for a snack, and $4 on tap, $12 steins, and $15 buckets of beer on the weekends for those looking for a drink.
PJ Whelihan’s Restaurant and Pub, Maple Shade and more
With 20 locations across South Jersey and Philadelphia, Eagles fans won’t feel out of place at any of PJ Whelihan’s restaurants and pubs. The Maple Shade location is particularly spirited with its green EAGLE-izer cocktail featuring Red Bull Yellow Edition, citrus vodka, peach schnapps, Blue Curacao, and lime garnish.
Chickie’s and Pete’s, Marlton and more
If the slogan “Proud Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles” doesn’t convey loyalty, then what does? Established in 1987, Chickie and Pete’s bills itself as “The #1 Sports Bar in North America, as voted by ESPN.” With 10 jersey locations, the one in Marlton 2021 hosted a show featuring Philadelphia Eagles players Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox. Grab some of their famous crab fries and look out for their monthly happy hour specials.
Mulligan’s Bar & Grill, Oaklyn
Mulligan’s post-refurbishment look has become a welcoming venue for sports fans, outfitted with 25 screens throughout the main bar. Her “famous” wings stand out here (no surprise), crispy and topped with your favorite sauce (choose Honey Hot for a sweet and savory treat). Eagles fans should be on the lookout for game day giveaways, discounted food specials from 4pm to 7pm and drink specials like $3.50 domestic drafts including Monday Night Football.
Bobby Ray’s Pennsauken Tavern, Pennsauken
Who doesn’t love a shot deal? Although Bobby Ray’s retired their $3 fireball shots for every Eagles touchdown special during football season, you can still win some great specials on game day like $16 bucket of local beer, $4 -Jack drinks and $5 Tito’s drinks.
Phily Diner sports bar, Runnemede
It’s all in the name. A diner that’s a sports bar, the Phily Diner Sports Bar may be in for a bit of an identity crisis, but that’s the charm of this institution’s historical evolution. With 40 screens, 26 rotating faucets, and an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, Eagles fans can play the spectrum while enjoying their $3.50 22-ounce Bud Light, $15 Bud Light beer bucket, and Bud Light Seltzer Enjoy buckets for $20.
Charlie’s, Somers Point
Family owned and operated since 1944, Charlie’s is Somers Point’s ‘CHEERS’ but with a giant neon sign. With 22 TVs and 16 beers on tap, Charlie’s is impressively outfitted for “bird-watching,” and offers $3 Bud Light pints of Monday night soccer and weekend specials along with a robust menu of “world-famous” wings and BBTs (boneless breast tenders). Burgers, pasta, land, sea and other local favorites. Just a warning, they are cash only.
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