Good food, drinks and friends: these are the perfect companions when watching your favorite game. It’s a time for community and win or lose, it’s the bonding time that forges those strong relationships. So if you’re looking for a place to catch the biggest sporting events, try these Black-Owned places for good food and drinks. And bring your friends.
1. Memphis Smokes Cigar Lounge
Memphis Smokes Cigar Lounge is a space to enjoy a good cigar while watching the game. It offers those who love a good smoke to enjoy and sit on upholstered seating and take in the luxurious decoration. In addition to having opulent, and exceedingly comfy furnishings, Memphis Smokes Cigar Lounge has televisions scattered throughout.
Location: 3241 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis
- Mondays, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Wednesdays to Sundays, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
2. Pollard’s Bar-B-Que
Pollard’s is the place to go if you want to eat some delectable barbeque and discuss football. Tony Pollard, owner and NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, and his sister-in-law and restaurant manager, Denise Pluckett, would be happy to walk you through the menu, which includes ribs, rib tips, pulled pork, and links. Green beans, fried okra, and spaghetti are available as sides. They also serve excellent hamburgers in the shape of stadiums.
3. Wing Guru
Memphis is home to hot wing joints in addition to barbecue joints, and they’re everywhere. All of them claim theirs are the finest, but, perhaps, none can match The Wing Guru. They boast that their honey suicide sauce has won championships, and offers tastes that other hot wing restaurants can only aspire of. There’s the spicy tacos, dill pickles, and garlic Sriracha, the 901: some of the crowd favorites. Since it’s by former Memphis Tigers basketball player Billy Richmond, the large TV in their restaurant are definitely available for watching the game.
- 5699 Mt. Moriah Rd., Memphis
- 3237 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38112
- Mt. Moriah
- Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays & SATURDAY 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Summer Ave.
- Sundays to Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Fridays to Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. D’Bo’s Daiquiris (Elvis Presley Blvd)
In addition to the full D’bo’s Memphis-famous hot wings, this place has a separate bar with four daiquiri machines with rotating flavors where mixing-and-matching is encouraged. The restaurant even has a sofa, TV and sound equipment — perfect for catching up on the latest game.
Location: 4407 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis
- Mondays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Ballhoggerz BBQ
This renowned BBQ restaurant is nestled in Orange Mound where they concoct all of their own mouth watering sauces and seasonings in-house. All day long, the meats are smoked on the premises, and the result: a BBQ experience that’s unparalleled. The restaurant also features a TV where you can definitely watch football, basketball or baseball games.
Location: 1404 Airways Blvd., Memphis
- Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12 to 9 p.m.
- Fridays, 12 to 11 p.m.
- Saturdays, 1 to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.