When you don't live in the Cincinnati area, it's not always easy to watch Bengals games live on TV. So, we've compiled a list of bars at which you can watch the Bengals every week of the season. Many of these bars have communities of Bengals fans who congregate on a weekly basis to watch their favorite team. If we've left our your favorite Bengals bar, let us know below in the comments and we'll add it to the list!
New York, NY
Location: 359 Bowery New York, NY 10003
Perks: Phebe's gets packed on game days with Bengals fans in jerseys and other Bengals gear. If you're not in a jersey, you'll be the odd man out. This is where I watch every game not televised in New York (basically, everything but primetime games) and it's awesome. They serve Skyline Chili and other Cincinnati favorites, have tons of TVs and only show the Bengals games. They also play the Bengals' fight song after every touchdown (here's a video from Phebe's), Welcome to the Jungle before the game starts and even Marvin Lewis' Hard Knocks speech right before opening kickoff. The whole place cheers and sings along; it's a great time. If you're at Phebes, come find me and say hi!
Location: 1716 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Perks: The Bottom Line has been home to D.C. Bengals fans for more than eight years. The Bottom Line offers Skyline Chili and after each touchdown there are free Jungle Shots, as well as the Jungle Boogie being played and the team Fight Songs. The Bottom Line offers a DC Jungle punch card and the more punches you have, the more entries you get toward winning something at the end of the season. There are also fantasy football prizes, two free Kegs at selected games, Bengals Jerseys raffles and food and drink specials for each game day. There are also FREE touchdown shots, which sounds awesome. (Thanks to a commenter for the additional info on The Bottom Line!)
Los Angeles, CA
Location: 2136 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Great Booze, great prices, and the NFL Sunday ticket to take in all the games at once! This is arguably the best place in LA to see every NFL game at one time without leaving your seat. The Cincinnati Bengals Fans are always given preferential treatment with regards to the location of their TV, surround-sound volume on every Bengals game, and great drink specials... all despite there being representatives of every NFL team at the bar. The Orange & Black are #1, every week.
Cincy Jungle's Art Bidwell is a frequenter of 5 Line Tavern and a member of Bengals West, he says, "As far as getting to games early, it is preferred by this particular fan, since it's not only Bengal fans that go and even though it often means sitting in a bar at 9:30am on a Sunday it's worth it to get a good seat and mentally preparing yourself for Bengals victory ahead."
There are several traditions at the bar that let you know you're home, Art says. "They include the obvious 'Who Dey' chant after every touchdown, a resounding 'NUUUUUUGGGGEEEEE' after every field goal. A Skyline Chili potluck during the second Pittsburgh game (including cheese coneys, five ways, and oyster crackers). A lucky Reds bucket that is passed around and rubbed when a momentum swing is needed. And as of last season, a weekly silent auction of Bengals merchandise with all proceeds going towards the Devon Still Foundation. Not to mention some of the most friendly and personable people you'll meet in the sprawling landscape that is Los Angeles."
San Francisco, CA
Location: 1901 Union St. San Francisco, CA 94123
Perks: The San Francisco Bengals' group, "San Frannati" meets here every Sunday.
San Jose, CA
Location:150 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Perks: The San Jose Bengals' group, "4th Street Bengals" meets here every Sunday. They have a corner where they hang up a Bengals flag during games.
Location: 950 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Perks: They have an all you can eat Skyline buffet and Cony dogs along with free orange Jello shots every time the Bengals score a touchdown. The fight song is played with every score and Welcome to The Jungle starts off every game. They also have a 10 foot screen and 13 HD Plasma TVs and Bengals decorations.
Location: 3516 N. Clark, Chicago IL 60657
Perks: Bengals fans will find a Skyline Chili buffet, $3 Domestic bottles and mimosas, $4 Fireball shots and tall well drinks, $5 Prosecco and Rosé, 22oz Bloody Marys and a $5 Beer of the Month. Plus, Merkle's is a new Bengals bar, playing the game sound for all Bengals games. They're also a University of Iowa and Xavier bar, too.
Location: 975 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Perks: This pizza place is said to be a great place to watch Bengals games and they play the fight song after touchdowns.
Perks: This used to be a Bengals bar but now is one of top sports bars in Denver. According to our sources, there is a Bengals section of the bar on game days.
Location: 1201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
Perks: Denver's Bengals meetup group has more than 70 members and meets at The Irish Snug for games each week. There are a bunch of Cincy natives who run this group and are excited to have their fellow Bengals fans join them.
Location: 6317 Roswell Road Sandy Springs, GA 30028
Perks: Thanks to a Twitter tip, we hear there is a big group Bengals fans who gather here to watch games weekly. You can check out their Meetup page to learn more and make sure to get to the games early because seating is first come, first served.
Location: 307A-309 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Perks: You can tour John F. Kennedy's nearby childhood home at halftime! There are a few Bengals fans who gather here weekly in Patriots territory.
Location: 340 Greenlawn Ave Columbus, OH 43223
Perks: They play the Bengals game sound (at least when there's not also a Browns game on.) Check out their Facebook page for more game info. They claim to be the "only Bengals-backers bar in Columbus."
Location: 3370 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, Ohio 43202
Perks: They play the game sound and have 10+ TVs. The owner is a Bengals fan.
Location: 6188 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43231
Perks: There are bucket specials, great food, and prize giveaways for each Bengals game. This is the official meeting spot for Columbus Bengals Nation, who you can visit on Facebook.
Location: 517 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477
Perks: The Bengals game is always played on a 60" TV above the bar. They put orange soda on the gun (perfect for Bengal Bombs!) They play every game on one of their TVs, in addition to the Bengals game, and best of all, you won't be the only one in a Bengals jersey, according to one frequenter of Orange Ale House.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Location: 5 Lagoon Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Perks: Bomboras is the Official Bengals Restaurant on Hilton Head Island and Ken Anderson hangs out there! They have watching parties for all games and a Cincinnati favorites menu that includes a Big Boy Burger, Montgomery Inn Famous Ribs, Montgomery Inn Pulled Chicken Nachos, a Pulled Chicken Sandwich and Pulled Chicken Sliders. One frequent patron recommends getting there early. "It gets crowded, lots of bengals fans there," he said.
Fountain Hills, AZ
Location: 16872 E Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Perks: All American Sports Grill has 33 HD flat screen TVs, Sound Dogs for selective audio at your table and an HD sound and audio system. "Great food and craft beers," a Bengals fan who frequents the bar on Sundays said. "The majority of patrons are from Cincinnati on Sundays."
Madeira Beach, FL
Location: 15000 Madeira Way Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Perks: Bengals fans turn up in big numbers to this Florida sports bar and because of it, they're given a private room to watch the game with sound. A frequenter of The Brown Boxer says it's good to arrive about an hour before gametime. "They have drink specials every week and they also do a $500 cash raffle every week," the fan says. "Anyone who shows up by the start of the 1 p.m. games gets a raffle ticket and they do the drawing at the conclusion of the first quarter of games."
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: Souk al Bahar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Perks: A spot in Dubai where Bengals games are played every week, well, that sounds awesome!
Location:Calle San Vicente Ferrer, 27, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Perks: This bar is owned by Cincy Jungle's own Alberto Luque! "We gather around 5-6 people when there are Bengals game on a reasonable schedule," Luque AKA, "muertasdetenas" says. Definitely check out Ocean Rock Bar if you're in Madrid on a game day, or any day.