OPENED IN 1989 and just a two-minute walk from Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Houndstooth is named, as any Southerner can tell you, for the checked brown hat favored by longtime Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant, though that's the one item missing from the extensive 'Bama memorabilia. The bar is the place to go on game day in Tuscaloosa. (When Mercedes-Benz executives were being wooed to build a plant in Alabama in 1993, the welcoming committee brought the Germans in for drinks.) But beware the morning after: The Houndstooth maintains a four-year-old archive of bar photos on its website.
[TV] 27 [BB] �[DB] 1 [BT] 15
Joe Senser's Bloomington, Minn.
SENSER, A former Vikings tight end, is the owner of an obscure piece of Twin Cities sports trivia--he dropped the final pass thrown at Metropolitan Stadium and caught the first TD pass at The Metrodome. In business since 1988 and now in three locations, Senser says he spends more than $45,000 annually to get every available sports TV package and it pays off with crowds like the nearly 400 Nebraska alumni who gather every Saturday to root on Big Red. Come Sunday the place is split between Vikings and Packers fans, which makes NFL games between the Black and Blue rivals as spicy as Senser's waffle fries.
[TV] 25 [FB][B][H][BB] �[DB] 16 [BT] 30
Three Dollar Cafe Atlanta
WHEN ABOUT 300 Penn State alumni come by the flagship Buckhead location of this Georgia chain, as they do every football Saturday, Three Dollar Cafe can put them all in the back room and still have room for the more than 700 other patrons--most of them SEC and ACC fans, particularly Georgia Tech partisans--in their main room and outdoor patio. Big is the theme here, as evidenced by the vast number of TVs and the huge selection of beers. The outdoor seating, promoted as "the patio to be seen on," has drawn such luminaries as Charles Barkley, Michael Vick, Chipper Jones and even Rod Tidwell himself, Cuba Gooding Jr.
[TV] 100 [FB][B][BB] �[DB] 9 [BT] 300