Orlando Ale House Orlando
FOR SOME sports bars, proximity to the local arena is vital to their success. Not the Ale House, which is 10 miles from the TD Waterhouse Center, home of the Orlando Magic, but draws fans from all over the Orlando area. Sundays look like a scene from the Pro Bowl, as fans don their favorite team jerseys and wait in line for as long as 20 minutes to get into the 8,000-square-foot establishment. Wearing the right jersey can matter: General manager Danny Davis sometimes determines which game gets its audio cranked up by surveying the crowd to see which team's colors are the most popular.
[TV] 42 [FB][B][H][BB] �[DB] 36 [BT 48
Playmakers Fargo, N.D.
LOCATED DEEP in the heart of the Red River Valley, Playmakers is part of a sports and entertainment complex that draws crowds from many miles away. Patrons feel as if they're in the game as soon as they walk through the door, as the entire floor is tiled to replicate a football field, complete with hash marks and goalposts. Fargo is Vikings and Packers country, so Playmakers is the place to be for Minnesota and Green Bay's biannual clashes. And if Vikes versus the Pack isn't intense enough, fans can step right next door to the Pavilion for the regional qualifiers of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
[TV] 35 [FB][BB] �[DB] 10 [BT] 35
Bear's Lair Pub Berkeley, Calif.