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The Jays game is on and you don't have tickets. Maybe you're not heading to Lincoln to see the Huskers. Or perhaps you only want to see the Steelers instead of paying for the whole football TV package.
Whatever the reason, we love going to sports bars to catch our favorite teams play any of the major college or pro sports. Whether it's the availability of every game, a barrage of high-def televisions or those crispy, delicious chicken wings, we can't keep ourselves out of them.
This area is home to many sports bars, but we spoke to readers to identify the places they feel at home when they want to watch their favorite teams.
DJ's Dugout's four locations in Omaha and Bellevue are favorites among all kinds of sports fans.
UNO superfan Ryan Snyder catches Maverick games at DJ's, and Omahan Nick Gustafson says the sports bar's west location is his favorite spot to watch Husker football.
Oscar's Pizza & Sports Grille was mentioned by nearly a dozen readers as a great sports bar for any fan. Derek Feilner goes there to catch Creighton games. Several readers said it's a bar that caters to New York Jets fans and, according to Matthew Manning, Oscar's is the place to get some “seriously tasty wings.”
The Icehouse is another spot that sports fans love for almost any game. One reason, said Jaime Wegner: “If you can get a booth, you get your own small TV” at your table.
What local bar isn't a Husker bar on Saturdays? But Tiger Tom's is a place a lot of people like to go to see Nebraska football.
“Excellent food, great people, and they play the fight song really loud before kickoff and after every score,” said Kevin Van Winkle.
Fan of Chicago sports? Check out Beer City. The tiny bar near 42nd and L Streets caters to the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. (But not the Sox.)
Several readers identified Danny's Bar & Grill near 72nd and Blondo Streets as the place to watch the Packers. The bar proudly names itself “Omaha's Green Bay Packers Bar.”
Barrett's Barleycorn Pub & Grill, also the home-away-from-home for LSU Tigers fans during the College World Series, hosts a lot of Creighton fans and even runs buses to CenturyLink Center Omaha for home games.
In addition to Creighton basketball, the bar is the home of quite a few fans who watch the U.S. men's soccer team. Barrett's basement is full of rowdy soccer fans during every big match.
Some Kansas City Chiefs fans make their way down to KC to see the game. But if you can't do that, Pat & Mike's on 90th Street will be full of fans rocking the KC red and gold.
The Loose Moose, a good spot to watch any game, is known for having a large contingent of Oakland Raiders fans on Sundays. Stick around for live music after the games.
It doesn't matter what team you're rooting for, but the Leavenworth Bar is usually full of NFL fans on fall and winter Sundays. Same with the Sydney in Benson, where Landon Hedges and his friends usually hole up to watch the games.
Though not a exactly a sports bar, Aksarben Cinema sometimes simulcasts UNO hockey games. Since the movie theater has both a full bar and food, we'll count it as a sports bar just this once.
Iowa State fans from the Omaha Cyclone Club often get together at the Fox & Hound to watch their teams compete.
Four bars in the area — Scott Street Pub and the Tack Room Saloon in Council Bluffs and J.D. Tuckers and the Stadium Club in Omaha's Old Market — are good spots for sports and for fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes.