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    The smell of pigskin is in the air. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, football season is among us. The NFL Preseason has already begun and the regular season kicks off on Thursday, September 10, at 8:30 p.m. at Foxborough with the Patriots vs. Steelers. College football starts a week earlier on Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. Louisville’s first game will be at Auburn on Saturday, September 5 at 3:30 p.m. Not to mention, Fantasy Draft Day is, no doubt, on the horizon for many of you, too.

    Whether you root for the U of L Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, like myself, or a combination of different teams, your blood must be churning with the desire to chant their names once more.

    For those of you who like to watch the occasional game with fellow die-hard fans, as well as those who are looking for somewhere to spend the entire season, these sports bars and restaurants would love to have your company:


    Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
    Their locally brewed craft beer will not disappoint. Against The Grain is even nestled in Louisville Slugger Field to add that extra bit of sports atmosphere.
    401 E. Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

    The Back Door
    Mid City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

    No matter where you live, there’s sure to be a Boombozz near you. Grab some pizza and beer cheese, a local brew and sit back and enjoy the game.
    1450 Veterans Pkwy, Jeffersonville, IN
    1448 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
    3939 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207
    Westport Village, 1315 Herr Ln, Louisville, KY 40222
    1890 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40220

    Brick House Tavern & Tap
    871 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

    Brownie’s The Shed Grille and Bar
    1578 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
    237 Whittington Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222

    Check’s Café: A Neighborhood Tradition Since 1944
    1101 E. Burnett Ave, Louisville, KY 40217

    The Dundee Gastropub
    Formerly known as The Dundee Tavern, this Bardstown staple has changed owners and upgraded their menu. Don’t worry though, Dundee Dip is still on the menu.
    2224 Dundee Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

    Hoops Grill and Sports Bar
    6733 Strawberry Ln, Louisville, KY 40214

    If you like pretzels and football, Khalil’s is where you need to be. Every burger comes with a fresh pretzel bun, and every pizza can be pretzlefied — meaning that the toppings will be fire-baked between two halves of a giant salted pretzel!
    10966 Dixie Hwy, Valley Station, KY 40272

    The Lone Wolf Family Sports Pub
    5501 Valley Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40272

    The Monkey Wrench
    Come have a beer on their patio and enjoy the nice fall weather all while watching the game.
    1025 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

    O-Line Sports Grill
    2813 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40223

    Rootie’s Sports Bar and Grille
    12205 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY 40245

    Sidebar at Whiskey Row
    129 S. 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202

    Sports and Social Club
    Fourth Street Live!, 427 S 4th St #100, Louisville, KY 40202

    Troll Pub Under The Bridge
    A very unique atmosphere has been dug out just where the name implies — under Second Street Bridge. Make sure to try their very own Cardinal brew, Card Red. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Troll.
    150 W. Washington St, Louisville, KY 40202


    No matter where you decide to go, you’re sure to find an inviting football-watching, beer-drinking and friends-making atmosphere. Unless, of course, you show up in all your Wildcat gear for a Cards game (or vice-versa).

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    Nerd. Space Explorer. Imagination Is Key. To Infinity And Beyond. Football & Fútbol Watcher. Beer & Bourbon Drinker. Dog & Animal Lover. Currently living in Louisville, KY and attending Savannah College of Art and Design via eLearning in order to receive an MFA in Writing. Completed an MA in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Received a BFA in Visual Communications from Ball State University. Very passionate about storytelling and design!

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