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6 Great Mississippi Venues to Tailgate Indoors

When a new sports season starts, gathering with friends and fans in homes and local hangouts to cheer on your favorite team is always a good time. When you want to catch the big game but aren’t in the mood to host a party at home, Mississippi has you covered with plenty of sports bars, restaurants, and pubs to get you in the spirit. From storied institutions to local watering holes, Mississippi makes it easy to grab a pint or signature cocktail and fill up on your favorite gameday foods—whether you’re in the mood for buffalo wings, pizza, burgers, or barbecue—then sit back, relax, and watch the game. Here are six perfect places for an indoor tailgate in Mississippi.

If you’re looking for a comfortable, family-friendly place to get some good grub and catch the game, Skybox is your spot. The entire restaurant is sports-themed, which means the menu includes mouthwatering choices like Playoff Pizza, Homerun Burgers, Super Bowl Salads and All-Star Wraps. There is even a little league menu for the little sports fans. However, be sure to start off with a selection of appetizers like mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, and a cheese platter. To wash it all down, grab a drink at the full bar and take advantage of great beer prices. A domestic pint is a mere $3, and a pitcher is only $10. And because the Southeastern Conference is such a powerhouse, Skybox offers a menu of 10 SEC-inspired cocktails, including the Mississippi State Cowbell with vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue curacao, cranberry pineapple, and lime; and the Ole Miss Landshark with Captain Morgan, light rum, blue curacao, simple syrup, and lime.

Capitol Grill (Jackson)

Locally owned and operated, this upscale sports bar in Jackson is devoted to the game, whether its football, baseball, hockey, basketball, or soccer. If there’s a game being played, you can count on Capitol Grill to have it on. The food at Capitol Grill is made in-house, from the crispy fried onion rings to the strawberry vinaigrette. In addition to the food and atmosphere, a great thing about Capitol Grill is its happy hour! Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day and then again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. The kitchen also is open until 1 a.m., so if a game runs late and you need an overtime snack, you’re in luck. The restaurant’s menu has something for everyone, from shrimp and sausage gumbo to tamales, fried catfish, and even a mouthwatering ribeye.

The Bulldog (Jackson)

Nothing goes better with competition than a cold beer, and The Bulldog knows a little something about that. The massive pub has Jackson’s largest selection of beer with 62 local and craft beers on tap, as well as more than 75 varieties of bottled beer. The Bulldog features dark wood, intimate lighting, and a sprawling New Orleans-style patio, creating the ultimate atmosphere for catching the big game. With 12 large indoor TVs and a giant 70-inch TV on the patio, there’s not a bad view in the house. Choose from a huge menu of specialty sandwiches, gourmet burgers, wraps, and big-plate entrees like loaded barbecue chicken, crispy fried shrimp, and Thai-glazed tuna steak. If you want a full gameday spread, make a meal out of appetizers like the spinach artichoke dip, fried pickles, quesadillas, and bacon cheese fries.

Located in a century-old, beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Gulfport, this Irish-themed sports pub is a hot spot for anyone looking to catch the big game. Kelly’s has a wide range of beers of tap and offers a seemingly endless menu of gameday eats. The appetizer menu has everything from beer-battered mushrooms and jalapeno poppers to pretzel bites, corndogs, pork rinds, and even firecracker shrimp. The menu’s “Loaded” section is the stuff of tailgate dreams. Choose between pulled pork, buffalo chicken, and other loaded toppings to be piled on to your choice of nachos, tater tots, or french fries. The bar specials are equally impressive, with a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. that includes $2.50 well drinks, $2 domestic bottles, $2 wine, and ½ off select drafts. On Thirsty Thursdays, those specials go on all night.

Café Mike’s (Corinth)

With its sports memorabilia-covered wood-paneled walls, this family-owned sports café is as classic as it gets. At Café Mike’s, every day offers a different burger and hotdog special, including the Western Burger and Western Dog on Mondays and the to-die-for Black and Blue Burger and All-American Dog on Fridays. No matter what you order, every meal should start with something from the Starting Line Up menu, like chicken strips, potato skins, or breaded mushrooms. And during baseball season, there’s no better place in Mississippi for Cubs fans to cheer for the W as the owners are huge fans.

If you want to watch a good game while enjoying great grub, look no further than Two Brothers Smoked Meats. Located in Starkville’s Cotton District since 2014, Two Brothers combines two prime gameday foods—tacos and barbecue—for the ultimate meal. With meat options like pulled pork, smoked chicken, and even pork belly, there’s something for everyone. Sliders, sandwiches, and burgers, plus homemade sides like potato salad, cheese grits, and street corn, round out the menu. With a full bar and drink specials when Mississippi teams have a big night, Two Brothers is the perfect place to meet up with friends to cheer on your team.

In Mississippi, you can play hard and party hard all over the state. For more great tips and local spots perfect for unwinding, click here, and start planning your Mississippi trip today!