To that end, we’ve rounded up some local restaurants that offer game day specials on food and drink. Whether you’re rooting for the ASU Sun Devils, Arizona Cardinals or have another favorite team, check out these deals where you can sup and sip with other like-minded folks.
4401 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Throughout football season, every time the Cardinals score a touchdown, Burger Theory will rustle up a BT house burger for you with American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles and Killer Good Burger sauce for 50 percent off.
Kelly’s at SouthBridge
7117 E. Sixth Ave., Scottsdale
On Sundays, Kelly’s at Southbridge is offering all-day happy hour, including half-price bruschetta, bottles of wine and Champagne; $4 drafts, well drinks and house wine; and $4 off cocktails and starters. Watch NFL Sunday Ticket on one of Kelly’s 10 big-screen TVs, settle in and have yourself an afternoon of football.
20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Every Saturday and Sunday during football season, Tavern Americana will offer drink specials, including pitchers of draft beer for $8, bottomless “bloodies” for $12 (with penny refills) and all-day happy hour. On the food side, the kitchen will feature specific entrees for pro teams in headline games:
Sept. 19 – Eagles vs. Bears: Philly cheesesteak vs. Chicago dog
Oct. 3 – Giants vs. Vikings: New York deep-dish pizza vs. Juicy Lucy
Oct. 10 – Buccaneers vs. Panthers: Cuban sandwich vs. Carolina-style barbecue sandwich
Also available: deviled eggs, Sonoran dogs, French fries, house-made beef jerky and other bar food. Brunch items served on Sunday.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 E. Fifth St., Tempe
For those who want to tailgate before ASU home games, but don’t want the hassle of bringing the grub, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel will offer tailgate festivities in the hotel parking lot three hours before kickoff. There will be free games and live music outside and tailgate food for purchase inside the hotel’s restaurant. From hamburgers ($6) to beef fajitas ($7) and barbecued pulled chicken ($6) to turkey wraps ($6), football fans will find plenty to eat. Beer, wine and snacks will also be available for purchase. If you take your partying seriously and don’t want to drive home, the hotel offers a Stay ‘n Play package starting at $144, which includes two tailgate meals per guestroom and a 2 p.m. check out. When booking, use code ECCST1.
The Wing Counter
5350 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
From Sept. 11 through the Super Bowl, The Wing Counter will serve Kool-Aid cocktails – fruit punch vodka, grape vodka and blue-raspberry tequila – all $6 each. Also on the menu are Coors Light and Angry Orchard beer for $2.75 and Blue Moon, Corona, Leinenkugel's (Summer Shandy) and Lagunitas IPA for $3.75. Pick up a party tray (50 wings minimum) and get 10 percent off. When the Cardinals win, The Wing Counter will give 25 percent off a party tray (50 wings minimum) on the next Cardinals game day. Plus, wear Arizona Cardinals attire on Cardinals game day and you’ll get free fries with wing purchase.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Three Valley locations, thirstyliongastropub.com
Starting Sept. 10, every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout football season, Thirsty Lion’s Tempe and Scottsdale locations will serve breakfast, including Irish whiskey French toast and huevos rancheros. On Sundays, $5 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas and $4 Coors Light will be available at all three locations. Sports fans can cheer on the Sun Devils while watching games on the PAC-12 Network and professional games on Sundays with NFL Sunday Ticket.
Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Join other football fans during Cardinals home game day at the Tailgate District, an open-air beer garden with music, food, interactive games and giveaways. You don’t need a game ticket to enter and can eat at any of the district’s 20-plus bars and restaurants. Check website for parking information.