America's superlative sports bars

Story highlights

  • Show up early to claim your seat among the regulars at these lively sports bars
  • Travel + Leisure scouted out bars across the U.S., including a Vegas hangout with 43 TVs
  • If you need a break from the bar scene, there are more refined options included too

(CNN)Sure, autumn brings to mind brilliant foliage, sweater weather and the return of pumpkin-spiced lattes.

But for millions of Americans, fall also equals football -- and baseball, soccer and the start of the hockey season that will get them through to spring. You'll find these fans at the bar, screaming at a flat-screen as their sports hero makes a game-changing play.
Where you watch is just as important as what you watch, and the sports-crazed have their favorite bar stools, as worn in and beloved as their game-day jerseys. We scouted out terrific sports bars across the U.S., from a March Madness favorite in D.C. to a Vegas hangout with 43 TVs streaming sports from nearly every country, 24 hours a day.
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