Buckeye Bars by City - Where Do The Fans Meet?

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MN Buckeye's picture

Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, Bloomington Minnesota 

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CincyBuck's picture

Pretty much.  I recall being down there a few years back the same weekend as one of the first Buckeye games, concerned about where I would be able to watch it.

Turns out, not too difficult to find a Buckeye bar in Florida...

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Brah Zhole's picture

Or South Carolina

gabbagool

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Colossus's picture

I'm having major trouble finding a place on the panhandle. I recently moved to Navarre Beach, and I'm coming up empty between Pensacola and Destin. Any help is appreciated!

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seyekcuB's picture

That's strongly SEC country up there. I use to watch in Destin, FL at Landshark pizza. The owners are from Wisconsin and they have the best pizza in the area. Its atleast bigten friendly.

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pcola_buckeye's picture

There used to be an official watch party at Nicks (downtown P'Cola), but since it closed fans are dispersed.  There are usually small groups at Sidelines (P'Cola beach) or at Twin Peaks (behind Cordova mall).

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seyekcuB's picture

Quaker steak n lube in Pinellas park FL is a buckeye alumni association bar and Browns backer bar. Not the best food or anything special though.

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Sargent's picture

I actually just moved to Minneapolis about a month ago and am looking for a gameday spot. When I was in town last year, I watched a game at The Office in North Loop, but it appears that's no longer the spot. How many people typically go to Poor Richard's for games?

Founder of the BBTFA (Bring Back the Fullback Association)

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome to Minnesota, Sargent! Yes, the Office is no longer hosting the OSU game crowds.

There are usually 50-100 that show up for each game, These events are sponsored by the Ohio State Alumni Club of Minnesota.

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Sargent's picture

Thanks! Looking forward to watching games there. 

Founder of the BBTFA (Bring Back the Fullback Association)

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Titus Rubles's picture

When did the Office decide stop hosting OSU game crowds?  I had gone there for the penn state game each of the past two years, and since it was a great outcome both years, was planning on going again this year.  Admittedly, it did seem a little dead last year and I was wondering why, but there was a decent showing 2 years ago!

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Sargent's picture

It has apparently become a Michigan State bar. I don't know how or why. However, I will be visiting on October 5th at 6:30CT to investigate.

The Office was a great spot for the opener last year. The ticker displaying MLB and NCAAF lines above the bar was cool.

Founder of the BBTFA (Bring Back the Fullback Association)

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Il_Padrino's picture

Loaded with Buckeye gear I hope.  :-) 

 

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seyekcuB's picture

One of my favorites that has closed was moon doggies in San Diego.

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Glendora's picture

Moondoggies was great. Especially the guy with the trumpet that played Across the Field.

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seyekcuB's picture

9am start time for the game came early. Had people tailgating at 7am out there. They also played the band during commercial breaks.

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another-navy-buckeye's picture

Speaking of San Diego, anyone know of any other Buckeye bars there? Looks like I'll be calling that home the last couple years I'm in the Navy.

Blessed to be a Buckeye

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Brah Zhole's picture

I know that douchebag nevadabuckeye guy had a bar somewhere down there at some point but i wouldn't give that guy a dime. 

gabbagool

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Browns88's picture

Been 2 Buckeye bars while on travel.   On the Rocks Redondo Beach CA (heard it recently closed) and at the Embassy Suits in Brentwood TN just south of Nashville.  There is the normal local crowd with visitors sprinkled in.

Browns88

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bleedscarletandgray's picture

I’ve also been to the Buckeye bar several times in Franklin, TN at the Embassy Suites and it is an excellent place to watch the game. Plenty of TVs with personal speakers on your table to hear the Ohio St game. Service is good and they are always giving away cool stuff. 

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NoVAsmitty's picture

That Embassy Suites is literally around the corner from my house. Will have to stop in one of these Saturdays, but I like my set up at home. 

“I intend to make Georgia howl.” General William Tecumseh Sherman

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buckeyefan333's picture

The Nashville Alumni Club also hosts a game watch at Nashville Underground in downtown Nashville on Broadway. That's a little more lively setup for anyone looking for that scene

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

It would be pretty cool for Eleven Warriors to document the fandom of some of these bar owners and patrons, and keep a list of these establishments on the site for easy reference.

You could even award them with some kind of affiliation. Maybe an 11W barstool, flag, or special bottle of Ramzy's own bourbon. Actually, save that for me.

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

Who should I contact to add a bar?

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iowabuckeyes's picture

You need to be an officially chartered alumni club to have a bar or restaurant included on the OSUAA’s official game watch location list. Their site, their list, their agenda—game watches are a means to a larger end, which is to keep alums connected to and engaged with the University—their rules. That said, it’s not hard to do if you have at least four alums willing to serve as officers. But you don’t have to be an alum to watch games at an official game watch location. Everyone’s welcome.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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CowCat's picture

Yep, that's correct. In Seattle we have an alumni association. The OSU alumni mothership gives it branches money and goodies every year, but anyone is welcome to events. There are also twice-yearly meetups of all the B1G alumni.

I looked it up, but there's no alumni association in Ann Arbor, MI for some reason ...

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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extemporary08's picture

That website is awesome, I'm going to Memphis for a few months for work this fall, looks like I'm headed to the BW3 wolfchase!

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HowFirmThyFriendship13's picture

Was there for The Game '13 (epic finish to a nail-biter 42-41, who could forget) and had an absolute blast. Sang 'We don't give a damn' after every Buckeye TD. Great people down there, one of the most fun times I've had watching a game, period.

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brutus0717's picture

Thanks for this. I'm going to Charlotte this weekend for the NECKCAR race. Looks like I have 3 options in town.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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Sargent's picture

Agreed. The Browns Backer network is a great model to follow.

I'll be heading down the Lincoln for the OSU-Nebraska game. However, I don't want to miss the Browns-Ravens game that Sunday. Using the Browns Backer website, I found a Browns Bar in Des Moines, IA with contact info for the chapter president.

When I moved to Minneapolis a few weeks ago, ome of the first things I did was look up the local Browns Backer establishment. It was great to experience a piece of Ohio this far away from home last Sunday.

Whether it's utilized by individuals on travel or for general relocation, I think there's significant value in a Buckeye Bar Network given the extensive fan base. Not to mention, 11 Warriors would benefit from the expanded brand outreach

Founder of the BBTFA (Bring Back the Fullback Association)

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Be forewarned: the Browns bar in Des Moines is a dive. But at least they have one. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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MDBuckeyes's picture

OSU alumni club of DC hosts a couple in the city, a couple in northern VA. Working on a sponsored location in MD. But unofficially in MD its Pourhouse.

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GareBear's picture

Few years back there was a bar in DC called Rhino Bar. Amazing place for Game Days.

Michigan sucks

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

For last Friday's game, Cardale showed up at 3 of the locations, promoting his new DC team.  

The bobbleheads have had their pep talk. Time for some football. 

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Graeham's picture

Sollys on u street is the best one in dc but is an absolute dive

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no_1_buckeye_fan's picture

Legends Sports Grill in Salt Lake City. Amazing game day atmosphere. 

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xbuceye's picture

Mangiamos in Hilton Head.

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Buckeye in Savannah's picture

Love this place

“The true soldier fights not because he Hates what is front of him, but because he loves whats behind him” - Urban Meyer

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Hondo's picture

The Browns are no longer the worst franchise in all of professional sport.

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Nutinpa's picture

Best name ever.  I’d go just for that. 

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SilverBullets_PHX's picture

Might be the most lively Buckeye bar in the country.  Bottled Blonde gets crazy and is packed every Saturday in the fall with Buckeyes

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Hondo's picture

Are you in Phoenix? I moved to Verrado this summer. West Valley.

The Browns are no longer the worst franchise in all of professional sport.

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SilverBullets_PHX's picture

Yup, I live in Arcadia (Central phoenix)

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5pace-Monkey's picture

Heard that's a great place to go.  I am trying Good Time Charli's in Chandler, AZ sat vs Braska. 

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Nutinpa's picture

Ladder 15.  Philadelphia center city.  

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Mid City Yacht Club in New Orleans.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Hondo's picture

The Browns are no longer the worst franchise in all of professional sport.

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Il_Padrino's picture

GREAT TIP - thanks!!!

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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CowCat's picture

Nice link, but it seems 2 years out of date, at least for Seattle.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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HCAR's picture

Did there used to be a place in Raleigh called Playmakers? If so, I believe that's where me and my gang watched most of App State's win over scUM. It was quite the App St. crowd in the house, too!

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Scooter's picture

Just moved here and attended FAU game there. Alumni association is in full force and that place is packed with Buckeye fans. I liked that they played OSU band music at commercial breaks at times.

Scooter

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elitesmithie's picture

Wife and I try to go weekly. We were spoiled that our first season down here was 2014.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Il_Padrino:  I live just south of Canton and I look forward in a couple of years to visit the state of the art sports bar that is being built in Hall of Fame Village, a nearly billion dollar development north and west of the HOF.  I don't know the opening date.

Let's Go Bucks

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Graeham's picture

Opening date never, things such a mess

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Il_Padrino's picture

^^^ I hear ya on that one.  Just drove by the area - staying near 12th street in Canton with family (saves on hotel costs for my 6-week trip in the US). 

It has been many years since I was home in Canton, Ohio and I am so impressed by the level of patriotism that exists here, how nice the town is, how much there is to do here, and how nice the people are. For those of you that live here and disagree - travel to places abroad and go beyond the gates of the resorts to the reality that exists just beyond... the world is unlike the United States - the greatest nation in the world.

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

CPO and CDR, USN (ret)

1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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Il_Padrino's picture

I was thinking to hit Belden Village area but the sports bars get insanely full. 

Heading to https://towntavernohio.com/green/

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Tango's Tavern in Virginia Beach, VA.  Easily one of the best damn Buckeye bars I've ever been to.  They have $1 little beer shots after every TD.  Bratwurst burgers are to fucking die for.  Just a great atmosphere to watch an OSU game.

The men's room toilet also had a block 'M' painted inside the bowl.

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USNbuckeyeBG's picture

Hmm, maybe things have changed, but was stationed in Va Beach from 2010-2013 and definitely seemed way more rowdy for browns games than Buckeye games. Also remember the place was a bit of a dump in all honesty. 

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Il_Padrino's picture

Been there as well - think the vibe around the Browns game was because they sucked so long that what else is there to do but drink, fight, get drunk some more, go home and get in an argument with the old lady, talk with the police about why you shouldn't go to jail, drink some more = rowdy. 

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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BuckeyeChief's picture

The first time I walked in during the off season was a mistake. I SWEAR when I walked in, the record player scratched/ music stopped and EVERYONE looked at me.

I went back years later during the 2nd Va Tech game and it was a blast.

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KCAlum's picture

For Kansas City, it is Tanner's at 39th and Rainbow.  There is also an old legacy bar in south KC that sometimes gets a group of Buckeye fans there, Ugly Joe's at 103rd and State Line.  I am nostalgic for that last place as that is where I watched the 2002 team win the National Championship! 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

For a city largely removed from B1G Country, KC has a great alumni club.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Dorfdepp's picture

I don't know of a Buckeye bar in Santa Fe, NM, (where I have lived for about five years) but when I lived in Chicago, I frequented a really good one, called McGees. Normally the place was packed with Buckeye fans, and the beer selection was very good.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

McGees is (or was if its not there anymore) the Buckeye bar in Chicago. Chicago has so many Big Ten transplants in it.

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

McGees still is. We’ve had good and bad experiences there. Service is meh, good is blah. I personally prefer Old Crow Smokehouse in Wrigleyville. There are several others, i.e., Gaslight at Clark and Arlington Place is an unofficial game watch location. When my wife visited our daughter the weekend of the UC game, that’s where they watched it. It was packed with Buckeye fans. My daughter asked if they’d put the Iowa-Rutgers game on one TV and they laughed at her (which is what I would’ve done).

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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BrewinBuckFan's picture

Butcher's Tap on Southport in Chicago is a good gameday spot.

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milhouse4588's picture

2 bars here in Atlanta:

Official Alumni Bar is Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs. Typically a huge crowd but a lot of "entitled" fans that complain a lot whenever anything goes wrong. Not the most enjoyable crew unless the game is going perfectly, in my experience.

Young Buckeyes of Atlanta (where I personally have been going for 8 or 9 years) go to Whitehall Tavern. Younger crowd, obviously, and there for fun. Much smaller scene but a good time.

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

Sarasota Fl, Captain Curt's sniki tiki bar. Saw the game there when JT clearly got the first down. It was all Buckeyes with one Michigan fan. Great place to watch the game.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

CPO and CDR, USN (ret)

1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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Il_Padrino's picture

Bahahahaaaaa...

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

CPO and CDR, USN (ret)

1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Classic!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Graeham's picture

Realistically every bar in canton will have the games on with people watching and boozing. The Liz, roosters are my favorites 

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h0bb3s220's picture

Going to be down in Key West for the MSU game anyone have information on a good place to watch the game there?

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Chic'sGhost's picture

I will be in Denver next week.  The old Buckeye Bar from 4 years ago closed I know.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives amongst us.

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isaacl2118's picture

Hayter's is now the Ohio State bar in Denver since Croc's closed. Not as good as Croc's but still packed and a great atmosphere.

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Dillon G's picture

I watched Ohio State beat Michigan and then Miami in consecutive games at Crocs.

#walkaway

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Formerly Maggie's Sports Bar in Albany NY, but they moved the game watch north to Recovery Sports Grill in Malta, NY years ago

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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FriscoBuck's picture

Zeke's in San Francisco was the best. I still have a terrible cell phone quality video of the celebration after the 2008 TTUN stomping. 

"The goal is to end every drive with a kick." - Jim Tressel

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BABuckeye's picture

Yeah, too bad that place is no longer Zekes. 

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livinthedream's picture

Mangiamo's in Hilton Head S.C.

We vacationed there the week before Labor Day so I looked around before we went for a place to catch the first game of the new season.   The place was packed with Alums and fans from locals to us vacationers.  Food is good, beer cold and service friendly.  Highly recommend it to anyone who visits the island.

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BuckeyeArsenal's picture

Tony C's here in Boston, directly across from Fenway

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PalmBeachBuckeye's picture

Bru's Room in Boynton Beach, FL (West Palm Beach area)! Bob Brudzinski (former Buckeye and Dolphin/NFL player) is the owner and great to us and our alumni club down here! Great place to watch the game. We call it Columbus South on gamedays! If you are done this way for a game, be sure to join us there! GO BUCKS!

PalmBeachBuckeye

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blocko330's picture

Excellent place.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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Buck61's picture

a little further south is Bru's Room in Coral Springs, it is home to the Broward County Club, Bob and his team treat us well.

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RBuck's picture

Used to go to The Alumni Pub In Canal Winchester.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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DeacBuck's picture

Strike City in uptown Charlotte. Huge bowling alley/bar with all the traditions - fight song after TDs, Sloopy, We Don't Give a Damn, etc. Sometimes they'll have former players there. Cheap Miller Lite buckets is always nice too.

Go Bucks, Deacs, Panthers, Braves

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Buckeyejen's picture

Whisky Jax in Jax Beach, FL.  GREAT fun crowd!

Buckeyejen

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BloomingtonBuckeye's picture

In Seattle, it's the Peddler Brewery. I bike a lot and found this place before I knew just how awesome it was with its Buckeye roots.

It is packed with Buckeyes on gameday and, typically, a great hang-out with good beer otherwise. Went to watch the Rose Bowl there last year and had a great time!

In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins. - Ulysses S. Grant

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blocko330's picture

Bru's Room is my spot in WPB, FL when I opt for the bar scene.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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jono0398's picture

Trident bar and grill in Tucson.

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wvcbus08's picture

Not too hard to find in Hilton Head, most go to Mangiamo's, but worth mentioning that Street Meet is also an Ohio State "bar."

Now that we have a Donato's in Savannah we're going to have to take over a bar in the area, see way too many stickers not to eventually!

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AveryX4's picture

We have lived here in Savannah for a few years now and I am surprised that we don’t have an official Buckeye bar yet. There are so many Ohio plates and OSU stickers that we could take over any bar in town! Having Donatos now makes it feel even more like home!

“Did you push yourself to be great today? Did you do it? If you didn’t, you lost a day, and we ain’t got many days to lose.”
-Urban Meyer

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wynnosu's picture

Giovanni Pastrami’s in Honolulu has alumni there every Saturday.  Even for the noon kickoffs which are actually 6:00 am here.

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NH-IO's picture

Had a great time at Dogwood in Austin when we were down there.  We'll be  at Slater's 50/50 in Uptown Dallas next weekend.  Unfortunately the 3:30 kick off isn't working out for us as we'll be at the Crossroads Festival at that time, but hope to see some fellow Buckeyes at lunchtime.  

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Thedrw's picture

I watch at home these days, but last time I traveled on a game weekend, I watched at The Old Pro in Palo Alto. Very Pro-Buckeye and friendly people.

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TSwerve's picture

Sportsbook of Charleston here in Charleston SC, great Alumni and all Buckeye family welcome , they pick a future Buckeye guy or gal to call the raffle at the half ... great time , I also saw Strike city up in Charlotte they give away great T-shirt’s up there I had a great time even though I was there for the infamous 2015 MSU game. At least the crowd responded to my little girls OH throughout the night!!

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Captain Curt's in Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. They have so many Buckeye fans during OSU games they send them to the Tiki Bar next door for overflow.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Nikdime's picture

Hudson Grille

Sandy Springs, GA (North ATL)

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CLEBuckeye15's picture

Gonna be up in Detroit dropping my mom off at my grandparents for a trip they are going on. Does anyone know how active the alumni club is up there and if people go to the watch party at the BW3's downtown? 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Maloney's Pub on East Kennedy in Tampa has an OSU watch party with raffles and prize giveaways. 

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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CaliBuckeye's picture

Near Boise or Meridian Idaho?

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MeridianOSU's picture

Beef O'Brady is the alumni location. Was co-president and left when Nebraska Alumni group showed up.

Your welcome to join us at Homestead Bar & Grille. 

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LvilleBuck's picture

Saints pub 2nd floor in Louisville, KY

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catesuit's picture

I'm in Montana, so we've got nothing, but I was in Honolulu last Friday for the NW game. Giovanni's Pastrami there is a Bucks bar and it was rocking!! Big crowd, tons of decorations/flags/blow up Brutus mascot, super fun.

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Graeham's picture

Anybody know of a good spot in stl 

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Capt. Kline's picture

Going to be in Bentonville/Fayetteville area to visit grandkids in a couple of weeks. Didn't see anywhere listed on alumni website. Anyone out in that area? 

Born and bred a Buckeye - Buckeye 'til I die

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Tampabuckeye85's picture

O'Brien's in Riverview here in Tampa.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I was just over that way yesterday. Might check that out for the Maryland game :)

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