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Submit Your Nominations for CagePotato’s “Best MMA Bars in America”

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("Ladies, do you mind? Gonzaga-Carwin is about to start.")

There’s simply nothing better in the world than screaming at a row of flat-screen TVs in a sports bar during UFC events, surrounded by a pack of howling MMA fans, buzzed off of dollar-drafts of Bud Light. (Honestly, we defy you to find something better than that. The love of a child? Ha.) So in our continuing efforts to serve you, CagePotato is setting out to determine America’s 25 best bars/pubs/lounges/other-places-that-serve-booze to watch MMA. And we need your help to come up with some nominees. So what makes for a great MMA bar? Well…

— The bar in question always shows UFC and other important MMA events, with the sound actually turned on.
— The fights are shown on multiple screens, so you don’t always have to be pointed in one direction.
— You are never charged a ridiculous cover to come in during pay-per-view events.
— The place draws a fun, enthusiastic crowd, high on attractive women and low on douchebags
— It’s a solid place to hang out even when fights aren’t going on. The drink list is deep, and the place either contains a diverse jukebox or a DJ whose shit is on point.

If the place you go to watch MMA meets most of these criteria, we want to hear about it. Go to this forum thread and tell us the bar’s name, the town it’s in, its website if it has one, and a little bit about why MMA fans should go there. If you play your cards right, we might just organize a CagePotato meetup there one of these days — and your first dollar-draft will be on us. Thanks guys!

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Matty G- March 5, 2009 at 10:42 am
I usually get the fights at home and throw a barbeque, but when it comes to going out for a fight, my boys and I go to El Guapo on Melrose (at least I think it's Melrose, I don't that part of town well) in Los Angeles. Only a $5 cover, 70+ plasma screens, sound on, good crowd (i.e. hot chicks), takes reservations, and solid food/drinks.
TUF Guy- March 5, 2009 at 6:59 am
Joe's is in Chicago btw
TUF Guy- March 5, 2009 at 6:59 am
Joe's Bar on Weed St is an awesome bar to watch fights in.

The atmosphere is closing to being at a live event with people cheering and getting into the fights.

$10 Cover
Bas Rutten- March 5, 2009 at 4:28 am
The bar in my basement, Every mma event plays. Many replay, alot.
All the alcohol you could want, and a bonus of some chronic.
Da Truth- March 5, 2009 at 1:52 am
"The place draws a fun, enthusiastic crowd, high on attractive women and low on douchebags"

You just disqualified EVERY Bar in America with that ridiculous stipulation
Krazy Kracker- March 4, 2009 at 11:54 pm
We used to go to Fox & the Hound in The Woodlands, TX. They charge you $5 if you want to enter the section showing the fights and had a nice non-smoking section set up with an assload of TV's. However, the demand for people to smoke was too high and they did away with it. The beers are $9 and food's even more. A couple of $120 bar tabs later has found me buying the ppv at the house and inviting friends where I don't have to deal with smokers, unbelievably high beer prices, bar noises drowning out stuf I'd like to hear and Asslicktion clad grundles who feel they can take all those fighters because they were a TKD black belt in 3rd grade.
Kimbo's Bread- March 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm
The Back Alley. No really, it's not a bar. It's the same back alley were Arianny was apparently caught getting fucked:


ultimate-fighter.ca/Forum/viewtopic.php?id=20461
Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm
I had a bar in Green Bay where we'd get the fights. The first 5 or 6 events, we'd order them straight off our Time Warner box and would get charged the residential rates. Once that didn't work, we'd stream them off UFC.com.

It's basically impossible to pay the business rate and even break even, unless you charge a cover. If you try to charge a cover, people will find a place that doesn't.

Of course, if we could have broken ever overall, we'd still be in business.

Buf Wild Wings sucks. They don't charge a cover but you have to order a meal. Try eating a burger with standing room only.

The Hooters in Green Bay and Appleton (WI) have small, small, small TVs. Like watching the event from the nose bleeds.

For the love of god, if you don't know for sure if your local saloon is paying the business rates... Keep your mouth shut. There's a reason they don't advertise the fights and you praising them isn't helping.

Cagepotato, this is the worse idea ever.

And while I'm ranting... Hey ASCAP, I'm not paying your for a live band (whom I paid to play) that played cover songs. How about you call the local band.
TysonMcneely- March 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm
No place showing UFC is low on Douchebags. The typical UFC fan at a bar loves:
Blow outs
Jager Bombs
Sunglasses inside and at night
Fake tanning
Affliction T-Shirts
SOUTHSIDE PIZZA- March 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm
This place is usually pretty good. Cheap but good pizza, cheap beer, and at StPierre/Penn I got to see a nice bar fight right after the fights were over. Big ass guy vs. little guy. Little guy held his own untill big guy smashed a bottle over his head. I was a happy camper that night. Penn got crushed and I saw a good street fight:)
Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Mom and Pop is right.

Those Mom and Pop bars that don't charge you the $20-$25 bucks cover, don't do so because they dodn't pay the commercial rate for the fight, be it affliction or UFC. Even Shammrocks shitty organization charges bars, lounges, and restaurants a commercial fee. So dont be a SNITCH or your favorit hole in the wall bar MAY soon be recieveing a seese and desist order.
Mom and Pop- March 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm
Please don't snitch on us.
Mixed Martial Adam- March 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm
do bars in Canada count?

There is literally a strip of little porteguese pubs in Toronto that on fight nights all serve two dollar drafts, 1/2 price wings and show the fights on multiple screens.

Hella-cool
Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm
THAT WAS MOM & POP (not PAPP)
Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm
THIS CONTEST IS SET UP BY DANA WHITE HIMSELF TO FINE INDEPENDENT MOM AND PAPP BARS THAT DO NOT PAY THE COMMERCIAL RATE ON UFC EVENTS. DON'T SNITCH.
Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Hooters in Oceanside/Carlsbad, CA

Lotta dumbfuck Marines wearing Affliction shirts, but the business doesn't mind if all you do is have a beer just to watch the fights.
The Greg- March 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
If you are from MA, there are 2 south of Boston that work for me. Coops in Quincy MA, and the Charley Horse in Bridgewater. Both have decent food & crowds. Not saying that either is the greatest MMA bar, but have had some good times at both places. The owner of Coops is a good guy.
Clozer- March 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
@ Eric

Time to move.
Clozer- March 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
@ Chris

Watch the games? I thought we were talking about fights?
Eric- March 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Where do bars like this even exist? Here in Scranton, PA we're stuck watching MMA at a bar AT THE SAME TIME as a band is playing.
M-Town HuStLeR- March 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm
I would have to nominate THE POUR HOUSE in Marsing Idaho. They play
every single mma event not just UFC. The drinks are cheap and you can
even catch some SNAKES slithering hahaha jk about the snake part
Diggler- March 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm
What the fucks up with MMA in NYC? I feel like I'm the only asshole who likes watching fights out here. The only place I heard of that shows the fights tried to charge me 25 bucks a head at the door! Fuck you Playwrights! I'd rather split the price with a friend and watch it at home.

NeW jErSeY-nEw JeRsEy- March 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm
Nothing beats watching a fight at the house...the beer is cheaper, crowd control is in effect, and the bathroom is clean.
Kadumel- March 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm
@ armfarmer -

Not all Hooters show it anymore. Some are pulling out of showing them due to fights at the bar, like the two in Arlington TX.
Sammich- March 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm
does my basement count?

I agree that buffalo wild wings and hooters are the best franchises to watch fights at, but good luck finding a seat unless you want to pull an all day event and piss off your hot waitress, be a pal, tip those tits.
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