June 17, 2015 | by Compete Network
2015 Best Gay Sports Bars





Boxers NYC Chelsea
Founded 2010 (Chelsea)
37 West 20th Street, New York, New York  10011
Three locations: Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen (2013) and Philadelphia (2014)

boxers_nycWho has New York’s best 2 for 1 happy hour? If you ask Boxers’ Bob Fluet and Rob Hynds they would definitely say Boxers. In fact, they would invite you down to see for yourself.

But drink specials aren’t the only thing that sets Boxers apart from many other gay sports bars. They’ve turned their flagship location into three and even spread outside of New York City with their Philadelphia location.

The Chelsea location is decked out with 10 TVs, exposed brick walls, custom-made seating, pull-up bars for the bartenders behind the bars and lots of sports memorabilia. But hey, you may not spend too much time looking at décor because shirtless bartenders serve up drinks wearing signature boxer shorts.

Boxers is known as “America’s Gay Sports Bars” and they prove that by giving back to the community by partnering with non-profit organizations such as the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth and by also sponsoring a wide number of local sports teams.


Nellie’s Sports Bar
Founded 2007
900 U Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20001

Douglas Schantz has put together one of the country’s premier gay sports bars. Housed in the former Addison Scurlock photography studio, Nellie’s historic building is part of the African-American Heritage trail. But Nellie’s history doesn’t end there. The bar’s name is a tribute to Douglas’ great and great-great grandmothers in honor of their eccentric and hospitable character.

Inside Nellie’s you’ll find authentic Griffith Stadium sinks, antique showcases and historic photographs, elegant English pub room walls and even lighting from Baltimore’s Penn Station. But like the saying goes, everything old is new again and that is definitely the truth at Nellie’s. The sports bar features 29 TVs, poker tables, slushie machines, a stadium-size screen and much more.

The bar sponsors over 50 leagues and teams, hosts over 100 charity events each year and is known for its trademarked “R U Nellie ENUF?”


Founded 2004
4804 North Broadway, Chicago, Illinois.  60640

Founded in 2004, CREW BAR + GRILL was one of the earliest gay sports bars. Known for its classic midwest location in Chicago, the team at CREW really knows what it takes to be a sports bar. Owners Mark Robertson and Mike Sullivan along with manager Graeme Schellenberger really know how to welcome bar patrons.

First off, the food. Crew is known for “big ass” chicken wings, aged beef burgers and made-from-scratch sauces and dressings along with a wide beer assortment that focuses on locally brewed beers. They even encourage guests to join in singing team fight songs when your team scores.

The bar features 24 TVs along with darts, a jukebox and even an assortment of classic board games. All of this in a bar that even rotates its collection of Chicago sports memorabilia by season.

Crew offers a special Beergarita, composed of its own original recipe to its patrons and members of the 35 teams and organizations they sponsor each year. They also support a wide variety of non-profits. Crew also teamed up with the Chicago Gay Hockey Association to sponsor the Stanley Cup in Chicago’s 2010 Gay Pride Parade. Crew is also an official Chicago Blackhawk’s bar, the only gay one in Chicago.


Founded 2003
4086 18th Street, San Francisco, California  94114

SF MIX’s Larry Metzger has done a great job of mixing the local neighborhood bar with the sports bar to create a very intimate, friendly and fun place to cheer on your favorite sports team and enjoy an ice cold beer or other favorite libation.

The SF MIX sports 10 TVs play your favorite sporting events and provide a quiet place to meet up with friends and talk about basketball or football without have to scream over loud music. Besides watching NCAA March Madness at SF MIX, you can enjoy a game of pool, try your skill playing a video game, enjoy music videos and even charge your smart phone on one of the Doblet phone chargers.

Giving back to the San Francisco sports community is important to the team at SF MIX. The bar sponsors five softball teams – SF Cheer, Spikes Soccer and two pool teams, all while supporting local charities such as AIDS Walk, this month’s AIDS LifeCyle and 67 Suenos.

Call your friends and meet them at SF MIX, a place where everybody knows your name.


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