Wings from Fricker's.
Photo: Fricker's Facebook
Photo: Fricker's Facebook

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The best places to watch the big game

When it comes to Game Day, there are tons of incredible places in Dayton to munch on wings and appetizers, drink an ice-cold beer and enjoy cheering on your favorite team surrounded by people in a festive atmosphere.

But where’s the best place to go? These are the top three sports bars in Dayton, as voted by the community during Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest.

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🥇WINNER: Fricker’s

Super Bowl fans served on Super Bowl Sunday at the Woodman Drive Fricker’s Restaurant (Contributed photo by )
Photo: Charles Caperton

No frickin’ joke, but Dayton loves this locally grown sports bar chain.

The fine people of Dayton have spoken and declared Fricker’s the Best Place to Watch the Game in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 poll.

Fricker’s got its start in Dayton and has grown to more than two dozen locations across Ohio, Indiana and Michigan with plenty of TVs, beer and its famous Frickin’ Chicken Wings or bite-sized Frickin’ Chicken Chunks that come coated in one of 15 signature sauces. Only the truly brave go for the Fricken X-Scream.

The first Fricker’s opened in 1985 in West Carrollton. This sports bar chain is family friendly, too, with a kids menu, kids deals and affordable prices and video/arcade games.

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Here’s who we saw during Super Bowl XLIV at Fricker’s on Woodman Drive in Dayton in 2010.
Photo: MediaMoments.com / Peter Wine

Dayton-area locations:

Fricker's Dayton (Woodman Drive), 1818 Woodman Drive, Dayton | 937-252-9007 

Fricker's Dayton (Miller Lane), 6834 Miller Lane, Dayton | 937-890-0020 

Fricker's Huber Heights, 6280 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights | 937-233-9464 

Fricker’s Troy, 1187 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-335-2900 

Fricker’s Centerville, 1383 Miamisburg-Centerville Road | 937-434-1000 

Fricker’s Vandalia, 22 Foley Drive | 937-454-9464 

Fricker’s Miamisburg, 251 N. Springboro Pike | 937-866-9464

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🥈2ND PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings

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For the sports-loving fan, this is a top go-to spot to cheer on your favorite teams and athletes with locations conveniently scattered across the Dayton area. Choose from domestic, imported, craft and specialty beers or their signature drinks, specialty cocktails and wine. Not to mention wings, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. 

Buffalo Wild Wings was the second-place winner for Best Place to Watch the game in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest.

Dayton-area locations: 

1900 Brown St., Dayton | 262 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 2082 S. Alex Road, West Carrollton | 6210 Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp. | 2776 Centre Drive, Fairborn | 7875 Wayne Town Blvd., Huber Heights | 891 S Main St., Englewood | 774 N. Main St., Springboro | 1248 Columbus Ave., Lebanon | 2313 W. Main St., Troy 

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Bunkers Bar and Grill in Vandalia is one of the many sports bars that are gearing up for the Super Bowl. 2015 file photo by JIM WITMER
Photo: Jim Witmer

🥉3RD PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill 

Here, you’ll find 42 beers on tap from Alesmith Decadence to Yuengling and everything in between along with 31 television screens to watch the big game. It’s an upbeat hangout that offers American food and weekend breakfast. The wings are a must try.🏆BEST OF DAYTON WINNER 2017: BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE GAME

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Location: 893 E. National Road, Vandalia

More info: 937-890-8899 | WebsiteFacebook

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WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

2nd Place: Mack’s Tavern

3rd Place: The Growler Pub & Grub

🏆BEST OF DAYTON WINNERS 2016: BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE GAME

WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

2nd Place: Pour Haus

3rd Place: Wings Sports Bar & Grille

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