What makes a great sports bar? You know, the kind of place where you want to go watch your favorite team play a game?
Clearly, there are some basic elements. Great sports bars aren’t white tablecloth and fine china venues. You’re looking for tasty food favorites at reasonable prices, an ample selection of beers to stoke your competitive spirit, and a friendly and attentive wait staff that won’t leave your glass bone dry during the key part of the game. You want to have plenty of TV screens in the room, so any table or chair will have good sight lines to the screen carrying your game of choice. And, equally important, you’re looking for an energetic atmosphere and a setting with lots of fans watching their games, where you won’t be shushed for letting out a cheer, giving a few high-fives, or blurting out a random curse at a bad play.
Whatever the qualities that make a great sports bar, JT’s Pizza & Pub here in Columbus clearly has them all. The MSN website just named JT’s the best sports bar in Ohio. Given the sports-obsessed culture in Ohio, that’s incredibly high praise, but it’s really not surprising. JT’s has great pizza, appetizers, wings, and sandwiches — exactly the kind of fare you want from a sports bar — an extensive beer and drink menu, and a raucous atmosphere come Game Day. Stop by for an Ohio State game, an NFL Sunday, or March Madness if you don’t believe me.
Congratulations to my nephew Joe, the proprietor of JT’s, and my nephew Danny, who works there, for making JT’s into a sports bar that has won Best in the State honors.