Best Bars to Watch Soccer in Harrisburg

We all know that football will dominate most TVs in our local bars this time of year, but if you go to the right places at the right time, you might be able to squeeze in a few minutes of “the most beautiful game.”

For those of you who don’t know what I mean — and I’m guessing there’s a few people scratching their heads — I’m talking about soccer.


Yes, it isn’t just something that happens once every four years. Soccer is broadcasted as much and actually more regularly than the NFL now.

It seems crazy, but it’s true.

Now some local bars are getting in on the action and even featuring specials just for soccer fans.

But first, I want to tell you some of the advantages of watching soccer at a bar.

  1. They are early games, so this gives you a very valid excuse as to why you’re heading to a bar before 10 a.m. (If you need one).
  2. It gives you the chance to watch sports all day because most games are played on Saturday mornings and are over by noon. Naturally all of the TVs will then switch to football or basketball depending on the time of year.
  3. Soccer is the easiest sport to predict how long a game will last. It will never be over two hours and you will not have to deal with dozens of commercials. So you can really plan your day around it.

Now you have the info, where do you go?

Struges Speakeasy:

OPEN: Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m.
No team affiliation

This is my top-pick!


With their always rotating draft list you are sure to find a brew to start your day off on the right foot. I usually start with a Guinness. There’s no real reason, but usually if I’m having a drink that early I like to have something easy to drink with substance.

Footballers Feast

While their whole menu is free game, the best bet of the day is the Footballer’s Feast. Scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, sausage, grilled tomato and toast all for $9.

It goes perfect with my pint of Guinness.

MoMo’s BBQ and Grill:

OPEN: During Arsenal games
Arsenal team affiliation

MoMo's Soccer

MoMo’s has been home to the Central Pa Gooners (Arsenal’s local fan club) for almost five years now. They have grown from three people to now over 40 for the bigger games.

The good news for Arsenal fans is that game-time doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a kickoff at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday or 3 p.m. on a Monday, they are open.

Specials vary on the day along with how many people are there. If more than 24 people show up for a game, the food is actually half off!

Be sure to check game times before heading out.

The Gooners will also be accommodating to other fans as well, but MoMo’s will not open specifically for anything but Arsenal matches before normal operating hours.

Download and use the Pango parking app to take advantage of the free parking offered on Saturdays. Sundays are always free.

The list is small, I know. The good thing is that we have this list at all. There is no doubt that it will continue to grow as demand becomes more prevalent.

So if you happen to be sitting at a bar early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, ask the bartender to put on the game for you. That’s what I do and I have never been turned down.

Soccer is here people, now we just need more places to watch.

Have another spot? I’d love to hear about it!

Categories: Sports, Television


5 Fall Beers You Should Still Be Drinking

Thanksgiving is coming, and it’s the perfect time of year to embrace fall beers. Remember, even though Christmas decor is creeping in around us, winter is still a month away. Don’t let these seasonal brews pass you by! Layer up and get in one last fall fire pit session before it gets officially cold, and grab a great fall brew to relax.

troegs hop knife

Troegs Hop Knife

While they may have already released Blizzard of Hops and Mad Elf, it is definitely still fall and you should keep drinking their fall seasonal. I promise it’s not an alterior motive to keep all the Mad Elf for myself. I really enjoy Hop Knife, in fact I even committed to an entire case of it.

Bell’s Best Brown Ale

They call it best for a reason. Brown ales are so underrated, and make for a great fall brew. Bell’s Best Brown Ale is their fall seasonal and is available right now on draft, in cans, and in bottles. It features flavors like caramel and walnut, and has a very prominent autumnal roasty malt backbone. You won’t find any hop attack in this beer, just toasty fall goodness.

Evil Genius Beer Chickity China the Chinese Chicken.

So, putting the beer inside aside, Evil Genius seriously has the most ridiculous beer names like ever. Chickity Chinabthe Chinese Chicken is their fresh hop IPA, which this year features fresh Citra and Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest. Citra hops will give it that nice citrus aroma and the Mosaic should make it juicy and dank.

evolution rise up stout

Evolution Rise Up Stout

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: stout season! I know, it’s not full on winter yet so you’re not ready for my heavy barrel aged stouts. How about a flavorful medium-bodied stout instead? Evolution Rise Up Stout is a fantastic breakfast beer with the perfect black coffee flavor. They cold brew organic local Rise Up Coffee for full flavor, but it won’t weigh you down. It’s also great as an after-dinner drink.

The Bruery Autumn Maple

So you don’t like pumpkin beers. That’s okay, how about a yam beer? There’s nothing like candied sweet potatoes next to that turkey on Thanksgiving, it always reminds me of fall. The Bruery’s Autumn Maple is as close as you can get to drinking my dad’s famous candied sweet potatoes. It sounds a little weird, but hear me out. They use yams, maple syrup, allspice, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and its own traditional Belgian yeast strain to create a true fall masterpiece.

Categories: Craft Beer


Weekend Roundup 11/19

Last night, Andy and I had a nice date night trip to Lancaster for the first Scotch Dinner at Tellus360. It was a great time, and I’ll document more on that for you in PennLive next week.

sara andy scotch

Aside from that, my week is unusually bare of plans. Figuring tonight or tomorrow we’ll probably do sushi at Fusion Fire and finally see Spectre. Saturday morning, I’m checking out the new brunch menu at The Kitchen at HMAC, then I don’t know, maybe lounging around or cleaning the house or who knows.

Sunday is a Steelers bye week, but that works out because we’ve got shoots, then wings-and-beer plans with a Patriots fan at Arooga’s.


What are you doing this weekend?


Running: Sign-up for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

For the past few years, I’ve done “my own damn Turkey Trot” as part of my Thanksgiving tradition.

Sara & her friend Jamie ran the Carlisle Turkey Trot in 2011.

Sara & her friend Jamie ran the Carlisle Turkey Trot in 2011.

Prior to last year, the closest Turkey Trot was the Run for the Diamonds, a nine-mile race in Berwick. Unfortunately, Berwick is about 40 minutes from my parents’ house in Wilkes-Barre, and the race doesn’t start until 10:30 a.m. To cut to the chase, I just didn’t have the time to commit to this race.

So, I’d usually roll out of bed and run my favorite Wilkes-Barre loop, missing the hustle (aka stress) of being around the house on the morning of a major holiday, but also being envious of all the race photos I saw on Facebook.

However, last year, a five-mile race was introduced nearby, only a short drive from my parents’. I finally was able to do a real Turkey Trot!

Despite the fact that none of the four Garmin watches in my house were working that morning (I ran my first watch-less race, which I didn’t hate), and some snowfall, it was a good race. Even though I did it alone, I ran into friends there and had a great time. It was the perfect way for me to kick off one of my favorite holidays, because I am so thankful for running each and every day (cheesy, but oh-so-true. Just ask someone who is around me when I can’t run).

This year, I am continuing the tradition, and I’ve even talked my mom into taking an hour away from prepping for the big day (we typically have anywhere from 20-25 people), and running five miles with me. You know my mom is one of my favorite running buddies, so I am excited to share this day with her.

If you’re staying local this Thanksgiving, you are in luck, because there are a bunch of races in central Pennsylvania.

4 Local Turkey Trots:

Where are you running this Thanksgiving?

Categories: Holiday, Running

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