One of the best amenities at Merchants Plaza is the super-convenient location that places residents close to wherever they want to be! And if you’re a football fan, that perk is something big to celebrate. Getting together with a group of loyal team enthusiasts is a blast, but for a premium game experience, it’s all about the venue and vibes, right?

Downtown Mobile is home to A-game sports bars and hot spots where friends and family can gather to feast on some amazing food, keep the beverages of choice flowing, and cheer on your favorite college or pro team. Check out our list of favorite venues you’ll want to visit this football season, all within walking distance of Merchants Plaza!

Heroes Sports Bar and Grille

6-minute walk

273 Dauphin St.

Craft beer, massive TV screens, and an award-winning menu — welcome to one of the top places to be on game day! Heroes Sports Bar and Grille has been wildly popular in the downtown Mobile scene since 1998, and it’s well known for entertaining fans. Start with the famous spinach and crawfish dip followed by a Reuben, club, or catfish sandwich. And the burgers? Prepare for a touchdown with every bite!

Loda Bier Garten

5-minute walk

251 Dauphin St.

From badass burgers to more than 100 beers on tap, Loda Bier Garten is a big win during football season! Kick back, find the TV with your game, order your beer of choice, and feast on some legit eats. Try the Mac Attack burger — a five-cheese, deep-fried macaroni patty on top of a grilled burger patty loaded with crispy bacon cheddar cheese and spicy mustard. The seared tuna BLT, the Jagerschnitzel, the Dirty Bird chicken sandwich, and the wings also are fan favorites.

Hayley’s Bar

6-minute walk

278 Dauphin St.

With a mission to make sure every person walking through its doors has the time of their life, you’re pretty much guaranteed a memorable game day. As the oldest bar on Dauphin Street, the team of amazing bartenders at Hayley’s Bar knows how to show patrons an authentic experience in a one-of-a-kind venue where the drinks are endless.

Iron Hand Brewing

7-minute walk

206 State St.

If brunch and football are your things for Sunday fun, head to Iron Hand Brewing! From smokey spinach and artichoke cheese bread to breakfast pizza topped with mozzarella, scrambled eggs, and English breakfast sausage, the menu will not disappoint. Of course, food served on all other days of the week is outstanding, too! Pair your favorite meal with beer, craft cocktails, or wine.

HopHounds Brew Pub and Dog Park

22-minute walk

806 Monroe St.

Located in the Church Street East Historic District, HopHounds is the furthest away when it comes to walking, but so worth it if you’re a pet owner. Let your pup enjoy the playground with fellow canine buddies while you enjoy some stellar brew and food. Choose from more than 50 specialty craft beers and wines, as well as menu favorites from the Sticks and Stacks Craft Eatery — crawfish queso, burgers, hot dogs, bacon and brie grilled cheese, and more. And if the walk is a little too long, it’s only a 5-minute drive.