The NBA Finals are fast approaching and Philly sports fans are eagerly anticipating the games. With a ton of venues in the area, sports fans know that when it’s time to watch the Finals, the best place to be part of the action and feel part of the experience is at one of the area’s sports bars.

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South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 E Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 334-3300

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

South Philly Bar & Grill is constantly topping the list of the best sports bars in Philly and has even earned its place on national lists, so it’s no wonder this is one of the best places to catch a Finals game. The bar’s South Philadelphia location on 9th and Passyunk puts fans in the heart of the city. With tons of big, high-def TVs hanging on the walls and a state of the art sound system, SPB&G offers a great vantage point to view the game from the bar, tables, or wherever you may be. SPB&G sports a casual atmosphere and offers outdoor seating, a good line up of food, drink specials, and is conveniently located near Pat’s and Genos Steaks. Manga!

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Field House
1150 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-1520

Hours: Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Field House is conveniently located in the PA Convention Center and offers sports fans an awesome game viewing experience. Field House is sports bar meets business happy hour. Combine the bar’s 50 plasma TVs and moderately priced pub fare with a business casual dress code and an upscale atmosphere, and you have the best of both worlds. Convenient discounted parking at the Gallery II Garage is an added incentive to catch the game here. With the Sixers’ schedule located right on the website, Field House makes it easy to know when to come watch the game.

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Whiskey Tango   
14000 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19116
(215) 671-9234

Hours: Daily – 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

It’s a modern day dilemma: You’re itching to get out of the house to catch the game on a giant flat screen in HD among other basketball-crazed fans, but you need to find somewhere the kids can tag along and have a good time, too. Whiskey Tango is just the place. This is a family-friendly haven for sports lovers in Northeast Philly. Just be sure to enter through the rear door for the family-friendly sports bar, or you’ll wind up in the nightclub portion. Whiskey Tango has plenty of free parking and is accessible by public transportation, making it easy to stop by. Catch a bite while watching the NBA Finals on any of the bar’s 30 HD flat screen TVs and bond with the family at the same time. After the game, those without kids in tow can check out the live music nightclub area and party on.

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O’Neals Pub
611 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19147
(215) 574-9495

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you like to patronize locally operated venues, O’Neals Pub is a must. Family-owned and operated for 33 years, O’Neals Pub has earned the title of best sports bar many times over. For those who love a good drink while watching the game, this pub is consistently recognized as South Street’s “Beer Authority” for its huge selection of beers, whiskey and scotch. Beer lovers will also find a great selection of local brews on tap, including Kensinger, Row House Red and Walt Wit. O’Neals offers free WiFi, 18 Huge HD Plasma TVs and the game schedule here. Be sure to check out the gorgeous patio for fresh air during half time on your next visit.

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PJ Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant
799 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(610) 272-8919

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Catch the Finals at PJ Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant in this lively atmosphere. PJ’s sports a whopping 40 TVs, including quite a few HD options. Indulge in the pub’s award winning, delicious crab cakes, or choose to sample the vegetarian fare while the battle for the NBA championship is in full swing. With two bars, seating for 286 of your closest friends and free parking, PJ’s is the perfect place to get the game on.

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