That's the thing, princeton has good bars but none of them I would consider a good sports bar. All of them cater to a more upscale crowd and the only sport bar they had closed last year after being there less than 5 years. That place was a block away from triumph and was called princeton sports bar or pub and shows that sports bars have a tough time making it in that town.
As for tigers tail, I've been there once and thought it was very overrated and more of a family and local watering hole than a sports bar.
Best sports bar in the general area that is also a bit of a hidden gem is Freddy's at pierce in somerset. It's large, has a ton of tv screens, decent tap list, good food and most of the bartenders are actual devils fans. It's clean, kept up well and doesn't ever get all that crowded as it is kinda in the middle of nowhere despite it is near exit 10 of 287 but it's mostly surrounded by offices and retirement communities. Basically the place is like miami mikes if miami mike actually gave a sh!t about his restaurant instead if just always trying to be "miami mike"
I work at the hockey rink down the street from Freddy's and I'm really not a fan of that place. I haven't been there in a while so I don't know if it's different now, but I remember them only having a few craft taps and the staff being clueless about them. One time I was there, one of their craft taps was listed as "Ithaca beer" so I asked which beer from Ithaca it is, and the bartender's response was, "I don't know, it's some dark beer." I ordered it anyway even though I still had no idea what beer it was because none of their other offerings interested me, and it was not dark at all, it was a cloudy yellow. I think it was their apricot wheat. I enjoyed the beer but I don't know anyone that would consider it a "dark beer" and it was pretty annoying having to do some online searching when I got home just to figure out what beer I had.
We got them to sponsor an adult hockey tournament we ran and their involvement was extremely frustrating. When we agreed with the owner of the bar, they said they would give 10% for any tournament participants that weekend, and the winners would get an "alcohol-themed prize pack." When some of the players went to the bar and asked for their 10% discount, the people working said they didn't know anything about the tournament, so my boss called their owner to let him know the tournament was going on that weekend, and he said, "Oh yeah, tell them 10% off food, nothing off drinks." As for the "prize pack" that they promised the winners, each winning player just left with one DAB pint glass that the bar most likely got from them for free.
At least they have a dartboard though, that's a plus for me. I was hoping World of Beer would have one because my buddies and I like to play darts but they don't seem to have much wall space being that they are on a corner and have big windows. on two walls, the bar on the other wall, and a stage on the fourth wall.
EDIT: Speaking of World of Beer, I know the OP said New Brunswick is his northern limit, but that seems like it could be a good sports bar. Their beer list is probably about as good as it gets around here (50 taps, 500 bottles) except for Maloney's and they had a ton of TVs all over the place.
Edited by devilsfan26, 10 November 2013 - 07:13 PM.
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