Chapel Hill bleeds Carolina Blue all day every day! We love to see Tar Heels in action on the football stadium and especially on the basketball court. Watching the home teams win is pretty awesome in person, but if you can’t be there for one reason or another, the next best thing is cheering on the team with fellow Tar Heels fans at a local restaurant or sports bar which has the game on TV.

Check out these top ten best sports bars and restaurants in Chapel Hill that are definitely great choices to follow along with all the action on the big screen:

Carolina Brewery

Enjoy local food and local beer while you cheer on the Tar Heels at Carolina Brewery! There’s plenty of TVs and the beer is brewed locally, so it is the freshest around. Try the Sky Blue Golden Ale!

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Like the other Triangle locations, the Chapel Hill Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is a haven for any sports fan. There’s plenty of TVs, so if you aren’t into college basketball, the staff can accommodate your preference. The menu features pub fare such as burgers and nachos.

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery is known for its rooftop view, but you can also catch the Tar Heel games here of course. Enjoy craft beers, locally-made liquor, and tasty pub fare while you cheer on the home team!

Time Out

This 24-hour grill has been a staple for Chapel Hill sports fans that get hungry at all hours! Time Out is known for its delicious southern cuisine. Grab some fried chicken on your way the way to the tailgate, or watch the game there while you chow down on BBQ plate.

Might as Well Bar & Grill

Might as Well Bar & Grill is the “new kid” on the Chapel Hill sports bar scene. The menu features all the bar food favorites, including pizza, nachos and burgers. Plenty of space and plenty of TVs, so bring your friends to cheer on those Heels!

Linda’s Bar & Grill

Linda’s Bar & Grill is a favorite among Chapel Hill locals. It’s a two-story bar that features delicious pub fare, Tar Heels on the TV, and plenty of fellow fans to join you in cheering on the team. Go Heels!

Pantana Bob’s

Pantana Bob’s has been part of the Chapel Hill sports community since 1977. You can spot this pub from far away because of the UNC football mural! This sports bar offers plenty of beer, pub fare, and good vibes for the home team.

R&R Grill

R & R Grill is located in the middle of the action on Franklin Street! It features classic American fare such as meatloaf and prime rib. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a satisfying meal while catching the big game.


This beloved dive bar is the perfect spot to watch UNC basketball while bonding with the locals. It’s located on Franklin Street and features 65 beer varieties on its menu. Be sure to check its event calendar for drink specials!

Spanky’s Restaurant

Spanky’s Restaurant has been a Chapel Hill staple since 1977! This restaurant features delicious pub fare along with plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails. There’s plenty of TVs, so you can be sure to catch the UNC football while you are there!

The Chapel Hill community is close-knit and incredibly supportive of their college teams. Any restaurant or cafe with a TV will likely have the UNC game on with sound when it is game-time! Watching a football or basketball game at one of these local spots is almost as good as catching it in person because you can feel the passion in the crowd.

So what are some of your favorite spots to catch a UNC game in Chapel Hill? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN