This is slightly off-topic. I will soon be subjecting myself to the indignity of commercial airline travel and will be in the Great American Southwest during tomorrow night's game vs. that Pennsylvania team. So, of course, I've already found the local Browns Bar. In the spirit of travel, I thought it would be fun to start a thread wherein those of us not in Cleveland put the spotlight on the not-at-home places we watch our beloved team.
So far, I've had the pleasure of catching games at two pubs.
Vaughn's Pub, Lakeview - Chicago, IL. Lots of Browns fans in the Windy City. Whenever I'm down there on a Sunday, I'll stop in. Big ups: all TV's feature the Browns. While it's fun to glance at other games going on, it's more fun to watch Jabaal Sheard takedown an opposing QB simultaneously on a room full of TV's. Also nice, because this small bar gets packed; even still, you should have a good view of the game. Specials on Great Lakes, Guiness, and pizza. Usually a pretty good-sized and loud group, and a fun bunch to strike up a conversation with (but that's Chicago - people there love to talk!). Convenient to public transit (btw Diversey and Wellington on the Brown Line), so if you're visiting the Windy City, you have no excuse.
R Bar - San Francisco, CA. As of press time, the R Bar's website isn't working, so here's its Yelp page. I was in SF for a conference, and moseyed on over to this little place to watch the Browns/Titans game. Well, the game sucked, but the bar was nice. Unlike Vaughn's, a number of different fanbases congregated here; there were a few Cowboys fans watching the 'Boys on one TV, some Bears fans bellied up at the bar in front of another screen, and one, single, disgusted Vikings fan who left at halftime. The Browns Backers were the biggest group - about 15 people. Nice, neighborhood vibe to the place and cheap drinks. Orange cans of Olympia - $2. Draught pints o' Newcastle Brown Ale, not much more expensive. I'm not used to the 10am West Coast start time to East Coast games, and even less used to drinking before 5pm, but it was worth it. Apparently the thing to do do is smoke a J in the doorway of the "Oriental Massage" place next door at halftime. Ah, California... Not near BART/MUNI rail, but you can take the 2 or 3 MUNI bus there. Its on Polk and Sutter; about a 20 minute walk from Union Square.
So, do you have a place that has a great group of Browns Backers? Brag about your little corner of fandom in the comments. I'll post a "review" of Thursday's mystery bar sometime soon.
Until then, "Here we go Brownies, here we go..."