I have been to a lot of the well-known bars in the greater Syracuse area, so I have a pretty decent idea of what they have to offer. And I can say, unequivocally (or for those who learned English via Eminem records, fuckin’ for sure) that Rosie O’Grady’s is the best sports bar in the 315 area code.
Why, I hear you ask, is Rosie’s so good? Well for starters, it has a video putt-putt game. Like Golden Tee but actually fun and you might be able to get some girls to play it after a couple of rounds, which, if you go during happy hour (M-F 4-7), are only $2.50. There are also four dart boards but they aren’t in a spot where you have to walk around Danny Drunk Asshole trying to throw lasers like Peyton Manning; they have their own sections so players can throw frozen ropes to their heart’s content. So there’s that.
Oh, and there is more seating than the Carrier Dome during a Lady Orange underclassmen scrimmage. Seriously, they have three sections of outdoor seating and two…TWO bars inside. Not like one bar and then on the other side the same bar continues, but there’s a main bar by the food and a secondary, completely separate bar ten feet from it. If there is one pub tailor made for sporting events, it’s Rosie’s.
Coupled with the ample space, is there menu. Nothing is over ten dollars (except the pizza) and it’s pretty damn delicious. I went with their Beef ‘n Cheddar, which was a savory pile of roast beast with sautéed onion, some horseradish and a fat slice of cheddar cheese with a side of thick fries for under $7. They had enough tasty entrees and starters that I spent more time studying the menu than I did for all of my undergrad classes, combined.
So if you are looking for a spot to watch the Bills (before you hang yourself shortly afterwards), some Orange anything or competitive underwater basket weaving, there really isn’t a much better spot in Tipp Hill or all of Syracuse to go. With great prices on pretty much everything and ample space for you when you are done ingesting said deals, This Bar Kicks Ass. Yes, it is capitalized because I mean it.