The air is thick with the aroma of sweat and hops. All the eyes in the room are glued to screens with a devotion that borders on religious, and soon these hallowed halls will be flowing with beer, cheers, laughter, anguish, and the gnashing of teeth. These sacred communal worship centers are where you can go share your fervor with fellow Charlestonians — here you can scream with zeal, shout in frustration, or wallow in solidarity with your fellow patrons. We’re talking, of course, about Charleston’s sports bars. Now choose a church soldier, it’s game time.

Are you a tiger? Do the colors purple and orange incite you to do horrible things to garnet roosters? Midtown Bar & Grill might just be the place for you. With a strong following of Clemson devotees who make this bar their den you’ll fit right in. Their specials include a one gallon tower of bud light and 50 wings for $100, two towers and 75 wings for $200, and 3 towers, 100 wings, and 2 appetizer platters for $400. So bring a friend, hell bring 10.

What to say about Carolina — oh wait this clip says it all. Does the sight of Vincent Smith’s helmet popping off like a cork from a champagne bottle make you see red and black? Then you’ll feel right at home at King Street Grill. Specials? How about $2.75 Bud Light, draft or bottle, all day every day because it’s football season. Hooray, hooray.

More of a bulldog? Well, Home Team BBQ in West Ashley is your home base. With barbecue and all the fixins, this spot will keep you happy on game day.

The newly opened Prohibition (where Mercury Bar used to be at 547 King St.) is downtown’s dawghouse.

Maybe you’re looking for a more Gothic venue? We’ve got just the place for you. On Market Street you’ll find a big old church. Inside? The congregation of Mad River Bar & Grille. Mad River is an upscale bar on the Market. They’re home to the Redskins, the Mountaineers, and the Wolverines. How’s this for specials, $2.50 Bud Light products, Jim Beam, and Pinnacle vodka specials during all college and NFL games.

This Saturday Virginia Tech plays Alabama. Do you know where the Hokies will be? Downtown at Mellow Mushroom where the VT Alumni meet to scream at screens. Join them and munch on delicious pizza, while, hopefully, mellowing out and winning. 

Though the original owner actually played for the New York Giants, Big John’s Tavern is home for many fans and doesn’t pledge a specific allegiance. This dive bar offers cheap beer, good times, interesting decorations, and ungodly hangovers.

N.C. State fans have been hitting up Moe’s Crosstown Tavern as their go to for game watching, and we don’t blame them since it has some of the best pub food in town. Not to mention, the $15 bucket specials during college or NFL games.

You’ll be able to watch both the USC vs UNC game on Aug. 29 and the Clemson VS UGA game on the Aug. 31 if you stop by any of the Kickin’ Chicken locations. Maybe order some chicken while you’re there, too.

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