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Best Places to Watch the Cyclones

March 16, 2023

Watching the Cyclones with a crowd of fans is always more fun than at home, but when you can’t make it in person, here are some places around Ames for catching a game.

Welch Ave Station

Located in Campustown, Welch Ave Station is beloved by locals and students alike. This bar is filled with dart boards, pool tables, and of course, TVs so you can watch the game. Feeling hungry? Order a pizza or two from Pizza Pit upstairs.

patrons at bar at Welch Ave. Station in Ames

Brick City Grill

This upscale sports bar has 15 beers on tap, a selection of craft, specialty, local, and imported brews, and signature cocktails so you won’t go thirsty. Plus, the wide variety of food has something for everyone. But don’t take our word for it: Brick City Grill was voted Best Sports Bar and Grill and Best Burger in 2022 in Story County by the Ames Tribune as voted on by readers.

West Towne Pub

Good food. Good times. Cold beer. That’s the West Towne Pub specialty, and with 29 TVs that wrap around the restaurant it has everything you need to experience the big game. Plus, West Towne Pub has been known to make a great burger, having been a top 10 finalist in the Iowa Best Burger Contest in 2022.

Sweet Caroline’s

With a large selection of local and craft beer, craft cocktails, and a menu filled with comfort food, not to mention the game loft and 15 TVs inside the restaurant (plus two on the patio) Sweet Caroline’s has everything you need for game day in downtown Ames.

Sportsman’s Lounge

Sidle up to the bar for a game and leave a regular in this longtime Campustown location. With plenty of TVs for viewing, dart boards, and arcade games, you will quickly understand why this sports bar is an Ames favorite.


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