Top 5 Places to Watch the Bengals This Week

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Even though the Bengals season opener isn’t at home, there are watch parties and sports bars aplenty. Who Dey.

Tailgate Bash at Fountain Square
Food, fun and, Bengals fans en masse. Enjoy live music or enter one of two cornhole competitions (pre-registration required). Perhaps the biggest perk is the 30 ½ foot by 42 ½ foot HD jumbotron. Its size alone practically guarantees you won’t miss any of the action. The tailgate doubles as a charity event, benefiting Operation Vets THRIVE, an employment assistance program for military vets and their families. Sept. 7, 12-6 p.m., free admission, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, downtown

Knockback Nat’s
Craft beer and smoked wings. Need I say more? Sunday hours: 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., 10 W. Seventh St., downtown

Holy Grail Tavern & Grille
Holy Grail at the Banks may be 100 yards from home plate at Great American Ball Park, but it’s handy to Paul Brown Stadium, too, making it a perfect pre- or post-game stop. What’s more, the 31 HD TVs offer ample opportunity to watch away games, like this Sunday. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown

Rick’s Tavern & Grille
It’s easy to find places to watch the game, but few locales offer as many Bengals-related specials as Rick’s. Don’t miss the $8 beer buckets, .75-cent boneless wings, and 27-ounce domestic drafts for less than $4. Stick around until at least the third quarter and enter to win four tickets for the Bengals vs. Broncos matchup in December. Victory is sweet. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., 5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, 874-1992

Head First Sports Cafe
If you’re looking for a dive bar, head over to Head First. According to Yelp lore, bras used to hang from the ceiling, as if football isn’t macho enough already. The bar has since cleaned up its act (a little), but seating is limited, so make sure you come early. Try the meatloaf and wash it down with a cold beer while you watch the game. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., 218 W. Third St., downtown, 721-3767

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