It’s that time of year again! Tackles, tailgates, and turnovers abound start each Fall season. It’s right about now that you’ll see team sweaters, hats, and car flags lining the streets.

Yes, football is in full swing. From the Friday Night Lights at Cienega and Empire high school to the Saturday morning scrimmages with the Vail Vikings it’s likely that you’ll see the pig skin flying around town.

Although you can always catch one of our local Vail teams in their home games just down the street, do you know to go to watch college and pro football in Vail AZ?

Here’s your list of where to catch all the action:


Located in “downtown Vail,” Montgomery’s is central to most residents. This restaurant has traditional football food, a decent selection of beer, and TVs in every corner to watch every play.

Saguaro Corners

This restaurant is owned and operated by the same folks who manage the Mt. Lemmon restaurant, Sawmill. Although they only have a few TVs around the bar area, there are usually enough seats and spots available so you can keep up with your favorite team.

Hacienda del Lago

Hacienda del Lago isn’t just a golf course! They’ve worked hard to gear up for the 2014 football season by adding televisions and setting up their decently sized bar area for fans. They’ve also started offering food specials to give you the full football experience. Give them a try. You might be surprised at how much this restaurant and bar has changed to accommodate fans in the area.


If you’re closer to the Rita Ranch area, you might want to swing by Buddy’s to watch the games unfold. With plenty of TVs in the bar area, you can keep the pulse on a few different games at once.


Also located in the Rita Ranch area is Chuy’s. This is a more down-to-earth restaurant perfect for families with kids who want to go out to watch the game without having to find a babysitter. The TVs are somewhat small but you’ll still get a good flavor for what’s happening in all of the games.

Hot Rods

Hot Rods has quite a few televisions set up across their entire restaurant and tuned to all of the different games. Watch your favorite players and teams on the field, and then watch as the mechanics work on some old-time, impressive cars in the shop below the restaurant. This is perhaps one of the most unique settings in Vail and in Tucson to catch the games.

Rancho Rustico

This might be a stretch. Rancho Rustico isn’t quite set up for football viewing but if you have a hankering for some delicious Mexican food and want to see the game, you might be able to find a spot at the Rancho Rustico bar. There are only a few spots at the bar, but if you find one, you’ll be in a prime location to watch your favorite football team.

There’s no shortage of TV screens available to watch your favorite team play and your fantasy football players score. Get out there, mingle with your neighbors, and enjoy an ice-cold beer while you take in this American sport.

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