This is an entry in the Get To Know Your Local Syrause Watering Hole series. If you would like to claim a local SU bar of your own, simply email Sean and get to writing.
Chadwick's Sports Bar and Grill is in East Syracuse on James Street. It is one of my favorite watering holes in Syracuse to watch Cuse games. And while Im not going to argue with OrangeChuck at all that Tully's is a primo place to watch Cuse games, as I have spent many an evening there.....it can sometimes get crowded early..and by crowded I mean..ass to nuts... with the crowd around you....not always the most pleasant experience. But Im not going to argue on any of his points as I'm a Tenders Dinner addict myself. So, if you find your local Tullys to be the equivalent of a Syracuse sardine can, roll on over to....
CHADWICK'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL
2529 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13206-2824
Chadwicks was primarily opened in 1996 as a Pittsburgh Steelers bar, and that being said, there is a "Steelers corner nestled in the back of the bar boasts signed jerseys, player photographs, and plaques from the six Super Bowl wins. Ceiling tiles spell out "Pittsburgh Steelers," a neon Budweiser Steelers sign glows in the corner. A 20-foot-tall banner draped outside the bar lets all passers-by know that Chadwicks is the "Home of the Steelers."
"Dude", youre thinking about now....."this link promised me a Cuse bar!" Well, that's the best-kept secret behind Chadwicks. While they love to attract Pittsburgh fans, their primary goal whenever a Steelers game isn't on is showing Cuse games on their two huge 60" screens in the front and the two 42" LCDs in the back, along with myriad smaller TVs positioned throughout the bar. There is plenty of Syracuse memorabilia on the walls, more or less on par with the Steelers gear. The place is always filled with Orange-persons on game days, but never so crowded you cant find a seat. Plentiful seating on game days, cheap drinks, and good pub fare - all the makings for a great game day bar experience.
As for food, the chicken fingers with honey mustard sauce are a staple classic, along with their wings which are quite enjoyable. Other menu highlights include Southwest egg rolls, Philly cheese steak pizza and a mushroom provolone burger. And they almost ALWAYS have a Cuse game day special on well drinks and bottles.
There are plenty of big tables, chairs and elbow room to go around. You can get a large group together in the front or in the back, or if you're all by your lonesome, grab a stool at the long, long bar that nearly runs the length of the joint. You will be impressed with the sheer number of TVs, which are pretty much everywhere you look. In this sense Chadwick's gives Tully's a run for their money. If you're looking for a quieter or less crowded environment, this is the next best place to go.