In the landscape of modern sports, you’ve definitely got your choice when it comes to media. Of course, some people prefer the standard sites such as ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and Bleacher Report. One website that’s been flourishing in the past decade has been Barstool Sports, a multi-faceted company that kicked off its popularity as a sports media and pop culture website. Since its launch, Barstool has expanded quite a bit, with a large array of podcasts, web shows, and a popular sports betting platform in the form of Barstool Sportsbook. Well, with such a focus on sports culture and wagering, it makes sense that Barstool’s next logical move would be in the realm of sports bars, specifically sports betting bars. Here’s what you need to know.
The Barstool Sports Betting Bar is Coming to Philadelphia
If you’ve been looking for a sports bar with a heavy emphasis on betting, you might have found your future spot. Barstool Sports Bar is planning on opening in Philadelphia soon, with a concept that primarily focuses on sports betting and sports media. Like any sports bar, the location looks to offer food and drinks to patrons, as well as an environment to watch games. Interestingly, though, there won’t be any physical wagering kiosks located inside the actual bar, likely due to the lack of a sports betting license. However, considering the popularity of online wagering in Pennsylvania, that shouldn’t be an issue.
While the bar looks to roll out the red carpet in Philadelphia first, there are also plans to expand to Chicago eventually. Considering how focused on sports both cities are, combined with the fanbase Barstool Sports has put together, it makes sense to open up a spot to give Eagles, Bears, Bulls, and Flyers fans a place to hang out and place bets.
Barstool Is No Stranger to Betting
Despite entering a crowded field, the Barstool Sportsbook has gained some popularity since its launch in 2020. The platform, which is currently available in 11 states, allows users to place wagers on NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, along with plenty of other sporting events. The platform focuses on some of its unique features, such as the “Quick Pick 6” that shuffles up your potential wagers. Considering Barstool needs to compete with FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, and many more sportsbooks, it’ll need to work hard to carve a niche in U.S. sports betting, likely explaining the sports bar promotional move.
Sports Betting Bars Are the Future
If you think Barstool Sports Bar will be the only betting bar on the market, you’d be mistaken. With sports wagering gaining plenty of steam, the lines between sports bars and sports betting bars will continue to blur. For example, a partnership between Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM features promotional benefits and a betting-focused sports watching experience. DraftKings, one of the biggest names in sports betting, is also looking to roll out betting bars in Detroit and Nashville after a partnership with Sports & Social. Soon enough, your neighborhood sports bar could very well start resembling a physical sportsbook.