Barstool Sports Bar Opens in Philadelphia

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The digital media company Barstool Sports officially opened its new Philadelphia sports bar earlier this week. Barstool Sansom Street is located in Center City and will provide sports fans with a new gambling hub. The new bar will not have its own betting kiosks, but it will have plenty of other amenities for bettors.

Barstool is a popular brand with college students across the country. Philadelphia is a major sports town and should provide the new sports bar with plenty of customers. The company already had a sports bar located in Chicago.

According to Barstool executives, the new bar in Philly is not the last location they plan to open. Barstool owns the Arizona Bowl game and has plans to open a sports bar in the Copper State. It appears the Barstool brand could also look to open a location in Nashville, TN as well.

Barstool’s New Philadelphia Sports Bar

Barstool Sansom Street officially opened last Friday. The grand opening missed St. Patrick’s Day and the start of the NCAA tournament. However, the sports bar will provide a haven for Philadelphia bettors for plenty of future sporting events. Villanova is still alive and well in March Madness, and the MLB season starts next month.

Patrons at the new Barstool sports bar will be able to watch live events on the dozens of televisions on site. They will also have three different bars available to them. Guests will also have a wide variety of drink options, including beers on tap. Barstool Sansom Street also has a full menu of food options to choose from.

Unlike other sports bars, the new Barstool bar in Philly will not have betting kiosks. To operate betting kiosks, Barstool would have had to acquire a special sports betting license. Instead, patriots will be encouraged to use the Barstool Sports Betting app.

Why Did Barstool Choose Philadelphia?

Barstool Sports has built a massive online following, with their main demographic being college-aged males. With the company looking to move from a digital platform to a physical one, a strong market was a must. Philadelphia is a major sports city that should provide plenty of potential guests for the new sports bar.

Penn National Gaming owns more than 30% of the Barstool Sports brand. Opening a sports bar in that gaming developer’s home state was an easy decision. Philadelphia has teams in the three major American sports, so the bar should have a steady flow of customers year-round.

The newest Barstool sports bar is the second of its kind for the company. Barstool opened up a similar location in Chicago earlier this year. The 8,500 square foot bar is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Barstool River North took the place of Henry’s Swing Club.

Which City Could Be Next for Barstool Sports?

Chicago and Philadelphia appear to be just the first of many cities in Barstool’s plans. The sports company has stated that it wants to continue to open sports bars around the country. Barstool has a national reach, and its sportsbook is live in a dozen states. With plenty of options to choose from, the only question is where will Barstool’s next sports bar be?

There appear to be two locations at the front of the line to house Barstool’s next sports bar. The first is Nashville, TN. Tennessee is an underrated sports state and has professional NFL and NBA teams. It also has a major presence in college sports.

Arizona is also a leading contender. Barstool purchased the rights to the college football Arizona Bowl. The game had to be canceled this past season due to covid concerns. However, the state of Arizona appears poised to play a major role in Barstool’s future plans. Opening a sports bar in the state would help Barstool establish more of a presence in the Grand Canyon State.


Barstool Sports is continuing its foray into the sports bar industry. The digital media company opened its second sports bar last Friday. The newest location is in Center City in Philadelphia. Barstool Sansom Street will look to become the newest sports betting hub in Philly.

The bar itself will not feature any betting kiosks. However, patrons will be able to use the Barstool Sportsbook app to place their wagers. Barstool Sansom Street will have plenty of televisions for fans to watch live events. They also have a full menu of food and drink options, including beer on tap.

Philadelphia is the latest city to welcome a Barstool’s sports bar, but it will not be the last. Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini has stated that the company also plans to open similar locations in Arizona and Tennessee. The company also has a sports bar in Chicago that opened earlier this year.