Chapel Hill's Ham's is part of a local chain of Ham's Restaurants that serve up classic bar food like homemade potato chips, spicy wings, nachos, bacon cheese fries, etc. Just about everything on the menu is fried and/or involves beef and/or is served with dip!
Ham's has plenty of televisions which are usually tuned to display the full lineup of games airing on any given day. The word on the street? Ham's service is hit or miss, but it's a great place to throw back a few pints of whatever beer is on (very cheap) special that day.
Bailey's Pub & Grille1722 Fordham Blvd Chapel Hill , NC (in Rams Plaza ) (919) 918-1005
Bailey's Pub & Grille in Chapel Hill is part of a nationwide chain of restaurants operating under the Bailey's or Fox and Hound names. Bailey's has a wide array of "corporate-style" perks such as a birthday club/e-newsletter (join for a free entrée on your birthday), Wi-Fi, and gift cards. Bailey's has a cigar room, a pool hall, lots and lots of televisions, and a good selection of whiskies. Bailey's also has corporate-style prices.
Four Corners is a Franklin Street bar that's sure to be full on Carolina game days (Blue Devils fans beware!). It offers an extensive menu that includes burgers, homemade BBQ, steaks, salads and lots of fried appetizers and entrees, and a surprising amount of South American/Cuban-style food. A full drink menu includes beer and spirits of all kinds.
Time Out Sports Bar is brought to you by the same folks who own Time Out Chicken, the (iconic? notorious?)24 hour take-out place on Franklin Street. However, Time Out Sports Bar has a menu that centers on typical sports bar food, like wings and burgers, instead of the Southern food and 24-hour-a-day breakfast that Time Out Chicken serves.
Time Out Sports Bar has 17 televisions, always tuned to sports, and has both smoking and non-smoking areas.
Shula's is another sports-centric chain establishment in Chapel Hill, but has a much more upscale feel to it than most of Chapel Hill 's other sports bars. In fact, although it has tons of televisions tuned to the game and a great bar, it probably should be called a sports-friendly bistro (or some such thing), not a "sports bar". However, since it's a great place to get a drink and watch the game, I'm including it in this list. In any case, I'm pretty sure Shula's 347 Grill's wine and martini list is the biggest one at any Chapel Hill "sports bar".
Shula's is designed more for the business travelers staying at the Sheraton than for students trying to buy cheap pints. The bar food at Shula's 347 Grill is relatively limited and really aspires to be cuisine, with menu selections such as seared Ahi tuna steak and braised short rib of beef.