History Of the Sports Bar
Sports bars might not be your thing, especially if you don’t like sports, or don’t like them enough to endure a wall of flat- screen TVs and a lot of sports-themed profanity. But for many, sports bars have become a way to gather with like-minded fans (and sworn sports enemies) and catch a game. Plus a lot of beer and mediocre but still somehow delicious nachos.
So where did this entertainment/intoxication hybrid come from? How did watching a game at the bar morph into the glitzy, autograph- and jersey-packed sports and booze fun house we know and love today? The sports bar’s actually older than you think, especially if you consider the fact that gathering to drink and talk sports is a simple tradition dating back to the earliest European pubs. But in terms of the first real sports bar in America, there’s a specific history. Two, actually.
As one story goes, the first modern American sports bar was called Legends, opened in Long Beach, California in 1979, the brainchild of former L.A. Rams offensive lineman Dennis Harrah. (A good post-career move if you’re not making ridiculous amounts of money like Tom Brady.) Like most every sports bar today, Legends eventually filled up with memorabilia, and not just NFL-related. It had everything from autographed shoes to Mohammed Ali’s boxing gloves to an actual Indy race car suspended (God we hope) carefully from the ceiling.
What really separated Legends back in the day, and what theoretically classifies it as the first “modern” American sports bar, was its satellite feed. According to its website, “Legends was the first establishment to use satellite technology to broadcast live sporting events from around the world.” If you hate a sports bar, you probably just see that massive bank of TVs as so much visual noise — clashing sportscaster metaphors interrupted by a lot of beer commercials.
But for sports fans, getting live feed of games, especially on Legends’ supposedly “largest HD quality projection television in the United States,” means you can watch sports not broadcast locally. Sure, you might have to endure a lot of noise entirely unrelated to your sport of choice, but you also get to eat wings and, of course, drink beer.
But even if Legends does call itself “the granddaddy of all sports bars,” it might actually have a granddaddy of its own. Palermo’s in St. Louis has a serious claim to being the “first” real American sports bar, since it was opened on the day the Volstead Act was repealed in 1933. Basically, as soon as it was legal to sell booze again in the United States, this family-run tavern was doing it.
The location of Palermo’s in St. Louis
Before it was a sports bar, Palermo’s was part of a larger family business located across the street from Sportsman’s Park, former home to the Cardinals and Browns. In fact, 10 years before they opened their tavern, Paul Palermo actually built what might be the first hot dog stand in the States. (And yes, concessions seemed insanely cheap: 5 cents for a small hot dog, 10 cents for a large, because everything was simpler back then.) The family also ran a confectionary (not just a candy store, more like a general supply store) and a small restaurant where Mary Palermo would cook up Sicilian favorites. But once Prohibition was repealed, the restaurant took on new life as a tavern.
Before prohibition, Paul Palermo ran a string of successful bars in St. Louis. Once Prohibition was repealed, the booze started flowing again and Palermo’s restaurant transitioned into a bar and, slowly but surely, a “sports bar.” Plenty of people go to bars and pubs to watch or just talk about the game, and even though that’s how Palermo’s started life — a watering hole where patrons could crowd around the radio and listen in — by the late 1940s, the sports vibe started taking center stage. The fact that televisions were becoming more common didn’t hurt.
Since Da Nang is on the rise in terms of development in both tourism and daily life, the city itself is worth for a try for new visitors. So if you still have no idea where to go and what to do in Da Nang and vice versa, here are the top 4 recommendations for you to put on your list.
Ba Na Hills:
Located 25 kilometers away from Da Nang, Ba Na Hills is a gift of nature. It’s stated as “The Green Lungs” of the middle of Vietnam and “The Weather Gem” of Vietnam as a whole for its freshness and coolness of the air when visitors go up to the mountains by cable cars.
Ba Na Hills has everything to offer, you seem to get lost once you go up to spot the sceneries by cable cars, it makes you forget for a while that reality is not real. For each of the destination, visitors have a variety of selections to explore: the wine cellar, the garden, theme park and the restaurants/cafes for refreshment after a long adventure. If you wish to linger in Ba Na a little longer, you can choose to stay at the hotels as they do provide hotel services up on the mountain.
Son Tra Peninsula:
If you’re in search of real beauty of nature, then look out for Son Tra Peninsula, also known as The Monkey Mountain. Son Tra is one of the places that still own habitats for different species, especially the monkeys. You can travel up to the peninsula by motorbikes or cars, from there just let yourself let loose and embrace its own beauty. A hint for you, if you go up a little bit more, you can take a glimpse of a banyan tree that has been there for almost 1000 years, and hear stories about its existence told by the locals. I got a bit of chills after hearing those, worth a trip!
This has to be one of the biggest wheels in Vietnam, remember that feeling of taking a ride on the ferries wheel and take a look at the city at night? Here in Da Nang, the Sun Wheel is a whole new experience. The one-time cost is 50k/person, so step up and enjoys the romantic view of Da Nang, as it goes slow enough for you to breath in the beauty of the city.
Da Nang is located on the east coast of Vietnam, a thriving seaport midway between capital of Hanoi in the North and Ho Chi Minh city, in the South. The region is renowned for its scenic beauty, with endless stretches of unspoiled sandy beaches, crystal blue seas and luxurious, tropical hinterland. According to US-based Forbes Magazine, Da Nang’s 30km-long beach is among the six most luxurious in the world. It is an ideal destination for tourists to relax with its tropical air, sun and breeze , beautiful long wide sandy beaches, dark blue water and wide roads.
Da Nang is close to three famous historical sites which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritages. They are:
* Hoi An ancient town: 30 km to the south – 25 minutes driving
* Hue, Imperial city: 110 km to the north – 2,5 hours driving
* My Son, ruins from the Cham civilization: 60km to the southwest – 1,5 hours driving.
Da Nang has its own international airport with daily domestic flights to/from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. There are international direct flights from Singapore, Taiwan and Guangzhou (China) and there are plans for future flights from Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Korea.
Danang’s infrastructures have been significantly renovated especially for road system in last few years. The new coastal road linking My Khe Beach (Da Nang) – Non Nuoc Beach (China Beach) – Cua Dai Beach (Hoi An) helps reduce transfer time to 25 minutes only, instead of 45 minutes like before.
Da Nang has become a tourist-potential region. There are many luxury projects being under construction such as the Marble Mountain Beach Resort, Park Hyatt Regency, Raffles Hotel & Residences… Government have been making efforts to develop the area into an ideal destination of relaxation, a Hawai or Bali of Vietnam!