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Published August 18th 2018
Pop along to Tamworth for the next best sporting experience
There is nothing better than watching a sporting event live at the actual venue, whether football, cricket or something else. But if that is not possible, then the second preference would be to visit a dedicated sports bar with plenty of large screens and a genuine sports fan atmosphere. So it was that my friend and I found ourselves in Corey's Sports Bar in Tamworth, Staffordshire, to watch the concluding match of the English T20 cricket season involving his team, Nottinghamshire, and my home county of Yorkshire. The fact that it was a 'winner take all' game to decide which of the two teams went through to the last eight of the limited overs competition made it even more of an occasion.
Corey's Sports Bar opened its doors in Tamworth in 2014 with the aim of offering local people an American-style sports bar experience complete with multiple screens, table football, pool tables, together with quality food and drink at reasonable prices. On arrival at the venue, visitors are greeted by a large foyer-style entrance with a few comfortable looking chairs and just one or two screens displaying live sports coverage. But once inside the actual bar first-time visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the spacious interior. A large main bar runs almost the complete length of one wall with several large TV screens above, while the rest of the open-plan area is filled with a large number of tables for diners to enjoy whatever they have chosen to eat. And, throughout the interior, there are further giant screens dotted along the walls so no-one can fail to have an advantage point.
The main bar with the cricket about to start on the three screens above
While my friend and I sat at the bar to enjoy our cricket match being shown on three neighbouring screens, many of the other sports fans in Corey's on this particular Friday night settled down to watch Birmingham City play their home Championship football match against Swansea. Being propped up at the bar, we enjoyed a bird's eye view of the wide range of drinks on offer but kept things simple by having a pint of Heineken and a pint of Doom Bar respectively which together came to £6.40. The bar also boasts a range of freshly cooked dining favourites, but that will have to be for another occasion when another sporting fixture takes my fancy. However, if sport is not your be all and end all, Corey's often hosts live bands such as UB40 tribute, Rats In The Kitchen.
Part of the spacious interior at Corey's Sports Bar