Pub by Novo Sets the Standard for Upscale Sports Entertainment

by | May 2024

PUB BY Novo is known to be “not your average sports bar,” which is perfect for someone like me who is a huge sports fan. And by “sports,” I mean having a TV on playing sports while I ignore the game and just eat all the snacks. Go, sports team! 

The parking lot was crowded, which, as you know, is always a great sign. The hipster restaurant is painted a moody gray with industrial chic accents and cozy tables. As for the bar seating… Well, let’s just say it’s reserved for the hardcore sports enthusiasts who take their game-watching way more seriously than someone like me.

We ordered cocktails — the “Aperol Breeze” (yes, I’ve decided rainy April is the start of Aperol season in Bowling Green) and “The Spritz,” which consisted of vodka, champagne, peach, and lemon. Both were absolutely delightful, and I could have consumed many more, but I had to leave room for food. 

We couldn’t resist indulging in the Pub by Novo “Board,” a delightful assortment of cured meats accompanied by delectable marmalade, creamy pimento cheese, and an array of tantalizing accompaniments. We could have stopped there. And I mean, what Bowling Green needs is a place that just serves boards and charcuterie and maybe popcorn — because, snacks! Our absolutely wonderful waitress, Annie T., was so enthusiastic about the menu that we had to keep eating. 

The “Pub’s Hot Chicken Sandwich” was spicy but not so mouth-blistering you couldn’t eat it. It was accompanied by perfectly tot-ed tators. My companion ordered a chicken Caesar wrap, which was paired with parmesan truffle fries for an upcharge. Both were delicious, and the portions were huge. The menu also has items like tacos, sliders, pizzas, wings, salads, and a kid’s menu, and judging by the number of kids in the restaurant, they are very welcome. 

Pub by Nova is a perfect place whether you want to catch a game or have a romantic dinner with your partner. One thing to note is that the atmosphere and music are loud, so it’s not the ideal location for quiet conversation, but if you enjoy DMX blaring while you eat some elevated bar food — which I do — then this is the place for you. GN

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