HAMLET – Since the old days of Atkinson’s Pool Room, the location has been a “go to” for the citizens of Hamlet.
The location boasts a different name, and the ownership is new, but the environmental “ambiance” and small-town “feel” remain exactly the same.
A notable event is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 7, as The Sports Connection invites community members to their annual Hoptoberfest After-Party. The party is to continue the day’s earlier craft beer festivities, and will offer live music.
The band Unsung, from Moore County, will start playing at 9 p.m.
The Sports Connection owner and manager Lisa Hudson remarks that she is “simply blessed” to have such a “phenomenal group” all around her at the Hamlet sports bar.
“We’re all friends and family down here,” Hudson says of The Sports Connection.
Such an opinion is readily voiced by the patrons as well, and good-natured kidding seemingly always accompanies the imbibing activities at The Sports Connection on Main Street.
Monday nights are especially inviting. While NFL football is the primary focus for the evening, Lisa has begun to offer steak plates (starting at 6 p.m.) as an “appetizer” preceding the game every Monday.
Thanks to the volunteer aid and culinary skills of “steak chef” Curtis Leviner, everyone is guaranteed a delicious t-bone with a salad and baked potato. And, of course, Hudson and her staff will be serving up most any brand of cold beer that you might want.
The Sports Connection invites locals to check out their daily drink specials and also join the fun with music and karaoke (compliments of their disc jockey Kevin Johnson) every Friday and Saturday nights.
The Sports Connection is located at 32 Main Street in Hamlet and opens daily at 4 p.m.