Sports Bars of NYC: 17 Places to Watch the Game

New York bars are enthusiastic hosts to all fans of all teams. Here are a few that are serving up a great sports experience.

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to miss even one of your favorite games. New York City is home to an astounding number of sports bars, so whether you’re a casual fan or a die-hard, you’re bound to find one that will welcome you with open arms, and more flat screens than Best Buy.

The Ainsworth restaurant, NYC

The Ainsworth

Rustic farm meets chic steakhouse at The Ainsworth’s locations in Chelsea, Gramercy and new Midtown. All of the bars are equipped with plenty of TVs for optimal viewing. And, if the person you are with isn't a sports fan, ordering The Ainsworth’s Instagram-famous mac ‘n’ cheese burger is enough to make even he/she very happy.

Bounce Sporting Club

Bounce’s nightclub vibe—think bottle service, go-go dancers, DJs and celebrity guests—takes your game watching experience to a whole new level. The Flatiron location has 30 HDTVs, so you can plant yourself near the TV that’s showing your teams of choice. Like any good sports bar, Bounce serves classic game day foods like ribs, fries, wings and mac ‘n’ cheese. To get a good seat make a reservation, especially for the season’s bigger games. Bounce also has an Upper East Side location if the Flatiron location gets full.

Break Bar and Billiards

Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria is centrally located on Broadway just steps from trains and public transportation. Break Bar offers numerous activities including billiards, ping-pong, darts, vintage arcades, foosball, and hoops! With a 55-foot-long bar that includes a rotating selection of 18 beers on tap, dozens in the bottle, as well as a full range of cocktail options, there is always something new to try. With 16 true HD television displays, two giant projectors and state of the art audio and video capabilities, Break is also the area’s premier venue to watch all your favorite sports teams compete.

Bronx Alehouse

This brick-walled joint has become a bona fide craft headquarters, hosting guest-brewer events, doling out growlers, and attracting loyalists who attempt to sample and rate 100 different quaffs for the bar’s Beer Club. There are several flat screen TVs playing a variety of sports around the room. Come into Bronx Alehouse for Beer Club Wednesdays where members get $1 off drafts. Try 100 beers, become a gold member you’ll receive 50 percent off all drafts on Wednesdays. It’s win-win.   

Bronx Drafthouse

This bustling alehouse features a rotating list of 20 craft beers on draft, cocktails and a full kitchen serving lunch and dinner in a compact, modern interior. Steps away from Yankees stadium, Bronx Drafthouse is a great spot to stop in after the game or watch the game here; every Yankees game is played on all TVs the friendly staff and great vibe makes this spot a go to in the South Bronx area. 

Croxley Ales

Located in the heart of Alphabet City on Avenue B, Croxley Ales provides guests with the authentic local experience. With 32 TVs—including one that’s 70 inches—it’s impossible to miss a moment, and with the sound on for important games, you’ll always know exactly what’s happening on the field.

The bar has 33 drafts and over 100 bottles of beer—no sight of Bud, Miller or Coors. They often have a number of food and drink specials tied to a sporting event. For a crucial sports event, make sure to get there early for seats.

The Flying Puck

The Flying Puck was established in 2009. Located just half a block from the World famous Madison Square Garden, home to The New York Rangers and the Mets. When The Rangers are at home you can be sure to enjoy a great atmosphere with fellow Ranger fans. If you are not going to the Garden they have the sound on for all home games. Enjoy a wide selection of draught or bottled beer or  maybe even try one of the shot specials. 

Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant

Foley’s

Foley’s is named after legendary sportswriter Arthur “Red” Foley, who covered baseball and other sports for the Daily News for more than three decades. This baseball bar is also the home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Foley’s has the most extensive collection of baseball memorabilia with 3,000 autographed balls, 500+ bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts.

Hooters Wings

Hooters

Yes, some people really do read "Playboy" for the articles, and some people really do go to Hooters for the great wings and sports-watching. The 33rd Street location of this enormously popular international chain, known for its phenomenal wings and to-die-for french fries offers 7,000 square feet and 60 flat screen televisions, a 40' TV wall and wonderfully rowdy company for communal shouting during a game.

Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog is low-key Lower East Side bar where old-school watering hole meets big-time sports bar. Grab a seat at one of two bars, and root for your favorite teams on one of the 17 HD TVs or three projectors. The kitchen and bar are open daily from 11:30 am-4 am serving up pub grub and offering drink specials every night of the week including 14 beers on draft.

Lansdowne Road

Lansdowne Road has eight years of sports-hosting experience, garnering the Hell’s Kitchen bar a steady stream of regulars whenever there is an important game on.

Daily $5 beer specials and a long list of classic brews help give the bar an unpretentious vibe and menu items for all types of eaters—even the health-conscious ones—ensure no patron will leave unsatisfied. They don’t take reservations, so go at least 45 minutes before the game starts to get a good seat.

The Football Factory at Legends

Legends

The Football Factory at Legends is the home to all things soccer in New York City. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Football Factory provides a genuine matchday experience with great food, drinks, 20 big screen TV's and 100+ live soccer matches each week. Home of over 30 NYC Supporter Clubs and boast the largest collection of football memorabilia in the US. Though Legends has a soccer bias, all sports get screen time here as well.

Wings and beer at McGettigan's NYC

McGettigan’s NYC

McGettigan’s NYC, a recently-opened sports bar in Midtown, offers drink specials, a classic pub grub menu and plenty of game-watching. Enjoy beer buckets for $25 and 20-piece wing buckets for $10 while watching your favorite team on one of the many HD televisions and wide-screens throughout the restaurant and along the bar. While the standard nachos, sliders and burgers are on the menu the Irish flavor of the pub is highlighted with such dishes as fish and chips, bangers and mash and seared Irish salmon.

Smithfield Hall

Not all bars will let you bring the kids, but Smithfield Hall near Madison Square Garden makes it possible to watch the game as a family, on any one of the 32 TVs. Smithfield Hall boasts unrivaled coverage of football, NCAA games, hockey, basketball and major league baseball. A nightly happy hour—all day on Mondays—offers $5 beers, wine and cocktails.

Stout

Steps from Madison Square Garden, Stout is a three-story, towering Irish pub home to over 150 bottled beers, 25 drafts and more than 65 Irish whiskeys. Opened in April 2005, Stout has two additional locations in the financial district and Grand Central. The Madison Square Garden location is comprised of a 75-foot main bar and four additional bars, a dart alley and pool rooms.

Upon walking through the door, you are transported to an Irish town square, authentic all the way from the cobblestone floor, right up to the large, cozy street lanterns. There isn’t a bad seat in the house with televisions as far as the eye can see playing almost any sports event available. There are two other locations—one in the financial district and Grand Central.

Studio Square

Studio Square NYC in Long Island is an event and entertainment destination encompassing nearly 30,000 square feet.The Garden brings the spirit of an open-air, Bavarian beer garden into the modern era with over 19,000 square feet of outdoor space with long communal picnic tables. Also, visit the bulb room a 6,000+ square foot indoor space with seating for over 300. With two dedicated full-service bar areas, more than 25 flat screens and it's own stage/sound/lighting system make this a great destination to chill out and catch the game.

Treadwell Park

Treadwell Park

Treadwell Park craft beer hall has an upper east side and downtown location and offers 20 rotating craft draft beers and ciders delivered by an on-site flux capacitor. Hungry? Giant soft pretzels, foot-long hot dogs, banh mis and decadent juicy burgers make great pairings with perfect pours. Boasting ping pong, pinball and 18 big screen HDTVs and a giant projector screen this joint is great spot to watch a game.

Map: Awesome NYC Sports Bars

Lois Anzelowitz Levine
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