Best Sports Bars in NYC
While I’m sure you aren’t exactly down in the dumps that summer has unofficially kicked off with Memorial Day passing, if you’re an avid sports fan you realize it’s not long before we hit the dog days of summer of nothingness in the sports world. Before we hit the dog days where we don’t have really meaningful baseball games till August, we get to enjoy the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and the World Cup. You can use barHappy to find the perfect sports bar to catch your favorite team, but we’ve made it a bit easier for you by putting together some of our favorite sports bars in NYC.
Standings: Located in the East Village, what Standings lacks in size it makes up for in personality. Arguably the best sports bar in NYC, they refuse to play music during games (just the audio from the games) and offer free food during games. On top of the free food during games, Standings offers a variety of great beer (constantly rotating the lines to offer something new and interesting). If you’re looking for a no-frills sports bar where you can sit down, actually enjoy the game with a beer and bar food this is the place for you.
Professor Thom’s: Located in the East Village, Professor Thom’s is typically known as a Michigan Wolverines, New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox bar, though it’s great for fans of all teams. The huge 41 foot bar is packed with HDTV’s (even one in every booth), a large Hi-Def projection screen, a second floor private party area, and a large selection of draft beers. Professor Thom’s is the perfect spot to catch a game after work with friends, host a party or if you’re a fan of the Wolverines, Pats or Sox watch the game with some fellow fans.
Manny’s on Second: Located on the Upper East Side, Manny’s on Second’s tagline of ‘any game, any time’ isn’t an empty promise to get you in the door. They have nearly every sports package imaginable and with over 40 HDTV’s they’re sure to not run out of viewing possibilities. On top of all the viewing possibilities, Manny’s also has 24 beers on tap, dart boards, a pool table, Xbox 360, an internet jukebox and a bunch of board games. Manny’s is perfect for both the avid sports fan and those friends of yours that couldn’t care less about sports can keep themselves busy with a board game, darts, pool or Xbox.
Blondies: Located on the Upper West Side, Blondies is home to Michigan State, Penn State, Steelers, Ohio State, Northwestern, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Tennessee and Johns Hopkin fans. While they welcome fans of all allegiances, during football season Blondies is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers bar. The bar has a bunch of HDTV’s to catch all the action and also has a large private party room complete with TV’s and a projection screen to fit anywhere from 20 to 200 of your closest friends to watch your favorite team.
Nevada Smiths: Located in the East Village, Nevada Smiths is one of the best bars in the city to watch soccer. They live up to their tagline of “Where football is Religion,” fans of all allegiances flock to Nevada Smiths to catch the games and things can get a bit out of hand. However, like any great sports bar Nevada Smiths doesn’t just stick to soccer, you can catch the Stanley Cup playoffs and NBA playoffs here as well.
Jack Demsey’s: Located in Midtown West, Jack Demsey’s is the home of the Kentucky Wildcats and Celtic Football Club, but welcomes all kinds of fans from the NFL to the UFC. If you’re looking for an Irish Pub with a sports bar feel, look no further than Jack Demsey’s. You can enjoy one of their many draft beers, single malt scotches, bourbon and port while you enjoy the game.
Tonic: Located in Midtown, Tonic is a bit more upscale than your typical sports bar. With 25 HDTV’s and Hi-Def Projection screens, a marble top bar, and leather bar stools and booths on spread out over 3 levels, Tonic is more than just your average sports bar. Their food menu is exactly what you’d expect from a sports bar and you won’t be disappointed with one of their 30 beers on tap or a glass of wine from their huge selection of premium wines.
200 Fifth: Located in Park Slope, 200 Fifth is one of the best sports bars in all of Brooklyn, with over 100 TV’s hanging over the bar and all the booths, it’s pretty much impossible to miss a second of action. Whether you’re stopping in for a big playoff game or event or just a casual weekday game to shoot some pool, you won’t be disappointed with their 40 beers on tap and their menu that goes beyond your typical bar food.
Break Bar & Billiards: Located in Astoria, Queens, while it’s name may not suggest that it’s a great sports bar, it’s way more than just a pool hall. With TV’s throughout the bar you won’t miss any of the action while you play a game of pool. And other than just pool tables, Break has ping pong tables, air hockey tables, a hoops game and a few arcade games to keep you occupied during breaks in the action.
If these sports bars aren’t in your neighborhood or you want to find a bar that supports your favorite team don’t forget to use barHappy’s search functionality.