7 Best Bars To Watch The Rangers In The Stanley Cup Finals

June 7, 2014 6:00 AM

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The New York Rangers are in the heat of battle with the Los Angeles Kings for Lord Stanley’s Cup. If the Rangers win it all, it will be the first time in 20 years — something that Rangers fans young and old are demanding from their team with the slogan “We Want The Cup.” Whether you’re rooting for the Rangers or the Kings — or if you’re just looking for a good sports bar atmosphere, we have your picks for the best bars to catch the NHL action.

More: The 5 Best Bars & Restaurants Near MSG

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Stout

133 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 629-6191

Just steps from the Garden, this Irish pub goes all out for the  big games at the World’s Most Famous Arena. With plenty of room to meet and mingle with other fans, plus a vast array of beers on tap,  you won’t be disappointed by the scene on this Midtown establishment. The Spinach and Artichoke Dip won’t disappoint, either – don’t skip it.

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Blarney Rock Pub

137 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 947-0825

Another Irish hangout in the MSG neighborhood — this old school bar still has the requisite pinch of grit that is lacking in so many of its Midtown neighbors. The walls are adorned with sports memorabilia, and the patrons are filled with spirit. While it’s lacking the swanky, dimly lit ambiance of Stout and other sports bars, this is an ideal pick for a fan who wishes to watch the game without judgement.

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Mercury Bar

659 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 262-7755

Mercury attracts a friendly neighborhood crowd – and no matter where you look you’ll see a game. In addition to the walls lined with flat screen TVs, the sports bar also serves up delicious game day grub. Mercury’s menu is made for snackin’ sports lovers with game day drink specials, Buffalo wings, burgers and platters packed with fan favorites.

The New York Rangers pose with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers pose with the Prince of Wales Trophy after winning the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tonic Bar

727 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 382-1059

Tonic takes its sports patrons’ enjoyment seriously. Decorations cover the interior, highlighting the event and engulfing its fans in a “we’re here to cheer” atmosphere. Also, Tonic offers sports fans the best of the deep fryer — beer battered mozzarella sticks, meatball sliders and its own rendition of the ubiquitous Buffalo wing, Tonic wings, accompanied by its secret signature sweet and spicy sauce. Bring your friends and cheer for your favorite basketball team at Tonic Bar.

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Bar 515

515 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-3300

Bar 515 has successfully merged the needs of the die-hard sports crowd with that of the casual fan. Its front bar offers panoramic plasma views while the back bar is a combo of sports and spa with a waterfall area available to calm the nerves of fanatics. A more upscale menu is the draw for the popular Eastside sports spot. Unique food choices include: burgers marinated in Irish stout, California chicken pita topped with avocado, lettuce and bacon and char-grilled octopus with olive oil, capers and parsley. Now you can please your palate and cheer on the Rangers at the same time.

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Snap

248 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
(646) 350-0539

Snap’s retro vibe gives sports fans the chance to go back in time while feeling in the moment. The homey ambiance puts everyone on a level playing field, making the underdog upset possible. Sports, nightlife and pastime is its creed. A bit of a throwback to sports days of yore, Snap’s nostalgic atmosphere makes everyone feel right at home. Order up a basket of beer-battered onion rings, house-made pickles, mac and cheese, or mix and match sliders — you can’t go wrong.

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The Stadium Grill

222 W 44th St.
Bowlmor Lanes
New York, NY 10036
(212) 680-0252

The Stadium Grill is sports 360, designed to surround and submerge its patrons in its skybox. The vibe is casino-like with lots of action, energy and a real-time sports ticker. The Stadium Grill makes you feel like you’re at the game – in fact, the amenities are better than any arena with four levels of tiered seating and 29 HD screens. Munch on Irish nachos, tater tots, or spinach and artichoke dip, just to name a few. Standard stadium fare includes pizza, burgers and a variety of scrumptious sandwiches.

For more sports coverage on the Rangers as they fight to win the Cup for the first time in two decades, head over to our CBS New York Sports page.


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