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.
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.
Blarney Rock Pub
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Stadium Grill
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.