Have a draft, watch the draft. Here are the seven best bars to watch the NFL draft as it takes place in Midtown on Thursday. Also, check out our 2013 Mock Draft.

Johnny Utah’s

Fans show support for their teams at the 2012 NFL Draft. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fans show support for their teams at the 2012 NFL Draft. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

25 West 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-8824

This Midtown venue, known to some as “that bar with the mechanical bull” is a great spot to hit for draft night. Close to the action at Radio City Music Hall, football fans gather here for booze and bites as they watch the action on the bar’s many big screens. And hey, you might catch some of the draft’s stars as they make their way into the big event.

Finnerty’s49ers Fans at Finnerty's

221 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-2655

This East Village sports bar – known as a haven for 49er fans – boasts a large selection of beers on tap. They’re excited about the NFL here, and for draft day, they’ll have complimentary grilled wings and hot dogs for football fans starting at 8 p.m. If you want to go big, the bar also has kegs available for the night. Hey, it is Thursday, right?


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785 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 767-0077

Regardless of how the draft pans out for your team, the craft beer selection at this gastropub will give you something to cheer about. The casual West side spot gets crowded, but there’s plenty of TVs conveniently located all over the bar – so you won’t miss any of the action.

TG Whitney’s

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244 E. 53rd Street
New York, Ny 10022

TG Whitney’s is a good bet for football during the regular season, but draft night coincides with their  ‘Thirsty Thursday’ specials: 2 for 1 drinks, along with $10 pitchers and $5 pints.

Red Star

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37 Greenpoint Ave. at West St., Brooklyn
(718) 349-0162
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A welcome change-up from Greenpoint’s eponymous dive bar scene, Red Star claims the big three of large-scale sports bars. It’s big, clean, and loaded with flat-screens, while pressed-tin walls, a notoriously friendly staff, and a café-esque second floor that frequently hosts live-band and comedy shows inject local character into all that plasma. Solid pub grub is also a bonus. Notable offerings include hefty boneless chicken wings and the minorly-famous cowboy burger, a $13 behemoth draped in barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and “frizzled” onions.

The Ainsworth

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122 W 26th St between 7th Ave. and Ave. of the Americas
(212) 741-0645
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With 40 flatscreens at last count, the lounge-y Ainsworth has TVs like Circuit City. It also has dishes like a gastropub and 30-something finance guys in suits like, well, a Chelsea sports bar. The menu offers adventurous riffs like lobster roll sliders and maple fondue, while leather couches, wood paneling, cool lighting and chandeliers add to the man-cave-with-money ambiance.

Southern Hospitality BBQ & Bar (Hell’s Kitchen Location)

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645 9th Avenue, New York
(212) 265-1000
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Justin Timberlake sure knows how to party. This Upper East Side hot spot, owned by the pop star-turned-solo-artist-turned-actor, has $3 Coors Light, $3 Miller Light, and $5 pitchers at their Hell’s Kitchen location.

Comments (3)
  1. Jake says:

    Good list, but you misuse the word “eponymous.”

  2. Jeffrey Rodman says:

    Have you every been to the UnderWater Lounge at Water Street Restaurant in DUMBO, you all should check it out. Two floors, two bar and oversized projection screens and LCD TV’s: Bar discounts and Southern Food with a Twist. Check us out…

  3. Cal Caufield says:

    Well done. This is a nice range of bars, with something for everyone. Brickyard Gastropub (#2 on the list) is one of my very favorites; the craft beer is indeed out of this world, and its chicken wings are the best I’ve had in NYC. One you missed is Mustang Harry’s; right near Madison Square Garden, it also has TVs everywhere you turn, outstanding bar food, and it recently added a slew of marvelous craft beers.

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