As March Madness takes hold of New Yorkers, the age-old question persists: where can a die-hard college basketball fan get a drink around here? These are three of the Big Apple’s best watering holes to watch the games.
218 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
A favorite of Syracuse fans, The Horsebox is Manhattan’s dive bar version of Cheers – everybody who works here remembers your name and your drink. Earmarked by cozy friendliness, great drinks and a stable of regulars who love the basket, The Horsebox is also known for seven-buck pickle backs and a crowd ready to take on all newcomers for a friendly game of Bahamian ring toss, darts or Big Buck Hunter. A wide row of flat screens is typically juggling multiple games at any time, but no matter what’s on, ladies drink for $3 on Wednesday nights.
485 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024
If you love breath mint-worthy garlic fries, unending amounts of free popcorn and a selection of craft beer that goes on for days, this multi-screened UWS gem may just be your best bet for watching Jim Boeheim’s latest antics. Come hungry and nab Thai-chili, honey-garlic or jerk wings between dart games and bail cuts, or go for the spicy German beef and pork Frikadelle burger. This is a serious beer-drinking bar with a chill vibe.
Manny’s on Second
1770 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10128
Legendary buffalo wings, melt-in-your-mouth waffle fries, signature drinks like Manny’s Doggie Punch and lethal cherry cheesecake make this friendly UES neighborhood sports bar a must-stop for madness aficionados. An unending array of 40 HDTVs, coupled with a friendly, intimate atmosphere and professional servers, make this the perfect game-night pit stop for even the largest groups as well as for singles looking to enjoy the action and dig into a plate of succulent sliders at the bar.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.