The NFL season is down to the wire. As Baltimore, New England, San Francisco and Atlanta battle it out for a spot in the Super Bowl, we have your guide on the best spots to catch the action.
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, Bar 515. Plasma TV screens line the walls of this well-known neighborhood haunt. If you love basketball and Portuguese octopus, you’ve come to the right place. Other unique food choices include: burgers marinated in Irish stout, Tzatziki, feta and roasted pepper dip as well as mini Buffalo chicken sliders. Please your palate and enjoy a great game of hoops at Bar 1515.
Mulholland's Sports Bar
Williamsburg’s rare sports bar, Mulholland’s, is known for its award-winning hot wings, pub grub and casual atmosphere. Catch NFL action on 12 HDTVs as well as the bar’s indoor/outdoor TV in their backyard. If the 22 beers on tap don’t appeal to you, check out the cocktail menu by Alchemy Consulting, the same team behind Milk & Honey. This is a true sports fan’s bar, with a vibe like no other.
Legends Bar & Grill
This is a good bet for the hungry football fan. While some may see the bar as nothing more than a local dive, the specialty at Legends comes from the enormous smoker out back. Try the heavenly, dry rubbed babybacks and beef shortribs. Safe to say that the pulled pork, paired with a vinegar-hot pepper sauce is BBQ-transcendent. And the suicide chicken wings are, well, to die for—devilishly spicy but still packed with flavor.
785 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd)
New York, NY 10019
Even if your team is losing, 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 televisions conveniently located across the bar, so you won’t miss any of the action. New brews at the bar are Spider Bite First Bite Ale, Woodchuck Belgian Ale White and Southern Tier Pumking – to name a few. Brickyard also boasts one of the best selections of gluten-free beers and ciders in the city.
With more televisions than you can count on two hands, 200 Fifth is both a food and sports-haven. The Park Slope haunt on Brooklyn’s Fifth’ Avenue will certainly be a hot spot for the borough’s football fans. The bar features 40 beers on tap, and some nicely proportioned items on their “Bargain Menu.” The place gets bustling, so get there early – especially during sporting events.
411 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10016
This three-story sports bar, complete with a rooftop overlooking Murray Hill, is built for optimal sports viewing and features cushy sofas, surround sound and huge plasma TVs. Get your football fix while enjoying happy hour specials such as $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $4 well liquor drinks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
You can enjoy burgers, wings, beer, and, of course, football at 4th Down in Williamsburg. You can check out their back area for all of your typical bar games: air hockey, foosball, skeeball (well, maybe that’s not so typical).
If you’re Midtown-bound and itching to find a great spot to watch the game, head over to Mustang Harry’s on 7th Ave. Here’s an insider’s tip: check out their Facebook page for a coupon to receive a free draft beer. See, even if your fantasy match-up is a bust, you could still sort of be a winner.
25 West 51st St
New York, NY 10019
Another Midtown venue, known to some as “that bar with the mechanical bull,” is a down home spot near the NFL Kickoff Show at Rockefeller Center. During the season, football fans gather here for booze and bites as they watch the action on the bar’s many big screens.
6 West 25th St.
New York, New York 10010
While the 40/40 Club gains its real notoriety from its proprietor (the club is owned and promoted by rapper Jay-Z), it has more to offer than just hype. For instance, the wings. And for football season, the Flatiron hotspot is offering a $40 unlimited beer and wings deal. The main level holds a gigantic, illuminated bar and upstairs holds the lounge’s five private VIP rooms.
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