The NFL season has arrived, and with that comes tailgating, face painting and pre-game rituals. But not everyone can make every game, so if you find yourself in need of a massive TV and lively atmosphere to pump you up, head to one of these New York City sports bars to catch all the action.
Bar 515 has successfully merged the needs of the die-hard sports crowd with that of the casual fan. Plasma TV screens line the walls of this well-known neighborhood haunt. Bar 515 wouldn’t be a great sports bar without some delicious fare to go along with your brew. Food choices include burgers marinated in Irish stout, California Chicken Pita with avocado, lettuce, tomato and bacon, and Nachos with melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole (add chicken or chilli too).
Mulholland's Sports Bar
Williamsburg’s rare sports bar, Mulholland’s, is known for its award-winning hot wings, pub grub and casual atmosphere. Have the bartender pour you one of their 22 beers on tap and catch the NFL action on 12 HDTVs as well as the bar’s indoor/outdoor TV in their backyard. This is a true sports fan’s bar, with a vibe like no other.
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.
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 $4 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $15 pitchers from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you’re Midtown-bound and itching to find a great spot to watch the game, head over to Mustang Harry’s on Seventh Ave. Mustang Harry’s boasts the “longest bar in NYC” lined with your favorite beers, cocktails and more than 20 high definition TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Another Midtown venue, known to some as “that bar with the mechanical bull,” is certainly a down home spot. During the season, football fans gather here for booze and bites as they watch the action on the bar’s many big screens.
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. The main level holds a gigantic, illuminated bar and upstairs holds the lounge’s five private VIP rooms.
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