(credit: The Ainsworth)

(credit: The Ainsworth)

Fan of college football but haven’t found that perfect spot in New York to watch your favorite colleges and universities compete? Luckily, NYC has a vast amount of sports bars from which to decide between. But finding the best one can be tricky. Read on for a sample of some of the best bars to watch the game.

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Tonic Times Square
727 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 382-1059

Tonic Times Square is a great place for the college intern crowd. It is also the ideal place for a college sports lover looking for a place to have a drink. It has the feel of your local bar with the benefits of the space of a larger establishment. You can take your pick from one of its 25 plasma TVs or sample its wide assortment of draft beer on tap. Additionally, the website provides information on the college sports schedule so you can better plan your night out to watch the big game.

The Ainsworth
122 W. 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 741-0645

If you are looking for a mix between a sports bar and a restaurant, look no further than The Ainsworth. There are television screens located everywhere, which is perfect for getting a good unobstructed look at the game. You’ll also be treated to the gorgeous décor and comfortable seating of the bar which is set up to prevent overcrowding. Be sure to check out the food menu for tasty dishes such as the short rib grilled cheese with braised short ribs of beer.

The Royal
127 4th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-1099

A wonderfully cozy but sporty spot located right below Union Square is The Royal bar. It has been carefully designed to meet the needs of any college sports fan. Take a seat and enjoy the 40+ television screens situated in such a way as to make sure your never miss the score. Feel free to bring a group of your friends because the menu is tailored specifically to ease the process of group ordering.

Professor Thom’s
219 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-9480

Thom’s is one of the most popular sports bar in New York and was even voted the most “checked in” sports bar in the country. It is easy to see why, as the establishment is completely decked out for the college sports fan. There are two levels and televisions screens located within each of the booths. The nachos are a crowd pleaser and are what Professor Thom’s is perhaps best known for, that and its love of University of Michigan sports teams.

Standings Bar
43 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-0671

Unlike many sports bars in New York, Standings is limited to one small room. Have no fear though as this allows for quicker access to its eight flat screens and abundant variety of beer choices. Another benefit to choosing Standings for your college football-viewing destination is that it subscribes to all of the major sports packages including ESPB Gameplan college football. Are you an alum in town or a local looking to connect with fellow members of your school? Standings patronages several universities and allows for your college to “take over the bar” for the night.

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Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She’d say she’s just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.