Can’t make it to Santa Clara, California for Super Bowl 50? That’s OK. New York City’s bars and restaurants are offering some of the best Super Bowl parties around. At these top sports bars, you can find the best in drink and food specials, viewing areas and bar crowd as you watch the football game of the year. So grab your friends, paint on your respective colors and get yourself to one of these great bars for an afternoon and evening that you will not soon forget.
138 W. 25th St.
New York, NY 10001
At Smithfield Hall, you won’t be able to get away from a screen, even if your team fumbles the ball. State-of-the-art, LED HD TVs are strategically placed throughout this laid-back pub and also along the 70-foot, dark wood bar. The food here is several notches above typical pub grub fare, especially the died-and-went-to-heaven Jameson wings. On game day, bucket specials and select drafts at $5 will be sure to be flowing as freely as the losing team’s tears.
Van Diemens Bar + Kitchen
383 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Young and very chill, Van Diemens shifts from boy-meets-girl suds fest to rah-rah sports bar on game days. Super Bowl 50 promises to be epic here. Specials include an all you can drink boozeathon for four straight hours at $75 per person. If you need to sop it up, you will be in the right place. The mac ‘n cheese and fish tacos are melt-in-your mouth and hearty.
16 First Ave.
New York, NY 10009
Super Bowl 50 at The Grayson is a day-long party, featuring fan-fave specials on buckets, pitchers and mini kegs. 45 HD TVs ensure you’ll never miss a pass, and there’s no need to leave your music tooth at home. Live DJs will be spinning great tunes in the background during commercial breaks but are bound to take a break when Cold Play takes the stage at halftime.
Studio Square NYC
35-33 36th St.
Long Island City, NY 11106
Just 10 minutes from Manhattan, Studio Square NYC is a boisterous football fan’s dream. This huge indoor-outdoor beer garden fires up its massive, 60-square-foot Garden Screen, plus 40 HD flat screens for Super Bowl games. They also offer food and drink specials all day long. Feel free to bring 100 of your closest friends when you go; the place is that big.
Manny’s on Second
1770 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10128
You’ve gotta love a sports bar that serves tater tots, but even if spuds aren’t your thing, you’ll love the 40 HD TVs, especially the 80-inch widescreen on game day. Casual by Upper East Side standards, Manny’s on Second is a friendly, easy going place to enjoy a great game. Regulars swear they serve the best (and biggest) wings you’ll find anywhere in the city. If the unending selection of draft beers doesn’t tempt you, go rogue and opt for an unforgettable amaretto martini instead.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.