Football fans, it’s time to put on your game face — football season is here! Get out your gear, gather your friends and head on down to your favorite NYC sports bar. No matter which team you’re rooting for, there’s a bar in the city just for you. Watch that Thursday night football game at any of these five NYC venues.
43 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
Standings is known as the best bar in the East Village for beer and sports. While rather small (10 barstools and three tables), this bar caters to the true football fan. You’ll feel right at home surrounded by sports memorabilia-covered walls. Standings has eight flat-screen HDTVs and a great selection of draft beers, bottled beers and house wines. The bar also offers a full selection of menus from local restaurants, including Paul’s Burgers and Lombardi’s Pizza & Atomic Wings.
The Gin Mill
442 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024
The Gin Mill is a laid-back, affordable bar on the Upper West Side with 28 flat-screen HDTVs. Choose from over 20 varieties of beer and a menu with great eats including wings, nachos, burgers, sandwiches and more. The Gin Mill also offers football specials, nightly specials and half-price happy hour until 8 p.m. Feeling competitive? Play a game of beer pong during the commercial break.
122 W. 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
The Ainsworth is the definition of an upscale NYC sports bar. It’s a large space with good drinks, good food, good decor and plenty of TVs. No matter where you sit, you’ll be able to catch the game on a high-definition screen nearby. Not in the mood for nachos or wings? Try the quinoa salad or blackened fish sandwich. As Chelsea neighborhood’s local spot, you know you can’t go wrong with this bar.
221 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
If you’re a California bay area native, then this bar is for you. Finnerty’s proudly displays its love for bay area sports. Even if you’re not a bay area sports fan, you’ll enjoy the bar’s relaxed and casual atmosphere. Drink some brews from local breweries such as Blue Point Toasted Lager and Sixpoint Brownstone, both from New York. Order some table keg service with your own personal HDTV with sound. There is no food menu, but feel free to bring your own.
312 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Mulholland’s is the perfect spot for the Williamsburg, Brooklyn football fan. With a beautiful 50-foot mahogany bar, Mulholland’s boasts an Irish pub feel. Watch the game on one of the 12 plasma HDTVs or the huge indoor/outdoor flat screen outside. In addition to its great atmosphere, the bar has won numerous awards for serving the best wings in Brooklyn and serves 22 different beers on tap. Catch the game and test out the wings for yourself!
Lanya Trypupenko is a freelance writer living in NYC and covering all things New York. She is a self-proclaimed shopaholic who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and deals. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.