Off the fields and away from the stadiums, sports bars provide the venue for watching everything from the Super Bowl to the World Cup when city apartments are just too small. No matter which favorite team you’re rooting for, here’s a guide to some of the best sports bars across the city.Read More
16 Bars to Cheer on Your Favorite Sports Team in NYC
Beers, cocktails, nachos, wings, and more — with plenty of TVs for sports fans
Stan's Sports Bar
Located across the street from Yankee Stadium, here’s a busy, loud gathering spot for devout pinstripe patronage, where everyone can order wings with Yankee murals and memorabilia as a backdrop.
While not a typical sports bar, Harlem Tavern is a good spot for dining out or watching a game. It has many screens showcasing a variety of sports alongside lunch, brunch, and dinner. Try the codfish po’boy or chicken and waffles or drop by for its weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. which includes a $10 cocktail of the day, $8 select red and white wines, $9 sangria, $7 mixed drinks, and $6 select beer drafts.
Blondie's is an Upper West Side institution that is frequented by football fans rooting for Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern University, Penn State, and University of Oklahoma. The staff here is friendly, and they'll play any game requested. It’s also a top wing spot in the city.
The Supply House
Sports fans of all stripes will delight in the many games that play on Supply House’s plentiful screens. The large space has plenty of standing room and tall tables up front near the bar, as well as booths and table service toward the back. The food here is a step above, with a standout fried chicken sandwich, good salads, and crisp wings.
With its ample lounge seating and an impressive single malt selection, Sweet Spot is a solid spot for enjoying a game with a large group of friends. There are also cocktails, nearly 20 beers on tap, and beer and wine deals during happy hours to pair with strip steaks, wagyu burgers with rosemary truffle fries, and more. The 7,000-square-foot space features over 50 TVs.
With locations here and in Battery Park, the staff at both locations show as many sports games as possible multiple TVs. Besides the competitions broadcasted around the bar, there are several games including ping pong, pinball, and board games; the Downtown spot even has skeeball.
Hoi Polloi NYC
There’s a jumbo screen in this vast beer hall in the new Tangram Mall. Open since November, Hoi Polloi features BOGO beers Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and $6 wings. Beer flights are $15 to $20. For food, look for chopped salad, rice balls, jerk chicken, brats, and kebabs.
This bar and restaurant near Grand Central Terminal is the place to be for Chicago Bears fans. The venue has 30 or so high-def TVs and two giant Jumbotrons on an open air roof deck. Home to NYC’s largest Chicago Bears den, Overlook Lounge sports a special Chicago Bears-themed menu including Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs.
A decades-old sports bar near MSG and Penn Station, Mustang Harry’s run by Irish brothers, Ian and Niall Conroy, serves food like candied bacon and disco fries or turkey French dip or corned beef sandwiches. Kitchen is open until midnight most days except Sunday when it closes at 10:30 p.m. The two-story bar has 16 TVs and plenty of character.
At this two-level sports gay bar in Chelsea, there’s a two-for-one happy hour deal on weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m. with certain beverages at special prices each night until closing. During the NFL season, the Gym Sportsbar’s basement dance floor, known as the Locker Room, is open for watching DirectTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Lineup. A Sunday funday special also offers price breaks on drinks.
Kettle of Fish
This Greenwich Village sports bar with a literary past (Jack Kerouac and other Beat writers frequented this place) is a haven for Cheeseheads, thanks to its loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. The low-lit Christopher Street bar is a superb place for watching any game and playing a round of darts or pinball when the action dies down.
An East Village sports bar since 2005, Standings is a (mostly) standing bar decked out with floor-to-ceiling NY sports paraphernalia. If you’re looking for a small local place filled with big crowd energy, this is it.
This Lower East Side Islanders bar is a comfortable place to watch games and grab a smash burger or wings. There’s also Tuesday trivia and karaoke nights.
Brooklyn Public House
With locations in Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Public House feels like a vintage saloon and is a great spot to watch any game, including soccer. In addition to standard pub fare, there’s beef stew, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and fish ‘n chips. It is also home to one of the city’s best happy hour deals; daily from 5 to 7 p.m. onion rings, mozz sticks, and jalapeno poppers are all $5.
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Black Forest Brooklyn
This German restaurant is a solid Brooklyn hideout for watching games with gigantic soft pretzels and a steady stream of German beer on draft. Bar food includes Buffalo and jerk wings, wurst platter, and German-style soft pretzels.
Fulton Ale House
Tin ceilings and a cozy bar frame this six-year-old spot from Diana King and Mike Sheehan, who are originally from Buffalo, so, naturally, it’s a haven for Bills’ fans. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as reservations for parties of six or more for game days; table seating is limited: This is truly a bar. Food is supplied by the Wheelhouse in Bushwick.