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26 Step-Above Sports Bars in NYC

Where to cheer on your favorite teams throughout NYC

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New York is home to sports fans from all across the world and does its best to accommodate them, with a Bay Area-themed bar blocks away from a haven for Wisconsin fans. Here's a guide to 26 greats bars in New York for cheering on a favorite team.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, south to north in Manhattan, north to south in Brooklyn. This is an updated map, originally published in 2016.

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1. Warren 77

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77 Warren St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-8994
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Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 is ideal for fans who aren't exactly diehards and are maybe looking to have the game play in the background. The food here is solid, too. Menu options includes chili hot dogs, a chicken Caesar wrap, chicken tacos, and poutine.

2. Saluggi's East

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399 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 896-1163
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For those who prefer pizza for game day food, Saluggi’s on the Lower East Side is among the best bets. The bar’s faintly ski-lodge aesthetic features plenty of TV screens for watching the big game. Get a mini meatball-topped pizza, or anything with ricotta.

3. Blue Haven

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108 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 505-3400
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When Blue Haven isn't serving as a late-night hangout for neighboring restaurant employees, it's a fine place to watch everything from football to basketball. Happy hour here gets visitors $2 off any drink, and $2 off food during lunch. It opens daily at 11 a.m.

4. Sláinte

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304 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 253-7030
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From the team behind Cooper's and the now shuttered Dempsey's, Slainte is a fine place to watch just about any sport. The bar's narrow space is lined with 12 TVs on one side, ending with a projector on the back wall. The staff is kind, the nachos are piled high, and the person at the door always knows when to stop letting people in. Bonus: There's a $5 happy hour Monday through Friday.

5. Standings

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43 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-0671
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Small-scale sports bars like Standings are not easy to come by. The bar's single room has 10 barstools and just three tables on the opposite wall. The beer list at this East Village hangout focuses on American microbrews and handcrafted ales, and changes every one to two weeks.

6. Kettle of Fish

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59 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2278
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Since the 1950s, Kettle of Fish has been a shrine to Wisconsin and its sports teams. The low-lit Christopher Street bar is a superb place for watching any game and playing a round of darts when the action dies down.

7. Finnerty's

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221 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-2655
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For the Bay Area sports fan, Finnerty's in the East Village is a home away from home. But when the San Francisco Giants aren't playing, visitors can catch almost any game on one of the 24 TV screens. If with a group, get keg service, which starts at $250 with a ton of options like Goose Island IPA, Coney Island Lager, Ommegang Witte, and Sixpoint Crisp. Finnerty's is open daily from 12 p.m. until 4 a.m.

8. Professor Thom's

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219 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-9480
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New Englanders gather at this bi-level East Village bar in big groups. But when the Pats or the Sox aren't playing, Professor Thom's is still a great place to watch any sporting event. Get loaded tots. Get nachos.

9. Bounce Sporting Club

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55 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-8007
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This sports bar-slash-club in the Flatiron District has more than 20 TVs for any game-viewing needs. The club aspect means there's the option of mimosa service while watching a game, if desired.

10. Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant

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18 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 290-0080
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Foley's is part Irish bar, part sports bar. This is one of the best beer bars near the Empire State Building for watching the game.

11. Tonic

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727 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 382-1059
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This bar in the heart of Times Square features redeeming qualities such as 15 ample TV screens, comfortable seating (and lots of it), and fare that goes beyond wings and nachos. There is happy hour daily with drinks under $6.

12. The Three Monkeys

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236 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-2845
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With a wide selection of drinks, including 36 draft beers, this two-level bar is a solid place to catch a game in Midtown. Multiple TVs, an extensive food menu, and an outside patio make this a step-above hang-out spot for bigger groups. Try the brisket sliders.

13. Blondies

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212 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-3311

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 so friendly, and they'll play any game requested. Blondie's opens daily at 11:30 a.m.

14. Shorty's

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1678 1st Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 348-2300
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Known for its popular cheesesteak sandwiches, the Shorty's kitchen is open all day until close. You can catch a game on one of the 20 TVs either inside or out on the patio, and happy hour specials include $5 beer and $4 fries. There are also locations in Flatiron, Hell's Kitchen, the Financial District, and Prospect Heights.

15. Sweet Spot

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22-72 31st St
Queens, NY 11105
(718) 777-7475
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With its ample lounge seating and large format fish bowl drinks ($50 for a shareable vat of booze), Sweet Spot in Astoria is a great place for enjoying the game with a large group of friends. There are also non-giant cocktails and 18 beers on tap. The 7,000-square-foot space features a whopping 43 TVs.

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16. The Irish Rover

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3718 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 278-9372
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This convivial pub has a loyal clientele, and it's not hard to get a buyback (every third drink is usually on the house). Don't miss Thursday nights here — even if there isn't a game — when the bar hosts trivia night.

17. Break Bar & Billiards

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32-04 Broadway
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 777-5400
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Billiards and live sports collide head-on at Astoria's Break Bar. The space has 16 HDTVs and two projectors, over 15 pool tables, two ping-pong tables, and plenty of arcade games. Most drinks are under $10.

18. The Garden at Studio Square

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3533 36th St
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 383-1001
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The sprawling, 300,000-square-foot Astoria space includes 40 flat screen TVs, as well as a 160-square-foot screen outdoors, perfect for the sports fans who want to feel like they're at the game. Stick to beer here.

19. Bar 43

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4306 43rd St
Sunnyside, NY 11104
(718) 361-3090
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The walls in this Sunnyside bar are covered with a total of 25 TV screens that show all international sporting events, including soccer, with ample seating. Mondays bring 50-cent wings, and happy hour has $5 beers and $9 cocktails.

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20. Keg & Lantern Brewing Company

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97 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-5050
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Keg & Lantern is a small-scale brewing company that happens to house a great sports bar. Seating at this Greenpoint hangout is available both inside and outdoors, where fans of any sport can watch their favorite team. Food and drink specials are available every night including half-priced wings on Monday and Wednesday.

21. 4th Down Sports Bar

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750 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(917) 744-6522
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Contrary to the name, 4th Down in Williamsburg is much more than an American football bar. On any given night, TVs around the space play basketball, UFC fighting, and international games. Beer options include Narragansett, Red Stripe, Modelo, and Genesee.

22. Brooklyn Tap House

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590 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 750-7557
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This Bed-Stuy hangout is a beer garden that doubles as a sports bar. Visitors can watch games from the big screen outside, or one of the 13-plus screens inside. Happy hour deals Monday through Thursday include $4 beers and $5 well drinks and wine, with 50-cent wings on Mondays. Traditional bar bites like jalapeño poppers and nachos are also available.

23. Woodwork

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583 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 857-5777
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Woodwork plays everything from Premiere League games to rhythmic gymnastics. As early as 10 a.m., sports fans can be found at the wood-paneled bar of this Prospect Heights watering hole ordering pickleback shots.

24. Half Court Sports Bar

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446 Park Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 663-3121

A beer-heavy Half Court is split in two sections, both sprinkled with plenty of flat screen TVs. The beer list is domestic-heavy with taps including Coors, Budweiser, and Sam Adams. Pro-tip: There's a laid-back bring-your-own food policy.

25. Rhythm & Booze

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1674 10th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-9699

The perfect neighborhood bar, Rhythm & Booze has been drawing in Windsor Terrace locals with a friendly staff, plenty of TVs, and solid bar food. Get the chicken wings.

26. Clara's

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53 Wilson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(347) 295-1338
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Clara’s in Bushwick plays games on its televisions as well as on a massive projector. There’s a pool table and jukebox for in between the action, and the burger and veggie burger are both solid. On weeknights from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there’s a $10 chicken sandwich and High Life draft special.

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1. Warren 77

77 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 is ideal for fans who aren't exactly diehards and are maybe looking to have the game play in the background. The food here is solid, too. Menu options includes chili hot dogs, a chicken Caesar wrap, chicken tacos, and poutine.

77 Warren St
New York, NY 10007

2. Saluggi's East

399 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

For those who prefer pizza for game day food, Saluggi’s on the Lower East Side is among the best bets. The bar’s faintly ski-lodge aesthetic features plenty of TV screens for watching the big game. Get a mini meatball-topped pizza, or anything with ricotta.

399 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

3. Blue Haven

108 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

When Blue Haven isn't serving as a late-night hangout for neighboring restaurant employees, it's a fine place to watch everything from football to basketball. Happy hour here gets visitors $2 off any drink, and $2 off food during lunch. It opens daily at 11 a.m.

108 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012

4. Sláinte

304 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

From the team behind Cooper's and the now shuttered Dempsey's, Slainte is a fine place to watch just about any sport. The bar's narrow space is lined with 12 TVs on one side, ending with a projector on the back wall. The staff is kind, the nachos are piled high, and the person at the door always knows when to stop letting people in. Bonus: There's a $5 happy hour Monday through Friday.

304 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

5. Standings

43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Small-scale sports bars like Standings are not easy to come by. The bar's single room has 10 barstools and just three tables on the opposite wall. The beer list at this East Village hangout focuses on American microbrews and handcrafted ales, and changes every one to two weeks.

43 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Kettle of Fish

59 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Since the 1950s, Kettle of Fish has been a shrine to Wisconsin and its sports teams. The low-lit Christopher Street bar is a superb place for watching any game and playing a round of darts when the action dies down.

59 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

7. Finnerty's

221 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

For the Bay Area sports fan, Finnerty's in the East Village is a home away from home. But when the San Francisco Giants aren't playing, visitors can catch almost any game on one of the 24 TV screens. If with a group, get keg service, which starts at $250 with a ton of options like Goose Island IPA, Coney Island Lager, Ommegang Witte, and Sixpoint Crisp. Finnerty's is open daily from 12 p.m. until 4 a.m.

221 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

8. Professor Thom's

219 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

New Englanders gather at this bi-level East Village bar in big groups. But when the Pats or the Sox aren't playing, Professor Thom's is still a great place to watch any sporting event. Get loaded tots. Get nachos.

219 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

9. Bounce Sporting Club

55 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

This sports bar-slash-club in the Flatiron District has more than 20 TVs for any game-viewing needs. The club aspect means there's the option of mimosa service while watching a game, if desired.

55 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010

10. Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant

18 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

Foley's is part Irish bar, part sports bar. This is one of the best beer bars near the Empire State Building for watching the game.

18 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001

11. Tonic

727 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

This bar in the heart of Times Square features redeeming qualities such as 15 ample TV screens, comfortable seating (and lots of it), and fare that goes beyond wings and nachos. There is happy hour daily with drinks under $6.

727 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019

12. The Three Monkeys

236 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

With a wide selection of drinks, including 36 draft beers, this two-level bar is a solid place to catch a game in Midtown. Multiple TVs, an extensive food menu, and an outside patio make this a step-above hang-out spot for bigger groups. Try the brisket sliders.

236 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019

13. Blondies

212 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

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 so friendly, and they'll play any game requested. Blondie's opens daily at 11:30 a.m.

212 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024

14. Shorty's

1678 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

Known for its popular cheesesteak sandwiches, the Shorty's kitchen is open all day until close. You can catch a game on one of the 20 TVs either inside or out on the patio, and happy hour specials include $5 beer and $4 fries. There are also locations in Flatiron, Hell's Kitchen, the Financial District, and Prospect Heights.

1678 1st Ave
New York, NY 10128

15. Sweet Spot

22-72 31st St, Queens, NY 11105
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With its ample lounge seating and large format fish bowl drinks ($50 for a shareable vat of booze), Sweet Spot in Astoria is a great place for enjoying the game with a large group of friends. There are also non-giant cocktails and 18 beers on tap. The 7,000-square-foot space features a whopping 43 TVs.

22-72 31st St
Queens, NY 11105

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16. The Irish Rover

3718 28th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

This convivial pub has a loyal clientele, and it's not hard to get a buyback (every third drink is usually on the house). Don't miss Thursday nights here — even if there isn't a game — when the bar hosts trivia night.

3718 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

17. Break Bar & Billiards

32-04 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11106