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NYC Sports Bars for Every Kind of Fan

No matter your game, your team or your entourage (dogs included), see which New York City sports bar is right for you

This being New York City, the variety of our sports bars is matched only by the variety of sports we follow and fans who follow them. Want to watch hockey and eat organic hot wings? Bring your dog and drink for cheap? Hide out with fellow New Englanders? We’ve got you covered and then some. Like picking your team, choosing the right New York City sports bar is just as important.

 

Mudville 9

The taps at Mudville 9 (Photo: Courtesy of Mudville 9)

If you want to be overwhelmed by craft beer
Forget cans of the cheap stuff, at Mudville 9 in TriBeCa the craft beers (more than 150) outnumber the televisions (15). Despite this focus on the suds, there’s no doubt that the game is a big deal here. Order a pint of Elysian Immortal IPA, Magic Hat Séance, or Pretty Things Baby Tree with a plate of wings that come with a homemade Buffalo sauce, and settle into whatever game happens to be on. Heck, for the quality bar food and beer selection, it’s worth checking out even when the game’s not on. 126 Chambers St., 212-964-9464, mudville9.com

 

Warren 77

The bar at Warren 77 (Photo: Courtesy of ZagatBuzz/Flickr CC)

If you want to watch hockey
Every hockey fan in the city needs to spend some time at TriBeCa‘s Warren 77, owned by left winger Sean Avery, who played for the New York Rangers, among others. You can raise a draft of Molson Canadian to his home country or stick closer to home with a pint of SingleCut Mahogany Ale, brewed in Queens (don’t worry, purists, there’s Bud Light too). The food is much better than it needs to be: Try season-appropriate chicken sliders with maple-bourbon-pear-butter and spicy coleslaw, or the classic 77 burger and organic hot wings. It’s safe to say you won’t find many other sports showing on the five flatscreen TVs, until hockey season is over. 77 Warren St., 212-227-8994, warren77nyc.com

 

DBA Brooklyn

Beer’s the thing at d.b.a. Brooklyn (Photo: Courtesy of d.b.a. Brooklyn)

If you want to bring your dog
For you dog, beer and sports lovers out there, d.b.a. in Williamsburg — the Brooklyn outpost of the popular East Village bar — is your place. Dogs are welcome, the draft beer selection is second-to-none and there are plenty of TVs to catch the game. Games being shown are updated on its Facebook page (facebook.com/drinkgoodstuff), but don’t miss Monday nights when there’s a happy hour from start to finish, which includes $4 well drinks, $5 drafts and $6 shot and beer combos. 113 N. Seventh St., 718-218-6006, drinkgoodstuff.com

 

Chelsea Brewing Company

Looking down on the main level at Chelsea Brewing Company (Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Brewing Company)

If you want a view
Why not demand a cool view when you’re watching the game? This is New York City, after all. Beyond the gorgeous vistas of the Hudson River from its main room with 24-foot ceilings, Chelsea Brewing Company ticks off a lot of boxes: It’s big enough to accommodate a large group, it has 10 TVs on the main floor and a cigar lounge, and it produces its own microbrews. Pair one of those brews (try the Checker Cab Blonde Ale or the Hop Angel IPA) with something off the respectable menu like the shrimp po’boy, barbecue stout wings, or French onion soup for an all-around impressive day of play. 59 Chelsea Piers Roadway, 212-336-6440, chelseabrewingco.com

 

Tonic East

The scene at Tonic East (Photo: workinpana/Flickr CC)

If you want to go sports clubbing
You don’t have to choose between watching the game and partying down at Tonic East in Murray Hill, which has three levels — each with a full bar, dozens of TVs and enough neon to make you feel like you stepped into a nightclub. And there’s always some kind of booze or food deal. For example, on Wednesdays there are free drinks for ladies from 8 to 9pm, 25-cent wings from 11am to 6pm, and $10 pitchers of Bud from 11am to 8pm. You’ll never want for basic bar food and plenty of fruity cocktails and American beer to wash it all down. 411 3rd Ave., 212-683-7090; toniceast.com

 

Lobo Park Slope

Texas style at Lobo Park Slope (Photo: Courtesy of Yelp)

If you want to get down with Texas
Lone Star State expats can find a comforting taste of home at Lobo in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, where everything from the food to the games to the fans is centered around the country’s second largest state. Sit at the bar and chow down on authentic Tex-Mex fare including tacos, chalupas with pulled pork, fajitas and grand chimichangas, and chase your grub with shots of tequila or a blood orange margarita — all while watching the game on one of its two flat-screen TVs, of course. 188 Fifth Ave., 718-636-8886, Lobonyc.com

 

Woodwork

All eyes on the game at Woodwork (Photo: Woodwork)

If you want to watch soccer
The other football is always on at Woodwork in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, where you can expect every soccer game available to show up on one of the three 50-inch flatscreens, alongside NFL, NBA and MLB games too. And it’s cheap! You can get a F**kit bucket of six Red Stripe, PBR or Miller High Life for $15, or spend $6 for a beer and a shot, all the while grubbing off a decent menu that includes grass-fed beef sliders, truffle macaroni and cheese, and sandwiches that will compete for your attention as much as any game. 583 Vanderbilt Ave., 718-857-5777, woodworkbk.com

 

Professor Thom's

The Sox rule at Professor Thom’s (Photo: Courtesy of Professor Thom’s)

If you want to cheer with fellow Bostonians
New Englanders have a place of refuge at Professor Thom’s, where the staff not only loves the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots, but it makes a point to play each and every game. As you cheer on Tom Brady, fill up on specialty nachos, jalapeño poppers, loaded tater tots, fish and chips, and one of the many of burger options. 219 Second Ave., 212-260-9480, professorthoms.com

 

The Irish Exit

Steelers fans getting rowdy at The Irish Exit (Photo: The Irish Exit)

If you only wear gold and black
The Irish Exit in Midtown East is the New York City home for displaced Pittsburgh Steelers fans. This pub even maintains a free fan database that sends out special promotions and party invites around games. Even when the Steelers aren’t playing, a good time to go is Sunday when there’s $3 domestic bottles including Pittsburg’s own Iron City, 50-cent wings and pierogies, plus prizes. 978 2nd Ave., 212-755-8383

 

Brooklyn Tap House

Ther are plenty of brews at Brooklyn Tap House (Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Tap House)

If you like watching sports with college kids
Though the art school Pratt isn’t known for having rabid sports fans, there are plenty of them lining the stools at Brooklyn Tap House in Clinton Hill. Here you can find nine large-screen televisions surrounded by fans sampling brews from the 30-plus tap list. If you’re still recovering from last night’s big game, try the Hangover Burger, a beef patty topped with an over-easy egg and ham or bacon. After all, on Sundays, football starts at 1pm, the perfect time to indulge in this meal and start the drinking all over again. 590 Myrtle Ave., 347-750-7557, brooklyntaphouse.com

 

Whiskey Tavern

It’s all about the brown liquor at Whiskey tavern (Photo: Courtesy of Whiskey Tavern)

If whiskey is your preferred drink
The aptly named Whiskey Tavern in Chinatown is the obvious choice for brown spirit lovers, and for sports fans too. The viewing here is a little more intimate than at other bars but there are four flatscreens, and, more importantly a solid selection of the good stuff, including Buffalo Trace and Michter’s. 79 Baxter St., 212-347-9119, whiskeytavernnyc.com

 

Manitoba's

Punk rules the roost at Manitoba’s (Photo: Courtesy of Manitoba’s)

If you don’t like sports bars or jocks of any kind
We understand that sometimes you want to watch the game but don’t necessarily want to be immersed in sports culture or multiple flashing flatscreens. The best place to skip the jocks is at Manitoba’s in the East Village. Former lead singer of The Dictators, Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, runs this real-deal punk rock bar and here, the Yankees rule the stage. Of course, you can check out other games in the off-season, just don’t come in wearing a Mets cap. 99 Ave. B, 212-982-2511, manitobas.com

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