Best Sports Bars in New York

Why NYC Ranks as America's Top Sport City? Fans Teams Sports Bars

With iconic teams like the Mets, Rangers, Yankees, Giants and Jets, New Yorkers know their city is top dog when it comes to sports cities. And its sports bar owners know just the right vibe to appeal to spectators who need a place to cheer, groan, gulp their brews in front of giant-screen TVs. Depending on your hobbies and personality type, that either sounds like torture or heaven. If you are in the latter category, this list is for you. The major components of any popular sports bar are ideal for shaking off the stress of a day (unless your team is losing).

While New York may have already been crowned the city that never sleeps, these contenders are the bars that never stop playing sports. Meet your buddies for wings, nachos, and a full slate of football, basketball, boxing, baseball, hockey, and NASCAR. Even if you happen to come alone, you can count on finding a crowd to hang long as you're wearing the right colors and logos. You know how these things go.

Some bars get specific with the team that they are rooting for. Watch a Green Bay Packers game at Kettle of Fish where during Packers games you won't have a choice to watch anything else. IF your sports passions extend beyond the Packers, go to Studio Square NYC for 30,000 square feet, with more than 40 flat screens and a massive 160 square foot garden screen. Want to cheer your team on in the lap of what feels like your own penthouse? Then Club 40/40 is your fit; subdued surroundings in the face of passion? Then Manhattan Proper is your ticket. Those are some stats to get behind.

Game on. Literally.


Watch the game. Drink some beers. Rinse. Repeat. The Village Pourhouse gets what it is all about (and it's not the hokey pokey). Whether you are participating in their famous Wednesday night trivia nights or watching a sports game with the ample seating and large screen TVs is your choice. It can get pretty busy during games, but that is to be expected with a decent happy hour, prime location and the fried and cheesy foods of your dreams. Wings are 25 cents on Monday nights and they don't even judge you if you ask for more than 50. They are all about the fantasy leagues. You can set up your fantasy draft party directly on their website. Counting more than 20 HD flat screen TV's, hands down a great place to watch all your games.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Named best Sports Bar in America but we won't tell you who said that!

Maria's expert tip: Thursday is $5 cocktail night. In New York City, this is a rarity. Visit more than once and yes, this becomes a place where some people will know your name!

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Standings is likely referring to the fact that there are league standings inscribed on chalkboards, but it may also be tongue in cheek with the fact that you will likely be on your feet at this bar. In fact, there are only 10 barstools. This is a sports bar in its truest sense, so expect kitschy sports memorabilia, but also expect better than average beers. Craft beer is the name of the game here, which you can enjoy as a pint or a pitcher. Eight high-definition screens play major sports packages as well as college sports. Standings' menu is based on what's cooking at local joints such as PAUL'S BURGERS, LOMBARDI'S PIZZA & DAN & JOHN'S WINGS. Weekly features provide everything from free bagels to free pizza. Oh yes. We wrote that.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: A sports bar that makes up for its square footage in craft beer, avid fans in a single room with 10 barstools.

Courtney's expert tip: Free wings on Monday nights, free pizza on Friday nights. If that doesn't give you an excuse to become a bigger fan, we don't know what will.

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Garment District

Expect the unexpected at Legends, also known as the Football Factory. You don't always see white linen tablecloths and classic wood interiors at a sports bar, but at Legends, this is the case. Of course, it is still a casual dining experience with the usual pub favorites. It gets quite rowdy and filled with tourists and New Yorkers alike looking for an excellent cold beer and a good time when a game is on. Watch a boxing match or MMA fight for a low coverage charge. The specialty at the attached Football Factory is - guess what? - top international soccer. They aim to grow the fan base of football throughout America and seem to be doing an excellent job of it, if the live tweets tagging them is any indication.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Home to 30 NYC based Supporters Groups, that loyalty says a lot about Legends with more than 100 live matches online each week.

Maria's expert tip: From birthday dinners (book the restaurant if you like) to live coverage of football games, Legends will make your night feel, well, in a word, legendary.

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West Village

This started as a Greenwich Village nabe bar back in 1950 but it distinguishes itself since it is also one of the favorite NYC bars of the four AFC/NFC Championship teams. Not every bar has that title, but Kettle of Fish does. This cozy underground bar in the West village gives Packers fans something more to look forward to than the game alone. There is a deep sense of camaraderie in the Packers fans who have this New York home away from Wisconsin. It is run by a Wisconsinite and has a friendly vibe that welcomes all – especially if they happen to be wearing a cheese hat. Two dartboards, bratwurst and copious amounts of beer round out the experience. Along with dart boards, there is pinball, Ms Pacman/Galaga, and Megatouch machines in addition to a variety of board games

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Green Bay Packers fans finally have a home east of Wisconsin. Kettle moved twice and still they followed.

Maria's expert tip: In case you are unfamiliar with the Green Bay Packers colors: dark green and gold are the ones to wear at this bar. Book lovers take note: the Kettle Book Club meets on Tuesday nights.

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Known as the Williamsburg Public House, the watchword is indeed Banter especially when the game is on, which is a bit ironic. Nonetheless, Banter is a great bar to marry beer and soccer. May they live happily ever after. You can even start your day here. It opens up at 7:30 in the morning on the Saturdays that the English Premier League is on. Get a panini and one of their 24 perfectly chilled craft beers for a breakfast that is more complete for your soul than cereal. Or you can always wait until a more reasonable hour, whatever that means for you. This bar is open as late (or as early) as 4am from Wednesday to Saturday.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Amazing hours and phenomenal beers means that it is always sports bar o'clock. Banter is opened early for English Premier League and International Soccer.

Maria's expert tip: Happy hour puts all drinks under $5, including - gasp - wine and well drinks just hit the $5 mark! Ask for rotating specials. Best nights? Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, no lie.

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Just steps from trains and public transportation in one of NYC's hottest neighborhoods --Astoria you'll find Breaks Billiards & Bar, an adult playground. If you have an inclination to break out a giant game of Jenga or Connect 4, this is your bar. Even better, it has great billiards tables and high def televisions to surround yourself with distractions even more profound that your SmartPhone. With exposed brick and soaring 12-foot ceilings, Break has a cool industrial feel. Which makes the fact that pool is free before 8pm (as long as you buy food and drink) even all the more surprising. With a 55 foot long bar that includes a rotating selection of 18 beers on tap, dozens in the bottle, as well as a full range of cocktail options, there is always something new to try including a solid selection of American comfort food.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Beer specials for every single game in a clean and classy environment.

Courtney's expert tip: Old Arcade lovers, get your video game fingers ready. Break Bar owns a bunch, including the beloved Ms. Pac Man. Gotta love the bow.

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The lines have been drawn: this is New England patriot territory right in the heart of the Big Apple. They say you can't judge a bar based on the size of its nachos, but Professor Thom's carries a big stick when it comes to sports bars. There are also other things we are impressed by, with 17 high definition televisions and a 41 foot bar ready to quench your every thirsty desire. During World Series games, you might become more aware that the allegiance of this "Boston in New York" bar has been pledged to the Red Sox. However, if the Sox aren't playing, they are equally happy to cheer on other teams (especially the Patriots and Bruins). How is that for sportsmanship? Just fyi: Professor Thom's is named for a mixology magician named Jerry Thomas so make sure you sample some of his potions no matter what side of aisle you're on.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Yes this is definitely where proper and not so proper Bostonians can scream out loud and raise the roof in New York City.

Maria's expert tip: They have an amazing loyalty program. The more you eat and drink, the more points you get which can be traded in for everything from free cases of beer to front row Red Sox tickets.

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"Beer beer beer...I'm goin' for a beer. Beer beer beer...I'm goin' to drink some beer. I like drinking beer. Lovely, lovely beer." It's not our fault that we started out the blurb with these words. The catchy song on Studio Square NYC's website, by deadstille, is just impossible to get out of your head. It definitely does fit the tone of this Bavarian beer garden with over 19,000 square feet of communal space, picnic tables and craft and major market beers. There is also an indoor pub of 1,800 square feet for those days when inside trumps outside. If you can't afford to officially make it to the big game, this is the next best thing, with an 160 foot garden screen and avid sports fans joining you with rapt attention.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Can't afford the big game? This is the next best thing, 10 minutes from midtown, avid sports fans will join you with rapt attention.

Maria's expert tip: Taco Tuesdays; Wednesdays for Ladies Night and First Wednesdays' country night. Bring your cowboy hat. Ask about Quiet Clubbing.

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Financial District

An after-work sports bar in the City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge neighborhood rich with vintage-feel decor, amazing service (even jovial) and definitely welcoming. The menu includes classics like wings, a chicken club, and mac and cheese, burgers, and so on. The bar is up front, with about a dozen stools, a lot of standing room, and a large window that's open on nice days. The dining room, in back, seats around 50. The aesthetic is very black-and-white, with the exception of the televisions. Most of them are 70 inches, while a 103-inch projection TV is unrolled for football games.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Irish know how to make the Americans happy: sports and beer.

Maria's expert tip: Enjoy upscale appetizers like Truffle Mac & Cheese; solid Happy Hour Mondays-Fridays, 4-7pm, house wines for $7.

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Flatiron District

For all intents and purposes, this Flatiron spot is far too sexy to be thrown into the sports bar mix. This looks like a place where people with expensive taste in clothes and cognac (Read: A-listers) gather and indulge. Not surprisingly, 40/40 attracts plenty of big names – after all, Jay-Z is a co-owner with its sophisticated environs. But make no mistake: thanks to 15 LCD and 8 plasma-screen TVs, it's also one of the best places in town to catch the game. The place's name pays homage to baseball's Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano and Barry Bonds (the only Big Leaguers to tally 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one season).

Recommended for Sports Bars because: When Jay Z is running the show, you know that this won't be your average sports bar.

Courtney's expert tip: There is another level of exclusive. Memberships are available, with only 400 cards sold annually. They allow you many perks, like VIP private rooms and invitations to product launches.

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