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Best Sports Bars in New York

New Yorkers love their sports bars and the number of them has been steadily on the rise recently, boosted by the rising popularity of flat screen TVs. Some of the sports listed below base their entire brand identity on the theme of sports, such Mickey Mantle's Restaurant, while others are fairly conventional bars that happen have enough flat screen TVs and sports fans stopping in for drinks that they are categorized as sports bars not by intention but almost by default. Keep in mind, depending on which one you go to, some of these sports bars have a specific fan base of loyal followers of a particular professional team— not everyone in New York is a Yankee fan.

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thumb40/40 Club
(212) 832-4040
6 West 25th Street,
New York, NY, 10010
Possibly the hottest hippest and hip-hoppest sports bar around, owned by Jay-Z. Everything is super-sized here, from the screens to the bling to the VIP rooms to the hot crowd to the prices.
Blarney Rock Pub
(212) 947-0825
137 West 33rd Street,
New York, NY, 10001
Featuring 14 TV's this Irish sports bar in Chelsea favors international soccer and football, but the number one sport interest here is actually professional ice hockey. As is not usually the case with sports bars in the city, this place only accepts cash.
thumbBlind Pig
212-209-1573
233 East 14th Street,
New York, NY, 10013
Established yesteryear, the Blind Pig is NYC's hottest new watering hole, that hearkens back to the days of Prohibition.  A “Blind Pig”, a roaring 20's slang term for a speakeasy, is all you'd hope for from a bar of that classic era, but hear you can indulge your sports addictions as well.
Boss Tweed's Saloon
(212) 475-9997
115 Essex Street,
New York, NY, 10002
Sports bar modeled after the legendary revelry old New York political fatcat Boss Tweed was famous for.
Brooklyn Tap House
(917) 202-1801
590 Myrtle Ave,
Brooklyn, NY, 11205
Chelsea Brewing Company
(212) 336-6440
Pier 62,
New York, NY, 10011
This 12,000 square-foot restaurant and microbrewery is located on Pier 59 with 24-foot ceilings and commanding views of the Hudson River. The 60-slip marina adds to the view along with distinctive, all-mahogany bars.
The Village Tavern
(212) 741-1935
46 Bedford St,
New York, NY, 10014
This Alphabet City sports bar serving gastro pub cuisine may not impress with the number of flat screens, but those few screens here are premium screen estate here, especially on Sundays during football season.
thumbFitzgerald's Pub
(212) 532-3453
336 3rd Ave,
New York, NY, 10010
The local neighborhood pub since 1991 with a long tenured staff and personable service and an authentic Irish menu.
George Keeley
(212) 873-0251
485 Amsterdam Ave,
New York, NY, 10024
Fine ales and lagers with a wonderful pub menu and the requisite on-screen sports. George Keeley's is a beer drinker's bar. If you enjoy expanding your tastes and trying beers from all over the world, there is no place else to be. There is always a crowd buzzing around the dartboards.
Gym Bar
(212) 337-2439
167 8th Ave,
New York, NY, 10011
The self-dubbed first and only gay sports bar In New York houses not only an impressive bar area for the viewing of sports events, but also combines the traditional sports bar with an actual gym and gym membership catering primarily to the gay community in the city.
Hooters
(212) 581-5656
211 W 56th St,
New York, NY, 10019
If you can look past the amply endowed hostess here and focus on the game you're supposedly watching then this can be a very entertaining sports experience. Rule of thumb for the sports fan here-- allow yourself to be distracted during commercial breaks.
thumbIrish Exit
(212) 755-8383
978 2nd Ave,
New York, NY, 10022
The former Clancy's gets an update and a new name, while retaining the requisite Irish charm that made it a neighborhood haunt for years.
Kelly's
(212) 388-1464
12 Avenue A,
New York, NY, 10009
Alphabet City bar that plays host to hordes of Bills, Sabres, and Cubs fans, along with your standard workingman's load of beers.
thumbKettle of Fish
(212) 414-2278
59 Christopher St,
New York, NY, 10014
One of the most idiosyncratic of New York sports bars, Kettle of Fish in the West Village is packed during football season and betrays an obvious bias toward those cheeseheads from Wisconsin, the transplanted Green Bay Packers fans of Manhattan.
thumbMudville
(212) 349-0059
126 Chambers Street,
New York, NY, 10007
Family owned and operated since 1977, the current iteration of Mudville has all manner of pub fare, from burgers to ten flavors of chicken wings. The interior is rustic and inviting and the 24 draft beers and more than 76 bottle more...
Nevada Smiths
(212) 982-2591
100 3rd Ave,
New York, NY, 10003
Nevada Smith's is the sports bar in New York where international soccer is celebrated as a religion, showing over 100 live matches per week from the world's top leagues, as well as all international cup matches and championships.
Off The Wagon
(212) 533-4487
109 MacDougal Street,
New York, NY, 10012
With its proximity to NYU and several other colleges and universities, Off The Wagon is often filled with students as well as many locals and tourists. Off The Wagon welcomes all of these groups with great specials, great sports, great music, and more importantly, a staff who is both fun and professional.
Old Town Bar
(212) 529-6732
45 E 18th St,
New York, NY, 10003
One of the oldest and most venerable institutions in New York, formerly featuring owner Larry Meagher's often menacing cardboard signs regarding "Commies" and "fatuous" liberals.
Professor Thom's
(212) 260-9480
219 2nd Ave,
New York, NY, 10003
Named for the "father of the cocktail," Professor Thom's offers a huge 41-foot bar and nearly twenty flat screen televisions for college and professional sports.
Reif's Tavern
(212) 426-0519
302 East 92nd Street,
New York, NY, 10128
Upper East Side sports bar with the usually wood paneling and an unsurprising loyalty to the Yankees.
The Press Box
(212) 317-1826
932 2nd Ave,
New York, NY, 10022
Offering a casual yet comfortable setting with hand crafted mahogany woodwork, exposed brickwork and a glass frontage opening on to the avenue, The Press Box offers state of the art plasma TV screens and displays on two well-polished floors in midtown Manhattan.
The Turkey's Nest
(718) 384-9774
94 Bedford Ave,
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Billiards tables and video games break up the sports bar monotony, lubricated liberally by recession-proof drink specials.
thumbTonic East
(212) 683-7090
411 3rd Ave,
New York, NY, 10016
Spiffy upscale three-level sports bar serving New American cuisine with an Asian twist, Tonic East is highly recommended sports bar for international soccer and rugby enthusiasts.
thumbWarren 77
(212) 227-8994
77 Warren Street,
New York, NY, 10007
There's only one thing to do when your flagship bar lands itself in a seemingly perpetual limbo, if you're Matt Abramcyck, part owner of the Beatrice Innmore...
thumbWhiskey Tavern
(212) 374-9119
79 Baxter Street,
New York, NY, 10013
Whiskey Tavern was opened July 27th By the owners of Whiskey Town: George Ruotolo, Justin Ruotolo and Rob Magill. Their philosophy is simple: well poured drinks, reasonable prices, good music, a comfortable setting an more...
Woodwork
(718) 857-5777
583 Vanderbilt Ave,
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
Prospect Heights gets its own bar dedicated almost solely to soccer, with plenty of beers on tap and in bottles, and a selection of pub fare that will keep you clear-headed well into stoppage time.