It’s that time of year again, and this year Super Bowl XLVIII is being held right here in NYC’s back yard. The big game is coming in just over a month and New Yorkers and out-of-towners who aren’t lucky enough to be catching the action live at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl 2014 will be looking for a place to see the top teams go head to head. Here are some of ThirstyNYC’s top pick’s for the best places to watch, for every different sports fan taste.
Bounce Sporting Club
This is not your average sports bar. Since opening in 2011, Bounce Sporting Club has really upped the game for the NYC sports bar scene. Offering a Vegas-esque daylife-to-nightlife game day experience, Bounce Sporting Club has pioneered the Sunday Funday party, offering hot girls in tight dresses serving bottles of liquor to high-rollers while top name DJs spin and go-go dancers strut their stuff. Their food is gourmet thanks to Executive Chef Sean Olnowich and patrons go wild for Bounce Sporting Club’s signature banana-infused Jameson shots. Expect to see celebrity guests and top athletes watching the big game here – it’s that kind of place.
Offering a similar – but less intense – version of the crazy daytime party that made Bounce Sporting Club famous, the Ainsworth venues are another good option for those looking to relax and watch the game in style. Guests can pre-pay for tables (which are no doubt going for a massive premium come Super Bowl) and enjoy that own reserved area while cheering their favorite team on. The original Chelsea location is spacious and wide-open while the Park Avenue outpost boasts a bi-level floor plan with a cozy upstairs area for guests to hang out.
Technically an Eagles bar (the owner hails from Philly), Wogie’s will be jam packed for the big game, no matter if the house favorite makes it all the way or not. Located on a prime West Village corner, Wogie’s is a great neighborhood spot with cozy booths and a decent sized bar for catching all the action. Plus, they have super authentic Philly cheesesteaks (wit Wiz, duh) and Yuengling on draft.
Looking for a more raucous, frat-style bar to watch the Super Bowl? Look no further than Village Pourhouse. Seriously. With over 100 bottled beers and about 50 on tap, this East Village, NYU-central bar is a no-frills spot to hang with friends. Hungry? There is a decent selection of standard bar food, like wings and burgers. Prefer uptown? There’s an outpost on Amsterdam Avenue, too.
Slate Sports Lounge
Slate is the ultimate adult playground. With two floors of space, this bi-level sports bar slash lounge is chock full of things to do for both diehard sports fans and those who couldn’t care less: pool tables, beer pong, a mechanical bull, top name DJs, the occasional celebrity guest. And of course, loads and loads of flat screen TVs showing the game.
Sports fans in Williamsburg flock to Mulholland’s for all the gridiron action. This place is totally unpretentious and an “IDIOT- FREE ZONE” as a sign above the bar proclaims. So come to have a good time, throw back some beers and enjoy the signature wings in flavors like Bloody Mary, BBQ and Scorching Death.
The new kid on the sports bar block, FC Gotham has opened just in time for Super Bowl, in the space below another Meatpacking District newbie – and St. Tropez/Paris-import – VIP Room. Expect a more sophisticated, likely European, crowd to gather here to pop bottles with models. Laid out more like a nightclub than a sports bar, FC Gotham draws a crowd that will likely be less interested in the big screens showing the game than in who bought the biggest Jeroboam of PJ. There’s also a food menu featuring very non-sports bar things like a Kale and Quinoa salad, Shishito peppers and a Manchego cheese-topped lamb burger.
East Village denizens and low-key sports fans love saddling up to the bar on Sundays at Croxley to watch the game – and Super Bowl Sunday will surely draw a crowd. There is a great selection of beers – no Budweiser, Coors and Miller as per a menu disclaimer – and the 10 cent wings are quite a deal.
Ever walk into a bar and it just feels like everyone knows each other? That’s the Windsor. This West Village sports bar has a super friendly staff and TVs on every wall showing games, ensuring that there is no bad seat in the house. There is a handful of highly-coveted booths in the back and some high-top tables positioned by the bar. The window seats looking out onto tree-lined 4th Street fill up fast so come early. Inside tips: don’t miss the Spinach Dip and make sure you meet Ron, one of NYC’s friendliest bartenders.
Bleecker Heights Tavern
Everyone loves a secret bar. And a secret bar above a Five Guys Burger shop? Score! Bleecker Heights Tavern is the perfect place to watch the game of the year and feel like you are relaxing on a friend’s couch – a very awesome friend who has Brooklyn Lager and Delirium Tremens on draught. And if the urge to grab a bite strikes, no worries: order from Five Guys and your food will show up right to your barstool. Not bad.
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