Best Bars to Watch Football in New York
Where are the best bars to watch football in New York? Watching football in New York might seem impossible since it’s the country of baseball and American football, but New York has it all including bars dedicated to football. Sports fans don’t have to miss out on watching the games while on holiday. I’ve made a list of sports bars where you can enjoy watching the games in New York.
The Football Factory at Legends
Legends is a sports bar that has people, places and New York legends as its main focus. The place has a casual atmosphere and combines simple but good food with a football match. Legends loves football fans so much it opened a space completely dedicated to football, called The Football Factory (using the international name of the game, instead of the American name soccer). They screen many championships like Champions League, Bundesliga and La Liga. There are 3 floors with 50 TVs and 2 huge screens for your entertainment. You’ll find it all in a perfect location: in front of the Empire State Building.
The Black Horse Pub
The Black Horse pub is a big and airy English pub with a great atmosphere to watch sports. Soccer fans show up early on weekends in this neighbourhood sports bar to see the European matches. They have a selection of 16 international beers on tap, a mix of local favourites (think Sixpoint Sweet Action and Brooklyn Lager) and rotating Anglo/Irish specials including Boddingtons and Guinness. Happy hour is from 14:00 until 19:00. Soccer always takes top priority on their flat-screen televisions. When footy’s not on, the ten big televisions play whatever games the neighbourhood crowds wants to watch. A great spot for catching the game, with good drink specials every once in a while and good English fare. The friendly staff serves the likes of a full English breakfast, bangers and mash, eggs beans and chips and shepherd’s pie.
Smithfield Hall is located a few blocks from Madison Square Garden. They broadcast football matches from all over the world. Customers here are mostly local New Yorkers looking to watch an American or international football match while enjoying a beer. And football is not the only sport that you can watch here, they also show NFL, MLB, NBA and rugby matches among others.
The Churchill is a laid-back English pub close to Park Avenue, it’s a little piece of home abroad. The restaurant is in an old British/English style and has a good ambience. The screens at the bar are showing rugby and other Euro-centric sports. Get a draft beer and order some food to accompany your game watching. Most standard British or American Ales will run you like $7-8. If you ask for recommendations be ready to spend $8 and more a pop.
The Australian NYC
If you don’t want to miss out on any games played back home whilst in New York, visit The Australian NYC located in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a restaurant and bar which acts as a hub for Australian activity in New York, and they really love their sports! Twenty large screens show various sports; from AFL, rugby, cricket and soccer. They also show US professional and college sports; NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA and more. Missing the taste of home? Enjoy some Aussie foods here as well.
Dalton’s Bar & Grill
At Dalton’s Bar & Grill you can watch all kinds of sports, from football games to boxing fights. This place is well known by locals and has a great location in Hell’s Kitchen! They have over 30 HD screens and serve a large choice of beers on tap.
Beckett’s Bar & Grill
If you are staying in Downtown Manhattan and are looking for a nice bar to go to, I can recommend Beckett’s Bar & Grill. At this sports bar, you can not only watch sports games, they also organise comedy nights! It is a good starting point if you would like to explore more bars on Stone Street.
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