Soccer, having been one of the more under-represented and under-appreciated sports within the United States, has made leaps and bounds towards the mainstream in recent years. Aside from the misappropriation and overall confusion involving its name change from football, “the beautiful game” has steadily risen in demand. Now whether it’s due to the slowly burgeoning quality of the MLS, or the realization that soccer truly is poetry in motion—the reality is that more and more urbanites are looking for a pub to catch a spot of soccer and a brew. NYC being the versatile hub of diversity it is, offers a slew of soccer-viewing options—if you know where to look!
Here’s a spotlight on a three pubs where a frothy brew go hand in hand with a magnificent treble by Messi “the maestro”. And with Euro 2012 right around the corner, the time is nigh to start scouting out the optimal viewing locations!
Where: 151 Bleecker Street
As its name hints, The Red Lion is a haven for those seeking a quality joint to view the EPL. With a slew of big screens, a typical Saturday or Sunday can see 3-4 games occurring simultaneously. The vibe is nice, the bartender knowledgeable and crafty, and the beer variety impressive. Whether you’re wrangling up a crew for the Man U game, or just want some frosty goodness and a quality atmosphere—Red Lion is the spot for all European games and tourneys!
Where: 360 3rd Avenue
The Hatter is a veritable mecca for all sport fans, but is also specifically host to the NYC chapter of the Manchester City Fan Club. For those who bleed baby blue, the Hatter is the spot for you—as every weekend you can cheer the likes of Aguero and Co. (and perhaps even Tevez, if they let him back), with a healthy dose of brew and grub to wash it all down. With the battle for first heating up, every week is sure to be a treat—especially the epic, potentially all-deciding clash between the Manchester Clubs on April 30th.
Where: 1152 1 Avenue
Naturally, an Irish Pub (with a London Address) is bound to have some soccer on at all times. Specializing in both rugby and soccer, Baker Street bolsters their impressive soccer calendar with a bevy of delectable Irish fare. Grab a Guinness (or Smithwick’s) and enjoy the “beautiful game” amongst true fans.