"He is heading down the court, he grabs the ball, but he is blocked. He spins, spots a way out, he swerves to the run and with no hesitation at all HE SHOOTS aaaand HE....drinks?" Whether you're a sports fan or not, the bars on this list have a great atmosphere--a lot of comradeship and mututal drinking. They're the perfect place to go grab a beer.
Opened less than two years ago, The 13th Step has quickly become an East Village staple. On any day of the week the line loops around the block. The 13th Step is not the place if you're looking for fancy, pretentious or conversation-friendly volume. It is however, the bar to visit if you want loud die-hard sports fans, a fratty scene and cheap drinks. Also, if you're looking to play some beer-pong this is the place for you. They actually have professional (if beer-pong can be called professional) beer-pong tables installed in the back.
Where: 149 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003-5760
Perhaps the most famous chain of sports bar in NYC (they have two locations), Tonic Bar is a favorite amongst sports fans, alcohol fans and nightlife fans. The location on Times Square has three different floors. The first one carries most of the TVs so it tends to get pretty rowdy. The second floor is more low key and better if you're looking to eat something too. The third floor is much more reserved and is available for private parties as well. Given the size of the bar, Tonic is great for big parties. There's space for everyone and you won't have to leave anyone behind. Tonic Bar East, located in Grammercy is the newest of the duo. The design is more avant-garde and there's a nice outdoor area. If you want to escape the tourist crowd around Times Square, we recommend you visit the Grammercy location. Both, however, equally as great for sports fans!
Tonic Times Square 727 Seventh Avenue NY
Tonic East 411 Third Ave.
Located in the heart of the East Village, the Village Pour House is the place where opposites attract. Or at least coexist. Sports fans-- mostly loud and boisterous jocks-- and NYU students-- in it's majority "too cool for school" hipsters-- mix surprisingly perfectly in this sports bar. Perhaps it's the loud music, the cheap alcohol or maybe hipsters actually like sports (nah). Whatever the reason is, it seems to work at the Village Pour House. It makes for awesome ambience too. You can find a wide beer selection and bartenders ready to help you make the best choice. T.V. screens are everywhere so you won't have to fight over tables or twist your neck to watch games. Prices are not too bad either.
Where: 64 3rd Ave
(between 10th St & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
SideBAR is not your average sports bar. Yes, it's usually packed and loud and you'll find your average jock, but, SideBAR is definitely on the swankier side of the spectrum. Cosmos and martinis as their signature drinks rather than pitchers of beer, give it a more sophisticated edge. Very "unsport" bar of SideBAR: the food is actually tasty. Plus, during week days you get a meal and a beer for under $10. Local DJs play late into the night and HD flat screens are ideal for watching any sport game at this Grammercy bar.
Where: 120 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003-2102
This Upper East Side joint has pretty much anything you would expect from a sports bar: large TVs, darts, beer-pong, ok food and good cheap drinks. Oh yeah, and trivia nights! If you're a pop culture know-it-all then you got this trivia in the bag."Celebrities" is the category of preference at The Bullpen. Bartenders are very friendly and the bar has a very neighborhood feel (always a plus in NY). The bar also wins points for having a nice outdoor seating space and for being dog-friendly. Our only advice is if you're a Mets follower you might want to keep that to yourself at The Bullpen. This is a die-hard Yankees fans bar.
Where: 1678 1st Ave
Between 87th and 88th