It's almost fall, and football is officially back!
With the first official kickoff last week, NFL fans are already losing their minds with the first week's game results (especially Jets fans because, well, misery is their greatest companion). And why shouldn't they?
The best way to watch a game in New York City is undoubtedly going and watching it at a bar, where you can cheer and yell alongside friends and strangers while you chug down a nice cold drink.
Whether you're a New York Giants fan, a (technically) New Jersey Jets fan or give your team allegiance to anther state, here are the best places that take the Lombardi Trophy for where to catch the next game.
1. SideBAR (118 East 15th Street)
Down by Union Square, it's already a mecca for all kinds of New Yorkers. From the shops to the eats to the park itself, it's a beloved city staple with tons to offer.
Enter SideBAR: a laid-back corner spot that's comfy interior is matched with impeccable service. This is definitely a place to bring the whole team.
While games are playing on of their multiple TVs, you can grab a Bubble Bucket, five individual bottles of champagne with OJ, or a $120 cooler of beer, 24 bottles served in a table-side cooler.
For some tailgate grub, try their crazy good Bacon Wrapped Wings or the rich Mac & Cheese Burgers.
2. American Cut Tribeca (363 Greenwich Street)
If you're looking for a great spot to catch Monday Night Football at all year long, hit up Marc Forgione's incredible spot in Tribeca.
Sure, come for the game. But then never leave. Ever. Until they throw you out.
Why? Oh, no reason other than their otherworldly chili lobster chicken wings, perfectly cooked burgers, an outrageous NY Strip, and flat screens so you can catch every moment of end zone twerking magic. Catch one or every MNF game here. See you there.
3. 4th Down Sports Bar (750 Grand Street - Brooklyn)
You can't go wrong watching football at a spot where the very name is tied to the game itself. Usually full of Williamsburg locals, this place is a football fan's dream come true. As far as dive bars go, this one is not to put on the sidelines.
Not only do they have an impressive selection of beers on tap, but they also have some super sized cans too, like 16oz Shocktops and Narragansets.
If you're bored during the commercials, entertain yourself with some pool, foosball, Skee-Ball or one of their five classic arcade games in the back.
4. Village Pourhouse (64 Third Avenue)
Aside from the overwhelming amount of TVs this downtown watering hole has (there's over 23 of them), Thrillist also named Village Pourhouse the Best Sports Bar In America back in 2011.
The bar also offers free wifi while you drink and watch the game. Isn't that nice of them?
On Sundays, they serve serve up unlimited wings for just $20 for one game's duration or $25 for both the 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. games.
Additionally, root for your favorite team with five cans of a beer of your choice along with five shots for
$35 and specially priced Tomatillo Bloody Mary's.
5. Barriles Restaurant & Sports Bar (83-14 37th Avenue - Queens)
If you're looking to add a little spice to your Sunday Game-Day, head on over to Jackson Heights to Barriles, a spacious Latin/American fusion eatery that gives you more than just the usual options of wings and sliders.
From empanadas and quesadillas to crepes and steak, you certainly won't go hungry here. The neighborhood regulars also know to fill their stomachs while they drink, because the booze here will hit you like a punt to the face.
6. Bases Loaded (2997 Westchester Avenue - the Bronx)
Although they clearly favor baseball, in the off-season they dedicate themselves to the football fans at the end of the 6 train line.
With a pool table, dart board and old school karaoke machine, you'll be watching much more than the spectacle of Eli Manning's latest sack.
Located at the hub of Buhre and Crosby Avenue in Pelham Bay, the trek is seriously worth it. The management over-caters to their visitors, even generously offering free shots after a certain number of rounds. They don't have "loaded" in their name for nothing.
7. The Wing Bar (275 Smith Street - Brooklyn)
This one's for all the wing aficionados out there who simply must have wings to pair alongside their football game. There are hundreds of reviews from people who have tried their their famous chicken wings, and each one of them is a glowing recommendation. With that name, they better be, right?
Be sure to try the fried pickles with a refreshing margarita, stirred to perfection. If you decide to venture into Gowanus to try these delectable morsels for yourself, it's important to note that this place is cash only, so be sure to hit an ATM before popping in.
8. Campeon (9 East 16th Street)
If you want to feel like you're at the game without having to buy a ticket, then Campeon is the place to go. With 50 HDTV's, including three ginormous 80-inch screens, not to mention booming sound, you'll almost be able to feel the vibrations from the actual stadium.
And you can't go wrong with a place that serves up authentic lip smackin' Mexican fare and some truly out of this world frozen margs. Along with 58 different types of tequila for tasting, this place is a piñata ready to burst with all the Game Day party you can handle.