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Go for Gold at NYC’s Sports Bars

Published: August 11th, 2016

Celebrating your favorite sports team’s victory is much more fun with great food, drinks and company! With the Olympics in full swing and NFL football kicking off this month, we’re excited to share our favorite places to go when we’re in the mood to cheer on our favorite players and teams. Here are some go-to spots worth adding to your Big Apple bucket list:

Smithfield Hall -138 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Vintage sports photos and other legendary sports paraphernalia adorn the walls of this tavern so you can feel team spirit all around you while cheering on your favorite players. Not only is Smithfield Hall an ode to historic sporting events but it also pays tribute to NYC, featuring a 70-foot bar made from wood taken from a former warehouse in Chelsea. The TV’s are strategically placed all around the bar so there’s truly no bad seat in the house. Soccer is the most popular sport here, but you can also catch the latest coverage of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA. The menu is chock full of craft beers and upscale pub food, featuring contemporary and classic American dishes made with local products whenever possible.

Credit: @smithfieldnyc

Credit: @smithfieldnyc


Tonic – Multiple Locations

Tonic offers an ideal mix of sports and entertainment at their 2 locations in the heart of Midtown. Tonic East (at East 29th street and 3rd avenue) is a 3-level rooftop sports haven with views of the Empire State Building, while Tonic Times Square (7th Avenue between 48th and 49th street) is centrally located between Rockefeller Center and Times Square and was recently voted one of NYC’s best bars to watch College Football. Both locations offer happy hour 7 days a week and feature comfy padded leather sofas and booths, as well as an extensive menu of savory bar classics to munch on throughout the games. And best of all, the bartenders have been known to mix creative game day drinks to help fans show their team spirit.

@blackswanbk via @toniceast

Credit: @blackswanbk via @toniceast


The Australian NYC – 20 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

The Australian is another great spot in Midtown and has been featured in numerous publications for its coverage of the Olympics and Rugby World Cup. The bar also served as Major League Soccer’s official 2010 World Cup Headquarters. They have 20 large TV’s and play everything from rugby and cricket to soccer, in addition to all of the US professional and college sports including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL to NCAA football and basketball. The menu features pub food with an Australian twist — think fresh Kangaroo loin and homemade meat pies — with Aussie beers to boot.

Credit: The Australian NYC

Credit: The Australian NYC

The Ainsworth – Multiple locations

With locations in Midtown (33rd St. btw Park & Madison), Gramercy (E. 18th St btw Irving Pl. & Park Ave S.) and Chelsea (26th St btw 6th & 7th), the Ainsworth is great for a mixed crowd of sports fans and non-fans alike. Sports enthusiasts can follow their favorite teams on the flatscreen TV’s while the rest of the group enjoys the upscale decor and rave-review menu of crowd pleasing burgers including the Mac and Cheese burger, an Instagram superstar.

@mattybooz via @theainsworth

Credit: @mattybooz via @theainsworth

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