Where to Drink and Watch World Cup Soccer in New York

Few sporting events can generate the same amount of excitement that buzzes around the globe every four years in the run-up to World Cup Soccer, or FIFA World Cup as the rest of the world calls it. Just the same, few sports can parlay that sense of exhilaration from the field to TV, which makes watching World Cup matches at a bar equally as fun as in person. This year, the tournament kicks off on Thurs., June 12 and run through Sun., July 13. Here we’ve broken down the city's best bars for watching the games by neighborhood locations. Know of a place we missed? Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

Brooklyn

Banter (132 Havemeyer St.; 718-599-5200)
Banter will be airing every game on two huge HD projectors and three plasma TVs. They will be serving up $4 beers and caipirinhas, with scarf and jersey raffles and giveaways for all those in attendance.

The Black Swan (1048 Bedford Ave. 718-783-4744)
Another English soccer pub makes an appearance here with The Black Swan. This is the spot for weekend day drinking, with their happy hour starting at 10 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Montrose BK (47 5th Ave.; 347-763-0010)
Anyone who follows the Barclay’s Premier League could assume that a bar neighboring the Barclay’s Center would be a solid choice for World Cup drinking. They have more beers than there are teams in the tournaments, so feel free to mix it up during each game.

Woodwork (583 Vanderbilt Ave.; 718-857-5777)
Stop into Woodwork to snag a Fuckit Bucket—all six of their $3 beers for the price of five. It doesn’t hurt that The New York Times called it one of the best spots to catch all the action, either.

Park Slope

Black Horse Pub (568 5th Ave.; 718-788-1975)
Although this is a sports bar, soccer always reigns supreme on the large TVs scattered around the bar. If you’re trying to watch the U.S. side take on the Group of Death in a crowd of patriots, this is a great option.

Greenwood Park (555 7th Ave.)
In a city that can feel pretty cramped sometimes, Greenwood Park is a breath of fresh air. Literally. The wide space of this indoor/outdoor bar is only matched by its 60 tap lines, making it a great place to drink up and cheer on your teams.

Lowlands Bar (543 3rd Ave.; 347-463-9458)
Lowlands will be airing every game during the World Cup, but this will be a German-dominated venue. When the German side takes the pitch, Germans in the city will be drinking beer for free.

Chip Shop (383 5th Ave.; 718-832-7701)
Calling all limeys. This bar is the perfect spot to watch Joe Hart and the Three Lions take on the world while washing down your fish and chips with a Monty Python Holy Ale.

Williamsburg

East River Bar (97 South 6th St.; 718-302-0511)
Right at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, East River is a good place to catch the Brundesliga (German) games. They even let you barbeque your own meat (BYOM) in the backyard if you ask politely.

Isle of Skye (488 Driggs Ave.; 347-384-2772)
Trying to watch the Cup in a leather sofa with a scotch or whiskey? This is the joint for you. They have over 130 scotch whiskeys, and their happy hour includes free hot dogs.

Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave.; 718-218-9737)
Since the World Cup only comes around every four years, Spike Hill is lining up drink specials for the entire month while the nations battle for football supremacy.

Iona (180 Grand St.; 718-384-5008)
Most soccer fans know that Iona’s outdoor seating is perfect for the day games. Soak up the sun, the drinks, and the games simultaneously in the beer garden.

Queens

Starting Gate Bar (59-10 Woodside Ave.; 718-429-9269)
You had better bring cash to this old school sports bar. With plenty of TVs and outdoor patio to take a breath between halves, your World Cup experience will be greeted warmly by fellow hooligans at The Starting Gate.

Bar 43 (43-06 43rd St.; 718-361-3090)
Every World Cup squad has been painstakingly put together, some controversially, but Bar 43 has put together something great for you. With their 13 TVs, 32 taps, and table tappers that allow you to pour your own beer, you are set to make your own plays on the pitch and find success in the 2014 World Cup.

The Astoria Tavern (33-16 23rd Ave.; 347-813-4954)
The Astoria is a no-frills bar: quality food, wide drink selection, solid prices, and 16 TVs. Ever since the doors opened, it has become a beloved neighborhood spot, much like our next bar…

The Irish Rover (37-18 28th Ave.; 718-278-9372)
Astoria loves this joint. If you live around the neighborhood and you want to go watch a game at a bar, chances are that you’ve been here before. High quality, high value. World Cup 2014, here we come.

Midtown

Manchester Pub (920 2nd Ave.; 212-935-8901)
One of New York’s best soccer spots is going all out for the World Cup. They have country-specific drink specials including $5 Sam Adams for the U.S. matches and $5 Estrella Damm specials for the Spain squad.

O’Casey’s (22 E. 41st St.; 212-685-6807)
New York’s home for the Tottenham Hotspurs is an obvious choice for watching the World Cup. They have two floors (each with a bar), many bathrooms, and although it’s no White Heart Lane, this is a true soccer fan’s bar.

The Thirsty Fan (254 W. 31st St.; 212-216-9355)
This aptly named bar makes it impossible to not have a view of the game with their 14 HDTVs. With 30 beers on tap and surprising prices, this spot is definitely worth catching at least one of the games.

The Mean Fiddler (266 W. 47th St.; 212-354-2950)
Since the Stanley Cup is winding down, this hockey bar is turning into a soccer mecca. They have special drink discounts for groups and private parties, so come through and support your team and country together.

NoHo

Josie Woods Pub (11 Waverly Pl.; 212-228-9909)
Self-described “feel-good” bar, Josie Woods, offers plenty of entertainment during the World Cup. $1 pool tables, darts, and tv’s for every viewing angle will playas your World Cup starting lineup.

Dempsey’s (61 2nd Ave.; 212-388-0662)
Ireland may not be in the World Cup, but Dempsey’s Irish bar will be showing every World Cup match. With live traditional Irish music every week, it will feel like Ireland qualified.

The Red Lion (151 Bleecker St.; 212-260-9797)
Let your pride roar for your squad at this intimate bar in Greenwhich village. The music will boom with your cheers, and the staff is renown for their knowledge and service.

Triona’s (237 Sullivan St.; 212-982-5222)
Pick your favorite beer along with your favorite player at Triona’s Irish sports bar and pub. Tv’s are as plentiful as goals, and you will have space to perform your celebratory dance.

Flatiron

Fitzgerald’s Pub (336 3rd Ave.; 212-679-6931)
Fitzgerald’s plays host to both the World Cup, and all your drinking eating needs. A staff of true soccer fans will have you cheering and drinking with every goal.

Van Diemens (383 3rd Ave.; 212-532-1123)
The World Cup demands the greatest performance of players and fans alike, and at Van Diemen’s, you can show your skill. A special $35 all you can drink and wings paired with the alternate $5 drink specials will serve as your pitch in this great World Cup matchup.

Mad Hatter Pub & Eatery (360 3rd Ave.; 212-696-2122)
A big time soccer tournament demands a big time soccer crowd, and you will find just that at the British-style Mad Hatter Pub & Eatery. Beer served at just the right temperature, delicious food, and a beer garden for all you nature-loving soccer fanatics is the winning recipe for this year’s World Cup.

Promenade Bar & Grill (344 3rd Ave.)
The 45 60” TVs will surround you like defenders on Neymar. Formerly known as Bottomzup, this sports hub is a sure-fire hit for World Cup ’14.

Lower Manhattan

Mr. Dennehy’s (63 Carmine St.; 212-414-1223)
Mr. Dennehy’s will guarantee that you receive bangers and mash with your sports and beer. This Irish-style pub has TVs aplenty for you to see your favorite players compete to be the world champions.

BXL Zoute (50 W. 22nd St.; 646-692-9282)
A relaxed atmosphere for the casual soccer fanatic, BXL Zoute will be offering up a wide variety of beers to pair with their famous mussels and steak tartar as you sit back and watch your country fight for the Cup.

121 Fulton St (121 Fulton St.; 646-545-6647)
This bar in the heart of the Financial District is a relatively elegant place to watch the beautiful game. Their drink selection goes far beyond beer with specialty cocktails and international wines, so this is a solid worldly place to catch the action.

Kelly’s Sports Bar (12 Avenue A; 212-388-1464)
Kelly’s is the home for Liverpool supporters during the Premier League, so it will be one of the best places to watch Luis Suarez’s Uruguayan duke it out with his English teammates on 6/19. One thing is for sure—you’ll never drink alone.

 


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