New York City is as much a sports town as it is anything else. We have more baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey teams to cheer for than anywhere else in the country. We are also a city of transplants, meaning fandom is fractured beyond even our city’s disparate Yankees and Mets -- you may someday come across a Phillies or Red Sox fan.
Our sports bars are like beer-soaked houses of worship, where self-selected communities join in holy acrimony toward similarly devoted self-selected communities who have the audacity to support multi-million dollar athletic franchises from other regions. Sure, you could throw a stone in Midtown and hit dozens of nearly identical, 500-person capacity, over-air conditioned Irish pub-plus-sports-bar complexes that trade in serviceable wings and $6 Bud Lights. But this is sports we’re talking about. Shouldn’t the quality of your bar reflect the quality of your team? These are the NYC sports bars to try when you really want your team to win.