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Best Sports Bars in Manhattan

schralpon Nov 1, 2008 09:25 AM

Afternoon everyone. Hope all had a good halloween!! I am looking for a the best sports bars in NYC....good food...nice TV's...and most important....Great beer selection. We typically go to a place like Houston's on Park Ave S and just sit at the bar (def not a sports bar but they have good food and beer on tap). Love dba but not really good TV's. We will go anywhere in the city. Basically looking to do a college football wkend before moving to London. Thanks for the help!!!


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    canemh Nov 4, 2008 06:45 AM

    used togo to the riviera until they made into a boston bar--thats ok cause the food sucks their and the tvs were small

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      taboo Nov 4, 2008 10:07 AM

      Does Hill Country on 3rd serve food?

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        sloane Nov 5, 2008 01:06 PM

        I think you mean "The Hill" on 3rd and 29th or 30th. It's in the old Dip location. I was there a few weeks ago for Sunday football. The crowd was good and they do serve food. I didn't eat there, but it looked like good standard bar food.

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          taboo Nov 8, 2008 03:13 PM

          Yes, that is the place I meant. Thank you for your response.

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      trackmane Nov 3, 2008 01:25 PM

      Standings on 7th between 2nd and 3rd.

      They only serve beer (but a great rotating selection of micro-brews.) They place is small but covered in big screen TV's and they sometimes offer free food.

      When they aren't having a free food night you can order in delivery from the great E. Village spots or just head to Pommes Frites..but you can bring in your food to the bar.

      1. princeofpork Nov 3, 2008 12:15 PM

        Bounce on 2 ave and 6th st. Great food, lots of TVs and really hot friendly waitresses.

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          smrtazz Nov 9, 2008 07:30 AM

          no offense, but i've been to bounce many times, and the food is near horrible.
          regarding the rest of your assessment: spot on.

          if food is of higher importance I recommend the village pourhouse.
          i believe it's around 3rd ave and 11th

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          mrnyc Nov 3, 2008 12:05 PM

          the 'ol RIVIERA in the village is my go to. mediocre food and beer, but makes up for it with a pretty fun atmosphere.

          if you are rooting for a particular college team you might want to check and see if the school's alumni are meeting anywhere. luckily, most colleges have an alumni group in nyc.

          have fun -- cheerio on your move!

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            taboo Nov 3, 2008 11:16 AM

            Went last night to WildWood on 18th street and they have a whole tailgate special with A LOT of beers, big tvs, etc....a nice venue for the game.

            1. Spends Rent on Food Nov 3, 2008 10:34 AM

              Mercury is ok but can get really loud and the food is average. Blind pig on 14th between 1&2 is less rowdy, has better food and a solid beer selection. Oh and plenty of good TVs.

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                hellsboy Nov 3, 2008 08:53 AM

                Mercury Bar in Murray Hill, has the best TV setup of the sports bars in my opinion, I also enjoy Backpage. Landsdowne has a decent TV setup and really good food and beer selection

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                  RussianGirl Nov 3, 2008 08:46 AM

                  Back Page on the UES

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                    canemh Nov 3, 2008 06:49 AM

                    do not goto blue seats--that place sucks. i have no clue how its still in business. u r better off going to one of the brother jimmys or a blondies

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                      Desidero Nov 2, 2008 11:47 AM

                      Check out Blue Seats on Ludlow. It's not your father's sports bar -- more trendy than fratty -- but it has a staggering number of flat screen TV's and (I believe) several beers on tap.

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                        Cpalms Nov 2, 2008 01:33 PM

                        Blue Seatsis in an unmitigated disaster....Eater has had running coverage, you can start here...


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