World Cup fever has officially gripped New York City. As soccer grows ever more popular in the United States, we review six of the best places to watch the tournament in Manhattan and Brooklyn:
1. Jack Demsey’s
Home of the New York City chapter of the American Outlaws Supporters’ Club, this is a great place to watch all the USA games as well as many others. As this bar gets quite crowded, especially for the USA matches, we recommend getting there early to find a spot to sit. Jack Demsey’s offers a large selection of draft beers, stout, ale, and cider, a large selection of bottled beers, and a full food menu sure to satisfy a wide range of tastes. With an 8 foot TV screen and over 12 additional televisions, Jack Demsey’s is sure to be serving up some tasty World Cup drama for the rest of the tournament.
36 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
2. 11th St. Bar
During the year, this neighborhood bar is better known as the home of the New York City chapter of the Liverpool FC Supporters’ Club. This Irish pub is a great place to watch matches, and has three televisions as well as a large projection screen with plenty of tables to sit and watch all the matches available throughout the tournament. 11th St. has a wide selection of draft beers as well as wine and a full selection of liquors, and will have drink specials during all of the games. Though 11th St. only sells two types of paninis, have no fear if you require a more filling meal; they allow outside food, and the bar is located between Avenues A and B, with a wide range of take-out and delivery options available. If you feel so inclined to stay out after all the games have ended, 11th St. has live music every night of the week – their live traditional Irish sessions on Sunday evenings are not to be missed!
510 E 11th St
New York, NY 10009
3. Dorian Gray Tap and Grill
Like 11th St. Bar, this fantastic neighborhood bar is sure to be serving up hot World Cup action throughout the tournament. Boasting a wonderful and friendly staff, the Dorian Gray will have specials during every game. Happy hour runs until 7 PM, burger and a beer and wings and a beer combos will cost you $10, and well drinks and domestic beer can be had for a mere $5. Besides these specials, the Dorian Gray has a full regular menu with a wide array of choices. There are several televisions throughout the bar that will be showing the full schedule of games. If you feel like staying for extra festivities after the games end, Tuesday night trivia is always a great way to unwind!
205 E 4th St
New York, NY 10009
At this Williamsburg spot, every game is shown on two HD projection screens as well as 3 other televisions. One of Banter’s unique World Cup features are match replays every night at 8pm – extremely helpful to those who work during the day and are not able to catch their favorite team live. There will be specials for all the games, as well as $6 Caipirinhas throughout the month. Banter is also running a special called the World Cup Beer Passport: when you buy a beer from each World Cup country, you will receive a stamp in your passport. Fill your passport by the end of the tournament, and you will be eligible to win some great prizes such as two $100 Banter bar tabs, Banter t-shirts, Banter World Cup engraved mugs, scarves and official MLS/USA National Team/Cosmos gear and more! Further details on Banter’s World Cup Passport can be found here.