20 best bars to watch March Madness games in NYC

Posted On Fri, March 11, 2022 By

Posted On Fri, March 11, 2022 By In Events, Features, Restaurants

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The abundance of sports bars and pubs scattered across New York City is overwhelming and it can be hard to sort through to find the best ones to watch your favorite team. With the NCAA March Madness tournament approaching, 6sqft put together a list of some of our favorite sports bars in the city to watch the games, prepare a bracket, and enjoy some good food and drinks.

BROOKLYN

99 Rogers
99 Rogers Avenue, Crown Heights
Featuring traditional American food and a drink menu with 24 beers on tap and a full liquor bar, 99 Rogers is a great, laid-back destination to watch March Madness. The Crown Heights bar offers happy hour specials every day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and trivia events hosted every Thursday at 8 p.m.

Finn’s Corner
660 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights
Finn’s Corner is a sports bar with a Rock-n-Roll vibe, featuring 11 flat-screen TVs and all of the most popular sports packages. They also have other options for entertainment, including darts, billiards, and a wide variety of board games. They offer happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Other specials include classic beer and shot combos.

Tailgate Outdoor Sports Bar
86 North 11th Street, Williamsburg
This sports bar in Williamsburg was built with the pandemic in mind, allowing guests to rent private tables equipped with heaters and a 65-inch television. Tables go fast, so you should make a reservation as soon as you can.

MANHATTAN

Mustang Harry’s
352 Seventh Avenue, Midtown
Located just a few steps away from Madison Square Garden, Mustang Harry’s is offering their 7,500 square foot space equipped with dozens of big-screen TVs, a surround sound system, and two premium bars for viewing March Madness. There will be daily specials, including $6 game day beers, in addition to an extensive menu of cocktails and fine spirits. Guests can also purchase game-day food favorites like chicken wings, nachos, and sliders.

The Long Room
120 West 44th Street, Midtown
This Irish gastropub offers a large selection of Irish whiskeys, single malts, top-shelf liquors, cocktails, and fine wines. The Long Room also boasts an extensive beer menu. Perfect for March Madness parties, guests have the option to rent out their own private viewing area to watch the games. You can book reservations here.

Stout NYC
133 West 33rd Street, Midtown
Since 2005, Stout NYC has been a place for all New Yorkers to come and enjoy sports and good drinks. Their main goal is to foster a welcoming space for guests to connect, the true purpose of a pub. They have four separate locations in Manhattan, each of which will be screening March Madness and providing a space for New Yorkers to relax and enjoy the games.

The Irish American Pub
17 John Street, FiDi
Located in Financial District, The Irish American Pub has an extensive menu of beers, cocktails, wine, and liquor for guests to choose from. They also have a great food menu with classic bar fare like burgers, sandwiches, and chicken wings. You can make a reservation here.

The Red Lion
151 Bleecker Street, Noho
The Red Lion is a lively bar just a couple blocks away from Washington Square Park. The watering hole has great happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., including Red Lion Light or Amber on tap for $4, mixed drinks for $6, Red Lion mules or margaritas for $7, among other deals. Guests can come, relax, and have a couple of drinks while watching sports, or dance to the bar’s live music.

The Bowery Beer Garden
93 Bowery, Chinatown
With over 50 TVs and 30 draft beers and bottles from local and national breweries, The Bowery Beer Garden is one of the best spots to watch March Madness. Located in Chinatown, the bar offers a number of happy hour, daily, and weekend food and drink specials.

Cornerstone Tavern
961 Second Avenue, Midtown East
For those looking for a high-end sports bar experience, Cornerstone Tavern is the place for you. Located at 961 2nd Avenue in Midtown East, their two-floor space is equipped with 20 HD TVs and a large food and drink menu. They also host trivia and karaoke nights and have private spaces that can be rented out for parties.

Tap Haus 33
14 East 33rd Street, Midtown

Tap Haus 33 offers guests the unique opportunity to serve their own drinks by using a reloadable card. Guests can choose from over 40 beers on tap and don’t have to partake in the chaos that is getting the bartender’s attention on a crowded night. They are also well equipped to broadcast sports with a number of television screens playing different games throughout the bar.

Standings
43 East 7th Street, East Village
On March 19 and 20, Standings is hosting two pizza parties for guests to enjoy while watching March Madness. On those two days, Standings will be serving free pizza to guests at 1 p.m. They take their beer menu very seriously and are constantly rotating the selection and offering customers the best drinks at the time.

Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th Street, Midtown West
Located next to Madison Square Garden, the Playwright Irish Pub offers its guests more than 25 rotating draught beers and even more by the bottle. With dozens of high-definition TVs, fans of every sport and team can expect to find a game to watch.

Bounce Sporting Club
55 West 21st Street, Chelsea
Chelsea’s Bounce Sporting Club is a high-end sports bar with a menu offering creative twists on classic drinks and unique interpretations of pub food staples. The venue has 30 HD TVs and a 4,000 square foot lounge area. Book a table here.

Printer’s Alley
215 West 40th Street, Midtown
This Times Square pub may have a Pittsburgh Steelers theme, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t well equipped to host for March Madness. They have happy hour specials every day until 7 p.m., as well as daily specials. For March Madness, Printer’s Alley will be hosting events with suppliers who will be doing giveaways. They’ll also have a number of Irish-themed specials. Their food menu includes classics like burgers, chicken wings, and nachos.

The Three Monkeys
236 West 54th Street, Midtown
While The Three Monkeys isn’t offering any March Madness-specific deals, the Theatre District bar is still a great spot to enjoy the games from. With 36 beers on draft and a menu filled with bar food classics, there are options for all visitors. There are also over 10 high definition televisions and one giant screen, all broadcasting the biggest games for sports lovers to enjoy. Reservations can be made here.

Dark Horse NY
17 Murray Street, Tribeca
Located at 17 Murray Street in Tribeca, Dark Horse NY is a sports bar with 18 flat-screen TVs playing all different sorts of sporting events, and a menu of over 24 draft and 20 bottled beers from around the globe. Guests can reserve private booths equipped with their own TVs for a more intimate experience.

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street, Battery Park City
Brookfield Place has a lot going on for March Madness, including deals on food from different vendors in the Hudson Eats food hall and Hot Shots in the Winter Garden, an interactive basketball game that gives players a chance to win Brookfield Place gift card. Happy hour specials in Hudson Eats include:

  • $5 hand rolls and 2 for 1 sake & beer at Blue Ribbon Sushi from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Half-off wine and beer at Tartinery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • 10 percent off all sandwiches at Numpang from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $10 for two slices and a fountain drink at Sauce from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

QUEENS

Roam
107-12 70th Road, Forest Hills
Roam is a new sports bar that opened up in Forest Hills just in time for this year’s Super Bowl, and is excited to continue hosting future sports events like March Madness. The bar’s restaurant serves familiar American fare, including burgers, wings, and a wide variety of drinks. They also have nightly specials and live music.

Rivercrest
33-15 Ditmar Boulevard, Astoria
One of Astoria’s newest craft beer bars is offering a variety of food and drink specials in anticipation of March Madness. Rivercrest serves quality food that is locally sourced and has 18 rotating tap lines designated for unique craft beers. Guests can also reserve a private viewing space to enjoy the games with more intimacy. Reservations can be booked here.

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