New York is filled with transplants — and bars with multiple flat screens, which makes it easy to find your home team. So for all you die-hard football fans (me!) and baseball fanatics looking for a beer to imbibe and a seat to warm for three hours, herewith are five local sports bars worth venturing to. With Sunday upon us, we’ve also listed their Super Bowl specials, in case you’re more passionate about free wings than the Cardinals or Steelers.
Loki Lounge, 304 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, 718-965-9600
When you prefer to sip a homemade Bloody Mary and work on the Sunday Times crossword in peace, Loki Lounge is a comfy and not overly crowded choice. It somehow manages to combine the sports bar-ness (pool table, darts, basic beers) up front with a plush lounge (antique couches and red velvet drapes) in back AND make it work.
Super Bowl Special: Five flat screens and a projection screen tuned to the game, plus a free, mondo buffet including lasagna, chili dogs, and wings.
Mulholland’s, 312 Grand St., Williamsburg, 718-486-3473
A sports bar. In Williamsburg. With a fireplace. And cocktails. And cupcakes? Okay, so it screams hodgepodge, but at least it’s not cookie cutter for the area. If you think $1 mimosas are a steal, try FREE beer on Monday nights from 6-9.
Super Bowl Special: $15 buckets of Miller High Life. Is that really a special?
Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, 718-349-0149
Greenpoint isn’t exactly prime territory for “upscale sports bar,” but then there’s Red Star with two floors of sports enthusiasts, 10 TVs, and pub fare housed in the ole’ Pencil Factory way way west. “Upscale” is debatable, but you can certainly get your fill of baseball, boxing, basketball, football, UFC and even Nascar, if you consider that a sport. Beer specials dot the calendar year-round and those halter-wearing beer girls will no doubt show up for entertainment and prize-awarding purposes.
Super Bowl Special: A bucket of Bud and 12 wings for $23 — their regular Sunday special.
200 Fifth, 200 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, 718-638-2925
If you’re looking for a reliable sports bar that has a 99.9% chance of having what you want to see any day of the year (including those pricey boxing matches!), 200 Fifth is it. You’ll have to brave the packed-like-sardines crowd, especially during football season, but the 40+ draft beers are worth it. While patrons/fans are repping every team out there, my hometown Steelers rule the roost: way in the back, we proudly don our black and gold for the one ginormous screen in the house.
Super Bowl Special: $45 gets you all you can drink drafts and a halftime buffet of chicken francese, shrimp scampi, roast beef and more.
Kettle Black, 8622 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge, 718-680-7862
Bay Ridge’s Kettle Black is the proverbial neighborhood bar, with a crowd that leans toward New York teams, yet newbies to the nabe or bar will feel welcomed all the same. They claim to serve “Brooklyn’s Best Wings,” along with funny menu items like the “Trailer Park Platter” (Pigs in Blankets with nacho cheese sauce). Don’t feel like leaving your couch and Hi-Def? The Kettle Black delivers!
Super Bowl Special: None, sadly.
Unlikely Super Bowl Parties
The following aren’t exactly sports bars, but have good specials lined up for Sunday. If you know of others, feel free to add them below.
Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Ave., Park Slope, 718-858-1951: Two big projection screens, $4-5 off pitchers of their 18 microbrews, and $15 buckets of Miller Lite and High Life. (Psst: For all you Cal fans, this is the place to watch their games.)
Beer Table, 427 B Seventh Ave., Park Slope, 718-965-1196: You can’t watch the game there, but you can pre-order $20 12-packs or $10 6-packs of Dale’s Pale Ale plus pints and quarts of their very own “beer cheese” (Grafton cheddar whipped with Burton Bridge Empire IPA, garlic, worcestershire, and cayenne) via email by this afternoon. Delivery for those nearby can be arranged.
The Diamond, 43 Franklin St., Greenpoint, 718-383-5030: $3 bowls of homemade chili, a $2 mystery can grab bag, and a half time showing of “Super Bowl Phone Friends” — a home movie made by the owners and friends — on their big screen.