With the return of European soccer kicking off last weekend and the 2022 World Cup just around the corner, it’s time to lock down your favorite soccer bars in New York for a big game. Although some bars are better suited to certain teams, there are also plenty of good neutral bars where you can enjoy a pint and watch the world game on a flat screen TV. We’ve compiled our 15 favorite football bars, perfect for a morning of matches. Without further ado, let’s go!
1. Football Factory at Legends, Midtown
Football Factory at Legends is a classic and authentic game day experience you have to try. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this two-story football headquarters features over 20 big screens, over 100 games, and tons of beer and food. Legends is home to over 30 supporters clubs for different teams around the world, including AC Milan, PSG, Leeds United and many more. Plus, their sheer amount of memorabilia, team scarves, and photographs make them a footballing paradise for any fan. Stay upstairs for a more laid back environment or try downstairs with the die-hard fans and get ready to get up and cheer on your team!
Where: 6 West 33rd Street
2. Smithfield Hall, Chelsea
If you’re looking for an impressive variety of games to watch, Smithfield Hall in Chelsea is the place to be and is a short walk from Madison Square Garden. Although the bar itself is the primary residence of Manchester United and West Ham fans, you can see everything here, from the Premier League to MLS. Plus, they even have outdoor booths and TVs that you can root your team on, if you’re trying to take advantage of the weather. Their staff are friendly (and are big football fans too!) and make choosing from their beer list super easy and fun!
Where: 138 West 25th Street
3. Banter Bar, Williamsburg
Banter Bar proudly boasts that “football never sleeps” in their Williamsburg hotspot which represents all things football. Every weekend you can find a range of matches from the Premier League to even their sponsor, NYCFC matches in MLS. As well as partnering with the club in town a few years ago, they were named one of New York’s “Top Sports Bars” by CNN, so their reputation is quite impressive. We recommend that you reserve a table in advance for the most important matches here!
Where: 132 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn
4. Ryan’s daughter, UES
If you’re an NYCFC fan, Ryan’s Daughter in the UES is one of the best places to watch games with the official supporters club. This quaint Irish pub has been around for over 40 years and serves up authentic Irish pints as well as a variety of sports games. Like Banter Bar, Ryan’s Daughter bears the official NYCFC partnership seal and is a great place to grab a drink. They serve a variety of draft and canned beers and even offer classic specialties like the one and only Irish Coffee.
Where: 350 E 85th Street
5. Astoria Tavern, Astoria
At the Astoria Tavern, “your game is always on!” This Queens bar is the perfect Irish pub to grab a drink and watch a game on one of their 20 TVs. If you’re neutral or don’t have a team, this is the place to watch any game and learn a bit more about teams and the sport. The crowd is friendly and chatty, the staff is great, and they have a decent menu with a full bar. If you’re not going to a game, make sure you at least attend their happy hour!
Where: 33-16 23rd Ave, Queens
6. Slattery’s Midtown Pub, Midtown
Whether you’re stopping in for a drink after work or saving a spot for the big game, Slattery’s Midtown Pub is a great place to grab a pint. This bar is a one stop sports shop for beers and good times. Slattery’s is also an NYCFC bar but shows everything from European games to MLS matches. Moreover, they are also a hot spot for New York Rangers fans during winter and Miami Dolphins fans during fall. No matter who you represent, you should definitely stop by this Irish pub for a few hours.
Where: 8 E 36th Street
7. Berry Park, Williamsburg
What we think is one of our favorite and unique football bars in New York is Berry Park in Williamsburg. This bar is probably the place to watch a game in Brooklyn, due to its electric indoor atmosphere, rooftop vibes, and even an indoor soccer field (yes, you read that right!). Sip on one of their famous alcoholic lemonades or enjoy a pint of classic German beer, whichever takes your fancy, because there are so many options! Top it all off with one of their brunch or dinner menu items and you get the whole experience.
Where: 4 Berry Street, Brooklyn
8. Carragher’s, FiDi
Carragher is unequivocally a Liverpool Bar, and if you’re looking to watch any of their matches there, you’ll need to get there early. This place is a gathering point for hardcore local Reds fans who love to cheer, drink and eat. The atmosphere is always exciting and you’ll always be focused on what’s going on. They also show plenty of other Premier League games in case you want to watch another team. Plus they have a great draft menu and a long whiskey list. This is definitely one of our favorite football bars in New York in terms of atmosphere.
Where: 17 John Street
9. O’Hanlon’s, East Village
If you’re an Arsenal fan, run don’t walk to O’Hanlon to party with the official NYC Arsenal Support Club. Every Arsenal game is shown here on the big screen alongside Premier League, NFL, NBA and NHL matches. It’s a great place to watch sports and has an excellent list of draft beers, including Guinness. Plus, they have pool tables and darts so you can challenge your friends to some friendly competition after the game is over!
Where: 349 E 14th St
10. Flannery’s, Union Square
For Tottenham supporters, it’s where you’ll find the NY Spurs supporters club that roots itself in the team every game. Flannery’s is a Union Square joint that has a great atmosphere, great beer and wine options, and an even nicer staff. It looks like a small dive bar until you step in and immerse yourself in memories that look like a man cave. Come early for Spurs games or stay for tons of other Premier League and European matches and you’re sure to have a great time. Say hello to John and Mike as well, who are two members of staff who will make you feel at home.
Where: 205 West 14th Street
11. Kelly’s, Alphabet City
Although Kelly’s Sports Bar in the East Village is best known for its ties to hockey and the Buffalo Bills, it’s still a great bar for catching a football game. They have a good selection of beers to choose from and even some pizza options if you get hungry. We expect this East Village hangout to be a hot spot for the November World Cup!
Where: 12 Avenue A
12. Turnmill, NoMad
Turnmill is one of our favorite football bars in New York due to its wide range of game day beers to choose from. Always displayed on their board above the bar, you can get ciders, IPAs, beers and more. It is a common gathering place for Everton fans, but all are welcome. If you like the vibe, be sure to stop by at a different time when they host their trivia nights or live jazz nights (or their happy hours until 7 p.m. which rock too)!
Where: 119 E 27th St
13. McHale’s Bar and Grill, Downtown
Another Irish gem is McHale’s Bar and Grill located in Midtown. They have Premier League, Bundesliga, Champions League and many more matches. They shelter Borussia Dortmund supporters in Germany, but invite fans of all teams to come enjoy a pint. They also show tons of other sports and have already started advertising World Cup spots. We recommend booking if you have a large group.
Where: 251 West 51st Street
14. Soccer Republic at Bar 43, Queens
Soccer Republic at Bar 43 in Queen lives and breathes the beautiful game, while serving up potent margaritas, draft beers and delicious bar food. It is quite remarkable to find matches from Premier League, EFL Championship, MLS, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga MX, Ligue 1, CONMEBOL, UEFA Champions League and Europa League, World Cup, qualifying and all major football tournaments. The owners are world class, the staff are genuine and the atmosphere is great. Stop here to try their burgers and wings that just can’t be topped!
Where: 43-06 43rd Street, Queens
15. Sláinte, Bowery
Meet friends or find new ones at Sláinte in Nolita, a charming must-see neighborhood that proudly shows football matches and serves great food and drink. It’s a great place to make reservations if you’re planning on going with a group or hosting an event in their space (non-game day). They have an admirable draft beer list and an even better cocktail menu that will keep you going through the game. Plus, it’s in the perfect neighborhood to hit the bars after the game is over!
Where: 304 Bowery