Where to watch hockey
Playoff season is here—commune with your fellow NHL fans at these sports bars.
Fri Mar 23 2012
Photograph: Anna Simonak
Kelly’s Sports Bar
This East Village dive proudly declares its allegiance: A bright Buffalo Sabres–Bud Light neon sign attracts lonely upstate fans looking for a bar to call their own. Inside, the walls are hung with the Sabres gloves, hats and flags, although fans of other teams—including the Rangers—frequent the joint too.Talk stats with the barkeep over an extended weekday happy hour (noon–8pm), when you can quaff $4 well drinks and $3 drafts. If you really want to get into the northern spirit, check out Canadian brews like Molson ($6) and Labatt Blue ($7). 12 Ave A between E Houston and E 2nd Sts (212-388-1464, kellysnyc.com). Daily noon–4am.
TVs: Seven 22-to-50-inch screens
The Flying Puck
Join the masses cheering on the home team at this Rangers hub, a short walk from Madison Square Garden. The place can get jammed, but four huge TVs (that can be programmed to create one 100-inch screen) plus seven additional flatscreens above the bar ensure unimpeded sight lines. Admire the stained-glass skylights—depicting hockey players in action—between $4 shots with names like the Penalty, Hat Trick and Stanley Cup, plus $7 drafts of Stella, Labatt Blue and Hoegaarden. 364 Seventh Ave at W 30th St (212-736-5353, theflyingpuck.com). Mon–Sat 10:30am–4am, Sun noon–4am.
TVs: One 100-inch and seven 52-inch screens
When you walk through the velvet curtain into this unmarked Tribeca bar, you might feel like you’ve gained entry into an exclusive viewing party. Despite the upscale clubhouse vibe, the joint has serious sports cred: It’s owned by Sean Avery of the Rangers, who drops in a few times a week. Prepsters and Wall Street types dominate the small space, which fits about 80 people around an antique water fountain, a nonfunctioning jukebox and assorted hockey paraphernalia. Gather some friends to share a plate of the spicy nachos ($12), which come covered in cheddar, mozzarella, sour cream, pico de gallo and jalapeños. 77 Warren St between West Broadway and Greenwich St (212-227-8995, warren77nyc.com). Mon–Thu 11:30am–1am; Fri, Sat 11:30am–2am; Sun 11:30am–1am.
TVs: Six 50-inch screens
Jack Russell’s Pub
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, not all sports fans want to get drunk and rowdy while watching their favorite teams play. Cue Jack Russell’s, a comfortable, laid-back Upper East Side pub that’s a respectable addition to the neighborhood, but still offers beer pong and pool in the back room. Nab a six-seater booth—equipped with its own small HDTV screen and every sports channel imaginable—order some hot dogs ($2.95–$3.95) and enjoy your own mini viewing party. From 4pm to 7pm during the week and noon to 7pm on weekends, you can also nab $4 pints of Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Rolling Rock and Yuengling. 1591 Second Ave between E 82nd and E 83rd Sts (212-472-2800, jackrussellsnyc.com). Mon–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat, Sun noon–4am.
TVs: 14 42-to-60-inch and 10 20-inch personal screens in booths
In a land of desolate, industrial hipsterdom, this 6,000-square-foot sports bar sticks out like a popped collar in a sea of flannel. Its main draws are its spaciousness and affordability; nightly food specials include $1 tacos on Tuesdays and 50-cent wings on Wednesdays. If your friends aren’t sports fanatics, they can enjoy comedy and karaoke twice a month while you watch a game. Among the 14 draft brews, you’ll find the bar’s own ambers and light lagers, plus local favorites such as Sixpoint Sweet Action and Brooklyn IPA. Whomever you’re rooting for, you’ll likely find an ally in the crowd here: While the owner and most of the staff are Rangers fans, supporters of the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders also come to cheer on their teams. 37 Greenpoint Ave at West St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-0149, redstarny.com). Daily 11:30am–4am.
TVs: 12 42-to-50-inch screens
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