The 20 best New York bars for watching the World Cup

Where to go to see your World Cup 2014 dreams come true. Or die, depending on who you're supporting.



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Photograph: Devon Elijah

Twist and Smash'd Sports

Boasting 55 TVs and almost as many beers, this newcomer to the LIC scene is an ideal place to get your footy fix east of the river. And if the matches bring out a competitive streak in you, you can satiate your bloodthirst with “spirited” games of bocce on the brand new indoor courts.

  1. 34-02 Steinway Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
The Garden at Studio Square

The Garden at Studio Square Photograph: Richard Burrowes

Studio Square

For the agoraphobic in all of us, nothing will satisfy like the 30,000+ square food beer garden in the heart of Astoria. And with a giant video wall and German, American, Dutch, and Belgian beers on tap, everyone has the best seat in the house (and more importantly, an actual seat).

  1. 35-33 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106

Staten Island

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Play Sports Bar

With limited options on the island, you wouldn't expect to find something of the caliber of Play. The menu is standard, but very large, and the pool tables and dartboards provide an ideal distraction to get you through that pesky 15 minute halftime.

  1. 2 Sneden Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312


Sweetwater Social

Sweetwater Social Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Sweetwater Social

It's a different scene from the typical soccer bar – the drinks are pricey (but delicious) and the dark bar is more “haute” than “hooligan” - but don't be fooled; the soccer-obsessed owner will make this a great place to watch the cup.

  1. 643 Broadway New York, NY 10012

Jack Demsey's

Do you bleed red, white, and blue? Jack Demsey's is the Manhattan home of the American Outlaws, the loud and proud US Soccer supporters club. The bar gets narrow, crowded, and hot, but hey, isn't that how we're meant to watch a Brazilian World Cup?

  1. 36 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Nevada Smiths

There's a reason that Nevada Smith's motto is “Where Football is Religion.” The bar has served as a house of worship for New York's soccer fans for ages, even after moving over to a new location. The food is typical pub fare, but the TVs are big and plentiful and the fans are hardcore.

  1. 100 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10003


The Football Factory at Legends

It's not unusual to hear one of the almost 40 supporters clubs that The Football Factory is home to, sing songs about how much they love head honcho Jack Keane. This soccer institution, which is currently celebrating 20 years of business, usually relegates the soccer viewing to the basement, but it has a tendency to spread through the rest of the giant bar during the World Cup.

  1. 6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

Photograph: Virginia Rollison


There's a reason this Irish pub on New York's former skid row already has the full World Cup schedule on their site; they're psyched for the tournament (even though Ireland missed the cut). The 24 constantly-rotated craft beers will make a fan out of even the biggest soccer skeptic.

  1. 304 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
BXL Cafe

BXL Cafe

BXL Cafe

If you can't stomach another order of chicken tenders (the World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint, champ), break it up with some Belgian fare and Trappist beer at this undercover 43rd street spot. If you can brave the Times Square masses, of course.

  1. 125 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
Photograph; Caroline Voagen Nelson

Photograph; Caroline Voagen Nelson

Mr. Dennehy's

In a city full of Irish pubs, it's hard to stand out, but Mr. Dennehy's has done it with a staff full of soccer fans, a sweet location on a quiet street, and, definitely not least of all, an outstanding burger (or brunch, if that's more your scene).

  1. 63 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014
Stout NYC

Stout NYC


This three-level sports mecca rocks multiple projectors to add to their impressive international selection of bottled and draft beers (including 32 stouts!) And with a central midtown location, it's the perfect place to take an extended (say 90 minute?) lunch away from the office.

  1. 133 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

The Bronx

Bronx Alehouse

Bronx Alehouse

Bronx Ale House

Great food and a healthy selection of craft beer make the alehouse a premiere spot to watch the action from Brazil. It gets crowded though, so get there early and get some of the outstanding wings in your belly before you start cheering on your country.

  1. 216 W 238th Street New York, NY 10463


NYC Craft Beer

NYC Craft Beer Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Banter Bar

Banter is a serious soccer bar, but it doubles as a serious craft beer oasis. But even with the, erm, serious selection of brews, we prefer Brooklyn’s own bourbon Widow Jane with it's generous $10 price tag. Get there early and get a seat before Williamsburg's soccer crowd grab them all.

  1. 132 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
berry park

berry park Photograph: Dan Hallman

Berry Park

The World Cup takes place in the dog days, so Berry Park is the perfect place to celebrate the season with a giant (well, giant for Brooklyn) outdoor area. They are embracing the heat with a kick-off party featuring Brazilian musicians and DJs, and you should follow suit.

  1. 4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Beer Cheese at Floyd

Beer Cheese at Floyd Photograph: Jessica Lin


From the mad geniuses that brought you Union Hall and the Bell House comes Floyd, a bar with a similar aesthetic - bocce and all. Enjoy the World Cup action over an order of beer cheese, a combination of quality brew and cheddar the likes of which haven't been seen since McDonalds started putting breakfast sandwiches in between pancakes.

  1. 131 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Photograph: Beth Levendis

Black Horse Pub

This Park Slope joint brings some Brit to 5th avenue. With a menu full of bangers and mash, beef stews, and curry chips, even the purest New Yorker among us will be tearing up into their Boddington's while singing “God Save The Queen” proudly.

  1. 568 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Roebling Sporting Club

RSC took over a sweet corner building from semi-dance club K&M. But with the giant projector screen (supported by many smaller flatscreens) and actually interesting takes on pub food (try the sliders adorned with pimento cheese) the bar will be making a strong case to compete with the rest of the soccer joints in Brooklyn.

  1. 225 N 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Woodwork bar with owners

Woodwork bar with owners Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


Prospect Heights got basketball when the Nets moved into town, so it's only fair that they get soccer too. Woodwork supplied the demand with coverage of every game, along with specials on picklebacks and their signature “Fuckit Bucket:” An arrangement of six Buds, PBRs, and Narragansetts for the price of five.

  1. 583 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Photograph: Sean Ellingson


Brooklyn’s home to the American Outlaws can be considerably less sweaty than its Manhattan counterpart. That is, unless you’re hanging out on the patio with the multiple TVs and giant barbecue outside. And honestly, why wouldn't you be?

  1. 8703 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

New Jersey

Photograph: Jolie Ruben


Almost in New York, but not quite? NJ Transit commuters, rejoice! Mulligans will cater to your every World Cup need. Whether you're catching the evening game after your day is done, or you just happen to never make it into work (we won't tell), this is the spot for you.

  1. 159 1st St Hoboken, NJ 07030

Users say

Adrian T
Adrian T

You should also take a look at Terminal 5 to watch the World Cup games. I found out about them on and I have to say, the venue is awesome! 

Hollow N
Hollow N

Hollow Nickel in Boerum Hill is projecting the matches on a big screen in the back and on TV in front at the bar- two spaces to catch the action! Plus $10 plate of wings & a beer and $15 for a bucket of 5 Genny Cream Ales during matches. Come on through, we'd love to see you.

Hollow Nickel

494 Atlantic Ave.

Brooklyn, NY

Rachael C
Rachael C

What about O'Hanlon's on 14th street between 1st and 2nd?? I thought it was a perfect place to watch the games with 12 screens and a separate back room for groups. It's the Arsenal supporters HQ so you know it's gotta be good! The staff were friendly and know their soccer! Atmosphere was great, definitely going back here!

Rebecca C
Rebecca C

Berry Park was sweaty sweaty sweaty and had a longgg line for the Eng v Italy match yesterday but virtually no line for the CIV v JPN match (but it was still packed inside). It was great fun, would probably go again but go way early. 

Patrick R
Patrick R

Karma Lounge at 51 1st Ave (between E 3rd and 4th St in Manhattan) is showing all of the World Cup games, and they allow smoking inside.  They also have an awesome happy hour which is every day from 12pm-9pm (they open at 12 for the early WC games).

Lolin V
Lolin V

any of these bars pet friendly?

Jennifer S
Jennifer S

BEAST OF BOURBON, 710 Myrtle Ave @ Spencer, Bed-Stuy, G train (Myrtle-Willoughby)

Starting Friday 6/13, Beast of Bourbon will be open every day during World Cup at 11am, with beer & drink specials and a full BBQ menu. They have 6 BIG screen TVs and a HUGE projector screen, too! Back patio area also available. 2-for-1 Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm


You forgot us! Barrio 47 in the West Village

showing all the games

great food, great vibes, lots of fun