The NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers start tonight, and you need a place to drink beer where strippers won't be dancing on your table at 6pm when you're just trying to watch the game. We've got you covered. Here's the best non-douchey sports bars to catch the baller battle, plus a schedule of all seven games.
Game 1: Thursday, June 4 at Golden State, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 2: Sunday, June 7 at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 3: Tuesday, June 9 at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 4: Thursday, June 11 at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 5: Sunday, June 14 at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 6: Tuesday, June 16 at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 7: Friday, June 19 at Golden State, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
For diehard Warriors fans:
Sure, you've got Finnerty's, but for basketball you may want to head to Brother Jimmy's in Union Square, where the Union Square Browns Backers will reserve space at 8:45pm for the first game. Their Facebook page says you should call (212) 673-6465) to make a reservation and mention you're with the Browns Backers. Or head on over to Pacific Standard (82 4th Ave, Brooklyn) to enjoy the game with a hometown feel.
For diehard Cavs fans:
OhioNYC.com is not joking around about their Finals viewing parties. Cavs fans are hoping for the ultimate win they've dreamed of for decades (the Cavs have never won a title), and if they can't be at the games, they'll be shouting at the TVs so they can be there in spirit. So if you want to find your Cleveland-based brood, head to Croxley's Ale House in Williamsburg (63 Grand St), where they'll be gathering every game night to enjoy wing and beer specials.
For everyone else:
The Bronx Ale House (216 W 238 St)
With a shifting menu of craft beers on tap and tons of TVs, you'll be a happy camper—if the team you're rooting for wins, of course.
Village Pourhouse (64 3rd Ave)
Always packed but always a good time, head to Pourhouse to rub elbows with serious sports fans.
Good luck out there, and have a great weekend!