Much like that time King Joffrey ordered a certain nobleman’s head chopped off, with a royal decree of "cease and desist" the mighty HBO has cut off beloved Videology’s Sunday night Game of Thrones viewing parties.
While all the realm agrees the paid cable channel was well within their rights to perform such tyranny, many fans heard the news and felt instantly like a queen who can’t find her favorite dragon: bummed. Fear not, peasants who have neither a cable subscription nor benevolent parent’s HBOGo login. Where Videology has fallen, other castles—ahem, bars—are still carrying on.
You can still watch the drama, intrigue, and nudity of Westeros as it airs, Sunday nights, at these spots:
Get cozy at this popular viewing party (which also shows Mad Men) with an artisanal cocktail. Just don’t try to match Tyrion Lannister, or Don Draper, sip-for-sip. 9pm.
Think your knowledge of the Seven Kingdoms is approaching Grand Maester levels? Test it out with this Gowanus bar’s GoT trivia at 8pm, followed by the new episode at 9pm.
Perhaps the King’s Landing of viewing parties, this East Village bar packs both its first and second floor with super fans. If you show up wearing the latest in Westeros fashion, the first drink is free. And if someone dies—always a high likelihood—you get a free jello shot. Doors open at 7pm, show at 9.
Feast like a lord or lady on pork shank, roasted half chicken or burgers, before heading the back room where the show airs on the big screen at 9pm. No matter your family name, the thrones (chairs) are first come, first serve. —Written by Tolly Wright