As the grand slam of American tennis returns to New York, the city is once again abuzz with all manner of US Open mania from tournament-themed eats to star-studded parties. While the exact schedule of play has yet to be announced, qualifiers are just around the corner (starting Tuesday, August 25th) and it's never too early to plan out where to watch if you won't be there in person. With bars and restaurants across town screening the tournament in its entirety—including UES Brit booze den Jones Wood Foundry, Flushing's new rooftop Leaf Bar & Lounge and Slate with its 40 TV's and 9 foot Megatron—you won't have too much trouble jostling for elbow room. However, if you're looking for tennis served with a side of food and drink, check out these five exclusive US Open specials.
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Bill Baker's: Catch late afternoon matches (4-5pm) at this recently opened bar offering a wide range of tournament specials including: free popcorn, $10 dogs, $6 Baker's brews (recipes created in-house), $1 oysters with a drink purchase and $10 beer-and-shot combos.
Bounce Sporting Club: While you watch your favorite tennis stars on 30 HD TVs, the expansive sports bar will serve an "I Got Five on It" special during all matches with food and drink on the cheap. Throughout the duration of the US Open, fans can enjoy $5 beer, wine, well drinks, sangria and bar snacks (mac n' cheese bars, pigs in a pretzel, wings).
The Skylark: The path to this rooftop lounge is a long and winding road—you'll have to go through a lobby, hallway, line and elevator—but once you make it to the top, it'll be hard to keep your eyes on the screen with those breathtaking views of Manhattan. To get you back on track, order the limited time Match Point ($18), a vodka-charged slushie with cranberry, lemon juice and orange liquor.
The Vine at Eventi: As one of the official, Heineken-sponsored venues for US Open viewing, this hotel bar will screen the tournament both inside and on the massive screen in the outdoor plaza, where ping pong tables will be set up for boozers to have their own matches during down time. A yet-to-be-announced celebratory beer cocktail—curated by mixology mavens Yana Volfson and Katie Stipe—will also be offered during the event.
Virgil's Real Barbecue: This multiregional cue joint, smack in the middle of Times Square, will screen the whole tournament and offer $4 Yellow Ball Shots (Tito's Vodka, pineapple, lemon) during matches.