10 Best NYC Sports Bars for March Madness Basketball Games (10 to 6)
10. Bleecker Heights. 296 Bleecker Street, West Village. This second floor NYC sports bar has plenty of TVs and an excellent selection of imported beers on tap. The entrance is sort of hidden in the back of the NYC burger joint, Five Guys, below. Similar to NYC’s speakeasies. If you get hungry, go back downstairs, grab a burger, and take it upstairs to enjoy with your drink. The bar is small so come early to see the games if you want a seat. Sorry guys and gals this place is not open until 4am, midnights on weeknights and 2am on the weekends.
9. The RedHead NYC. 349 East 13th Street, East Village. Serves food and drinks. What every neighborhood NYC sports bar aspires to be. Unlike most NYC sports bars, they serve some of the best American food that reminds me more of home cooked meals. Get the pork chops and settle into March Madness and a great NCAA basketball tournament.
8. Standings. 43 E 7th Street, East Village. Surround yourself with all the NCAA basketball tournament games and eat free NYC pizza or free NYC bagels at this Manhattan sports bar. Get free pizza every Friday night and free bagels on Sunday afternoons. Great beer selection and good TV to patron ratio. See: NYC 10 Best Free Bar Foods
7. Nevada Smiths. 74 3rd Avenue, East Village. Award-winning, iconic East Village sports bar with plenty of flat screens and a digital projection screen making Nevada Smiths a popular bar to watch any favorite sports game. An upbeat, casual and friendly atmosphere. Most famous as the best soccer sports bar in the city.
6. Dram Shop. 339 9th Street, Brooklyn. Large screen TVs, free pool tables, board games, cheap beer and great tasting food make this our top Brooklyn sports bar. Dram Shop is known for their superb burgers. Do not skip on this sports bar’s delicious food menu.
10 Best NYC Sports Bars for March Madness Basketball Games (cont.)
5. Lansdowne Road. 599 10th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen. An Irish bar with 16 HD TVs. Join them for their NCAA Mega March Madness which is showing 37 out-of-market games with daily drink specials during the tournament. Serves food and drinks. Keep your beer cool at the bar with their ice rail. See: Best Saint Patrick’s Day Events and Attractions.
4. Phebe’s Tavern. 359 Bowery Street, East Village. With plenty of beer on tap, quality food, and abundance of TV’s make Phebe’s Tavern a recommended spot to watch the NCAA basketball tournament. Popular sports bar in East Village. You will even find people watching the games through the windows on Bowery Street.
3. Jimmy’s Corner. 140 W 44th Street, Theater District. A small, historic bar owned by NYC boxing legend, Jimmy Glenn located in Times Square. This cozy bar with cheap beer is a great atmosphere to watch your favorite team at the NCAA tournament.
2. Back Page. 1472 3rd Avenue, Upper East Side. Great long bar upstairs to sit, watch and cheer the games. Back Page has an army of televisions to watch the basketball games, beer specials and decent buffalo wings to eat.
1. Blondies. 212 West 79th Street, Upper West Side. Blondies is a well known sports bar famous for their buffalo wings. Always served hot, never overdone, and each wing has a good amount of meat. That is saying something considering most NYC restaurants featuring buffalo wings are terrible. Sit at the long bar or tables in the back. There are plenty of TVs so you can see from almost any seat in the house. Typically good service, even when packed. Make reservations to ensure you get a seat.