This blog post was originally published in February 2012. Bars close and fans switch loyalties. Please leave a comment if any of these bars need to be dropped or if you know of any others that should be added.
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, and I wonder – if I were a supporter of either the New England Patriots or the New York Giants – would I splash out the money to attend the game in person (as I did when my team, the Oakland Raiders, met the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Diego)?
Or would I watch the game at home – or in a sports bar?
Definitely not at home. But I'm not sure if I'd want to watch the game in a bar or at the stadium.
Super Bowl XXXVII
Based on my experience at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, I'd definitely want to be in the city in which the Super Bowl was being held (the atmosphere was electric!), but I'm not sure I'd want to be in the stadium.
I was seated among “attendees” that weren't really football fans – they just got tickets because it was “the thing to do”.
And then there were all those fans rooting for the other team...
Every time I stood up and yelled, people would look at me like, “What's wrong with this guy?”
And the guy sitting next to me (who spent most of his time on his mobile phone) actually put his finger in his ear every time I stood up and yelled. Apparently he couldn't stand the noise.
(Okay, I DO yell loud when I get excited.)
And then there is this issue of Indianapolis. I'm sure it's a very nice town, but would I really want to spend my hard earned cash to fly there to watch a game in the middle of winter – especially if I were living in a place like Boston or New York?
And THEN there is this issue issue of price.
Both airlines and hotels are out to milk sports fans for as much as they possibly can. I heard on CNN (or was it Fox?) that airplane tickets from Boston to Indianapolis were actually more expensive than airplane tickets from Boston to Honolulu.
And that made me think. If I had the choice between watching the game at the stadium in Indianapolis or at a sports bar in Honolulu, I think I'd fly to Honolulu.
Win or lose, at least I could come home with a tan...
Top 10 Sports Bars for New York Giants Fans
So if you've settled on watching the Super Bowl at a sports bar – or any other game, for that matter – here are the Top 10 New York Giants Sports Bars in the United States.
- Mustang Harry's Fine Food & Spirits - 352 - 7th Avenue, New York, New York. Telephone: (212) 268 8930. Website.
- Tonic Bar & Restaurant - 727 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York. Telephone: (212) 382 1059.
- Mercury Bar - 659 Ninth Avenue, New York, New York. Telephone: (212) 262 7759.
- Mulbolland's - 312 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Telephone: (718) 486 3473. Website.
- Dorrian's Red Hand - 555 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey. Telephone: (201) 626 6660. Website.
- Racine Plumbing Bar & Grill - 2642 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Telephone: (773) 871 1600. Website.
- Happy Ending - 7038 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Telephone: (323) 469 7038. Website.
- Ace's Bar San Francisco - 998 Sutter Street at Hyde, San Francisco, California. Telephone: (415) 673 0644. Website.
- West 4th and Jane - 1432A 4th Street, Santa Monica, California. Telephone: (310) 395 6765. Website.
- O'Brien's Pub _ 2226 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, California. Telephone: (310) 829 5303. Website.