The Stag’s Head

The Stag's Head NYC

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Address: 252 E. 51st St. (2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Link: http://www.thestagsheadnyc.com/

Review: The Stag’s Head is our new local watering hole.  It’s a great place to go grab a craft beer from their impressive selection – they have 16 rotating beers on tap and 50+ in bottles that you won’t likely find elsewhere.  Though we have yet to have dinner here, we have gotten a couple small plates which always go well with some tasty cold beers (who wouldn’t love truffle popcorn!)  The staff is super helpful in breaking down the diverse selection so you can find what you’re looking for.  This isn’t a sports bar per se, but TV’s dot the walls so you won’t miss the game while you’re trying out some new beers.  Grab a spot in the back, upstairs or out in the garden if you’re looking to cozy up to that special someone away from the bar.

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Blondies

Blondies Sports NYC

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Address: 212 W. 79th St. (Broadway & Amsterdam)

Link: http://blondiessports.com/

Review: Blondies is worth the trip to the UWS for the wings alone. With varying degrees of heat, you can choose just how far you want to go on the Scoville scale.  This is one of the best sports bars in NYC with TVs EVERYWHERE. There are plenty of other food options available, but not many for those counting calories.  With a good beer selection and prices that don’t break the bank, this spot is a favorite for catching the game.  If you and your date are both sports fanatics Blondies can be a ton of fun to check out, and of course it’s always good to get a group of buddies and head here for Sunday Funday.  FYI – Get there early on Sundays and for big sporting events as it tends to fill up quick!

Stand4

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Address: 24 W. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.)

Link:  http://www.standburger.com/

Review: In the mood for some burgers and milkshakes? If you don’t want to wait on the crazy lines at Shake Shack and want some more variety when it comes to your burger toppings then head to Stand4 in Greenwich Village.  You can create your own burger or choose from one of the 14 pre-made options.  The milkshakes are fantastic, and the best part is, they have boozy options too!  You can also catch the game on their big screen tv and they have some good craft beers on tap if you’re not in the mood for a boozy milkshake (but why would’t you be?) Stand4 is definitely a fun date spot if you’re not calorie counting.

Tavern on Third

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Address: 380 3rd Ave. (27th & 28th St.)

Link: http://www.tavernonthird.com/

Review: Tavern on Third is one of the nicer sports bars on 3rd ave.  It’s a good bar to grab craft beers, a bite to eat and watch the game.  Tavern has pretty solid, more “upscale” bar food and a large beer list.  They have some pretty good specials throughout the week with $3 beers on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and $15 buckets on Thursday’s.  Our favorite part of Tavern are the individual draft tables where you can pour your own beer right from the table – though beware, drinks add up quick!!  Tavern on Third has a fun, young crowd, especially on Thursday nights or when there’s a big game on. Not a date spot, but definitely a fun spot to check out with all your friends.

Mason Jar

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Address: 45 E. 30th St. (Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)

Link: http://www.masonjarny.com/

Review: The Mason Jar falls flat on the brunch front.  We came here to have some brunch while catching the football playoffs.  The menu has your standard brunch items, some with a little southern flair.  The food wasn’t terrible but it was nothing memorable.  Also, the service was insanely slow for there only being 4 other tables occupied in the whole place.  The Mason Jar is definitely better served as a sports bar, solely a spot to grab some beers, bourbon and wings with your bros while watching the game.

Rodeo Bar

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Address: 375 3rd Ave. (at 27th St.)

Link:  http://www.rodeobar.com/

Review: If you’re in the mood to booze and eat bar food Rodeo Bar is a solid choice in Murray Hill.  Good for a cheap margarita or beer and some  nachos, quesadillas or cowboy kisses (shrimp and jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon).  They also have a surprisingly decent brunch and usually have live music in the back room.  Rodeo Bar is a throw your peanuts on the floor type of place so not an ideal spot to impress a date but a good spot to get drunk and pig out with a group of buddies.

Stone Creek

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Address: 140 E. 27th St. (Lexington & 3rd Ave.)

Link: http://www.stonecreeknyc.com/

Review: Stone Creek is a good spot to jump in, catch the game and have a beer.  It’s a small neighborhood bar with pretty good food for how divey it seems.  They also have a fun Wednesday night trivia night so definitely grab a group of your mutual friends and stop in on Wednesdays to get your trivia on and have a fun, atypical night out with your date and your friends.

Half King

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Address: 505 W. 23rd St. (10th & 11th Ave.)

Link:  http://www.thehalfking.com/

Review: The Half King is perfect for anything post- Chelsea Piers area.  This is our drink spot after the boyfriend’s hockey games.  It’s a great neighborhood bar with surprisingly awesome food for a bar – specifically great wings and mac and cheese.  There’s a fun lively crowd most nights of the week, a decent beer selection and it’s a good spot for a big group/your sports teams.  So after your date watches you tear up the ice, court or soccer field, bring them here for some good eats and to meet all your buddies.

Vertigo (now Brewhouse)

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Address: 354 3rd Ave. (25th & 26th St.)

Link:  http://www.vertigobarnewyork.com/

Review: When you’re looking for a sports bar to watch the game with your buddies, Brewhouse is a good option.  They have a good beer selection and decent bar food/appetizers – basically the kind of food you would expect from a bar.  The bartender is always really nice and they have multiple big screen tvs.  While its not a date spot, if you’re  both into sports you can come here to catch the game with all your friends.

Wildwood BBQ

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Address: 225 Park Ave S (18th & 19th St.)

Link:  http://www.wildwoodbbq.com/

Review: Wildwood is a large format, Park Ave. BBQ spot.  We’ve had both brunch and dinner here.  The decor is pretty kitschy but don’t let that fool you.  Wildwood has solid BBQ dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner.  It’s a decent place to grab a casual bite to eat if you’re in the mood for some good BBQ with your significant other or a bunch of buddies.  They also have a ton of tv’s around the restaurant and bar if there’s any game you want to keep tabs on while eating.