Of course you can watch the Super Bowl by yourself or check the score of a baseball game on your smart phone, but it's a lot more fun taking in a sporting event at a bar. Brooklyn offers an array of sports bars, from ones that offer the typical Monday night football fare to others that specialize in European sports, bike racing, and other events.
Even if you aren't a sports fan, these bars are great places to hang out. Many are local favorites and have great food, beer gardens, and brew on tap. For the World Series or the World Cup or any other game you can't miss, choose one of these Brooklyn sports bars.
Union Grounds is popular Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill sports bar located on atmospheric Smith Street, which is the area's restaurant row. It's named for Union Grounds, a baseball park that opened in Williamsburg in 1862 and was demolished in 1883. Order from their bar menu, which has a selection of sliders, hot dogs, nachos, wings, spring rolls, and many other favorites. In addition to being the spot to watch NFL, they also host a trivia night on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Union Grounds has full NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL packages, plus EPL, LaLiga, and Bundesliga matches.
With a large projector and TVs, you can take in the latest game as you enjoy tasty pub grub at this popular Bushwick sports bar (it's actually Bushwick's only sports bar). The menu is filled with fried pickle chips, honey garlic wings, a pulled pork sandwich, and many other good eats. On weekdays, you can score a chicken sandwich and a Miller draft beer for $10. In addition to watching The Mets and Yankees and other teams on the big screen, Clara's also hosts burlesque shows.
Since the 1980s, locals have been flocking to this Park Slope sports bar. Filled with TVs and exceptional comfort and Italian food, 200 Fifth Restaurant and Sports Bar also has great happy hour specials, and there are over 40 beers on tap. This is an old school sports bar and the ideal place to watch Monday night football and other games. Located on Park Slope's bustling Fifth Avenue, you can always pair your visit with a pregame stop at many of the notable bars and restaurants on this restaurant row.
Sip a handcrafted ale as you root for your favorite basketball team during March Madness at Greenpoint's Keg and Latern Brewing Company. With 12 TVs and a menu that caters to foodies, this is the space to watch a game in a low-key hipster bar. The spacious brewery has a menu of roasted beet salad, crispy chicken wings, quinoa burger, and many other eclectic and artisanal takes on the standard comfort bar food. If you're not a beer drinker, don't worry, Keg & Lantern has an extensive drink menu.
You can't miss a score or a run at this Bed Stuy bar that has twenty TVs and four projectors. When the weather is nice, head to the large patio, where they project sporting events on a large screen. With 44 beers on tap and more than 20 bottles, this is a great place to get a brew. The pub food menu is filled with old school favorites like hot pretzels and buffalo wings. However, they also have a selection of veggie eats including two different vegetarian burgers. Save room for dessert, because it's hard to pass up a fried Oreo or apple empanadas.
For over forty years, O'Keefe's has been a Brooklyn Heights staple. Located on Court Street, just a couple of blocks from the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, this bar has popular happy hour specials and attracts a sports watching crowd. O'Keefe's boasts a good cocktail menu and a large selection of draft beer. If you want to enjoy a casual lunch, you can get a burger or a half-sandwich with a Bud Light for $10.95 at their lunch special, which is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or skip the food and enjoy the happy hour specials, which gives customers a dollar off of all drinks. From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., it's $4 for a pint of selected drafts.
This neighborhood bar in Windsor Terrace is a laid back spot to watch the game. Located in a residential neighborhood that borders Park Slope and Prospect Park, it's a great place to enjoy an authentic local evening. They also serve food, including brunch, and since it's a restaurant and not just a bar, there's a kid's menu, which means you can bring the kids to see the game on the TV.
This sports bar and beer garden in East Williamsburg has 15 flat-screen TVs and 16 beers on tap, making it the ideal place to take in a range of sporting events while sipping a refreshing beer. Emblem has a selection of local and domestic microbrews. The big draw is the patio, which also has a TV. In an area filled with artists and hipsters, this sports bar is a cool find. You can watch everything from NFL to boxing at the bar.
Cycling, football (we call it soccer), rugby, tennis, and fans of other sports will find themselves at home at Iona, a Scottish bar in Williamsburg. The beer garden is delightful and a perfect place to spend the warmer months. If watching a tennis match on the TV inspires you to be sporty, you can partake in a game of table tennis in the garden. Music fans will enjoy their Scottish music, which takes place on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. For a truly authentic Scottish experience, you can also get dub pies and humble pies at the bar. Note that this bar is cash only.
Atlantic Social is a new addition to Brooklyn's foodie scene. The spacious bar located on Atlantic Avenue right near Barclays Center has a menu of notable eats. Its a popular spot for a pre- or post-game drink or dinner, but if you can't get tickets to a game, don't worry—you can watch one on their 16 flat-screen TVs broadcasting the latest sports. The menu is filled with comfort food like loaded cheese fries and mac and cheese, and many others. It's a good spot to enjoy all sporting events, not just ones that are being played steps from the bar at Barclays Center.