Professor Thom’s (219 Second Ave., East Village) is the home-away-from-home for Patriots fans, a little hub of Boston in the middle of our city. Two floors and two bars will host New England breweries Harpoon, Downeast Cider House and Sam Adams will be serving specials all day, so arrive early to make sure you get in (doors open at noon). Fans in Patriots gear will get a free champagne toast to start the game.
Atlanta Falcons fans will want to get to The Watering Hole (106 E. 19th St., Flatiron), a rare chill bar in this neighborhood. It may be just a step above dive status, but the room is comfortable, the bartenders are friendly and anything on the bar’s eight taps is $5 on game day. For table reservations, email email@example.com.
All Manhattan locations of Brother Jimmy’s will offer game-day deals with the only word you want to hear: unlimited. The Pro Bowl Package ($40) comes with an assortment of appetizers and free-flowing Coors Light drafts, while the Pro Package ($60) includes more food and an open bar.
The Gin Mill (442 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side) is usually a Florida Gators bar, but this weekend it’s part of the #patsnation. The crowd comes ready to party, and with tons of tables and screens you won’t be crammed in a sweaty mob. Nab a table for $40 per person, with half-price beer until 8 p.m. and $4 you-call-its after that; wings specials go down to $1 each if you order 100.
Another Patriots stronghold is Riviera Café & Sports Bar (225 W. Fourth St., West Village), a hybrid bar-cafe-restaurant so you can dial your game day intensity up or down as needed. It's a plus to feel safe ordering proper grub like cheesesteaks since there's a proper kitchen.
The big game is the last hurrah for Pig Beach Burger (480 Union St., Gowanus), the wintertime pop-up version of summer’s barbecue hit Pig Beach. Grab one of their picnic tables or bar seats to watch the game on projectors and TVs starting at 6 p.m., with a $50 unlimited barbecue buffet and all-you-can-drink Six Point beers.
SideBAR (118 E. 15th St., Union Square) is always packed on game day, and organizers hope to add some more feminine energy to that mix with specials like the Bubble Bucket ($40 for five individual bottles of prosecco with orange juice) and $55 bottles of White Girl Rose. For the traditionalists, there are $120 coolers of 24 Budweiser or Bud Light bottles (add a bottle of Fireball for $100). Reservations strongly encouraged.
International beer hall Treadwell Park (1125 First Ave., Upper East Side) has tons of bench seating so you’re not watching the game on your feet for three hours, and also tons of beers on tap and in bottles for some elevated game-day drinking. Specials include 20 pigs in a blanket ($22), 10 sliders ($26), 25 wings ($32), choice of 10 cans in a cooler ($55) — and popcorn is always free.
Miss tailgating? The Cannibal Beer & Butcher (113 E. 29th St., Midtown East) is transforming its year-round heated backyard into the Road Garden into the ultimate party. Nosh on pig head nachos, hot wings, baby back ribs and personal flasks of whiskey (you won’t even have to sneak those swigs!) while watching the game on the beer and cocktail bar’s large flat screens.
It’s forever crowded and verging on a dive bar, but Mulholland’s (312 Grand St., Williamsburg) has plenty of seating (couches in the back!), tons of TVs and over 20 beers on tap. There’s a reason it’s Brooklyn’s destination sports bar. Come for the atmosphere and enjoy $15 six-packs of Bud and Miller High life and $20 tubes of Bud Light (about eight pints).
If you’re into good bar food but not massive crowds, Times Square’s District Tap House (246 W 38th St.) has the space to keep things reasonably low-key, with four 90-inch TVs and some tables even having their own screens. During the game, get five craft cans for $25 or opt for something from one of their 60 taps, and if you’re looking something healthier than a basket of fries, their Brussels sprouts with creme fraiche are a hit.
All three floors of The VNYL (100 Third Ave., East Village) cocktail lounge are being taken over by the big game — watch it on five TVs in the basement Lion's Den, a giant projector in the main bar, or head upstairs for more TVs. Open bar packages start at $75, which include snacks like Guinness barbecue wings; private rooms are available for up to 40 people. Doors open at 5 p.m., and if you’ve got energy left to burn, stick around for a dance party starting at 10 p.m.