That guy with the blue-painted face storming down Sixth Avenue is not Mel Gibson on a bender — football season is underway and he’s a Giants fan searching for the best place to watch the game.
Every fan has certain criteria for what makes a sports bar a first-round pick. For Patriots fan Matt Galvan, in-game audio trumps even the catchiest iTunes playlist, although he concedes that music might bring in females and “women are always important, except during playoffs.”
For those who list quality beer as a top priority, George Keeley’s (485 Amsterdam Ave.) on the Upper West Side maintains a selection of 21 beers on tap and one genuine hand-pumped cask ale. But beware, while New York fans are welcome, it has evolved into a Steelers’ stronghold.
Eagles fans have Merrion Square (1840 Second Ave.) in the Upper East Side, but even if you’re not a Philly fan, they’ll still give you a free order of wings when you order a pitcher and a free burger with every drink during game time. But be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the first kickoff or you may find yourself sidelined.
If you’re on the hunt for cheap beer and a guaranteed view of the action, the Village Pour House offers 20 HD televisions, three projectors and $12 pitchers of Bud and Bud Light. Expect boisterous crowds and musical interludes every time the home team scores.
Those wanting a classier gridiron experience can touch down at the Firefly in SoHo. Starting at $35, fans can get their very own table-top keg and listen to commentary from their preferred game in a dedicated “sound zone.”
Spectators who make reservation three days in advance should consider Mudville9 (126 Chambers St.) in Tribeca. The bar features a wide assortment of beer and $25 will get you all the wings and pints you can consume for two hours.