If you’re visiting New York this fall (and you should, it’s the best time to go), and you like football, there’s an important thing to keep in mind. Jets and Giants fans may seem to run the show, but many — if not most — people in this city hail from somewhere else. And they’ve brought their football allegiances with them.
New York has a bar for almost every pro football team’s fans (and countless college teams as well, but that’s another can of worms). Some teams have a few bars to choose from. Others, like the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, share one space (usually peacefully, though that 2009 NFC championship game sure made things exciting…). Most of these spots are a microcosm of the place they’re cheering for, dishing out potlucks, swag and a chance to meet other people from your hometown. At the very least, you’ll have someone else cheering for the same touchdowns and interceptions that you are.
So don’t cut your NYC trip short — stick around on Sunday and cheer for your team at one of these bars:
|Baltimore Ravens||SideBar, Wharf Bar & Grill|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Phebe’s Tavern & Grill|
|Cleveland Browns||Manny’s on Second|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Reservoir Bar, Public House, Hibernia Bar, Irish Exit|
|Idle Hands Bar|
|Traffic Midtown East|
|You’re in New York. If you can’t find a bar playing the Jets you’re not looking hard enough.|
|Mustang Harry’s, Butterfield 8|
|The Watering Hole|
|Overlook Bar, Triona’s, The Gael Pub|
|Mercury Bar East|
|Kettle of Fish|
|The Watering Hole|
|Brother Jimmy’s Upper East Side (draws a small crowd)|
|Stillwater Bar & Grill|
|Again, close your eyes and point your finger and you’ll find a bar playing the Giants.|
|Shorty’s, Wogies, Merrion|
|Redemption, The Australian|
|No dedicated bar|
|Dewey’s Flatiron (There isn’t a huge following but this place draws occasional fans)|
Did we miss one? Add your favorite football bars in the comments below.