The Best New York City Bars For Watching SEC Football
With football season right around the corner, it’s time to start planning the best location to cheer your team on to victory. Whether your mantra is Geaux Tigers, Role Tide, or Hotty Toddy, New York City is the place to be. You may know Manhattan as a travel spot complete with Broadway shows, Central Park tours, and luxurious shopping, but it’s also a great city to kick back with a beer and enjoy watching SEC football. The Big Apple is an ideal setting for out-of-towners; there’s a welcoming bar for every Southern college football team fanatic. Game day specials, impressive wide-screen TVs, and countless passionate fans help to make NYC college football bars an unforgettable experience. For any devoted SEC football enthusiasts traveling to Manhattan this fall, here’s a guide for helping you decide where to watch your college football team during the 2017 season.
University of Georgia: American Whiskey
Joshua Johns, president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, New York City Chapter, says this of the atmosphere in American Whiskey on UGA game nights: “It’s complete and total Southern immersion in the heart of New York City - an unlikely oasis of Southern hospitality and tradition.” Each season, the music programming in American Whiskey is perfectly timed to reflect the tunes of Sanford Stadium, and the Georgia football fans completely fill two stories of this NYC bar.
University of Kentucky: Jack Dempsey's
Martina Gaine, manager at Jack Dempsey’s, says this of the UK football supporters, “We are very lucky to host the University of Kentucky. The people, fans, and alumni are amazing, and the atmosphere is just pure passion. I have never experienced dedication like these fans!”
Auburn University: St. Pat's Bar & Grill
This is the first season St. Pat’s Bar & Grill will be welcoming in Auburn football fans. Located just a few blocks away from Radio City Music Hall, this place is the heart of midtown Manhattan. Labeled as one of the best sports bars in NYC, St. Pat’s Bar & Grill guarantees fans fantastic food and a good time.
University of Tennessee: Printers Alley
Printers Alley, a Nashville-themed bar on West 40th Street, will be hosting the University of Tennessee’s football fans for the first time. Megan Alewine, president of the UT in NYC Alumni Association, says this of the location choice, “They reached out to us, as the space allows for more of our alumni to enjoy each game comfortably, and it simply suits our needs better than others. Printers Alley has been very accommodating, and we are excited about 2017 at our new Nashville-themed bar!”
University of Alabama: The Ainsworth
The Ainsworth has been home to Alabama football fans for several years. Located on West 26th Street, the bar offers several game day amenities: an impressive sound system, seating for 200 people, over 35 HD TVs, and a massive projection screen.
University of Florida: SideBAR
Attention all Florida Gator football fans: SideBAR is about to be your new favorite spot. Located in the hustle and bustle of Union Square, the space offers over 20 high definition TV’s and projectors, a menu featuring all the sports bar classics, and plenty of space for SEC-style party. On Gator game nights, SideBAR resembles a sea of blue and orange.
University of Mississippi: Tavern on Third
The Ole Miss Rebels pack into Tavern on Third on game nights. The bar is filled with enthusiastic fans chanting “Hotty Toddy!” all season long.
Mississippi State University: Bar 515
Bar 515 features the Mississippi State University logo on their website; talk about dedication! Known as one of the best sports bars on Manhattan’s East Side, Bar 515 offers a combination of American and Mediterranean influenced cuisines.
University of South Carolina: The Mason Jar
It just doesn’t get more Southern than a Mason jar and bbq. Located on East 30th Street, The Mason Jar is home to University of South Carolina football fans. Featuring several craft beers and some of the best bourbon available, how could the NYC Gamecocks not have a good time?
University of Missouri: The Hill
This will be The Hill’s first year hosting the Missouri Alumni. Serge Zborovsky, general manager, provided some insight on what fans can expect: “We decorate the bar with the team colors and flags, run specials just for the alumni, dress our staff in the team colors, and become fans ourselves!” Interestingly, The Hill will become a new bar starting this September. The updated name will be: Raise New York, and the sports bar plans to begin donating a portion of their profits to specific charitable causes.
University of Arkansas: Gatsby's Bar Lounge & Restaurant
Located on 53 Spring Street in Lower Manhattan, Gatsby’s Bar & Grill is home to the University of Arkansas’s football fanatics. With a happy hour including $5 beer, the Razorbacks feel right at home.
Vanderbilt University: The Blind Pig
The Blind Pig is located in the heart of Manhattan on East 14th Street, and Vanderbilt football fans frequent the bar and restaurant on game nights. With dishes like loaded nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, and mozzarella sticks, the Commodores are always in for a treat.
Louisiana State University: Legends
While Legends is home to over 30 NYC based supporter groups, it makes any LSU football fan feel at home. With stellar food and drink specials, festive state flags, and a life-sized Mike the Tiger inflatable greeting people at the entrance, this sports bar is the perfect place for anyone who bleeds purple and gold.
Texas A&M University: The Hog Pit
Patricia Dell, owner of The Hog Pit, explains why they began hosting the Aggies, “We became a Texas A&M bar because our chef and several of our regular customers are alumni.” One of Dell’s favorite aspects of A&M game nights is watching passionate and dedicated fans stand for the Aggie War Hymn after the third quarter. The Hog Pit even makes sure to set up A&M cornhole, a classic tailgate game, on their sidewalk to make the football fanatics feel right at home.