With NFL, college, and fantasy football games in full swing, The Late Shift decided to assemble the ultimate Sloper sports bar team. Here’s our roster of eleven excellent brew bars (to represent the number of players on the gridiron) that just got “drafted.”
Eleven is the number of years that bartender David Sconzo has been at (321 Fifth Avenue), a comfortable neighborhood bar with an ever popular patio. This local favorite will have the NFL Sunday ticket for the first time ever this year on their two TVs. Just $5.50 gets you a shot of Ezra Brooks bourbon and a PBR any time. The Gate is one of the few bars around still pouring a genuine 16-ounce American pint, instead of the scrawny 14-ouncer recently seen replacing it.
Ten dollars gets you two hotdogs and a pint during NFL games at (568 Fifth Avenue). The majority rules here in terms of what games are playing, but they take requests. If soccer is your thing, come in on a weekend for a full English breakfast and some “proper” football. With eight flat screens with excellent sight lines, you can see every play from every seat.
Nine p.m. is the end of happy hour at (138 Fifth Avenue). From 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and again on Sunday get $4 beers, $5 margaritas or a $5 shot of Jagermeister and settle in behind their seven televisions. While there’s no kitchen, you can order in whatever you like and the space is chill and never too crowded. If you feel like dancing after a big win, head across the street to (125 Fifth Avenue) for some killer DJs on the wheels of steel.
Eight stands for (308 Flatbush Avenue), the game cavern with a sports bar soul. This sprawling space has eight TVs at the bar and eleven on the floor. Only $10 buys a pitcher, but the best bet is their $20 beer tower. The 100-ounce tower holds about three pitchers worth so you’re getting one pitcher for free. Pair it with some honey BBQ wings and you’ve got dinner. And if you want a soccer or rugby match, just give bar manager Kyle McInnis a call and he’ll see what he can do.
Seven dollars is the most expensive shot at (440 Fifth Avenue). Around since 1931, this watering hole could be named a bar’s hall of fame MVP. Smith’s serves Bud in ice-cold frosted mugs for $2.50 and all domestic pints for just a dollar more. Five TVs run American football and two dedicated sets in the back are reserved for soccer. The kitchen here is a stack of take out menus but regulars know to walk over to ’s (392 Fifth Avenue) during commercials for Peruvian roast chicken to-go.
Six Point Sweet Action, a local Brooklyn craft brew, is the beer of choice at (339 Ninth Street). There’s also a great bourbon selection if you’re in a sipping mood. The burgers here are the pub food of choice, although manager Calvin Walker is also partial to the tostada. With six TVs there is always a New York game as well as anything from Greenbay, Washington, or Philly rounds out the rest, depending on the crowd.
Five cents times ten is the price for wings, available every Monday at (444 Ninth Street), the burger bar with “the meatiest wings in Park Slope” according to GM Tom Wrobel. They are spicy enough to make you cough if you inhale, and extra saucy, these wings are worth spending your laundry money on. Seven TVs play the NFL package for a mixed crowd of older regulars, families and college coeds. Just look for the grazing cow out front.
Four individual tabletop TVs make (312 Seventh Avenue) as personal as your living room to watch whatever team you root for. There’s also a drop down widescreen and several sets over the bar. On Sundays Old Carriage Inn offers free pool and $3 Miller High Life and Bud Lite. There’s no music on during games so serious fans can hear every play. Cuisine is of the deep fried variety and the new mac and cheese bites are ridiculously delicious. Get your order in right away because they go fast.
Three unlikely elements unite at (321 Ninth Street), which also houses Wicked Spoon frozen yogurt and a wireless Internet café. This hodgepodge trinity makes more sense on Sunday after a few $3 drafts or $8 pitchers of beer. With wings by the bucketful ranging from “sane” to “suicidal” on the heat scale and brand spanking new high definition flat screens, this New York team centric spot just may be your new favorite place to catch the Jets or Giants.
Two vibes coexist at (200 Fifth Avenue), a white tablecloth dining room on the left, and a space age sports bar mecca on the right. With 80 flat screen TVs showing literally every game that is on in a given day, this is a popular venue for fantasy teams to meet up in person and keep track of all their players at once. It’s $25 for a beer tube or opt for one of the 40 delicious beers draft. Nachos are the food of choice here according to fans wearing jerseys representing teams from St. Louis to Oakland.
One is the number of Aussie’s over at (149 Fourth Avenue), the down under gastro pub owned by Brisbane native Jason Crew and Quebecois Martin Lafond. Crew has Coopers beer, which is Australia’s only family-owned brewery of its stature, on tap and rugby on the TV, for you and “yer mates.” Lafond also makes flaky and savory Australian meat pies from scratch, as well as Canadian poutine (French fries with cheese curds and gravy). Once the weather gets chiller, grab a seat in back by the brick fireplace, and dig in.