With the return of European soccer kicking off last weekend and the 2022 World Cup around the corner, it’s time to lock in your favorite NYC soccer bars for a big match. While some bars are better suited for certain teams, there are a bunch of good neutral drinking spots as well where you can enjoy a pint and watch the world’s game on a flat screen TV. We compiled our favorite 15 soccer bars, perfect for an early morning of games. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1. Football Factory at Legends, Midtown
Football Factory at Legends is a classic and authentic match day experience you need to try out. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this two floor soccer headquarters features 20+ big screens, 100+ matches, and tons of beer and food options. Legends is home to over 30 supporter clubs for different teams across the world including AC Milan, PSG, Leeds United, and so many more. Plus, their impressive amount of memorabilia, team scarves, and photographs makes this a soccer heaven for any fan. Stick upstairs for a more casual environment or try downstairs with the hardcore fans and prepare to stand and cheer your team on!
Where: 6 W 33rd St
2. Smithfield Hall, Chelsea
If you’re looking for an impressive variety of games to watch, Smithfield Hall in Chelsea is the perfect spot and is just walking distance away from Madison Square Garden. While the bar itself is the primary home for Manchester United and West Ham fans, you can catch anything here, from Premier League to MLS. Plus, they even have outdoor booths and TVs where you can root your team on from, if you’re trying to capitalize on the weather. Their staff is friendly (and are huge soccer fans too!) and make choosing from their beer list super easy and fun!
Where: 138 W 25th St
3. Banter Bar, Williamsburg
Banter Bar proudly boasts that “football never sleeps” at their Williamsburg hotspot that represents all things soccer. On any given weekend you can find a range of games from the Premier League to even their sponsor, NYCFC’s games in the MLS. Alongside partnering up with the city’s club a few years ago, they’ve been named as one of NYC’s “best sports bars” by CNN so their reputation is quite impressive. We recommend reserving a table ahead of time for the bigger matches at this spot!
Where: 132 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn
4. Ryan’s Daughter, UES
If you’re a supporter of NYCFC, Ryan’s Daughter in the UES is one of the best places to watch games with the official supporter’s club. This quaint Irish pub has been around for over 40 years, serving authentic Irish pints alongside a variety of sports games. Similarly to Banter Bar, Ryan’s Daughter has the official NYCFC partnership stamp and is a great spot to grab a drink. They serve a whole variety of draft and canned beers and even have classic specials like the one and only Irish Coffee.
Where: 350 E 85th St
5. Astoria Tavern, Astoria
At Astoria Tavern, “your game is always on!” This Queens bar is the perfect Irish pub to grab a drink and watch a game on one of their 20 TVs. If you’re a neutral or don’t have a team, this is the perfect place to go and watch any game, and learn a bit about the teams and the sport more. The crowd is friendly and talkative, the staff is great, and they have a decent menu with a full bar. If you don’t go for a game be sure to at least hit up their happy hour!
Where: 33-16 23rd Ave, Queens
6. Slattery’s Midtown Pub, Midtown
Whether you’re stopping in for a drink after work or reserving a spot for the big game, Slattery’s Midtown Pub is a great place to grab a pint. This bar is a one-stop-sports-shop for beers and good times. Slattery’s is also an NYCFC bar but shows everything from European games to MLS matches. Plus, they also are a hotspot for New York Rangers fans during the winter and Miami Dolphins fans during the fall. No matter who you represent, you should definitely stop by this Irish pub for a few hours.
Where: 8 E 36th St
7. Berry Park, Williamsburg
What we think might be one of our favorite and most unique NYC soccer bars is Berry Park in Williamsburg. This bar is arguably the place to watch a match in Brooklyn, due to it’s electric indoor atmosphere, rooftop vibes, and even indoor soccer pitch (yes you read that right!). Sip on one of their famous signature boozy lemonades or throw down a pint of classic German beer, whichever you fancy since there’s so many options! Top it off with one of their food items from either the brunch or dinner menu and you’ll get the whole experience.
Where: 4 Berry St, Brooklyn
8. Carragher’s, FiDi
Carragher’s is unequivocally a Liverpool bar, and if you’re looking to watch one of their matches at this spot, you’ll have to get there early. This spot is a gathering point for local die-hard Reds fans that love to cheer, drink, and eat. The atmosphere is always exciting and you’ll always be focused on what’s going on. They also show many other Premier League games too in case you’re interested in watching a different team. Plus, they have a great draft menu and an extensive whiskey list. This is definitely one of our favorite NYC soccer bars in terms of an atmosphere.
Where: 17 John St
9. O’Hanlon’s, East Village
If you’re an Arsenal fan, run don’t walk to O’Hanlon’s to party with the official NYC Arsenal support club. Every Arsenal match is shown on the big screens here alongside Premier League matches, NFL, NBA, and NHL games. This is an overall great place to watch sports and has a great draft beer list including Guinness. Plus, they have pool tables and dart boards so you can challenge your friends to a friendly competition after the match ends!
Where: 349 E 14th St
10. Flannery’s, Union Square
For Tottenham fans, this is where you’ll find the NY Spurs supporter club rooting on the team every game. Flannery’s is a Union Square joint that has a great atmosphere, good beer and wine options, and an even more lovely staff. It feels like a small dive bar until you step in and become immersed in memorabilia that feels like a man cave. Come early for Spurs games or stick around for tons of other Premier League and European games and you’re sure to have a good time. Say hello to John and Mike too, who are two staff members that will make you feel like you’re at home.
Where: 205 W 14th St
11. Kelly’s, Alphabet City
Although Kelly’s Sports Bar in the East Village is known more for their hockey and Buffalo Bills ties, they are still a great bar to catch a soccer game at. They have a good selection of beers to pick from and even a few pizza options if you’re hungry for a bite. We expect this East Village hangout to be a go-to spot for November’s World Cup!
Where: 12 Avenue A
12. Turnmill, NoMad
Turnmill is one of our favorite NYC soccer bars because of their wide range of match day beers to pick from. Always posted on their chalkboard above the bar, you can get ciders, IPAs, ales, and so much more. This is a common gathering spot for Everton fans, but all are welcome. If you like the vibes, be sure to stop by a different time when they have their trivia nights or live jazz nights (or their happy hours until 7 pm which rock too)!
Where: 119 E 27th St
13. McHale’s Bar and Grill, Midtown
Another Irish gem is McHale’s Bar and Grill located in Midtown. They have matches on from the Premier League, Bundesliga, Champions League and so many more. They are home to Borussia Dortmund fans from Germany, but welcome fans of all teams to come enjoy a pint. They also show tons of other sports and have already started advertising seating for the World Cup. We recommend reservations if you have a large group.
Where: 251 W 51st St
14. Soccer Republic at Bar 43, Queens
Soccer Republic at Bar 43 in Queen lives and breathes the beautiful game, all while serving potent margaritas, draft beers, and delicious bar food. It’s quite remarkable to thing you’ll find games on from the Premier League, EFL Championship, MLS, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga MX, Ligue 1, CONMEBOL, UEFA Champions League and Europa League, World Cup, qualifiers, and all major soccer tournaments. The owners are world-class, the staff is genuine, and the atmosphere is awesome. Stop by here to try out their burgers and wings which simply can’t be topped!
Where: 43-06 43rd St, Queens
15. Sláinte, Bowery
Meet some friends or find some new ones at Sláinte in Nolita, a lovely neighborhood staple that proudly shows soccer matches and serves great food and drink. This is a great spot to make reservations at if you plan on going with a group or throwing an event in their space (on a non game day). They have an admirable draft beer list and an even better cocktail menu that will keep you going all the way through the game. Plus, it’s in the perfect neighborhood to bar hop around in after the match is over!
Where: 304 Bowery