by Janie Ho - 36 Reviews - 12 List
Whether you're a guy without game day tickets, or a girl looking to score some jocks, these bars have plenty of options for you. These big-screen pub grub joints are teeming with all the energy taking place inside the nearby Madison Square Garden ? all within a few blocks of each other. So save that cab fare for that pretty lady's drink. (Photo: Brother Jimmy's)
Updated: May 28, 2010
Just across the street from Blarney Stone lies Tempest, a gritty dive bar with eclectic music on the juke box (act responsibly) and a dozen beers on tap. Drinks are cheap, and things stay hoppin' till the wee hours, so lots of time to ace your game on its two dartboards. Just watch for people when throwing, Jeter. Your aim ain't that good yet.
This bi-level bar has a down home southern feel with BBQ and drinks at down home prices. The college and home team banners make you feel like you're in on the action - just across the street. If that's not enough, check the many TVs overhead. Your team will likely be on one of 'em.
A more modern and classy Irish pub in the area, Irish Times is a bi-level wrought-ironed indoor balconied venue with great menu and many games overhead. The energy is kept alive with Mon.-Fri. happy hours from 4-8pm, Ladies night Tues., Wing night Wed. and free Mimosa or Bloody Mary with weekend brunch - great for those early games.
You won't forget where the stretch of walkable bars is with this venue's name. The classier 31st St. bar and grill is nice enough for even some Knicks or Rangers players to dine themselves before or after the game. With homemade soups from The Soup Spot next door, seafood entrees and thin crust brick-oven pizza or Greek specialties, Cafe 31 has plenty to wash down with beers and frozen smoothies made here. And with 16 TV monitors around, you won't miss any of the action between bites.
This high-energy massive bi-level venue has a long bar, spacious booths and a second floor to view all the action - kinda like the Blue Seats at the Garden, only with better food. The extensive menu includes apps, entrees, and desserts from $5 soups to $25 sirloin steaks. Girls, try it rare and show those guys who's boss.
Harrington's bar and grill is slightly pricier in the group with $17 lunch entrees, but apps and bar menu stay pretty legit. The Irish pub is steps away from the Garden, drawing after work suits and sports fans pre-gaming for the big night.
A midtown oasis, Local West is an MSG neighbor with garden patio, swanky lounge, main bar and rooftop. The upstairs patio is great for taking in the sports fan hustle and bustle below, while the large windows and unmistakable red awnings keep the sun out of your eyes - great for viewing your prospects across the bar.
With outposts in both Philly and Baltimore, you know this Irish pub is doing something right. Entrees in the classier Gaelic Dining Room range from $19 to $28, but stick to the main bar for finger foods great for sharing. Better yet, grab 15 friends and have a 3-course prix fixe meal from just $30 a head.