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Where to Watch Football on Thanksgiving in New York City

Gather your friends and beat the holiday stress with some big-screen TVs and football.

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Thanksgiving is a day many Americans reflect on what they’re grateful for this year: The closeness of family and friends. Good health. A place to call home. A job you love. But sometimes it can feel like an emotional pressure cooker, a day of never-ending meal prep and awkward conversations with relatives about politics. In those moments when you just want to avoid the drama, nothing serves as a better alternative than football.

How can you enjoy the pro games on Thanksgiving Thursday with the least amount of stress? Call your friends up, get out of the house, and head to a nearby sports bar to watch without the guilt. You’ll catch all the pad-pounding excitement with fellow fans who share your passion at these 13 sports bars across the city that are open on the holiday.

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1. Harlem Tavern

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2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(212) 866-4500
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When the temps are toasty, Harlem Tavern’s beer garden is a go-to spot uptown for relaxed indoor-outdoor dining and sipping. When the brrr sets in this season, head inside to order from the large brewpub menu (don’t miss the lamb burger) and gaze at TV screens lining the perimeter walls. Sidle up to the bar for a BACARDÍ cocktail (like their signature mojito or a flavored one with BACARDÍ Dragon Berry) or snag a table to view the slate of Thanksgiving Day games in this cozy, casual atmosphere.

2. The Gin Mill

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442 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 580-9080
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The Gin Mill owes its college frat feel to the Columbia and Fordham grads who often fill this Upper West Side tavern. That rah-rah vibe also means it’s the perfect place for hometown diehards to cheer on their beloved New York Giants when they kick off on Thanksgiving Day. Catch all the action on the big screens, order off the Gin Mill’s extensive draft list or get a cocktail, and nibble on bar food — but save room for the family feast.

3. The Australian NYC

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20 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 869-8601
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Known for Down Under fare like meat pies, grilled kangaroo, and Aussie beers, The Australian is also fan central for the Washington Redskins. The unlikely pairing won’t matter to ‘Skins supporters who’ll be urging their team to defeat the New York Giants this holiday at the Midtown West venue, which has 20 flat-screen TVs. Plus, patrons can eat and cheer when they order a Thanksgiving dinner for $40.

4. Mercury Bar

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493 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2645
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If you’re skipping a full-on turkey spread this year, head to Mercury Bar’s Murray Hill location for its delicious game-day menu. Detroit Lions fans will especially feel at home here because this bar is where the team’s supporters gather to watch them on any of the 16 big-screen and plasma TVs.

5. Stone Creek Bar & Lounge

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140 E 27th St # A
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-1037
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The Dallas Cowboys face the LA Chargers on Thanksgiving Thursday, so Stone Creek Bar & Lounge may make you feel like you’re in AT&T Stadium. This Kips Bay sports bar, home base for the city’s Cowboys fans, has tables made from tree-trunk wedges and tufted leather easy chairs for a slightly rustic, down-home feel. Plus, the joint’s lengthy app menu and drink options will be plenty if a turkey dinner’s not in the cards.

6. The Grayson

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16 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009
(212) 510-8726
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Featuring 45 HD TVs including nine laser projectors, The Grayson is fully equipped to satisfy the most gridiron-obsessed fans. The East Village sports haven also has somewhat of a split personality — some nights a rocking party event overshadows televised games. But Turkey Day patrons will likely be able to set the tone for an afternoon focused on football.

7. Rocky McBride's

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27-01 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-2723
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A popular destination in a rapidly gentrifying part of Astoria, Rocky McBride’s banks on its 22 HD TVs, 16 beers on tap, and a to-die-for cocktail list to set it apart from other neighborhood sports bars. Bring friends and your own food — from a nearby pizza joint or a turkey dinner plate from home — to catch the NFL holiday matchups in the company of fellow football fanatics.

8. Mullanes Bar & Grill

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71 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 797-7606
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If you’d rather leave the holiday cooking (and the clean up) to the pros, head to Fort Greene’s Mullanes Bar & Grill to feast on a $30 three-course turkey dinner. For Thanksgiving Day football viewing, park it in front of one of the bar’s several TVs or score a table with loved ones to root for your fave NFL squad on the jumbo screen against the back brick wall.

9. 200 Fifth

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200 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 638-2925
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In the heart of Park Slope, 200 Fifth does two things right — food and sports. The menu features generous plates of Italian-American comfort food. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn spot’s 40 TV screens is either a sports fan’s dream come true or sensory overload experiment for a casual diner. If you’re heading here for the holiday, chances are you’re the latter, so reserve a table for the best experience.

10. Clinton Hall

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90 Washington St
New York, NY 10006
(212) 363-6000
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Clinton Hall is jam-packed with all the TVs and games (like Jenga and connect four) to inject some fun into your holiday weekend of football. The beer garden is obviously known for its beer — an international list that spans from the U.S. to Belgium to Germany — and cocktail list.

11. West End Bar & Grill

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813 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 707-8986
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If you’re looking for a change of pace from the typical sports bar experience, head to the West End Bar & Grill. Sit at the banquette for a view of the TVs and order up some elevated pub fare for starters (think sliders and truffle mac n’ cheese) and a cocktail — try the Pomegranate Mojito with BACARDÍ Superior rum, pomegranate liqueur, muddled mint, and lime.

12. Brother Jimmy's BBQ

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181 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 779-7427
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When you’ve worked through the meat sweats from Thanksgiving Day and are ready for round no. 2, head to Brother Jimmy’s for a day of football and well, more meat. Chow down on certified Black Angus brisket, baby back ribs, or a Sloppy Jimmy (that’s a variation of the Sloppy Joe), or order up a Charlotte Tea with vodka, gin, tequila, BACARDÍ Coconut, triple sec, and sour mix for your football marathon.

13. Ivy

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944 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 459-9444
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In the heart of Midtown, Ivy’s prime location and sleek bar seating makes it an ideal spot for catching a NFL game during the weekend. Order some appetizers at the bar (you can stay on the healthy side if you’ve overdone it on the stuffing, or go all in on the fried brussell sprouts) and some cocktails for a full day of games.

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1. Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

When the temps are toasty, Harlem Tavern’s beer garden is a go-to spot uptown for relaxed indoor-outdoor dining and sipping. When the brrr sets in this season, head inside to order from the large brewpub menu (don’t miss the lamb burger) and gaze at TV screens lining the perimeter walls. Sidle up to the bar for a BACARDÍ cocktail (like their signature mojito or a flavored one with BACARDÍ Dragon Berry) or snag a table to view the slate of Thanksgiving Day games in this cozy, casual atmosphere.

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. The Gin Mill

442 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

The Gin Mill owes its college frat feel to the Columbia and Fordham grads who often fill this Upper West Side tavern. That rah-rah vibe also means it’s the perfect place for hometown diehards to cheer on their beloved New York Giants when they kick off on Thanksgiving Day. Catch all the action on the big screens, order off the Gin Mill’s extensive draft list or get a cocktail, and nibble on bar food — but save room for the family feast.

442 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. The Australian NYC

20 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Known for Down Under fare like meat pies, grilled kangaroo, and Aussie beers, The Australian is also fan central for the Washington Redskins. The unlikely pairing won’t matter to ‘Skins supporters who’ll be urging their team to defeat the New York Giants this holiday at the Midtown West venue, which has 20 flat-screen TVs. Plus, patrons can eat and cheer when they order a Thanksgiving dinner for $40.

20 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

4. Mercury Bar

493 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

If you’re skipping a full-on turkey spread this year, head to Mercury Bar’s Murray Hill location for its delicious game-day menu. Detroit Lions fans will especially feel at home here because this bar is where the team’s supporters gather to watch them on any of the 16 big-screen and plasma TVs.

493 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016

5. Stone Creek Bar & Lounge

140 E 27th St # A, New York, NY 10016

The Dallas Cowboys face the LA Chargers on Thanksgiving Thursday, so Stone Creek Bar & Lounge may make you feel like you’re in AT&T Stadium. This Kips Bay sports bar, home base for the city’s Cowboys fans, has tables made from tree-trunk wedges and tufted leather easy chairs for a slightly rustic, down-home feel. Plus, the joint’s lengthy app menu and drink options will be plenty if a turkey dinner’s not in the cards.

140 E 27th St # A
New York, NY 10016

6. The Grayson

16 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Featuring 45 HD TVs including nine laser projectors, The Grayson is fully equipped to satisfy the most gridiron-obsessed fans. The East Village sports haven also has somewhat of a split personality — some nights a rocking party event overshadows televised games. But Turkey Day patrons will likely be able to set the tone for an afternoon focused on football.

16 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009

7. Rocky McBride's

27-01 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

A popular destination in a rapidly gentrifying part of Astoria, Rocky McBride’s banks on its 22 HD TVs, 16 beers on tap, and a to-die-for cocktail list to set it apart from other neighborhood sports bars. Bring friends and your own food — from a nearby pizza joint or a turkey dinner plate from home — to catch the NFL holiday matchups in the company of fellow football fanatics.

27-01 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

8. Mullanes Bar & Grill

71 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

If you’d rather leave the holiday cooking (and the clean up) to the pros, head to Fort Greene’s Mullanes Bar & Grill to feast on a $30 three-course turkey dinner. For Thanksgiving Day football viewing, park it in front of one of the bar’s several TVs or score a table with loved ones to root for your fave NFL squad on the jumbo screen against the back brick wall.

71 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

9. 200 Fifth

200 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

In the heart of Park Slope, 200 Fifth does two things right — food and sports. The menu features generous plates of Italian-American comfort food. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn spot’s 40 TV screens is either a sports fan’s dream come true or sensory overload experiment for a casual diner. If you’re heading here for the holiday, chances are you’re the latter, so reserve a table for the best experience.

200 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

10. Clinton Hall

90 Washington St, New York, NY 10006

Clinton Hall is jam-packed with all the TVs and games (like Jenga and connect four) to inject some fun into your holiday weekend of football. The beer garden is obviously known for its beer — an international list that spans from the U.S. to Belgium to Germany — and cocktail list.

90 Washington St
New York, NY 10006

11. West End Bar & Grill

813 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

If you’re looking for a change of pace from the typical sports bar experience, head to the West End Bar & Grill. Sit at the banquette for a view of the TVs and order up some elevated pub fare for starters (think sliders and truffle mac n’ cheese) and a cocktail — try the Pomegranate Mojito with BACARDÍ Superior rum, pomegranate liqueur, muddled mint, and lime.

813 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

12. Brother Jimmy's BBQ

181 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

When you’ve worked through the meat sweats from Thanksgiving Day and are ready for round no. 2, head to Brother Jimmy’s for a day of football and well, more meat. Chow down on certified Black Angus brisket, baby back ribs, or a Sloppy Jimmy (that’s a variation of the Sloppy Joe), or order up a Charlotte Tea with vodka, gin, tequila, BACARDÍ Coconut, triple sec, and sour mix for your football marathon.

181 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016

13. Ivy

944 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

In the heart of Midtown, Ivy’s prime location and sleek bar seating makes it an ideal spot for catching a NFL game during the weekend. Order some appetizers at the bar (you can stay on the healthy side if you’ve overdone it on the stuffing, or go all in on the fried brussell sprouts) and some cocktails for a full day of games.

944 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

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