The NFL season is right around the corner, which means the fantasy football season is upon us. As any self-respecting fantasy footballer knows, draft day is the most important (and fun) day of the fantasy season. It’s not only the day where you lay the foundation for your team, but it also might be the only time all year you and your 11 best friends are in the same room together.
With that in mind, you’ll need to make sure your draft is on point. Cut no corners, spare no expenses, and make sure to plan ahead. Like your fantasy team, you shouldn’t start your research the night before. There’s only one draft every year–unless of course you’re in multiple leagues, in which case good for you–so make it count.
Here are the 19 Best Bars in New York City to hold your fantasy football draft:
1. SideBAR (118 E 15th Street)
SideBAR is a high end sports bar and lounge that boasts a slick decor and craft cocktails, in addition to the beer and pub grub you’d expect. For $40 per person, you’ll get three hours of Bud Light draft and wings, but there are also a premium option with replenished apps for $70 per person. It’s also a great place to watch games during the year, but be warned, it gets packed.
2. The 40/40 Club (6 W 25th Street)
Owned by none other than Jay-Z, The 40/40 Club is one of New York’s premier sports lounges, whether you’re there to watch sports or not. Their private room VIP draft experience–including three hour open bar and replenished apps and complimentary wifi–will run you $65 per person, but it’s a great way to start your season out in style.
3. Double Wide Bar & Southern Kitchen (505 E 12th Street)
A small, colorful bar serving up bourbon-based cocktails and Southern comfort food, Double Wide is a tasty choice for a draft venue, and one of the best ones in downtown Manhattan. Their draft package includes food and drink specials, in a private room with wifi.
4. The House of Brews (302 W 51st Street and 363 W 46th Street)
True to its name, The House of Brews offers a vast selection of beers, with over 100 in total on their menu. Both their midtown Manhattan locations offer private space for you and your fellow GMs to draft and drink to your heart’s content.
5. Johnny Utah’s (25 W 51st Street)
One of the most fun Southwestern joints in the NYC, Johnny Utah’s is the only bar on this list with a mechanical bull in it, so take that how you will. Their package includes a private room for 20 GMs, free post-season victory party, and all you can drink options with food for $10 per person per hour.
6. Village Pourhouse (64 Third Avenue)
Village Pourhouse is one of New York City’s best sports bars, with its fair share of memorabilia and TVs adorning the walls, and an extensive beer list. For $40 per person, enjoy three hours of Bud Light draft open bar and buffalo wings.
7. Suite 36 (16 W 36th Street)
Suite 36 features both a sleek restaurant serving American fare and a 50 foot bar with a bevy of TVs, not to mention skylights with views of the Empire State Building. For $45 per person, you’ll get appetizers and a top shelf open bar for the duration of your draft.
8. Tavern on Third (380 Third Avenue)
Sporting a rustic, brick interior with table bar taps and over thirty TVs, Tavern on Third is an ideal setting for your draft. Their private back room alone has eight HD TVs, as well as a private bar, and their package includes free WiFi and a personalized food selection.
9. New York Beer Company (321 W 44th Street)
New York Beer Company is a spacious, stock market-themed bar featuring dozens of draft and bottled craft beer. Book their loft for your draft at $25 per person for their kickoff package or $48 for their big league option.
10. Slainte (304 Bowery)
Slainte–the Gaelic version of “cheers”–boasts an extensive beer menu and a solid menu of pub grub, right in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Their private area, with food and drink specials available for draft parties, is a great space to kickoff the fantasy season.
11. Overlook (225 E 44th Street)
One of the best bars in Turtle Bay, Overlook sports a vibrant interior with cartoon art hung on the walls. And their draft package special doesn’t disappoint: $250 will get you 100 wings and 10 Bud Light pitchers, in addition to fast wifi, which is a draft must.
12. The Irish Exit (978 Second Avenue)
While known as a Steelers bar, The Irish Exit is a football fan’s haven, even in the preseason. For their private room, they offer several open bar packages that include buffalo wings and beer, as well as discounted pitchers and towers to all draft parties.
13. Social Bar, Grill & Lounge (795 Eighth Avenue)
Social is a tri-level Irish pub driven by a their vibrant after-work scene and excellent happy hour deals. For your fantasy draft, they offer three tiers of packages: The Kicker ($35 per person), the Quarterback ($45), and The Super Bowl ($60).
14. Turtle Bay Tavern (987 Second Avenue)
A neighborhood staple, Turtle Bay Tavern is a split-level taproom that has the perfect atmosphere for any fantasy draft. For $10 per person, you get unlimited wings (any sauce style) and half price drinks–an awesome deal!
15. Promenade Bar & Grill (344 Third Avenue)
NYC’s first Kosher sports bar, Promenade Bar & Grill offers a selection of American food made with local ingredients (as well as sushi). Give them a call for more details about booking your perfect fantasy draft.
16. The Grayson (16 First Avenue)
One of the latest additions to the New York City sports lounge scene, The Grayson features over 40 TVs in a dark-wood interior. Their basic draft package is a 3 hour open bar at $35 per person, with a premium option at $50 per person that includes food platters.
17. Madison Square Tavern (150 W 30th Street)
A high-end restaurant/bar just down the street from MSG, Madison Square Tavern has a variety of rooms for fantasy draft hosting. Packages range from $40 per person to $70 per person with three hours open bar and food platter options.
18. McFadden’s (800 Second Avenue)
A lively bar popular among Buffalo Bills fans, McFadden’s is a great football bar. Their $40/person draft package includes table seating, wi-fi, HDTV, and a complimentary draft board for three hours. Private rooms are an option when available, so make sure to inquire about that.
19. Playwright Irish Pub (27 W 35th Street)
Located near the Empire State Building, Playwright Irish Pub boasts dozens of TVs and a long list of deals on shots, pitchers, and buckets. Their fantasy draft package includes a three hour open bar of draft beer, well cocktails, and replenished food platters at $45 per person.
Whether you’re doing a snake draft or an auction draft, PPR or non-PPR, these bars off just what you need: a cool space and great beer and food deals so you can draft your favorite NFL players and put together your ideal team